I love Melody Miller's Retro Clock Fabric and was pleased to spot some at my local quilt store. It is the perfect fabric for a Tea Cosy - as it is always Time for Tea! With the start of spring, I am imagining some lovely relaxing days reading outside in the sun with my Teapot close to hand.
If you would like to make your own Tea Cosy, it is a easy project suitable for a beginner sewer. It can be easily completed in an hour or so, and teamed with a teapot or gourmet tea would make a lovely gift.
1/3 yard (0.3 m) quilting fabric for Teapot cosy
1/3 yard (0.3 m) quilting fabric for lining
Fat Quarter or 0.1 m quilting fabric for binding
5 inch (13cm) Twill Tape (Herringbone Tape) for Loop
5 inch (13 cm) crocheted trim or ribbon for Loop
2 pieces of batting, each measuring 10 x 13 inches (25 x 33 cm)
Finished Size: 11 inches x 8 1/2 inches (28 x 21.5 cm) sized to fit a small teapot, capacity approx 4 cups.
1. Cut two rectangles from the outer fabric (clock), each measuring 11 x 8.5 inches. Cut two rectangles from the lining fabric, each measuring 11 x 8.5 inches. Layer the outer fabric, the batting, and the lining, with the wrong sides of the fabric facing the batting. Baste the layers together with safety pins. (Photo 1).
2. Quilt lines approx 1 inch apart or as desired. (Photo 2)
3. Using the template provided, trace the tea cosy shape onto each quilted panel. Cut out the front and back of the tea cosy. Overlock(Serge) or zigzag around all the raw edges. (Photo 3).
4. Pin the crocheted trim to the centre of the twill tape and stitch in place. Fold the twill tape in half and pin to the top of the cosy front. Baste in place. Layer the front and back of the cosy together with right sides facing. Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, stitch around the cosy from one side to the other, leaving the bottom open. Turn right side out and press.(Photo 4).
5. Cut a fabric strip for binding, measuring 2 1/4 x 26 inches. If using a fat quarter, cut two strips and join with a mitred seam. Press binding in half lengthwise. Stitch the binding on to the bottom on the tea cosy like you would if it was a quilt. If you are unsure how to do this, check out this excellent binding tutorial by Rita from Red Pepper Quilts. Hand or machine stitch the binding in place.
There you have it, a Tea Cosy, just in time for tea!
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