Monday, February 9, 2009

Tea Bag Wallet



FYI: Rad Linc Crafts is currently having a giveaway and the prize is a Tea Bag Wallet and a $10 giftcard to Joann's.  See here!!! Giveaway ends July 31, 2011.  Comment the Giveaway Post to Enter.

I have a friend that takes tea bags with her everywhere. When we go out to eat, she just orders hot water. I thought of her immediately when I saw a different version of this tea bag wallet come up in my RSS reader. After some searching I found this pattern.

Anyway, here's the one I made, and how I did it.

Materials:
5.5" x 6.5" fabric (2)
4.75" x 6.5" fabric (2)
3" - 4" piece of ribbon
1 button

How to:

1. Fold the 2 smaller fabrics lengthwise. Ironing these down make it easier to work with. These will be the pockets.

2. Sew the folded edge of the 2 fabrics.

3. Sew the bottom edge of 1 of the pockets onto one of the bigger fabric rectangles. This will be the top pocket so what I did was sorta position the tea bag to where I wanted it. I eventually decided to line the bottom edge about 1.25" away from the bottom edge of the bigger fabric. Pinning this down would have probably been a good idea, but I didn't find it too necessary... so it's up to you.

4. Sew in the bottom pocket to the same fabric rectangle that you sewn the other pocket in. You'll want to line up the bottom of that rectangle to the bottom of your pocket.



5. Mark a center line of the rectangle (fabric pencils work well here). Sew a line straight down the middle like the picture.

6. Sew in the ribbon with the fold facing the pockets like shown.

7. Put the fabric with the pockets and the last piece of fabric together right sides facing each other. Sew almost all the way around. Leave a small hole in one of the sides so that the fabric can be invereted to the right side out.

8. Oops, I forgot to put the interfacing... well, I went ahead and put it on here... I guess it doesn't really matter much, so iron it on.



9. Cut the corners.

10. Invert the fabric thru the little hole you left.

11. Iron the edges down.

12. Sew around the whole thing. Remember to fold in the open hole.



13. Almost done. You just need to attach a button now. Fold it in half, and see where the button should be. I marked the spot with a pen. Sew in the button.



That's it. Not too hard, right? I'll be ordering hot water the next time I go to a restaurant. :-D

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love this one!

Captain Monkeypants said...

This is awesome! As a tea-drinker, i think i need to have one of these. If only I had a sewing machine :) I like the fabric that you chose, also. Good choice! This is such a great idea!

trojanlily said...

Oooooh! I like this a lot. Now that I am getting over my dislike of tea... :-P

luluvision said...

Thanks for sharing your tute on this!
I made one and it can be seen here!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/luluvision/4072215249/

Fe said...

@luluvision: You're welcome. Great job on your tea bag wallet. I love your fabric. :-) Thanks for sharing your picture.

Linda said...

I love this idea! Wish I had found you in time to make this for my tea-drinking buddies for Christmas, but hey, there are other holidays coming up LOL!

Thanks for sharing this!

horselag said...

thanks for your pattern!! I made one to offer a gift. It was a success
http://horselagfamofoyerisme.blogs.marieclaireidees.com/archive/2010/02/18/pochette-fleur-the-et-trousse-couture.html

Fe said...

@horselag: You're welcome. Your tea bag wallet looks great. Well done. Thanks for sharing the link.

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