I always use a teapot stand because I have never yet owned a teapot that didn@t leak. There probably is one out there somewhere, but it’s never come my way. With a teapot stand, the stain goes on the fabric which can be washed, not the work surface beside the kettle.
However, the idea of a scented teapot stand was new to me and I think it’s a brilliant idea.
I used a simple four triangle pattern so that I would have four pockets to add the scent to.
Making the teapot stand
Take a 6″ square of each of two fabrics and cut each square across both diagonals to make eight triangles. Using two triangles of each fabric, place them as shown and then sew the pairs of triangles together to make squares.
Place each square on a square of wadding and backing fabric and sew along the diagonals to hold everything together. This leaves you four pockets in which to add the scent.
I used whole cloves in one of the teapot stand squares and dried lavender in the other one. The idea is that the heat of the teapot will release the aroma from whatever you have used. An occasional bang with a spoon or something similar will also do the trick.
Baste all round the edge before you add the binding – otherwise you will have cloves falling in your lap while you are sewing, as I did. Admittedly, it did make my sewing room smell wonderful. I suspect that other spices could be used – I intend to try bits of cinammon sticks in the next one I make.