How to Make Homemade Tea Bags

Updated April 17, 2017

Drinking tea is a well-loved custom. Originally tea was made using tea balls to hold loose-leaf tea. Eventually this evolved to the convenient disposable tea bag. Now because of a growing interest in green living and a revived interest in drinking loose-leaf tea, people are searching for a better way to make tea than disposable bags that are used once and thrown out. A homemade tea bag is reusable and perfect for loose-leaf tea, making it an excellent alternative to disposable bags.

Cut a piece of muslin approximately 3 by 4 inches. The cloth can also be cut a little larger if desired, depending on how much loose tea is wanted in the finished bag.

Poke two holes with the needle on either side of the fabric at the top. One hole should be 1/4 inch from the top, and the other hole, 3/8 inch from the top. Thread the string through the holes, leaving each end of the string hanging out of the holes. This will leave the main part of the string on the inner side of the fabric.

Fold the upper part of the muslin over the main string, covering it. Sew the material shut so that the string is enclosed in a small tube of fabric.

Fold the sides together so that the end strings are inside of the fabric. Lightly press the fabric with the iron so that it will stay together. Sew the bottom and sides around the edges with small stitches, leaving the top where the strings are inside open.

Turn the finished bag right side out. When ready to use, fill with desired loose tea and pull bag closed with the drawstring ends. Immerse teabag in hot water to brew tea.


Make larger bags to make a pot of tea instead of a cup. To reuse tea bags, hang them up to dry, then dump dried tea leaves out and reuse bags.


Do not use the same tea leaves over and over, as wet tea left sitting in a used teabag can become mouldy before the next cup.

Things You'll Need

  • Muslin cloth
  • Cotton string in preferred colour
  • Scissors
  • Sewing awl or reupholstering needle
  • Loose tea
  • Sewing machine or needle and white thread
  • Iron
  • Ironing board or surface to use iron
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Connie Whiting has been a professional writer since 1999. She is published in Red Rock Press Anthologies and "Legacy" magazine. She is also an experienced food column writer. Past positions include certified dental assistant and virtual assistant for “Your Invisible Assistant” a service focused on travel arrangements and media writing. Currently, Connie writes for Demand Studios while pursuing an Associate of Arts.