Teapots come in different sizes. Patterns aren’t necessarily made for your size of teapot! Learn how to make your own tea cozy pattern to fit your teapot with our step-by-step directions.
This is an easy project that is perfect for beginners and a fun project for all experience levels! There are so many options to make it yours with our how-to make a tea cozy tutorial.
Keep your tea hot longer with a tea cozy. And, have fun making it your own with our insulated cozy tutorial. No need to buy a pattern, download a pdf pattern or find a free pattern, our tutorial shows you how to make one that fits your teapot! Here are our easy step-by-step instructions:
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Scrap Fabric Tea Cozy
I started my scrap fabric cozy by cutting out the basic pattern in white fabric and a few scraps from other projects called to me to be used in making another tea cozy. The black and white pieced strata started the process. I thought it would look great around the bottom of the tea cozy. The hot pink jumped out and then I pulled another black scrap from the scrap bin. And, I started playing!
Tea cozies are a perfect place to try out new techniques – or enjoy some of your favorites!
I enjoy playing around with scribble appliqué. And, polka dots are happy! I added a narrow flange of the hot pink above the black and white strata. And, topped the cozy off with a fabric tassel made from scraps of the three fabrics!
Here is a close-up of the stitching and the tassel. This tea cozy keeps my tea warm, and brings a smile to my face in the morning!
More creative ideas for your tea cozy
- Use fun novelty prints that reflect your hobbies or passions!
- Have some orphan quilt blocks? Use them to for the outside of the tea cozy
- Play around with a new technique for your outer fabric. Try appliqué, or raw edge appliqué with fusing, use scraps and piece them together.
- Make an appliqué design that coordinates with your kitchen decor.
- Fussy cut a piece of fabric to center a large design on your exterior fabric.
- Pull out one of those pieces of fabric you made in a class to make it special.
- Use pre-quilted fabric – either purchased or a quilt sandwich that you never quite finished.
- Looking for an accent fabric? Finish the bottom edge with bias tape. You can make your own bias tape from fabric in your stash.
- Tea cozy handles can be a time for creativity, too. I used hand made fabric string from fabric scraps. I’ve seen tea cozies that use a large prairie point. Make a fabric tassel. Make a loop of coordinating or contrasting fabric. Sew a fancy button or large bead on the top of the tea cozy. Use a piece of ribbon – go ahead, cut a 5-inch piece from that fancy ribbon you just had to buy that has been sitting in a box!
These make thoughtful gifts for someone you know who enjoys an afternoon tea.
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