Scented Holiday Trivets

Created By:

Alison Newman

Skill Level: Intermediate

These clever pot holders have a special pocket inside for stowing Allspice, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, or other holiday spices. When a hot pot is placed on top, the aromas from the spices fill the air!

Janome Supplies Required

Janome Supplies Required
Any Janome Sewing Machine
Even Feed Foot
Darning (or free motion) foot (optional)
Low Tension bobbin for free motion quilting (optional)
Janome Bobbin Thread
Blue Tip needle 75/11

Fabric and Notions Required

Fabric and Notions Required
Fat Quarter each of two matching fabrics
Scrap of fabric (at least 4” x 7”) – this fabric will not be seen, so can be any color
Thread in colors to match fabrics
½ yard Cotton batting
½ yard heat resistant batting


Cutting Instructions

NOTE: We cut the top and the backing pieces from coordinating fabrics.
For the top of the pot holder, cut one 8” x 9” square (one from each of the fat quarters)
For the back of the pot holder, cut two 8” x 8” squares (two from each of the fat quarters)
For the secret pocket, cut one 4" x 7" piece (from the scrap fabric)
From the batting, cut one 7 ½” x 8 ½” piece
From the heat resistant batting, cut one 7 ½” x 8 ½” piece

1. Layer the fabric for the top of the pot holder right side up on top of the batting and heat resistant batting.
2. With the Even Feed Foot attached to the machine, quilt these layers together.

Hint: You may choose to use a straight stitch only, or you may choose some decorative stitches. We quilted straight lines, but those who are comfortable with free motion quilting techniques may choose to use free motion techniques to quilt the layers together.
3. Fold one edge of an 8” square piece under (with wrong sides together) 1/2” and press. Fold under another ½” and press to create a double turn hem. Repeat with the second 8” square backing piece.
4. Placing the stitches about 1/8” from the fold, stitch the hem in place on both backing pieces.

5. From the fabric scraps, cut one piece 4 ½” x 7”.
6. Fold down one 4 ½” side edge 1/2”, placing wrong sides together. Press. Repeat for the opposite side. Stitch in place.
7. Fold the fabric in half along the 7” edge, with right sides together. Stitch along the sides with a ¼” seam allowance to create the pocket.
8. Clip the pocket corners, then turn right side out.

9. Fold the pocket in half along the 4 ½” edge to find the center. Repeat for one of the backing pieces. Match up the center lines and pin in place, aligning the open top of the pocket with the hem in the backing piece.
10. Stitch the pocket in place along the two outer edges. Press.

11. Place the pot holder front piece right side up, then layer the backing pieces, aligning the unfinished edges with the outer edges of the pot holder top. Be sure to layer the backing piece with the pocket on top.

12. Using a ½” seam allowance, stitch around all four corners of the trivet.

13. Turn right side out and Enjoy!


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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

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Saturday, December 17, 2016

I like the concept, but the directions are "sloppy." Nowhere in the supply list does it mention the felt or the batting (how much?). Also, I would never use a high loft batting in a placemat, or a table runner, as I think that it would be too unstable for a glass. The next time I make these, I will cut out the batting (I use flannel) and spray baste it to the wrong side of the Dresden plate before I put the Dresden plate on the felt to cut out. I have not yet washed the finished placemat, and am hoping that the single layer of felt does not curl up, or become distorted after washing/drying.
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Friday, February 24, 2017

I made this today but your cutting directions need to be changed. You only need 4 of color 1 and color 3 4.5 squares for the triangles. Also the inner border, you only need 2 cuts as WOF is long enough to cut each in half to fit the sides.
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