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Hey Megs ❤
Now I did mention that I do have a new hobby which is TEA! I didn’t realize the benefits of it until I started researching it. Oh boy, I have to tell you that as a foodie I dove in head first and learned a lot! One of the things I realized when using loose tea that either I had to use a tiny tea pot and remember that unless I wanted mold growing in my teapot I would have to let the tea leaves air out… believe me I have forgotten about tea pots and when I’ve gone to use them to my horror there was this fuzzy white growth on my precious tea leaves.
Anyhow, to try and navigate my way to being more re-usable friendly not to mention saving money, I decided that I had to come up with something. Re-usable tea bags!!! Funny enough my bright idea was not a novel one as when I told my husband he mentioned that he did believe that there were some out there… well so I’m not original, but hey, anything that saves my pocketbook some doe and allows me to not add to the waste in my trash can I am all for it!
Here is what you will need:
- Fabric (I prefer unbleached fabric like muslin)
- Sewing Machine
- Thread (I prefer Gutermann and if you can find their unbleached cotton thread all the better)
- Ironing Board
- Beads (Optional)
Step 1 Measure and Cut:
Measure your fabric and square it up. Once square, mark where you will be cutting. I used 4.5 inches by 4 inches. Make sure your fabric has been pre-ironed without starch as you will be using this for making tea!
Step 2 Zig then Zag:
For sewing the tea bags I chose to use a zig zag stitch 2.5mm and 2.5mm. I used a quarter-inch seam allowance to sew the bottom first. Be sure to have 2 pieces of muslin matched up and ready to go through the that sewing machine!!!
Step 3 Iron it Down:
Measure and iron down the seam where the ribbon with go through so that you can tie your tea bag shut. Bring freshly ironed tea bags to your sewing machine and chain stitch eat side.
In order to ensure that you are able to have the scrunch and tie that tea bag up; be sure to sew just below the rib of the tea bag. Each side should be sewn so that the loops are still open – remember just below the rib!
Step 5 Flip Out:
After you have sewn each side you will need to cut off the excess on each side. Once the excess is cut off flip the tea bag right side out – make sure you don’t forget to gently push those corners out!
Step 6 Final Touch:
Alright get your beads and ribbon ready and pull out that straw cause you will need it… well unless you have tiny elf like fingers… then I’m jealous! I have some Peruvian beads that I got off of Amazon a while back and thought they would make a beautiful addition to each one of the tea bags. You can just as easily tie a knot at the end of each of the ribbons and then once the tea bag is filled with tea you can tie the tea bag shut.Okay, back to the ribbon and beads – this is when you will need to whip out that straw! Measure out how long you will need for your ribbon and push your ribbon through the straw and be sure that there is ribbon hanging and push it through.
Make sure to hold that other end once you have one side done you will need to repeat it with the next side; you with then have the ribbon through the tea bag. Now that the painful part have finished lol. You will need to push the ribbons through the bead.
Secure the bead by creating a knot at the end of the ribbon so that the bead doesn’t fall off. Repeat the threading of the ribbon through the tea bag for each on of the tea bags you have chosen to make.
These tea bags will make great gifts come holiday time and what’s even better you ask? The are washable, which means re-usable! Please be sure to comment below or share pics as I would love to see what you guys have come up with 🙂