Annette’s Tea Cosy

The teapot

The teapot

The teacup, saucer and matching plate

The teacup, saucer and matching plate

While we were back in the big smoke we visited a friend of mine. We met Annette and Trevor when our boys played basketball together. That was over 10yrs ago now and we have all remained friends long after the glory days of basketball. While we were there we got chatting about her tea set. She showed me a gorgeous little teapot with red and white roses. The teacup that matches has a lovely shade of yellow inside, which makes it look like it is aglow with sunshine. Anyway in the course of the conversation I mentioned that I had been making tea cosies and would she like one? So here I go again, (as John English once sang..). I took a photo of the little teapot and set, as I wanted to match the red colour on the lid. There are many shades of red so, fingers crossed, I have managed to get a colour that compliments, rather than clashes. The proof will be in the pudding.

Three pieces of material soon to be a teacosy

Three pieces of material soon to be a teacosy

After washing and ironing the materials it was time to fish out my trusty Simplicity pattern. This has a variety of  kitcheny type products you can sew to spruce up your home.

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I cut out the pieces using the pattern. The fiddly bit is pencilling in the lines and dots, but makes it easier once you begin to sew.  You have to add buttonholes to thread through the ribbon and leave a channel for the elastic so it pays to mark these out clearly.

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I added a splash of yellow to match in with the teacup and saucer. In the above photo you can see the main material with the band material on. To the right is the inside material which has had the padding added and quilted. I like to use wool wadding as it keeps the teapot toasty warm and is easy to sew on, but any padding would do. The inside material is sewn to the yellow band and, once sewn down the sides and turned through, allows some of the inside material to show at the top of the tea cosy.

Two halves ready to be joined by elastic and ribbon to make a teacosy

Two halves ready to be joined by elastic and ribbon to make a tea cosy

One of the “tricky” parts to the tea cosy is sewing in the buttonholes on both sides of the cosy. I used the buttonhole function on my machine, doing a practise one first. They turned out great, the more I do the better it gets 🙂   (Don’t look too closely at yours Fran..)

The buttonholes

The buttonholes

Once you have the halves together you stitch in the channel for the elastic and a channel for the ribbon.  Then you are ready to put the elastic through. I used a safety pin to thread it through, pinning the end of the elastic in place so as not to lose it when it’s pulled through.

Elastic being threaded through the bottom

Elastic being threaded through the bottom

Once both sides of the teacosy are threaded with the elastic you sew the ends together, another tricky bit. Trying to keep the tiny ends together while sewing on the machine was a bit of a trial, in hindsight I could have handsewn them with less fiddling about. Once they were sewn you conveniently hide the sewn together ends in the channel.Thank goodness because mine looked woeful!

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I was now ready to thread some ribbon through the top but only problem is I forgot to buy some while near some shops. Nothing here so I had to think of something alternative…. I remembered I had bought a lovely book from BH&G which had knitting and crochet patterns in. Plus the bonus was you also got a set of knitting needles, 2 crochet hooks and a large needle for threading wool, all for $12.95 delivered to your door. Bargain! So I fished out some red wool I had and crocheted a “ribbon”. It has been many years since I have crocheted so it was good to have the book to remind me of the stitches.

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So I chained a length that I thought would be long enough to fit through and be tied, then did a simple double crochet to make the “ribbon.”  I toyed with putting tassels on the end but decided against it. Instead I curled the ends up to form a sort of flowery ball thing… Anyway I was happy with the results and hope my friend is too. She can always replace it with some pretty ribbon if she’d rather that look. Now I just hope it will look okay with the little teapot.

The finished teacosy

The finished tea cosy

15 thoughts on “Annette’s Tea Cosy

  1. A perfect parcel of happiness for a little teapot 🙂 Mine hasn’t left my teapot and keeps it snug and warm for ages which I have to admit isn’t easy as it is -2 here today and not warm in the least. I almost fell off my chair when I saw a post from wrightconnections 😉 Lovely post, lovely friend, lovely tea pot and absolutely lovely little tea cosy…now…off to inspect my buttonholes… 😉

    • Ha ha don’t look too close Fran, they were my first attempt… if you squint your eyes they will look fabulous. Thanks for the lovely comments too (blush, blush). I’m glad yours is keeping the pot hot, mine works a treat too, and I think it is the wool wadding that makes it so cosy. If you have any of those cups from the set I’m sure my friend would buy them, if you are still selling off your lovely cups. I know I don’t post often but I just don’t get time to do anything much to post about. Such is the life of this working little duck 🙂

      • I can’t see the telly properly these days let alone close detail on a tea cosy, I reckon your secret is safe ;). Sorry you are so busy. We are flat out like lizards drinking trying to keep up with our lecturers manic pace. We have a week off as she is getting audited “WOOT!” Not for the audit, but for the week off as we worked all through our holidays…

    • Found this on the internet…Hmmmm

      The number 7 is the seeker, the thinker, the searcher of Truth (notice the capital “T”). The 7 doesn’t take anything at face value — it is always trying to understand the underlying, hidden truths. The 7 knows that nothing is exactly as it seems and that reality is often hidden behind illusions.

      A person who has a chart dominated by the 7 is usually easily picked out of a group. He will be somewhat introverted, perhaps shy (not to be confused with low self-esteem), never truly comfortable in social settings. The 7 is the intellectual, but his intellect is not always obvious, especially at an early age (as a child, Einstein was dyslexic and not particularly bright or a good student). His intelligence is that of a dreamer, an intellectual explorer of the obscure, the person who tends to have a somewhat off-beat perspective on the world around him. Many are interested in the metaphysical, not because they are believers, but because it allows access to the ambiguous, abstract world of questions for which there are no clear answers.

      The 7 is spiritual, but not religious. In fact, the age-old questions of what life is all about, why am we here, who am we, and so forth, never reach the status of clichés, but are essential to the 7’s life-experience, and unless he finds the answers he will not stop looking for them until he dies.

      The 7 can be aloof, hates gossip and is immune to small-minded backstabbing. Money means nothing to him and he will never make a choice or a decision based on an expected financial outcome.

      There is a dry, usually misunderstood sense of humor to the 7, yet he is unable to remember a single joke. He is not jovial and never superficial. He has excellent taste and a natural love and understanding of art. He dislikes and completely ignores fashion, and is attracted to eccentric, unpopular people. The popular “beautiful” but shallow people bore him to no end. He is not usually interested in politics but has a strong sense of justice.

      The 7 is physically lanky and tall, but not athletic and doesn’t care about sports. 7s are not warriors, but you may find some people with the 7 dominating their charts in the military, most likely as analysts or strategic planners. More often, however, you will find them in the world of academics and science. Police detectives, laboratory researchers and other careers where logical, methodical analysis of facts are the main requirements of the job.

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      • LOL…I am an “aspiring” 7 but my number is most definately a “5”. I would love to 7 it up but must admit to my “5’ness” for the sake of honesty ;). Stevieboy is a 9. The “physically lanky and tall” is a dead giveaway to my aspirations rather than my actualities 😉

  2. That looks so pretty! If I had a teapot I’d be after one of your cosies 🙂 Whatever happened to John English – I used to love him way baaaaaaack when Nicole Kidman was just a kid with wild curly red hair 🙂

  3. How cute! I actually have this pattern and may give it a try. What a great idea for a gift with a little antique pot and some flavorful tea. Just stumbled across your blog today 🙂

    • Thanks Mommermom! so glad you stumbled by 🙂 It’s a nice project, only takes a couple of days at the most, depending on how busy you are. I love teapots, tea and now I’m addicted to tea cosies lol.

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