A tea cozy is a quaint kitchen item that many may not use anymore. However, it is the best way to keep tea, or even coffee, hot for a leisurely couple of cups. Tea cozies are quilted or insulated fabric coverings for hot teapots. This tea cozy looks like a pretty country cottage. No matter what your skill level, you will be able to sew this cottage tea cozy.
Materials Needed for the Country Cottage Tea Cozy
1. One half yard pre-quilted fabric
2. One half yard muslin or cotton lining
3. Dark fabric for the roof and door
4. Brown bias tape
5. Ribbon roses
6. Felt fabric scraps
7. Needle and thread or sewing machine
Sewing the Country Cottage Tea Cozy
The cottage tea cozy begins with two pieces of the pre-quilted fabric. Each one should be in the shape of a rectangle with a truncated triangle on the top. Imagine the basic shape of a small house with a roof. Cut out two of these shapes large enough to fit over your teapot.
The next step is to cut out a piece of the dark fabric large enough to cover the roof section on each side. Fold over the bottom edge and use a needle and thread or your sewing machine to stitch along that edge. Also, sew angled lines up each roof side to the top. Think rows of shingles or boards!
Once the roof material is stitched in place, put the right sides of the fabric pieces together and stitch around the outside edge to attach them. Do the same with the muslin lining pieces.
Insert the wrong side of the sewn lining into the inside of the tea cozy. Turn the bottom edges together and sew. You now have a lined tea cozy with a roof.
Decorating the Country Cottage Tea Cozy
A cottage shape and a roof do not make a complete country cottage, however. Now you need to decorate the tea cozy so it does.
Start by cutting out a rectangle of fabric for the door. Place it in the center of one side and use a needle and thread to tack it on. Then, cut the bias tape to provide the trim around the door. Sew this on to cover the raw edges. Stitch on a button for a doorknob.
You can make a window in much the same way. Use the bias tape for the windowsills and trim. Use your needle and thread to stitch in cross sections on the window.
The final step in making your country cottage tea cozy is planting the roses. Use a hot glue gun with high heat glue to attach the ribbon roses to a faux window box or near the bottom of the tea cozy. You can also make a small cat out of felt fabric scraps and glue him next to the door.