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Tea Cozy
Victoria White, The Secret Workshop


For as long as I can remember, there has always been a teapot in my home.  No house should be without one, and every teapot needs a tea cozy!  Teapots and cozies come in all shapes and sizes. This tea cozy is adjustable and will fit most four to six cup teapots.  The cozy goes together quickly and easily and requires only straight-line sewing.  This tea cozy is reversible, so you can choose different prints for each side and keep your whole family happy!  Making these cozies is tones of fun and they make great gifts, too.

For each tea cozy you will need:
( seam allowance 1/4 inch)

Two pieces of fabric "A" measuring 10"X13"
Two pieces of fabric "B" measuring 10"X13"
Two pieces of cotton batting also 10"X13"
Grosgrain ribbon for ties 68" in length

To make a pattern for the tea cozy, do the following:

Draw a rectangle 13 long x 10 wide.  To make the casing channels for the ribbon, mark the following measurements on the rectangle.  All measurements are made on the 10 edge so that casing lines run parallel to the longer 13 edge.

Along one edge, measure down from the top 1 and mark.  Repeat on opposite side. Make second marks 2 down from the top.  This wide space will form the casing channel through which the ribbon will go.

To make the second casing channel for the bottom ribbon, measure and mark up from the bottom . Repeat on opposite side.  Make second marks 1 up from the bottom. This wide space will form the casing channel through which the bottom ribbon will go.

Laying your paper pattern on the fabric, cut 2 pieces from fabric A, 2 pieces from fabric B and 2 pieces from batting. Transfer the casing lines onto the fabric.

Putting it together:

Lay one piece of fabric A over one piece of fabric B, right sides together.  Place the batting on top of fabric A.  Stitch through all layers around the outside of the rectangle.  Be sure to leave the four casing marks open for threading the ribbon through and to leave an opening at the bottom of the rectangle for turning to the right side.  Trim corners and turn to the right side.  Press. Topstitch along the top and bottom edges of the rectangle (this is the edge that is 13 in length). To finish the casing channels, stitch a straight line across the length of the fabric, connecting the corresponding right and left casing marks.  When finished, you should have two casing channels. Topstitch the side section from casing opening to casing opening.  Set this piece aside.

Repeat process with second pieces of fabric A, fabric B and batting.

To Finish:

Cut the grosgrain ribbon in half, giving two pieces each measuring 34 in length.  Taking one tea cozy section, start threading the ribbon through the bottom casing. Once the ribbon is through the lower casing channel of one section, continue through the bottom casing of the second section. Bring the ribbon ends together, gathering the tea cozy slightly and tie into a bow.  Next, thread the second piece of ribbon through the top sections of the tea cozy.  Place the teapot inside the cozy and draw the ribbon snug, gathering the tea cozy as you work.  Tie the ribbon in a bow.  

The tea cozy can be removed by untying either the bottom or the top ribbon.


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