My Tea Cosy

 

 

 

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I have a little teapot that I use on a Sunday. I sit and read the paper on Sundays, so I have time for more than one cup of tea. I have been thinking it would be nice to have a tea cosy to cover it, keeping it hotter for longer.

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From left to right: wool wadding, lining material, main material

I had a look online for a tea cosy pattern, just to see what ideas were out there. I settled on one of the patterns and set about making the paper pattern via the instructions. I followed the instructions: measured my pot and divided measurements by 2 then added 1 and 1/2 inches, as instructed. I drew it up and felt it looked too big, so I got my husband to check my math, not my strong point but is his. I had followed the instructions correctly but… it was just was too big. I think it would have fitted my head in the end!

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Height

 

 So I decided to do my own pattern. I remeasured the width of my wee little pot, and the height. Then I added 1 and 1/2 inches for room to move and a 1/4 inch seam allowance. I marked the width of the pot on the edge of a piece of paper. I cut the paper to this width. Then I folded it in half and where the fold line was I marked the height of the pot. I then folded it in half again and drew an arc from the height mark to the edge of the width mark. When I was happy with the shape I used my paper scissors to cut it out. When I opened it up I put it behind my teapot just to see if it looked like the right shape and size.

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Widest part

Then I cut out my main material x 2 and the lining material x 2, using my paper template. I cut the wadding larger than the shape to allow for when I quilted the main material. I decided to have a heart shape at the top of the tea cosy so I drew a heart shape, hoping it was big enough when finished. I cut two heart shapes from the lining material and some wool wadding to give it some substance. You could also stuff it if you wanted it more 3D ish.

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This ended up about 2 inchs long when sewn

 

I sewed my heart first. With right sides together and the wadding on the bottom I slowly sewed around the edge of the heart. I left an inch on the side to turn it through but it was too small so had to unpick it to about an inch and a half size. Big enough to get your thumb in anyway. I trimmed the edge to within an 1/8th of an inch from the sewing line, except where the hole to turn was. Then I turned it through to the right sides. I pinned the hole edge and ironed it then sewed around the edge of the whole heart. This gives it a nice finish and closes the hole at the same time.

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Then I sewed the linings together, leaving the straight edge open. I used a 1/4 inch seam. Once that was sewn I again trimmed the edge and carefully clipped the curves. Oh and yes I forgot to leave a 3 inch gap in the top curve of the lining, so I unpicked the required length. This is for turning when you join it to the main piece of fabric.

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Make the batting/wadding larger

Okay so now I had the main material left to do. I placed one of the pieces ontop of one of the pieces of wadding, pinned them together and then quilted it. I decided on a very simple straight stitch with white cotton, about an inch apart. I was going to cross hatch but liked the effect of just one line so left it at that. Then I trimmed the wadding to the same size as the material.

 

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The main material cosy pinned inside the lining

Once both main pieces of material were quilted I pinned them together, making sure to line up the edges and sewn lines too. I also put the heart shape at the top of the curve, inside the two pieces of material, with just enough of the bottom of the heart poking out so the sewing would catch it in there. I used a 1/4 inch seam allowance around the curve, leaving the long straight side open. Again I trimmed the edges, but not the heart tip, and carefully clipped the curves.

 

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This is after the main material is turned through the hole in the lining. Then the hole in the lining is sewn up.

Okay so now I put the main material cosy inside the lining of the cosy. Do check that you have turned your main material to the right side, unlike my first attempt! I had to unpick it and I hate unpicking ahhh. Anyway so main material is right side out and tucks into the lining which is the wrong side out. The right sides of the main and the lining will be facing each other. The heart will be showing through the 3 inch hole in the lining. Pinned them together and sewed around the edge. I used a 1/4 inch seam.

 

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Sewing around the edge of the main material where it joins the lining.

 

I turned the tea cosy through the hole in the lining. Pinned the hole shut and ironed, then I sewed the hole shut. It is on the inside so I just sewed as close to the edge as I could. Once that was done I pushed the lining back up into the main material of the tea cosy. I gave it an iron. The lining ends up showing on the bottom of the tea cosy, a bit like piping, so I sewed around the edge of the tea cosy where the materials joined. It finishes it of nicely.

Ok so then it was the moment of truth, would it fit! Yes! It was a perfect fit, yay. The heart at the top probably could have been a little smaller but I am happy with the result. Now my tea will stay nice and hot.

 

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Not too bad for an afternoon

 

I can’t wait for next Sunday to use it 🙂  

 

 

 

8 thoughts on “My Tea Cosy

  1. I immediately started singing ‘I’m a little teapot short and stout….’ sigh – just call me ‘Miranda’!!

    That was a huge amount of work you did there – I’m impressed! I love the heart sitting so boldly above it all – it says ‘Tea Love’ strong and clear 🙂 I also think Sunday mornings with your favourite drink and newspaper is a lovely thing to do – I used to get the Sunday paper and a pot of coffee and spent most of the time reading about up-coming movies and doing the crosswords and other puzzles …… great end to the weekend!

    • Did you do the actions too? 🙂
      I love browsing through the paper and then finishing off with the crosswords. It is a relaxing and blissful way to spend Sunday morning. The teapot is only a small one so the cosy is quite small too, which made it an easy little project for an afternoon. Posting the blog about it was, on the otherhand, quite stressful! It would not let me insert photos, so a quick call to Fran the blog queen, and I made them smaller to squeeze in the space. Alas only two went in easily the the rest had me pulling my hair out! After much huffing and puffing I finally did get them in and posted, phew…
      Much prefer to sew 🙂

  2. I finally made it here! I admit, I did have to start at “Z” but here I am 🙂 LOVELY tutorial Kymmy and well done on the gorgeous little tea cosy. I would have just used an old sock and would have been done with it but then I am a complete and utter Plebeian! It is such a cute little dinky teapot…I would need to fill it about 14 times in order to get through 1 newspaper and would likely end up just tossing about 10 teabags into my kettle and again just call me “queen plebeian” 😉

  3. That is a gorgeous tea cosy, Kymmie! That fabric!! It’s so warm and colourful; just perfect for a teapot. Thanks for a great tutorial, too. I’ve been thinking about making a cosy for my wee teapot (one cup size) just for fun. I really want a large pot and then to make it a cosy as well, but there’s nowhere here to keep it and I don’t drink tea every day. I think the heart is just perfect, too. Have you ever thought of making some extras and selling them? They’d go like hotcakes!

    I read Pauline’s comment and had to laugh; that song was the first one I ever sang in public. It was for our Grade One Christmas concert. I sang that and then another little girl and I sang “Polly, put the kettle on”. And yes, I did the actions to my song! I will never forget that one. Great memories . . .

    • I can just see you doing the actions Linne! Made me smile 🙂 . Thanks for the complements too. There is an art competition in town, so I’m tempted to make another tea cosy and put some hand sewn flowers on it and maybe some suffolk puffs… anyway it has got my creative juices going lol. I hope you can follow the tutorial, you know how sometimes what you think and what actually is read can differ 🙂 . Look forward to seeing your tea cosy x

      • Oh, do that, Kymmie! I bet you win, hands down!! I haven’t heard of Suffolk puffs; you will have to post at least some photos, if not another tutorial . . .

        I’m pretty good with figuring out stuff from tutorials. People used to bring their knitting to me in the store and I would have to reassure them that it wasn’t their fault; the darned pattern was written incorrectly (or something was left out, or assumed). Yours looked fine on the first read-through.

        It has to wait a bit or the ‘villagers’ will get restless and I will see a long train of torches winding its way toward our castle . . . 😉 I did get the ironing done today, but no photos yet. On the other hand, I have washed all the cotton items, so that’s ready to go tomorrow. Progress of a sort . . .

        I’m interested in seeing your arty cosy now; hope you are stitching away already! (I know; I should talk!). or will you make us practise Anticipation 101 even more?

  4. Pingback: Thanks to Kym . . . finally! and mittens, tea and blankets | A Random Harvest

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