For those of you who enjoy Botanicals in your bath these Bath Teas are perfect for the bath without clogging up the drain or making a big clean up job in the tub when you are done and you can personalize your Bath Spa experience with your personalized and signature combinations.
Step 1: Materials Needed
Fill-able Extra Large Tea Bags, 5 �s (I got mine from brambleberry.com for about 10 cents each but many craft stores carry them as well)
Scraps of fabric cut 6 x 11 inches
Washable Marker (optional) or tracing pencil
Assorted Trims for decorations
Colorants, Scents (Optional) and Fillings for Tea Bags or Potpourri for Sachets.
Step 2: Prepare Your Fabrics
Center tea bag on fabric with one edge off to the side. Fold the fabric over the tea bag leaving about 1/4 inch space on either side.
Press guides in place.
Step 3: Add Embellishments
We found some left over appliques from the Mothers Day Pillow Project for two and penciled in a heart shape to be embroidered on the third.
If using appliques follow manufacturers directions.
Step 4: To Embroider
As you sew catch the tail in the stitches rather than tie a knot. Insert the needle above the stitch on top and bring it up from the back just above the previous stitch.
Work your way around the heart when you reach the end work the needle through the last few stitches just sewn and then back under in the other direction. Cut the thread and turn over.
With right sides together stitch both sides of the bag closed and turn the bag right side out.
Step 5: To Add a Ribbon Hanger
Mark or pin just below the ribbon for a guide to pass the ribbon through. Set the ribbon aside.
With right sides together stitch both sides of the bag closed being careful not to stitch in the ribbon guide. Turn the bag right side out.
Attach a small gold safety pin to the end of the ribbon and pass through the ribbon guide. Draw ends up and tie in a bow.
Step 6: Fill the Tea Bags
For the first one we used Green Tea Bags, Chamomile, a few drops of lavender scent, Vaseline Intensive Care Bath Beads and blue colorant for the water for a relaxing bath spa experience.
Note: DO NOT USE FOOD COLORING unless you want to look like a smurf. Use colorants designed for soap making that will not dye your skin or hair.
For the second one we used Green Tea, Epsom Salts, Powdered Milk and Honey Bear Drops (ground dehydrated honey) for the Milk and Honey Bath Spa Experience.
The third bag with a hanger was filled with fragrant Potpourri to be hung on a hanger in the closet.
Use a hot iron to seal the tea bags and slip them into their holders, folding the pocket opening closed and your project is done.