Tutorial – Tea Cosy v.2.0

After making one tea cosy for mum, I decided to make a second for her birthday because I wasn’t completely happy with how the first turned out.  This, then, is how I made tea cosy v.2.0, and it was actually rather easier than the first, as well as fitting the tea pot better.  🙂  (I’ll update with some pix if/when I take some.)Tea cosy

Required (for a good-sized tea pot):

  • Coordinating fabrics; enough to make 20 dresden plate blades 8″ long
  • Scrap of fabric big enough to make the centre circle of the dresden plate
  • 2 1/2″ wide strip of fabric for the elasticated strap (8-10″ long is good)
  • Wadding (I used a heat-resistant wadding, but I think ordinary wadding would be fine too)
  • Lining fabric; must be big enough to cover the completed dresden plate (I used therma-flec, but again, I think ordinary fabric would be fine)
  • Sturdy elastic

All seams are 1/4″ unless stated.

Cut 20 dresden plate blades, divide into two groups of 10 blades and sew together to make half-plates, pressing seams to one side. Match the two half-plates RS together and measure and mark 2″ from the inner curve along the edges of each half, then sew the halves together from the inner curve, stopping at these marks. Press these last two seams open, including the unstitched sections.

Use a circle template or suitable plate to cut out a circle of fabric for the centre (must be at least 1/2″ larger than the hole in the dresden plate). Clip, fold and iron a 1/4″ seam all the way around the circle (I found this easiest to do by sewing a line of stitching 1/4″ from the edge of the circle all the way round and using it as a guide – but use coordinating thread!), then fold in half and press. Open up, fold in half again at right-angles to the previous fold, and press again. Use these creases to line up the circle on the dresden plate and pin, then attach with a line of top-stitching 1/8″ from the edge of the circle.

Pin the finished plate to the wadding and quilt as preferred (I quilted in the ditch along the blades and did stipples for the centre circle). Trim away any excess wadding, cut slits to match those in the plate and cut a circle of lining fabric the same size as the quilted circle. Pin RS together. Using pins or a pencil, mark 1″ openings for the elastic on the slits in the dresden plate; start 1″ from the outer edge, make sure they line up. Sew around the cosy, including around the slits, leaving a gap for turning through along one of the outer curves. Make sure to stop and leave gaps for the elastic where marked, too. Cut through the lining at the slits and clip all corners. Turn through, pin the opening closed and top stitch 1/8″ around the outside edges to secure. A line of top stitching around the centre circle is a good idea, too.

Next, sew the channels for the elastic, following the curve of the outside edge (a stitching guide is very helpful here).  Using a safety pin, feed the elastic through the channel on one side, ruching as desired (it needs to be reasonably tightly ruffled). Stitch at both ends to secure the elastic and trim excess. The other side is tackled similarly, but a longer piece of elastic is needed – feed it through the channel and through the tube of fabric made from the 2 1/2″ strip (fold RS together, stitch along the long side, press seam open and turn RS out). Ruche the cosy and strap to match the other side, note the length of elastic needed; trim off excess, leaving an overlap of ~1″, then sew together firmly with several lines of stitching. Spread the ruffles of the cosy and the strap evenly, and tuck the raw ends of the strap into the elastic channels. Stitch across the openings to secure both the elastic and the ends of the strap.

Enjoy your new tea cosy!  🙂

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