Question: What can you make with some thick mattress fabric, cotton thread, and spices?
Answer: A fragrant trivet! When you place your hot pans and dishes on this spice-filled cushion,
the air will fill with the scent of delicious cooking.
Sew two 21 x 21 cm (8¼ x 8¼ in) squares of fabric together, right sides facing.
You can, of course, make any size you want, for larger or smaller dishes.
Include a loop, made from the same fabric, to hang the trivet, about 10 cm (4 in) long.
Leave one side of the square half open to fill it later. Turn inside out.
To make the pompoms, wind yarn around a folded piece of stiff paper or cardboard, about 2 cm (¾ in) high when folded.
Wind the same number of times for all pompoms so they will be the same size - sixty times is enough.
Wrap a strand of yarn around the middle of the bundle and make a knot, then a tighter double knot.
Cut the loops of yarn at each end to make the pompom.
Sew the four pompoms sturdily through the two layers of fabric.
Make a blend of rice (or couscous) and spices and pour it into the cushion using a funnel.
Even the filling using a wooden spoon. The trivet cushion should be at least 2 or 3 cm (¾ or 1 in) thick.
Sew the cushion shut with a few invisible stitches.