Homemade Gifts: Spice Filled Mug Mats

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

Spice Mug Mat

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.

spice mug mat

Materials

  • 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)

Spice Mug Mat

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. 

A great idea for a teachers gift or anyone. Make a coaster or "mug mat" filled with spices using beautiful quilter's squares.

 

 

About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Garden Matter, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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Comments

  1. I have made these for years. Not sure why you would leave a 1″ opening on all four sides?? Sew 3 sides , clip corners, turn, fill and top stitch the last side. done. If u want fancier when u top stitch sew lace around all sides.

  2. TrudieB says:

    I’ve seen these made using spice tea, like Constant Comment, or Cinnamon Spice– they smell divine when they are warmed up by a mug of hot tea. Thanks so much for the idea, I’m going to try my hand at these– however I’m worse than you, seamstress-wise: I don’t remember WHERE I put my sewing machine!!

    • Hi Trudie,

      The tea bag idea is kind of genius. Beats having to by all the individual ingredients. Especially if you have some that you love. I might use an extra layer of something just to make sure that don’t bleed through if they got wet. And, don’t worry the sewing is super simple, once you find you machine :).
      Thanks for stopping by,
      Patti

  3. Lee Deininger says:

    So you don’t have to do anything to the herbs, but smash them up and put them in the pouch? I bought one at a store, and it has a one-sided open layer on top of a front-an- back lined coaster in which they insert a spiced-filled muslin bag. You can take it out and use the coaster for cold drinks. It says you can taked the scented pouch out and wash/cold water and tumble dry it. Would this make the scent last longer or shorten it? Or I wonder why you would need to wash it.

    • Hi Lee,

      I guess if something got spilled on the mug mat you might want to wash it. The one you bought sounds very nice and I can see why they took that added effort to make a pouch that could be removed. I think someone else mentioned using a tea bag such as chai tea inside for an easy option. It’s really up to you. I just made them simple and not for sale. The spices/herbs I used are pretty fragrant and when the heat hits them, even more so. Just a fun craft to use up my fabric stash.
      Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!
      Patti

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