Properly served tea is not a tea bag dipped into hot water that has been zapped in the microwave. To create that perfect cup of tea, heat the tea water, add it to your warmed porcelain pot (warmed by running warm water through it), and then add loose tea to the pot.
Let it set until the flavor strength is to your taste. Pour tea into cups that are covered with a strainer. Keep your tea hot with your beautiful new tea cozy.
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One 9.5" x 19" piece of outer fabric
One 9.5" x 19" lining fabric
Two pieces Insul-Bright*, each measuring 5" x 9.5"
*(or cotton batting, if you are not using Insul-Bright)
1 yard 1/4" ribbon
thread to match
basic sewing supplies: sewing ruler, scissors, pins, fabric pencil
1. CUT FABRIC PIECES
Cut 19" x 9.5" lining
Cut 19" x 9.5" outer fabric
Cut two pieces 5" x 9.5" Insul-Bright insulation
Cut 1 yard of 1/4" ribbon
Iron under 1/4" on each short end of lining and outer fabric.
2. MARK FABRIC / BASTE INSUL-BRIGHT
On the right side of the lining, draw two dots 2" from the edge of one short end, so that the dots are 2" from the short end and right next to the side edges. Draw two more dots 1/2" from the first set of dots. Repeat on the opposite short end. You will now have 4 dots on each short end.
Draw a line across the center.
Turn piece to wrong side. Repeat all markings. Place Insul-Bright so that top edge is 1/4" from center line. Baste along sides, close to edge. Repeat on other side of center line.
If you are using batting instead of Insul-Bright, skip the part on adding the Insul-Bright. You will add batting at a later step.
3. STITCH OUTER FABRIC TO LINING
Pin outer fabric and lining right sides together.
Stitch along two long sides, leaving casing areas (area between dots) open. Blue lines on right represent stitch areas. Use 1/4" seam.
DO NOT STITCH BETWEEN DOTS
4. GATHER CENTER
TURN RIGHT SIDE OUT
With the piece right side out, draw a line 1/4" on each side of the center line. Using a long basting stitch, stitch 2 gathering lines, using your drawn lines as a guide.
Leave long tails on your thread.
Photo: stitched line is shown in red.
Pull on the upper threads of one end with one hand, while adjusting gathers with the other end. Pull until wide at center
equals 4.25". NOTE: tie off ends of thread to hold gathers in place.
The photo on the right shows a single layer of fabric that is gathered. This is an example of gathering.