A tea cosy is a fairly straightforward thing to sew and makes a great gift. Many of us use teabags – but instead of making tea in a mug, try using a teapot. You get more than one cup of tea for your effort. So, while tea cosies have been on the wane, I’d like to make an appeal for their revival.
- Fabric for outside of tea cosy
- Lining fabric
- Batting or wadding
- Pins, sewing machine, thread
1. Make a template and cut out the pieces
Get your tea pot and lie it on its side and allow about another inch or 5 cm on either side of the spout and handle for the length. Mine was 14 inches along the straight bottom line and 11 inches to the top of the ‘dome’.
To create the curve of the ‘dome’ you can use a bowl to draw around. You need to cut out 2 pieces of your tea cosy fabric, plus 2 pieces of lining fabric and 2 pieces of batting. I cut the batting about ½ inch inside the template – it needs to be smaller so it will fit inside between the outer fabric and the lining.
2. Make the handle
Cut out another piece of fabric about 5inches by 2inches. This is to make a carry handle for the top of the cosy.
Fold in half an inch along the long side and press with an iron. Fold in the other side to meet in the middle and press again.
Using the sewing machine, sew along one side of the join very close to the edge. Repeat on the other side, again getting as close to the edge as possible.
3. Turn up a hem on the cosy pieces
4. Insert the handle and sew up the outer pieces
Take the two outer tea cosy pieces and place them right sides together. Fold the handle you have made in half and place it in between the two cosy pieces with the raw edge lined up with the top of the dome of the cosy.
5. Sew up the outer cover of the cosy
Pin the cosy together around the curved edges and using the sewing machine, sew it together, sewing through the handle as well within your seam.
6. Make the lining
7. Insert the lining into the cosy cover
Lay the sewn up lining on top of the sewn up cover. Take hold of the two pieces together and turn them the right way round so that the lining ends up inside the cover. Fiddle it into place so you have a good fit.
8. Insert the wadding into the cosy
Take your wadding (batting) and ease it gently between the cover and the lining on each side. Trin off any excess. Fiddle it about to ensure a good fit and make sure you’ve pushed to through to the top of the ‘dome’.
9. Sew up the open seam
Make sure the wadding is all tucked inside. Match the folded edge of the cover with the folded edge of the lining. Pin in place. Using the sewing machine, sew a line all the way round the base of the tea cosy, sewing the top cover to the lining. That’s it! All ready for a good brew.