A quilted tea cosy will keep your tea hot in the teapot. Teapots come in many sizes and shapes, so making a custom pattern for your own pot is an essential element of the project. The gift of a teapot with a coordinated custom quilted cosy would make a thoughtful handmade gift to a tea lover for Mother's Day or a birthday. The quilting project is not complicated and would be appropriate for a teenager who takes an interest in sewing projects.
Measure the height and width of the teapot. Add 6 inches to each measurement. Draw a rectangle on the craft paper to the measurements. Draw curves at the top corners, using the compass, to create a curved top to the tea cosy. Cut out the pattern template with scissors.
Pin the pattern to the cotton fabric with straight pins and cut out two pieces of the fabric. Repeat, cutting out two pieces of the quilt batting and cotton muslin.
Layer one piece of muslin, batting and cotton on a flat surface. Pin the three layers together with the six safety pins, evenly spaced apart. Repeat with the remaining pieces of fabric and batting.
Attach the masking tape to the top of the cotton, creating a 3-inch grid pattern. Sew along the edges of the masking tape with the needle and thread, making small stitches through all three layers. Remove the masking tape and safety pins.
Pin the two quilted sections together with straight pins, right sides together, along the sides and top curved edges of the tea cosy. Sew a straight stitch 1/4-inch from the edge. Turn the cosy to the right side.
Cut a 2-inch wide piece of cotton fabric to twice the length of the bottom edge of the cosy plus 1-inch for the bottom cosy binding. Pin the length to the bottom edge of the cosy, right sides together, and sew a 1/4-inch seam to attach the binding to the cosy.
Fold the binding to the inside of the cosy 1/2-inch twice. Turn the cosy inside out and stitch the binding to the inside. Turn the completed cosy to the outside.
Things you need
- Tea pot
- Tape measure
- Craft paper
- 1/4-yard cotton fabric
- 1/4-yard cotton muslin
- 1/4-yard quilt batting
- 6 safety pins
- Masking tape
- Straight pins