How to Make Scented Potholders

Scented Potholders
Scented Potholders (Image: Bubbachic (at Flickr))

Every kitchen needs potholders. They are easy enough to purchase at a kitchen or discount store. However, scented potholders are not as easy to find. When you place a hot casserole dish onto a scented pot holder, the potpourri inside adds to the aroma of the dining experience. Using some basic sewing skills, scented pot holders are easy to make.

Things You'll Need

  • Scrap fabric
  • Scrap cotton batting
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Potpourri
  • Needle

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Cut two 6½-inch squares from scrap fabric. Also, cut two six-inch pieces of cotton batting.

Place the two pieces of fabric right sides together and pin them around three sides. Sew a ¼-inch seam around the three sides, forming a pocket.

Spread potpourri (apple and cinnamon is nice) on one of the pieces of cotton batting. Place the second piece of batting on top and sew around all four sides (with a ¼-inch seam), enclosing the potpourri inside the two batting pieces.

Work the batting into the fabric pocket until it fits even and flat.

Hand-sew the third side of the potholder closed.

Sew around all four sides of the potholder on the outside, a half-inch from the outside edge. This will hold the batting in place.

Tips & Warnings

  • Dried herbs may be exchanged for the potpourri.


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