Mug mats are great gifts for teachers, friends or just to have in your home. Using beautiful quilters squares you can easily create these fragrant coasters.
Did you ever buy a quilter’s charm pack? They are five inch squares of coordinated fabric for quilters. I have a sewing machine and I wish I had the time and patience to make a quilt because the fabric designs out there are crazy gorgeous. I am guilty of buying the charm packs. One of the ways I’ve used them is to make mug mats.
Spice Filled Mug Mats
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This is another fun gift to make using the quilters squares but really you can make them out of any fabric. For all of you burlap fans I think they would look very nice with a stamped monogram.
- 2 – 5 inch squares of fabric (I used coordinated fabrics with a different top and bottom)
- approx. 1/4 c. of spices (I used allspice, clove and cinnamon chips)
To make the mug mats simply sew a 1/4 inch seam with right sides together leaving a one- inch gap on one of the of sides. Cut the corners and turn right side out.
Fill them using a funnel about 1/4-1/3 full of the spices. For the filling I used allspice, cloves and cinnamon sticks. First I placed them in a bag and smashed them with a wooden mallet. You could use any spice you like. You can even buy cellulose fiber and scent it with a fragrance or essential oil.
After you fill the pouch, go back to the sewing machine and sew a border along the edge on all sides, enclosing the opening.
They are really quick and easy to make-even if you are a simple seamstress like me.