• Sharon Prigan

Tea and Cozy

I have my signature blends of herbs and spices for drinking. The first is a cinammon, cardamon, star anise, and clove mix





to which I sometimes add some ginger





and turmeric root






and the second is Sheba or Wormwood leaves steeped in water with a spoon of raw honey. I freeze the Sheba leaves and slice off the amount that I need each time.




I make a huge pot once a day and have been keeping it warm with a towel



That is really ridiculous with my sewing ability and the amount of fabrics that I have on hand. So I decided to sew a patchwork tea cozy. I stitched a crumb patchwork rectangle



and placed it over the teapot for size.



measuring the width and height

I then pinned and turned inside out and measured again


pinned and measured on the teapot

The width was good but the top had to be curved


curving the top

I curved and cut both layers and then laid over a tea towel which was going to be used as the lining



tea towel lining

I cut that to size laid the 2 pieces face to face, stitched across both bottom sides leaving a gap in one in the center so that there would be a window to turn the cozy inside out after sewing all around.


sizing

pulled them up, the 2 towel pieces facing each other and the 2 patchwork pieces facing each other and stitched around the curved parts


machine stitching all around

All stitched with a window in the center


stitched

Slipped my had in the window


fabric window

And turned the cozy inside out


turning
turning

Now just to push the towel lining inside the patchwork top


inside out
inside out

Iron and top stitch around the bottom


the window needs to be stitched closed
the window needs to be stitched closed

Which gives a neat edge and closes the window at the same time.


Top stitching
Top stitching

The patchwork tea cozy


waiting to be ironed
waiting to be ironed

Waiting to be used


tea pot

I brewed a herbal mix


tea pot and cozy

and covered it.


Crumb patchwork tea cozy
Crumb patchwork tea cozy




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