My teapot has a circumference of 50cm around horizontally inside the handle and around the base of the spout and a circumference of 47cm vertically over the highest point of the lid.
I think this is classed as a 6 cup tea pot.
These instructions can be modified for use with any size teapot.
Place teapot on table top and measure over the top – mine measures 36cm. Halve this measurement (18cm) then add on seam allowances – although I will sew 1cm seams I add on 1.5cm seam allowances to allow for the curve that will be created by the darts – this gives me a vertical measurement of 21cm. Halve the measurement of the circumference of the teapot (mine is 50cm) this gives me a horizontal measurement of 25cm. This gives me the starting rectangle for creating my pattern. There is no need to add seam allowances to the horizontal measurement as there are no side seams.
I played about with this paper rectangle folding in darts and fitting it to my teapot to get the best fit; this is the resulting pattern with all the measurements marked on – remember that you may have to adjust these measurements if your teapot is a different size.
Now you will need a main fabric, a lining fabric, wadding(batting), bias binding, matching threads and a fastening – e.g. a press stud or hook and eye. 1 fat quarter of each fabric is sufficient.
A Word on Wadding: the image below shows polyester wadding on the left and cotton heirloom wadding on the right. The cotton wadding has a much closer texture, the polyester is more open and airy. Many people prefer to sandwich the wadding between 2 layers of fabric before quilting; I would certainly do this with the polyester wadding as it can catch on the feed dogs but I didn’t use a backing fabric with the cotton wadding for this small project.
I have made up my tea cosy with a quilted layer and a separate lining, this means that it is reversible. Alternatively you could make a sandwich of the main fabric, wadding and lining fabric and quilt these, this will give you a seam on the inside of your tea cosy.
Making Up Tea Cosy
Cut 2 rectangles of each of the main fabric, lining fabric and wadding and transfer the markings to all pieces. Layer each main fabric piece with a wadding piece and, if desired, quilt in the pattern of your choice; if not quilting tack around the edge to secure.
I have appliqued these Russian dolls from another fabric using Bondaweb – I ironed Bondaweb to the back of the fabric pieces then cut out the shapes, you then peel the backing paper off and iron on to the main fabric pieces. I have quilted around the shapes with a small zigzag stitch through the fabric and wadding.
If you turn the fabric right side out and shape the darts you will see that the cutting line marked on the outside forms a straight line across the top of the darts, this is what you want – cut off the corners along these cutting lines.
With right sides together join main pieces together along this top line. Repeat with lining pieces.
With wrong sides together pin lining to main fabric matching darts, seam lines and all edges; tack around all edges to secure.
Use bias binding, either purchased or home made, to bind all the raw edges. There are a number of video tutorials online to help you with this if you are unsure.
Finished tea cosy!
This really is a very simple project; if you don’t want to apply bias binding to the edges you can simply finish the edges with a zigzag machine stitch or hand finish with a blanket stitch.