Tea… my number 1 obsession. Craft… my number 2 obsession. When the two of them intersect it makes me a very happy girl. So how to make that happen? Craft a tea wallet for my purse! Some people are really particular about their teas blends, when I was little I had an adopted grandmother who loved lemon juice in her tea and rather than ask when she visited other people’s houses she would carry a bottle of it in her handbag… not even a small bottle… one of those big yellow squeezy bottles. Following on from that there are sometimes when I just desperately feel like a particular blend. When I worked in an office I had a huge collection of my favorites in my desk draw just in case! Now that I work for myself it’s all about portability and thus the tea wallet was decided upon.
This was my end result, it folds in half and fits neatly into a bag pocket…
Indeed the stitching is not particularly neat but I think this was more of a test run for a better, prettier version so I didn’t want to spend a huge amount of time on it only to find out the end result sucked and I never used it! I’ve also just had no patience for crafts lately, hence the lack of tutorials >_< Now that I know it does get used I’m going to spend more time on a re-make and machine stitch it all :DWhat you need:
First step let’s make the little bag part. You need two rectangles of fabric, one which fits two teabags with enough gab around them like this:
And one which is as wide but around 3cm shorter so it can form a pocket like this:
Working with the pocket, take your needle and thread and fold one of the long sides over twice to form a rolled seam. Stitch down to keep it in place. I’m using white thread so you can see where I’m stitching.
Lay it on top of the larger piece with the seam facing up.
Stitch around the edges of the pocket like this…
And flip the whole thing inside out ^_^
You should have something like this!
Next fold the edges around the top and sides in and stitch all around the outside. Also stitch a line in the middle so it becomes 2 pockets.
You should have something along these lines…
Now it’s time for decorations. I chose to use the Lizlisa mascots because they are adorable and the girl has her hair in my absolute favorite style! I love the little lamb and girl mascots so much they are my phone background too XD You can see the originals on the Lizlisa tumblr here.
So I cut out my felt pieces to match, you can use anything though. If anyone wants a pattern for these let me know and I’ll add it to the list. I’m planning to put up around 10 patterns for old tutorials at a time starting in the next few weeks once I’ve stopped moving around so much.
Very easy to do… just stitch the felt characters on.
The girl was too big because I didn’t really think it all through so I decided to just leave her hair sticking up over the top as a point of interest. Big hair for the win XD
After everything’s in place just stitch on their faces and any details they’re missing and you’re finished!
When I re-do it I’m going to add a lot more detail to the faces and maybe do full on embroidery in the various colours.
So there you go, a tea project for tea tragics like me XD Hope that was a useful starting point for some of you and fingers crossed I get time for more crafting next weekend so I can maybe get my groove back with it >_<