Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Tea Cozies

I posted awhile back on Tea Cozies, those delightful things that help to keep your teapot warm as you sip cup after cup snuggled under a throw by the fireplace with a good book...I digress. Anyway, I was asked the other day if I had a pattern for one of the cozies I pictured. I don't. But I've taken some pictures that hopefully will help anyone interested in making one.

Essentially, the cozy is simply two rectangles with elastic at the bottom and a ribbon drawn through at the top.

The rectangles are about nine inches by thirteen inches. They lightly filled with batting for insulation and are finsihed nicely so that the cozy is reversible.

The two rectangles are placed together with the wide side going horizontal to fit around the teapot. They are attached at the bottom with a thin bit of elastic.

The ribbon is threaded through a stiched channel about two inches from the top and pulls like a drawstring to tighten the cozy onto the pot.

The sides are left open. The teapot handle goes through one side and the spout through the out. Just tip it over and pour it out! This type of cozy is designed to remain on the pot as you pour. A nice touch, but do be careful if you have a teapot that drips as you pour as it will end up all in the cozy. (Guess you could use a dripper sipper!) My cozy is stained around the bottom from drips.

Here is a picture of the tea cozy I sewed last night. It just sits on the pot and is removed when you pour your tea.

Let me just say that again, "Here is a picture of the tea cozy I sewed last night." (Happy Dance!)

I am SOOOOO excited about this cozy. You'd have to know how much I have avoided sewing in the past to truly appreciate this monumental event. Let's put it this way: I cut out this, stuffed it, and hand stitched (poorly) most of it, um, two years ago, but never finished it until last night. I finally got my grandmother's sewing machine set up and the courage to use it. Yep. It took just about fifteen minutes, plus TWO YEARS to finish this. I went back over most of what I had done by hand and then finished it up.

Here's a peek at the inside.

It is lined with a plain fabric and stuffed with batting to help keep my tea warm. Hmmm...maybe I should put the kettle on, make a pot of tea and put this baby to use! Can you tell I'm excited?!? Woohoo! After all, January is National Hot Tea Month. Let's celebrate!

Dawn has a fun twist on the whole tea cozy idea with her darling little coffee cozies. I do enjoy a good cup of coffee as well. Wonder how long it would take me to make one of those. Oh, and do check out the link to the coffee corset cozies. Those are a hoot!

Can you believe it, Joanne? I am sewing!!! You've inspired me. (Good thing this was small. Seven years for a quilt is fine, two for a tea cozy is utterly ridiculous!)


Carina said...

Congratulations on your beautiful new cozy, Kimberly! (I have a machine collecting dust in my closet while I overcome my fear of being able to sew, so I truly understand the magnitude of your achievement!) :)

By the way, I often get tea stains on my cozies too and have found that Oxy Clean works wonders in getting those stains out!

Anonymous said...

beautiful cozy! 2 years is not ridiculous given that you've birthed 2 children in 2 years! Need I say more??? If it makes you feel any better I started a simple blouse BEFORE Joshua was born (9 years ago) but never finished.
love ya! Sis

Katie said...

Beautiful job!! I have been trying to learn how to sew myself. It gives such a sense of accomplishment and excitement to be able to actually MAKE something, doesn't it? I sewed (with my mother's help) the crib skirt and curtains in Amelia's nursery and, more recently, the guest bath shower curtain. Unfortunately, she lives out of town so I end up not really doing anything with my sewing till she is here. I need to just sit down and fiddle with some small projects on my own. Can't wait to see your future sewing projects! ;o)

Shan said...


Great job on the tea cozy. Never worry about how long it takes to complete something....just be so happy that you finally did!! Sewing with 2 babies in the house is a feat all by itself.

Your friend,

Kelli said...

Woohoo! Congratulations on a job well done, Kimberly! The tea cozy is beautiful, I've been wanting to make one forever and now I feel inspired. :0)
I sure wish I could stop by and share a pot of tea with you!

Dawn said...

Thanks for the mention..
I think that I must try this type of cozy....

Mrs. Bonnie said...

Oh I'm so glad you gave the dimentions of the tea cozy! I've been wanting to make some up for gifts, but was always unsure of the measurements, I think I know what I'll be doing this afternoon!

Maggie Ann said...

Your tea cozy is really pretty, both of them.I didn't know this is National Tea Month...thats nice. You know, at this tea room, they package the tea themselves and put thier name on it. It is yummy. The names of the ones I bought to bring home are..'Chocolate Raspberry Truffle and Hot Cinnamon Spice. I wondor where the tea room lady buys these?? It IS a good feeling to finish a project that is a ghost in the closet. I have some.... Who doesn't? Right now, I have material laid out to make a simple valance and I put it off a few days and now have this virus! I'd be glad to email you the tea room name but we are in a state far away from you!...knittermag..atyahoo...dotcom
is my addy. Have a nice day!

Joanne (The Simple Wife) said...

Way to go, girl!

It was so fun to see you today--even if I did scare Dumpling. Hmm...think I'll get baby references from Ava and Tyson before we meet again!

Hee hee.



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