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How to Make a Tea Book (Sew Warm Contest Entry)

My sister sent me an adorable tea-set in the mail, and I wanted to make her something that she would use and love. Inspired by this project by Christy from Is it Naptime Yet?, I decided to make her a tea book, so that her Earl Grey and Hoji-Cha would stop getting crushed in the bottom of her school bag.

This project can vary from super easy to hard, depending on how detailed you want it to get. If you want the plain vanilla, don't worry about the embroidery-- if you want to learn more about hand-embroidery, drop me a line and I'll make a separate instructable solely on that.

Well, let's get started!

 
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Step 2: Gathering your materials...

Picture of Gathering your materials...
For this project you will need:
~ 2 9"x12" sheets of felt in your favorite colors
~A cool button, preferably 1" or larger in diameter
~A ruler
~Scissors
~Pins
AND
~An embroidery needle
~Complementary embroidery thread
OR
~A sewing machine

Step 3: Measure and Cut

If you're a pro at DIY, or if you have a father who fancies himself a bit of a Mr. Fix-It, you know the age-old axiom "Measure twice, cut once".
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Ah, screw it. I hate axioms. Mistakes in craft projects make them seem more homespun, amiright? Lets just cut this thing and get it over with!

Parts:
For your outside shell, you'll want a piece measuring 7.5"x6"

From your corresponding color, cut out two liner pieces measuring 3.5"x6"

Also from your corresponding color, cut out five pockets that measure 3.5"x2.5" for the pockets, and a strip that measures 1.5"x3.5" for the button strap thingie.

This is so neat! I am actually making one of these for my mom right now, but with black and white felt (Damn you Wal-Mart for not having more of a selection), and brightly colored embroidery floss. I'll be sure to post a picture when I've completed it.
HappyHeadCase (author)  theprincessgeek2 years ago
I'm glad this was helpful! I would LOVE to see pics when you're done. :)
Finished! I decided to simply use a braided band of embroidery floss instead of the flap.
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HappyHeadCase (author)  theprincessgeek2 years ago
That is adorable! I love how the bright embroidery thread pops on the black felt. Very nicely done. And I like the embroidery floss loop-- definitely an improvement. A loop of elastic cord might also look nice.

Thanks for sharing your project with me!
katzenmoon4 years ago
I have recently started making felt and this is a great way to use my experimental pieces. Thanks
sunshiine4 years ago
This is a great concept!  I am going to make one!  thanks for the instructable!
HappyHeadCase (author)  sunshiine4 years ago
Send me pics, I'd love to see your take! <3
I will be happy to!
HappyHeadCase (author)  sunshiine4 years ago
Awesome!
I love this! Off to check out my scraps to see what I have, muahaha.  I think every tea lover I know will be getting one of these quite soon....
HappyHeadCase (author)  crazypantsjones4 years ago
It's a really fast project and great for scraps! *grins* I'm so glad you liked it.
BWP4 years ago
I liiiike :o)  A SO much nicer way to carry my tea bags than the plastic bag I currently employ :o)

oh oh oh and you could do one side tea bag pockets and the other longer thinner ones for hot chocolate sachets for when it's been a baaaaaad morning! Or those fancy individual coffees.

hmmm..... wonder what colour felt I have in my craft corner ........
HappyHeadCase (author)  BWP4 years ago
The idea for hot cocoa pouches is fabulous! I made the pockets on the other side wider apart so that I could put sugar packets in if I wanted. *grins* So glad you like it! Definitely send me pictures if you make one. I'd love to see it!
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