Today being the first of February – winter’s shortest, yet often fiercest month – the Gribook Accessories bunch has a treat for you.
We’ll show you how we make a Tea Cosy and hold a GIVEAWAY!
At Gribook Accessories, we like books, all things comfy, practical and pretty – and we also like tea. Which explains why we make Tea Cosies. Some of you have already seen the ones we made for tea-loving customers. They look like a fabric lid, or a hat of sorts and are perfect for keeping the tea warm in your teapot.
When I first received a Tea Cosy as a gift, I didn’t know what to make of it. Why would I need a hat-looking object for my kitchen? After my husband figured out it’s purpose, it has become a very much used and appreciated item, especially when we have friends over and we need to keep the tea hot. Thank you for the awesome gift, Bex and Flo!
Let me guide you through the process.
How to make a Tea Cosy
To start with, we choose the fabric. It is best to have a sturdy and thick cotton type fabric for the outside – in fun colours or print, of course. For the inside, choose a soft fabric in one bold colour. Both fabrics need to be cut in the dome-like shape of the Tea Cosy. We make a pattern first, and then cut them according to it.
We also use padding fabric that will serve for thermal insulation purposes. We added an extra padding to this outside fabric, because it was not thick enough. It’s lovely-looking, though, isn’t it?
Olga, who does all the top-notch sewing at Gribook Accessories, is then sewing the outside fabric together with the padding.
This is for you to see all the layers of padding we use, so that the Tea Cosy is not just pretty, but keeps your tea warm.
Next, is the sewing of the inside layer.
Both parts need to be sewn together.
When they are sewn together, they look something funny like this. I don’t think many would guess what that item is exactly, at this point. But as soon as you put the inside fabric in, it looks very close to the final product.
One small last detail – you fix the two parts to each other sewing them by hand, so they stay firm together.
Here it is – our winter-wonderland Tea Cosy!
Let us know if you tried to make a Tea Cosy and how well you did. We’ll gladly try to answer your questions about the process, too. If you’re not much into sewing, but would still like to purchase a Tea Cosy for yourself, or as a gift, do let us know here:
We’ll be glad to make one for you.
The Tea Cosy we made needs to find a home. All you need to enter the giveaway is this:
leave a comment and tell us what is your favourite TEA and your favourite BOOK.
If you have a tea you like because of a certain book, let us know about that, too. That’ll only increase your chances of winning. All three of us at Gribook Accessories (Igor, Olga and I) will decide who the Tea Cosy goes to, and we’ll be as objective as we can. You have a whole week to enter the competition, and we’ll announce the winner in the next post (next Wednesday).
Looking forward to hearing all about the teas and the books you love!
p.s. I will be expanding on my predilection for tea in a future post.