Thursday, January 4, 2018

A Quick and Simple Tea Cozy--A Recycling Project

Happy New Year friends! I hope you all had lovely holidays. We had a white Christmas and it's been white and getting whiter even now as I write! It is a very stormy day today in NH so being stuck inside, I decided to make a quick cozy for a white teapot that I use pretty regularly. I've been wanting to make one for a long time but have not gotten around to actually sewing for myself. Well today was the day! I used an old quilt which saved lots of time!

I pulled my old quilt out of the closet. It has some very thin spots from use but most of the quilt is in very good condition. My thinking is to recycle some of it and turn the rest into a smaller throw.

Here is my teapot. I pulled it out of the cupboard to use as a guide to construct a pattern for my tea cozy. This project is so easy that it would make a great first time sewing project with the kids, grand kids or any beginning sewist. It whips up very quickly too!!

I decided on a height and width, made one side of my pattern, totally winging the curved part but to make sure that both sides were the same, I drew the left side and then folded the paper in half and used the drawn side as my guide for cutting out the pattern. As it turns out, I could have cut this at least an inch and a half shorter. But on a positive note, it is probably large enough to park one of our cars in......

I cut out the front and back of the cozy after tracing around the pattern I made.

Next I cut out two lining pieces. I used some ivory 100% cotton fabric that I have in my stash.

I stitched up the front and back cut from the quilt with right sides together.  I carefully clipped along the seam allowance in all curved areas and pressed.

 Next I stitched up the two lining pieces right sides together. Again, I clipped all curved areas again, being careful not to cut through the seam. Then I pressed.

I left the quilted cozy wrong side out and inserted the lining after it had been turned right side out. Right sides of both the quilted cozy and the lining were facing. I matched the side seams and pinned to hold in place. Then I stitched the bottom together leaving a 3" opening to turn right side out.

After turning right side out, I finger pressed the opening seams in place and then ironed and pinned closed. You can either close the opening with a whip stitch or top stitch entire bottom being sure to completely close the opening in the top stitching. I top stitched and ironed once again.

Isn't it cute! If you want to add lace, it is easiest to stitch on the cozy before stitching the two pieces together. You can also add buttons, fabric flowers, a ribbon tab pull at the top.....there are so many options to customize this any way you want.

I also cut some squares from the quilt and stitched up some coordinating mug mats.

Each square that I cut from the quilt has a different floral center. I made a set of four.

This tea cozy is for me but it sure would make a lovely gift too! Just add tea! Speaking of tea, I am about to go make a pot now. Wish you could all join me! Tea is so comforting on a cold, snowy day....

Wishing you all a wonderful 2018! See you all again soon!