I have a deep and abiding love for all things tea. From the ceremony of it, to the delicate tea cups and tea pots, to the beautiful utility of the tea cozy. I have several teapots, all different sizes and shapes, and they all need different size tea cozies to keep that cuppa warm while you chat with a friend.
So, instead of a tutorial on how to make a tea cozy for my teapot, I thought it would be more useful to give you some instructions on how to make a tea cozy to fit any teapot. And if you are anything like me, you’ll need more than one.
Note: The exact amount of fabric needed depends on the size of your teapot
- ¼- ½ yard linen or neutral cotton fabric
- 25-30 squares of various prints for patchwork, cut to 2 ½ ” (a mini charm pack is perfect for this)
- ¼- ½ yard cotton fabric for lining
- ¼- ½ yard Insul-Bright (insulated batting) or cotton batting (such as Warm and Natural)
- 1 ½ yards of cotton trim (optional)
- Freezer paper or several sheets of printer paper
(Seam allowance is ¼”, unless otherwise noted.)
Measure Your Teapot
- Measure the width of your teapot around the widest point and jot down the measurement. Mine is 18.5″.
- Measure the height of your teapot all the way around, top to bottom. Mine is 15.5″.
- Take the width measurement, divide by 2 and add 1.5″. For mine this is: 18.5 ÷ 2 + 1.5= 10.7
- Take the height measurement and divide by 2 and add 1.25″. For mine this is: 15.5 ÷ 2+1.25= 9.
Make the Pattern
- Take a length of freezer paper and fold in half. You can also use plain printer paper taped together, but freezer paper has the advantage of sticking to the fabric when you iron it, eliminating the need for pinning the pattern to the fabric later on.
- Mark the height of your teapot on the freezer paper. Mine is 9″.
- Divide the width measurement by 2 and mark on the freezer paper. Mine is actually 5.375″, so I rounded to 5.5″
- Draw a curve from one point to the other. Cut out on the line and unfold. I like to write which teapot this is for and what the formula was, for future reference.