Thursday, September 24, 2015

Simple scented pot pad tutorial...Sunny...80's

Simple Scented Pot Pad Tutorial

Fabric scraps or fat quarters (one fat quarter will make two pot pads)

Large bag long grain rice--each pot pad takes about 4 cups

Essential oils of your choice

small funnel

basic sewing supplies

{{To scent your rice: measure a cup at a time into a jar or other container with a tight fitting lid, after each cup of rice, add 6-10 drops of essential oil, put lid on and shake well. When your jar is almost full add the last of the oil and shake well, cover tightly and let sit overnight to absorb scent fully.}}
{See notes below}

Cut your fabric to measure 10 x 19--------->

Fold under and press a half inch on each short side.



Fold in half, right sides together, lining up short sides,
pin and stitch with a half inch seam allowance down each side, having opening at top and fold at bottom. Backstitch at beginning and ending of seams.
Turn right side out, poke out corners and touch up with the iron.

Now your going to sew three rows of stitches to form four tubes for your rice.
I folded in half and then in half again and pressed firmly with the iron, to make creases. You could also use a ruler and dissapearing marker to mark the stitching lines.


With matching thread, sew along the creased marks, being sure to backstitch several stitches at begining and end of each seam.

Using funnel fill each tube with rice, you want them pretty full, but you need room to sew it shut when your done, so tamp rice down a couple of times by tapping bag on table as you fill it, then leave about an inch at the top with no rice in it. place a pin at the top of each tube as near to the rice as possible.

With matching thread, stitch top closed, about a 1/4 of an inch from top, then come back and do another row of stitching near the first one.


Trim your threads and your scented pot pad is ready for use!!!

Notes: 10 drops of essential oil per cup makes a strong scent, adjust to your own tastes....

If your going to make these as gifts, store in a zip-lock bag to preserve scent till time to give away......

Try using a combination of scents like cinnamon, & clove for harvest spice
or vanilla and peppermint for a soothing pad to place under your tea pot.

How about making several to use for a buffet style meal, savory scents for the main dish and sweet scents for dessert.......?? be creative :)

And if you are super sensitive to scents and are thinking this isn't for you, make one with just plain rice, they work every bit as good and are still a great gift!



  1. Awesome! Thank you for the tutorial.

  2. Great tutorial and a wonder way to use up those material remanants one can't use elsewhere. Thanks both for the information, and for the many Google+ shares you've recently done with my last few blog posts.


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