Happy Earth Day everyone! I though it would be fitting to do a tutorial for a re-useable tea bag in honor of the day. This is a very quick and simple project with very few materials!
All you need is a bit of fabric, a felt square, embroidery floss, and thread. For my tea bags I’m using white organic cotton voile. You will want to choose a fabric that is light weight and almost sheer, the lighter the fabric the better your tea will steep. Also, an important note – be sure to pre-wash your fabric! Since you will be using it to make a tea bag, you want to make sure the fabric is nice and clean before you drink your tasty beverage.
Cut two small rectangles of fabric, this will become the front of your tea bag. The size you choose to make the tea bag is up to you.
Next, finish the edge on one side of each rectangle. I am using a tight zigzag stitch, but you can finish your edge however you like.
Overlap the two rectangles at the finished edges – mine overlap about an inch – then pin in place. This will be the opening on your tea bag, you want there to be enough overlap so that your tea leaves don’t come out while you are steeping your tea.
Take another rectangle of fabric to use as the back of the tea bag, and pin it to your front piece.
Now, finish the edge all the way around your bag! As you are sewing up the sides of your bag, be sure to insert a length of embroidery floss (or ribbon) into the seam at one corner, this will be the string on your tea bag. I decided to get fancy and used a cute decorative scallop stitch to finish the edge on mine, you can get really creative with your tea bags – make it fun!
Almost done! The string on your tea bag needs a tab at the end, I used a small rectangle of black felt to create mine.
Just fold the felt tab in half, sandwiching the end of the string, then sew it closed. I used a cute flower stitch on mine.
There you have it, all finished! Now all you have to do is fill it with your favorite loose leaf tea and enjoy! These tea bags are easy to make and easy to clean. Once your tea has steeped, remove your used leaves and rinse out the bag! Enjoy!
My favorite place to sew is at the intersection of easy and wearable. This easy tee shirt is perfect for beginning sewers since it doesn’t require any complicated techniques, and more advanced sewers will love whipping out these tops in no time at all (it took me about an hour). I love kimono sleeves not only because they are fast, but they’re comfortable too since you don’t have a bunch of seams meeting in your armpit. The best part, is that you make your own pattern on the spot using a t-shirt that you already own!
~ 3/4yd knit fabric (I used a navy blue polka dot bamboo jersey)
~ Two spools of coordinating thread
~ Marking tools
Important preparation: Before you begin, try on your t-shirt and make some decisions based on how it fits. Do you want your new shirt to fit looser? Tighter? Longer? Lower cut? Higher cut? Is it fine the way it is? Make a mental note of possible alterations.
Step one: Fold your yardage in half selvage-selvage and cut on the fold. You will have two pieces roughly 27″ x 30″ on top of each other, right-sides together. Lay your t-shirt on top of your fabric making sure that it’s centered.
Step two: Keeping in mind the fit of the tee, trace out the side seams up to the armpit of the shirt. The shirt I chose is actually pretty small on me so I decided to add 2″ on either side of the t-shirt. Once you hit where your armpit begins, make a little mark perpendicular to your side seam.
Next make a mark for your sleeve opening. The distance from your mark to the top of your fabric should measure the sleeve opening on your t-shirt (i.e. the two yellow lines in the picture should be equal).
In the picture, the top arrow is where your armpit will begin, and the bottom arrow is where your sleeve will end.
Step Three: Using a bowl or tailor’s rulers add in the shirt’s curves. M ark where you want your neck hole to go using your t-shirt as a guide, then mark the front and back neckline. You can mark both necklines on one piece of fabric, just remember to cut only one piece lower for the front. Then connect your armpit mark to your sleeve opening mark with a nice curve.
I decided to make my neck hole a little bit wider and lower than the original tee, so I marked accordingly.
Step four: Cut out your t-shirt adding your preferred seam allowance (I added 1/2″). You are just making two cuts: One from one sleeve opening to the bottom of your tee, and one from the other sleeve opening to the bottom. Look how simple these pieces are!
Step five: Sew up the side seams and the shoulder seams of your t-shirt. A straight stitch is just fine.
Step six: Turn your shirt right-side out. You have a mostly finished t-shirt! Pat yourself on the back! At this point all you need to do is hem your shirt.
My favorite way to hem knit fabrics is with a twin needle because it’s easy, fast, stretchy, and looks professional. The twin needle mimics a cover stitch which is seen on most commercially available garments and requires an expensive specialty machine. All you need however, is the needle and an extra spool of thread.
To use a twin needle: set up an extra spool holder on your machine and use two spools of thread. Thread them both through your machine as if you were using a single thread, and then split the threads at the needle to put one through each needle.
Fold your fabric under about 1/2″. Make long thread tails when you begin sewing and hold the tails taught for the first 1″-2″ of sewing and then just sew normally. You can back-stitch to secure your stitching and everything. Just make sure you hang onto those thread tails at the beginning.
Hem your neckline, armholes and bottom and your done! Easy huh? Whip out a bunch of these for summer and be comfortable all season.
- 1/2 yard of flexible vinyl, or real leather!
- 1/2 yard of 36″ wide pattern paper
- 2.25 yards of bias tape, the wider, the easier to fold over!
-1.5 yards of ribbon to cover back of bias ties!
- 4 yards of lace trim, that takes curves well, or a eyelet ruffle trim!
- Fabric-tac glue
This is a easy No-sew peplum that anyone can make! No sewing machine, no problem! All you need is a bottle of Fabric-Tac glue or E-6000! First you need to make your pattern! Get your 1/2 yard of pattern paper and fold in half to make a 18″ by 18″ square. Now measure your high waist and divide by 2 and minus 2″ ( to make room for peplum)! Now take your folded piece of pattern paper and draw a curve in the top left corner based on that measurement! Now measure the length you want it to be, I made mine about 12″ long! Cut out and take your circular pattern piece and lay on top of vinyl to cut out!
Ok now that you have your peplum piece cut out, you need to add a bias tape to the top edge to create ties! Fold your bias-tape around edge and secure with Fabric-tac glue or E-6000!
Alright, now you need to glue the bias tape folded edges down on ties! Secure with Fabric-Tac glue!
Then add your ribbon (1.5 yards) to the back of bias tape to cover folded edges!
Next you need to add your lace trim to the top edge just under the bias-tape and to the bottom edge! Be careful to space evenly! Add third length of lace trim after the top and bottom is glued down! Now add the third a few inches from bottom trim!
Ok you are all done! That wasn’t too difficult, was it? Wear your new peplum with your favorite dress or as a cool costume accessory!!!
Tea cozies are not only super adorable, they are a useful item to have around the kitchen. The soft quilted tea cozy will keep your tea pot insulated and warm during teatime, plus you can easily make one out of fabrics that match your kitchen decor!
This project doesn’t take a lot of fabric, I was able to make mine using two fat quarters; one for the outside and one for the lining! Since you don’t need a lot of yardage you can easily make them from fabrics in your stash! How much fabric you will need will depend on the size of the tea pot you will be covering.
First you will need to measure your tea pot and draw your pattern. For mine, I folded a piece of pattern paper in half and created my pattern on the fold. the base is 7″ and the height is 8.5″, I then drew a dome shape free hand.
Next, take you outer fabric fat quarter and cut it in half to create two 11″ x 18″ rectangles. How you decide to quilt your outer fabric is up to you, I created a diagonal cross hatch by marking a line on the bias every 2″ in either direction. After marking the lines for quilting, I pinned the fabric to the batting.
Quilt your fabric.
After you are finished quilting, you will have 2 11″ x 18″ quilted rectangles, these will form the outside of your cozy.
Your cozy will need a loop at the top that will be used as a handle; for mine I took a piece of bias tape and sewed it in half, then sewed it into a loop.
With the right sides facing, pin your two quilted pieces together and trace your pattern onto the backside. Mark the center top of the pattern. This is where you will pin your loop on the inside; that way your top loop will be secured inside the seam.
Sew along the pattern line, then cut close to the stitch line using pinking shears.
Now repeat the process with the lining fabric, except this time you wont be adding the top loop.
Great! Your outer piece and lining piece are both all stitched! Now you just need to sew them together. To do so, you will turn your outer piece right side out and insert the lining piece so that the wrong sides are together.
Using your double fold bias tape, finish the edge!
Now you are all ready for a tea party! This type of tea cozy is fun and easy to make, they also make great gifts!Tweet
A fabric tablecloth is a perfect DIY project for your craft table, dinning table, or patio table. It has elastic hems, like a fitted sheet, that allows it to fit snugly on your table. Leave on your table all year round for a washable table cover or make a few different ones for every season!
scissors, iron, safety pin, and sewing machine
I used this wonderful sewing comic fabric that is a favorite around here!
First measure your table. Add two inches to the measurements on all sides.
example: table size is 33″x40″ so cut a 37″x44″ rectangle from your fabric.
Fold over your edges a half inch and iron down. Then fold another half inch again so all raw edges are encased. Then stitched the hems down.
Wrap your elastic around the table to measure how much you need. Make sure to pull the elastic tight so the tablecloth will fit snuggle around the table.
Then using a safety pin in the edge of your elastic, feed elastic through the casing you created in the tablecloth. Feed it all the way through and then sew the ends together using a zig zag stitch on your machine.