From the Heart - Candle Mat


Welcome to my stop on the 'From the Heart' blog hop, hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Sew. The idea behind this blog hop is to create small gifts (from the heart) which we can make to show our friends and loved ones that we care.

I love candles. I love giving them and I love receiving them as gifts. I have some in a cupboard and everytime I open the door, I get such a lovely smell wafting out from the scented candles. 

For this hop, I thought I'd create a candle mat. A small circular mat that can be added to a lovely scented candle and which would make a special gift for someone.

To make this little mat, I got out my wedge ruler and cut out 20 x 2.5" wedges. This size ruler makes 20 wedges, though you can get different sized rulers which would require more or less wedges to make the circle wheel shape. 


I sewed the wedges together just making sure that no two same ones were together. Pressed the seams to one side and then sandwiched it to some batting and backing. I machine quilted in the ditch and then added some extra hand stitches with perle # 8 cotton. I really love adding extra hand quilting detail.



I trimmed the circle and attached bias binding and then finally appliqued the circle at the centre.



I love these little candle mats and they're useful for little pots or vases of flowers too.

31 comments

Karen's Korner said...

A very pretty addition to your table. Well done.

Kay said...

This is a lovely idea, I don't have anything special to put my candles onto and could make one of these with scraps. x

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Your candle mat is SO lovely! Thanks for sharing how you made it too.

Lesley Gilbert said...

Depending what size you wanted this idea could be used for a table topper etc - love your finish :)

tink's mom said...

What a lovely idea. I like that it's small enough for me to actually enjoy hand quilting.

piecefulwendy said...

What a pretty little candle mat! I love this idea, and definitely want to make a few. Thanks for sharing!

The Joyful Quilter said...

Super cute candle mats! I would use that as a trivet (since I'm scent-sensitive and don't burn candles in my house.) Either way, those would surely make lovely gifts!

Calicojoan said...

Those are just the cutest things! I love candles too, and what a fun way to show them off. Like your little rock in one of the photos says...collect beautiful moments! Perfection!

Charlene McCain said...

Darling candle mat! These will make such cute and practical gifts for loved ones. Thank you for the inspiration!

Brenda @ Songbird Designs said...

Anorina, these are absolutely adorable!! I love the circular candle mats. Thanks so much for that great idea!! I have two new Dresden rulers and will definitely be giving this a try.

Karrin Hurd said...

Adorable candle mats. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

Carol S. said...

Oh, Anorina, this is a beautiful gift idea! I love the idea that it can be used under a candle or flowers...it's amazing either way. Thank you for showing how you made it (love your hand stitching) and inspiring us with this gift idea!

Sharon said...

Such a pretty gift! Thank you for sharing your projects.

beth s said...

Love this little mat.

Patti said...

This is adorable! A great idea. Thanks for sharing the 'how to'!

thatfabricfeeling.wordpress.com said...

What a sweet little mat. They would be great coasters for anything. I love the Dresden style construction. Thanks so much for sharing.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Oh, those are sweet! What a great idea - thanks for the inspiration!

Kayaking quilter said...

What a nice idea. Small scraps to make a circular candle mat. Nice detail photos of your work.

LJ said...

The candle mats are gorgeous - fabulous. BTW, that first candle is so, so pretty, too.

Carol Andrews said...

Thank you for sharing a great tutorial for a fun little gift. I’m pulling fabric now to make a few for gifts for stocking stuffers!

Lauriejo said...

Your candle mat is beautiful. I don't use table toppers or runners on my coffee table. I just picture our cat on a wild run through the house hitting one and flying off. Making a smaller one would solve that problem and still add a little brightness. I have to ask though, where do you buy such pretty candles?

Missy’s Miracle Stitches said...

These are precious! What a wonderful idea to use up some scraps and make something lovely!

grammajudyb said...

Great idea! I need to do one in Christmas fabrics for the homemade candle from my sister!

Judy Hansen said...

Very cute idea - I hadn't thought of making a circle shaped mat. Thanks for linking with Design Wall Monday, Judy

Beth said...

This is such a sweet idea, and perfect for doing hand-stitching in the evenings. Thanks for this tutorial--I do find pictures to be so helpful in "setting" ideas in my brain. I know I'll be getting busy making some of these soon

kiwikid said...

Beautiful idea and candle mat, it is an inspiring idea, and looks great with either a candle or flowers.

Quilting Gail said...

Wonderful candle (or vase) mat! Great idea.
Thanks for sharing!

Createology said...

Thank you very much for hopping. Your candle mat is lovely and very giftable.

Joy from Days Filled With Joy said...

Sooo sweet! Love my wedge ruler for small things like this as well as the larger quilts! xx

Carla said...

Your candle mat is adorable. Such a great gift idea. I have so many plants and it never occurred to me to use a candle mat under them. I see a lot of these in my future. THANK YOU!

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