DIY Interchangeable Scented Hot Pads

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DIY Interchangeable and Washable Scented Hot Pads

These interchangeable and washable scented hot pads will be your kitchens new best friend!  They are scented  to make your kitchen smell good and they keep hot pots and pans from burning your countertops.  You can make several using many different scented oils or cinnamon or any of your other favorite spices.  

These are super easy to make.  This is a perfect tutorial for beginners.


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DIY Interchangeable Scented Hot Pads at


One piece of fabric cut 15 1/2 x 7 1/2

One piece of Muslin cut 13 x 7

2 Cups  of rice, uncooked or coffee beans

Scented oils You can find them at Walmart in the candle section

Plastic baggie

supplies hot pads

Pre-wash your fabric so it won’t shrink later!

The first thing you will need to do the day before is put 2 cups of dry, uncooked rice in a plastic baggie, add 5-6 drops of scented oil; shake well. Refrigerate overnight.


Cut out your material.  Cut your fabric 15 1/2 x 7 1/2.

hot pad cutting

Cut your muslin 13 x 7

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Hem 1/4 inch hem on the two long ends of the fabric.

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Fold the bottom end 3/4th’s the way, about 5 inches from the top.


Fold the other end (top end)over about 2 to 2 1/2 inches.  Making sure that the hem covers the hem on the bottom piece, so that the only hem showing is the hem from the top that you just folded down, as shown.


Next, sew each side together, as shown.


Turn it right side out.  Now you have a cute hot pad pocket ready for your scented hot pad!


Fold your muslin in half and sew up the edges and top, leaving a space open large enough to pour in the rice.


Fill your muslin hot pad with rice. Sew up the opening by folding in the 1/4 hem, as shown.

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Sew opening closed.

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Now, insert it into your hot pad pocket and you have a nice scented hot pad! They make your kitchen smell wonderful and make great gifts.


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  1. Nice little project makes great gifts😊
  2. was making the scented hotpads from your directions -- confused. said to cut material 15 1/2 x 7 1/2. then you fold a bit less than half about 4" on one end and 2" on the other end and make sure they meet. how is that possible with 15 1/2" fabric.
    • Hi there! I apologize greatly for any confusion this may have caused you! Just bring up the bottom layer about 3/4th's of the way. It comes out closer to 5". Enjoy!
  3. Loved your easy to follow tutorial. I have also used a "flavored" tea bag ripped open to scent pads; a pumpkin spice or cinnamon apple type is lovely for the holidays!
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  6. Kathryn A Wall
    Perfect for my friend who sells Do-Terra Oils! We use the oils for wonderful projects! Thank you!
  7. can i use unbleached calico instead of muslin
  8. Awesome Idea! I'm going to try and make some for my daughter-in-laws. Did you use long grain rice?
  9. Love the idea. But I sure would like to figure out how to print the directions without cutting and pasting.
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  11. Marti, could you please share your link about the scented hot pads with me? Thanks! Gay
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  14. This is such a cute idea! I can't wait to make some with my daughter, she's 11 and we love to find crafts that we can do together. Thanks for the great tutorial ;)
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