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As snow covers the ground, many of us are embracing the winter season.  Snuggled in blankets we relax as we sip tea and read a book. Snow  was a welcomed relief this year, especially after such a hot summer.  I did not even mind weathering the storm to buy some delicious tea.  I thought weighted tea bags would be appropriate for my contest entry. This project was quick, and easy to make and would be something to consider for Christmas gifts.
 
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Step 1: Supplies

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What you will need:
  • Scraps of muslin, sheer, lace, or Netting cut into 5 X 5 squares
  • Embroidery thread
  • Sewing needle
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Marking pen
  • Loose tea leaves
  • Glue 
  • Buttons
  • Glass jewels 
  • Tea spoon
Please note:  I liked the glass jewels but buttons glued together will be sufficient weight.  

Step 2: Pattern

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Cutting out the pattern:
  • You will need to cut a square piece of fabric 5X5 for each weighted tea bag.

Step 3: Sewing The Seams

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Seams:
  • Fold the square in half with right sides together.
  • Thread the needle and sew along the bottom and the side as shown.
  • Tie it off.
  • Clip the threads.

Step 4: Top Hem

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Hemming the top:
  • Fold the top edge down (about the 1 1/2 inches and:
  • Turn it under the same amount again. 
  • You will sew it in the next step.
  • The pictures show one sewn and one not sewn.  

Step 5: Draw String

Method: This is the draw string.
  • Carefully turn the bag right side out without disturbing the hem.
  • Begin sewing at the seam ( through all the layers,  leaving the bag open as you sew,)  across the top just below the top edge.
  • Stitch all the way around until you meet up with the beginning stitch.  Don't trim the threads or back stitch.
  • ​ Mine are a little too long so I would cut them about 9 inches.
  • Trim off what you don't want. 
  • Tie each end in a knot. 

Step 6: Weights

Method:
  • Spread the draw strings out as shown.
  • Dab some glue on the center of the glass jewels.
  • Stick the string in the glue.
  • Center the button over the string and press.
Mauigerbil2 years ago
This is something I would get for christmas. *sips peppermint tea* I love intresting tea flavors.
sunshiine (author)  Mauigerbil2 years ago
Thanks for sharing and please do have a splendorous day!
Sunshiine
bajablue2 years ago
Gotcha!
sunshiine (author)  bajablue2 years ago
Thanks so much! Have a beautiful day!
Sunshiine
I voted for this!
sunshiine (author)  PotatoCoffee2 years ago
Thanks so much for your support! I always have fun on Instructables making stuff. The best part is I can share my creations world wide! Thanks again and do have a very Merry Christmas!
Sunshiine
To you to!
sunshiine (author)  PotatoCoffee2 years ago
Thanks!
susanrm3 years ago
Cool idea. I usually leave my teabag in, and I tear off the tag and string to let it soak. The idea of refillable bags is nice. If I didn't have a wonderful teapot and a mug that strains tea, I might go to the trouble...

One thing to consider is that for food-related items, you may want to pre-wash the fabric and double or triple rinse it. Then sew it up, and then after sewing, wash again before filling with tea. We don't know where that fabric has been, right?
sunshiine (author)  susanrm3 years ago
I almost added the part about washing the fabric but figured people would do that. Thanks for sharing your comment! Hope your weekend is going well.
Sunshiine
canucksgirl3 years ago
This is such a cool idea sunshiine! Everyone in my family has a cup of tea before bed, and most of us skip the loose kind (because there's no place to put it).

This could be a great DIY gift to make the family. Thanks a bunch.
sunshiine (author)  canucksgirl3 years ago
Thanks for commenting! I enjoyed another cup today! I had plans on making something amazing but could not find what I needed in my tiny town. I will have to share when I go to Texas or take a day trip somewhere. Sweet dreams! Sunshiine
ASSEactu3 years ago
oh, I like cooking too, thanks for sharing.
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sunshiine (author)  ASSEactu3 years ago
Thanks for leaving a comment! Have a relaxing evening.
Sunshiine
ChrysN3 years ago
Cool idea, and the weights are so pretty!
sunshiine (author)  ChrysN3 years ago
Thanks ChrysN! I am real pleased with the way they turned out. They remind me of wine charms. Stay warm! Sunshiine
Nice!
sunshiine (author)  PotatoCoffee3 years ago
Thank! Oh I like your picture!
Sunshiine
Why thank you! Your welcome! =)
That is very cute! I like the different buttons and gems you used as weights :)
sunshiine (author)  Penolopy Bulnick3 years ago
That was the most fun part! Thanks for commenting and have a super day!
Sunshiine
rimar20003 years ago
Excellent, Sylvia!

Here we drink "matecocido". It is an infusion done with "yerba mate", green colour. At present it is marketed in little bags like tea. I use to get off the thread and the label to avoid the siphon effect that makes a little puddle under the cup.

BTW, here it is very hot, one must protect himself from the UV sun light, sleep a siesta and drink much liquid.
sunshiine (author)  rimar20003 years ago
Thanks for sharing rimar! We have siestas here also! LOL. Keep smiling!
Sunshiine
blossom92833 years ago
Cute idea for the tea bag and decorations on the can
sunshiine (author)  blossom92833 years ago
Thanks! I have been wanting to make these for a long time. I am so glad that I did. Have a lovely day!
Sunshiine