May 29, 2020
With the weather starting to cool down properly here in Australia, I’m finding I’m “needing” more hot cups of tea each day. I’m fairly sure it’s just a comfort thing of holding onto a warm mug, but I’m not complaining. My only problem is when I get too busy hand sewing at night, and forget my cuppa’s there, and there’s nothing quite so disappointing as a mildly lukewarm cup of tea then… 🙁
That got me thinking that it was time to drag out a trivet I made a few years ago, and I thought you might like to made one too, as it’s soooo good to wrap yourself in those comforting warm smells…
Clove Teapot Mat
This Clove Teapot Mat is very quick and very easy to make, and would make a great present for a friend, or to put with something else as part of a bigger present. This teapot stand is made from a single piece of fabric, and filled with rice and whole cloves, so that when a hot teapot is placed on the stand, the heat releases the scent of the cloves for a deliciously warm spicy aroma.
You will need:
A piece of fabric measuring 8 ½ x 16 ½ inches.
Approx 1 cup of dry rice
Approx 2 teaspoons whole cloves
With right sides together, fold your fabric in half lengthways and sew along both sides with a ¼ inch seam. Turn right sides out and using a light pencil or blue washable pen, mark inch-wide lines along the length, parallel with your side seams. You should have 7 lines marked.
Starting at the bottom folded edge, sew up each line through both thicknesses, stopping about a ½ inch from the top. Using a funnel (much easier this way!) fill each row with a mixture of rice and cloves until it’s also just under ½ inch from the top. Carefully tuck in your seam allowance along the top, pin, and topstitch to close your filled rows.
All done! Time to put the kettle on and make a pot to tea to try this out for yourself!
And I’m going to do just that!
Enjoy your weekend,
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