My family takes hot tea very seriously. It is a very communal process for us. Sharing a pot of tea is cozy, calming, and it is very nice quality time spent together. My husband’s sister is visiting for a few days, and we have already had many cups of tea together. So, when she requested that I make a tea cozy to fit her smaller tea pot at home, I was delighted to do so. She brought her larger tea cozy marked with a pin showing how much smaller the new tea cozy needs to be. We went fabric shopping in my stash, and after a failed first attempt (ahem, who gets it right on the first try?), I am happy to show off this lovely tea cozy.
I cut 4 pieces of fabric 11.25″ wide by 8.5″ tall. I then quilted each panel to a piece of batting. I trimmed each panel square after quilting, and then I added in a small cut at the top of each piece (I cut 1″ down from the edge to the center of a long edge). Then I sewed 2 panels right sides together with a quarter inch seam allowance. For the inner fabric (also quilted to batting for a nice double layer of insulation), I sewed a 3/8″ seam and then trimmed down to 1/4″ seam allowance. I flipped the slightly larger outer fabric right side out, pushed the two pieces together, and then slowly sewed a 1/4″ seam allowance around the raw edge to hold the two pieces of quilting together. I then machine bound the raw edge.
Theoretically, this tea cozy is reversible, but I love the outer fabric so much I can’t imagine wanting to flip it inside out!
Once I figured out how to make the tea cozy, it took around an hour to quilt and assemble.
My first attempt consisted of not pre-quilting the fabrics to the batting prior to assembly and it did not turn out very well at all. There was lots of puckering when I quilted the lower edge and added the binding. Pre-quilting the pieces was definitely the way to go for this project!