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This tea set is made with quilting done in a dimensional way.  It's a set of 4 teacups, 4 saucers and a teapot.  This version is made with a striped fabric so that each teacup has a different design, perfect for a mad tea party.  The set is entirely hand sewn, so it's a super project for keeping your hands busy in front of the tv.
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Step 1: Supplies and Equipment

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Fabric - a yard will get the job done, I used three different fabrics.  One was a bubbly print that I used inside the cups and pot, one was an all over that I used for the saucers and one was a stripe that I used for the outsides of the cups and pot.  A variety of florals or more simple stripes would have given a more traditional look.

Thread - match your fabric, mine is ordinary white sewing thread.

Sewing basics - needles, scissors, etc.

Fray Check - use this when you intentionally or unintentionally cut a seam allowance smaller than you like.  It will help stabilize the edge of the fabric so it doesn't fray out when you need it.

Iron and ironing board - iron on interfacing with this, and the more often you press things in place as you work them nicer your finished pieces will be.

You will need to choose to either use an iron-on interfacing OR use freezer paper and batting.

Fusible interfacing - 2-3 yards, relatively lightweight if this is for display, heavier weight if some dolls will be making regular use of it.


Freezer paper - you'll need several feet - cut the interfacing shapes on the pattern, iron it in place, and pull the paper before sewing things closed.

Batting - cut pieces to match the interfacing patterns, put the batting in before sewing things closed.

I used the interfacing for a smoother, simpler look (and the directions focus on this method), but feel free to switch it up and use the paper piecing and batting method for a softer, cuddlier tea set.

This really adorable, thank-you! Wanting to make it for display only for one of my Alice inspired shows this summer :)

That is so cute! My daughter just loves Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter and all tea party stuff. I'll have to make this for her. Your instructions are very clear, thanks!!!

I love this instructable sooo much, finally finished mine, only managed one teacup so far, and doesnt look quite as neat as yours but so much fun, thank you for posting this!
Hymn3 years ago
Positively lovely! I wish I had your skills when it comes to pattern drafting. :)
tinker2343 years ago
hey could i uise a old tea set and sew this on that way i could drink out of them if i wish but not for amking tea
flyingpuppy3 years ago
I seriously thought these were real. VERY good job!
pkwj3 years ago
This is an awesome instructible! Thank you so much for taking the time to post it. My 8 year old is obsessed w/tea pots...she will SO be getting this set for Christmas!!! :)
Lindie3 years ago
Very cool!
skyisblu3 years ago
This is an absolutely gorgeous project. Congratulations on a fantastic job!
happyjo3 years ago
This is amazingly beautiful! :D :D
terriann3 years ago
This is just straight-out-of-Wonderland amazing! You are so clever and the steps are so well explained. I would have died for these as a little girl; so long as I had mini-teacups to serve to my dolls as well!
LyndaPoo3 years ago
My daughter, who is 4 and a self-professed queen of all the parties that are tea - would LOVE something like this to have herself a happy tea party. Lovely - absolutely lovely. Thanks for sharing!!
przem3 years ago
Looks great, and surely makes a great toy, but trying to actually drink from it would make the Really Mad Tea Party ;-)

On the other hand, if you added a waterproof inside layer ... [just thinking loudly]
Yes... this seems to me like a good idea...
A lightweight, foldable and unbreakable tea set...

Maybe a thick foil cut to the shape (the same as fabric) then heat fused and sewn together with the fabric...
It might work...
If only I had enough skills and patience to make it...
technoplastique (author)  przem3 years ago
Thanks! I could imagine that a vinyl/pvc sort of material constructed with glue might work. I'm having a great time making things that shouldn't be fabric out of fabric, so I think I'll stick with that for now...
Great work. Very whimsical and eye catching. No need to make it for real (usable), it is what it is. Art.
mdeblasi1 przem3 years ago
Noooo, It's art. :O .
It's not for using; it's for, as you said, Thinking Loudly.
technoplastique (author)  mdeblasi13 years ago
I do make useful things sometimes, but I always come back to making art ;-)
YellerKitty3 years ago
Actually, if one wanted to make this a usable tea-set, it would be easier, and undoubtedly more successful, to start with an actual teapot and some heat-proof glass cups, and cut the pattern pieces to make a quilted 'slipcover' for the teapot and cups. I wouldn't try to cover the cup handles, just take some colorful cotton embroidery floss in colors that compliment the pattern in the fabrics, and do a couple of layers of blanket stitch over them in a striped pattern, then use tiny velcro strips to close the slipcover around the cup at the point where the handle is. I'd be sure to not take the slipcover all the way to the rim of the cup or the end of the teapot spigot ... nobody wants a mouthful of soggy quilt, and the tea would stain the quilting.
technoplastique (author)  YellerKitty3 years ago
But slipcovering would be like cheating - it took a lot of model making and testing to get fabric to be shaped right without being a slipcover!
scoochmaroo3 years ago
Um, wow.
technoplastique (author)  scoochmaroo3 years ago
Thank you!