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Good Scents

These no-sew cloth coasters make a fun and useful gift for your child's teacher or troop leader. Filled with a blend of spices, they emit a pleasant fragrance when you place a hot cup on them. Here's how to assemble a set of four.


  • Fabric scissors
  • 1/4 yard each of printed fabric and tightly woven muslin
  • 9- by 12-inch piece of felt (for padding and heat absorption)
  • Tacky glue
  • 2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg


  1. Cut out eight 5-inch squares from the printed fabric, four 4-inch squares from the felt, and eight 4-inch squares from the muslin.
  2. Place 4 of the printed fabric squares right side down on the table. Top each one first with a felt square, then with a muslin one.
  3. Sprinkle a spoonful of the spice mixture on the center of each muslin square, then apply glue along the edges of the muslin. Top with another muslin square, lightly pressing the edges together so they will hold.
  4. Next, apply glue to the edges of the printed fabric that extend beyond the muslin. Top with another printed fabric square, again lightly pressing the edges together. Let the glue dry, and the coasters are ready to use.