How to make a teacosy

Living in England, tea is an important part of my diet (in fact I’m having one now), so when my mum gave me a gorgeous new teapot, I had to make a teacosy for it. Below are the instructions on how to make your own.

My finished tea cosy


This is a very simple one, but from this basic you can add as much embellishment as you like (in fact I think Annelies has some great ideas for that department).

What you’ll need:
– fat quarter of your favourite fabric for the cover
– fat quarter for the inside (preferably something dark so tea stains don’t show up)
– fat quarter of wadding

I used:
– Cover: Riley Blake – Rainy Days and Mondays – Raindrop Stripe – Green (If you have a print that runs in a certain direction you might need to buy more than a fat quarter, as you could end up like me with raindrops that fall horizontally rather than vertically, although I think that adds to the charm
– Inside: Riley Blake – My Minds Eye – All Star 2 – Cheery Circles – Brown
– Wadding: I used John Lewis quilted wadding, just because I had some left over.

The "ingredients"

Cutting out:
– Lay your teapot down on a peace of paper, mark the bottom with a line, then draw a semi circle around the pot, adding about 5cm a space between the top of the pot and your circle
– Cut out the semi circle twice from the cover fabric and twice fir the inside fabric
– Cut out the semi circle but about 4cm smaller all around twice from the wadding
– Finally (optional: cut a little strip out of the remaining inside fabric for a loop at the top

Assembling the teacosy:
– fold the optional loops trip like you would fold bias tape (edges to the middle, then double) and then stitch along both sides to make a neat strip.
– put the cover pieces on top of eachother, right sides facing, with the loop strip in between at the top, folded double and with the loop pointing down.
– pin together and sew the curved side with a 1cm seam
– fold over 1cm of the fabric at the open bottom and fix the fold with your iron. Do this before turning the fabric right side out.
– Next place the inside pieces right sides together
– pin together and sew the curved side with a 1cm seam
– fold over 2cm of the fabric at the open bottom and fix the fold with your iron.
– in the fold you’ve just created on the inside fabric, slip in the lining. I then basted it to the inside fabric
– finally slide the cover fabric piece over the inside and the lining and finish of by sewing a 1cm seam along the bottom.

DONE

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