Introduction: Heart-shaped Tea Bag

A few days ago I saw a heart shaped tea bag on the internet and that inspired me to create my own with a couple of variations.

I know that tea bags are going to be thrown in the garbage after a few minutes so this probably looks useless, but taking some time to do this for someone you love is worth it, isn't it? :)

Step 1: What You Need

  • tea bag with tea
  • red thread and needle
  • piece of red fabric
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • hot glue

Step 2: Open the Tea Bag

First of all you have to open up your tea bag. Be very careful and make sure that it doesn't break too much and the tea leaves don't get out of the filter.
I'm not sure if tea bags are all the same, but you can see how I opened mine in the pictures above.

When your tea bag is open, remove the tea leaves and put them aside for a while. DON'T throw them away, you'll put them back in when the "new" filter is ready :)

Step 3: Cut the Heart

It's time to work on the filter now.

Now that your filter is empty, flatten that sheet of paper a little so that you have a flat rectangle to work on.
Fold it in half on the short side and draw a heart on it using a pencil.
When you are done drawing it, cut it. Remember that there's the other half of paper in the back so you'll get 2 identical hearts.

I noticed that my heart turned out too big to be a tea bag so I actually cut it smaller than the drawing I made at first.
You must always remember that this is, and will be, a tea bag! So don't make the heart too big :)

Step 4: Sew the Heart

Prepare a long piece of red thread with the needle. 

Sew the 2 hearts together starting from the middle spot where the two parts of the heart join. Sew all around the heart staying a couple of millimeters below the edges.
I'm not good at sewing so if you have a better way to do it, just do it! :D You can even do it using a sewing machine, but be careful because the filter paper is very thin and tends to break easily.

When you have sewn about half (or a little more) of the heart, insert the tea leaves in the heart-shaped bag. Once the tea is all in again, you can continue to sew the rest of the heart.
Don't cut the thread when you are done! Keep it as a tea bag holder so you don't need to attach a new one.
Of course you can put a new one if the remaining thread is too short, and at the same time you can cut it if it's too long.

Step 5: The Fabric Heart

I decided to make a little fabric heart as tea bag holder.

To do this, draw 2 little hearts on a piece of red fabric and cut them. They MUST be identical so you can fold the fabric in half and cut the heart that way, just like you did for the filter.
I made my hearts about 2cm big (0.78 inches).

Now glue the tip of the tea bag thread (the one that I told you not to cut before) on one of the fabric hearts using hot glue.
Finally, glue the other fabric heart on the first one, like a sandwich with the thread in the middle :D

That's it! Your tea bag is ready :) Super fast and simple!

Comments

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faiza007 (author)2014-03-13

Congratulations again lin..! :)

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lindarose92 (author)faiza0072014-03-13

Thank you Faiza and congratulations to you too! :D

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lindarose92 (author)2014-03-11

Thank you very much! :)

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786Ayesha (author)2014-03-11

Congratulation! again

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lindarose92 (author)786Ayesha2014-03-11

Thank you Ayesha! :D

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Muhaiminah Faiz (author)2014-03-08

Congrats Linda! the Valentine's day contest was fun! most of the ibles which made it to finals were unexpected :D

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It's always a good feeling :) Thank you Muhaiminah!!

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Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2014-03-07

Wow...Linda, I am so happy to know that you are a finalists. Congratulations!!

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Thank you Tarun! This was unexpected :)

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That is even more awesome :), such surprises are much better.

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emilyvanleemput (author)2014-03-07

Congratulations on being a finalist :D

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Thank you Emily! And congratulations to you too!! :D

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Thank you! :D

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faiza007 (author)2014-03-07

Congratulations lin..! ;)

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lindarose92 (author)faiza0072014-03-07

Thank you! Congratulations to you too for being a finalist in the Paracord contest!! :)

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faiza007 (author)lindarose922014-03-07

thanks a lot.! :)

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786Ayesha (author)2014-03-01

I come from a Tea plantation family,and drink only Tea.Nice idea for our company.

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lindarose92 (author)786Ayesha2014-03-01

Wow, thank you so much Ayesha! :)

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patsheldon (author)2014-02-24

perfect! this is so cute!!

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lindarose92 (author)patsheldon2014-02-24

Thank you so much! :)

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Luna-Lovegood (author)2014-02-22

This is so cute!

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I'm glad you like it :)

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hunter999 (author)2014-02-18

Yet another ingenious idea! How do you tune ideas out so fast? (do you have minions working for you?! ;) )

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lindarose92 (author)hunter9992014-02-18

haha I wish I did! As I wrote in the description, I saw a heart-shaped tea bag a few days ago and decided to make my own too, so that wasn't too hard to think of! And about the others, I didn't make all of them at once...for example, I made the miniature card weeks before I published it here. I have periods where I don't publish anything for a long time and then others where I publish everything, including the "old" ones :D

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hunter999 (author)lindarose922014-02-18

Oh right! Sounds good to send out a horde of 'Ible's :-) Sorry, I should have read the description in more depth :-/ - I read it after I posted the above comment. Its good that you were inspired. Everyone of my 'Ibles are completely inspired...

Thinking about it, every 'Ible that is currently being posted is inspired in one way or another.

Also, what's your favourite kind of tea? < (sorry for a random Q)

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lindarose92 (author)hunter9992014-02-19

I always drink green tea, so I guess it's my favorite one...

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hunter999 (author)lindarose922014-02-19

Oh right! Cool!

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hunter999 (author)2014-02-18

Speaking of which, I have a project to enter in the Valatines Day contest...

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lindarose92 (author)hunter9992014-02-18

I look forward to see it :)

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hunter999 (author)lindarose922014-02-18

Its art expressed in another way. Way different to the brilliant types of art that you have produced :D...

I hope to post in a day or two...

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Muhaiminah Faiz (author)2014-02-18

Cutest teabag ever! adorable idea :)

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Thank you Muhaiminah!! :)

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faiza007 (author)2014-02-18

Oh linda..! This is such a cute thing..I am in love with these cuties.. :D

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lindarose92 (author)faiza0072014-02-18

I'm so glad you like it Faiza! Thank you so much! :)

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Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2014-02-17

If only someone can think like this beautiful thing, it's Linda :), kinda cool gift for a tea addict like me :D

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Aw thank you so much Tarun! I'm a tea addict too so I HAD to try this! :D

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Plunged_u (author)2014-02-17

Fantastic! I think I'll make some for my girlfriend

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lindarose92 (author)Plunged_u2014-02-18

Great, I'm glad you like it! Have fun!! :)

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porcupinemamma (author)2014-02-17

What a cool gift! Thanks so much for posting your Instructable! I am going to try and make one. This is a perfect gift for a person on a tight budget to make too!

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Yes, definitely...I always use materials that I already have, my favorite kind of projects! :)

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Captain MacTavish (author)2014-02-17

enter it in the valentines day contest if you can!

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emilyvanleemput (author)2014-02-17

So cute!

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Thank you Emily! :)

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