How Sew a Fabric Tea Set

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How Sew a Fabric Tea Set
A tea set can be made out of fabric and embellishments. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

While the history of drinking tea started in China, tea sets have been found throughout the world for hundreds of years. Nobles in Europe would sip tea at parties, while in the United States, families would sit down for tea in the afternoon. These formal sets were soon made popular as a toy for children. Toy tea sets can be made out of tin, glass or porcelain and also out of cloth or fabric. Although minor sewing skills are needed to complete the project, it can be done simply at home.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Paper
  • Paper cup
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • 2 to 3 yards of fabric
  • Acrylic felt
  • Straight sewing pins
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Fiberfill

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    Pattern for Cup and Teapot

  1. 1

    Remove the bottom of a paper cup. Cut the cup in half, so it can lay flat on a piece of paper. Tape the cup to a piece of paper, and trace around it.

  2. 2

    Draw a rectangle on a separate piece of paper for the teapot pattern. The rectangle should be 8.75-inches-by-3.75-inches. Write five V's that are one-inch along the top of the rectangle. The top of each letter should hit the top of the box. Set the pattern aside.

  3. 3

    Draw one circle that is two inches in diameter on a separate piece of paper. This will be used for the bottom of the teapot. Draw a second rectangle that is four and a half by one inch for the handle. Draw a third rectangle that is one and a half by one inch. This will be used for the teapot's spout.

  4. 4

    Repeat the pattern making steps for additional pieces. If it is an eight-piece tea seat, patterns for eight cups will have to be traced and cut.

  5. 5

    Select a fabric for the tea seat. The fabric can have any pattern or colour, but should be medium to heavy weight.

  6. 6

    Cut out each of the pattern pieces, and pin them each to acrylic felt to complete the pattern. Cut out the fabric pieces.

    Sewing the Teapot

  1. 1

    Place the teapot body on the table and fold it in half. Cut a piece of thread several inches long and tie a knot in one end. Insert the other end of the thread through the eye of the needle. Sew along the shorter edge of the teapot with small whip stitches. Turn the body inside out. Sew the V cut edges together using the same stitch. This should form an "O" at the top of the teapot.

  2. 2

    Stitch along the border on the bottom of the teapot. Cut the thread, so that two to three inches remain. Pull the thread slowly, forming a pleated edge and making an "O." This "O" should be similar in size to the top of the teapot. Sew two of the small circles together. Place it on the bottom of the teapot, and attach it to the teapot body. This will cover the opening in the bottom. Stuff the inside of the teapot with fiberfill through the top opening.

  3. 3

    Sew the second set of circles together by stitching around the edges. Leave a small opening to stuff the inside with fiberfill. Sew the opening closed after enough of the fill has been inserted. Sew the lid to the top of the teapot, covering the opening.

  4. 4

    Place the handle piece on the table, and fold it in half. Sew the handle together, starting at the bottom corner. Sew along the bottom and up the open side, stopping at the top of the handle. Stuff the inside of the handle with fiberfill. Sew the top closed after the stuffing is finished. Place the handle on the side of the teapot. Sew the bottom and top edge of the handle to the teapot body.

    Sewing the Cup

  1. 1

    Place the cup pattern piece on the table, fold it in half. Sew along the open edge. Turn the fabric inside out. Insert the second cup piece into the sewn cup piece. Pin the two pieces of fabric together along the edge that is not sewn. Pull the piece that is inside carefully out from the cup, leaving the pins attached. Sew the edges of the inside piece and the outside piece together along the row of pins. Push the second piece of fabric back inside the cup.

  2. 2

    Sew the bottom of the cup together. Pull the thread tight, so pleats form along the bottom of the cup.

  3. 3

    Sew two more circles together, by stitching along the edge. Place the circle on the bottom of the cut. Repeat the same sewing steps for the cup to sew as many cups as needed for the tea set.

Tips and warnings

  • If any embroidery or decorative stitching will be added to the tea cups or teapot add it prior to the pieces being stitched.

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