It gets me every autumn: orange! I just love it! It’s my favourite colour and my favourite time of year, and this year the autumn light has made the colours so spectacular around here that I think they’re seeping into my bones.
Kim and I watched the sun set at the beach last night; there was a nip in the air, but it didn’t deter the surfers from making the most of the waves. It was spectacular and I felt so lucky that we just happened to go out for an unplanned Sunday walk and got to watch this unfold.
Then there have been the woodland walks with golden leaves to crunch through.
Not forgetting to pick some up to look at in closer detail and study with a paintbrush and watecolours at home.
And all this autumn colour seems to be pouring into the Christmas gift making too: check out this tea cosy and coasters!
These little tea cosies are easy to design and make, here’s how I did it:
Make a Tea Cosy
- Measure the girth of your teapot (much like you’d measure your waist or hips!), divide the number in two and add 1 inch, then measure the height and add an inch and a half. Make two pieces of patchwork to these measurement in your preferred design (I love the simple postage stamp design of this one).
- Make a paper pattern based on the height and width of your patchwork, simply curving the top edges using something like a plate or a compass.
- Cut out two top layers from your patchwork, then cut off a half inch strip along the bottom of your pattern and now cut 2 inner layers for the lining from a cotton fabric that you like and two pieces of wadding.
- Make a rouleau loop hanger (follow the link to my tutorial)
- Quilt the patchwork to the wadding (excluding the backing/inner) x 2, ensuring the top edges meet (the patchwork fabric will be half an inch longer)
- Pin the rouleau loop at the centre top, on the right side of the patchwork, with the loop going towards the centre and the ends towards the seam
- Place the two patchwork pieces right sides together and stitch a quarter inch seam right around the three sides, leaving the bottom open, remove pins, press and turn right side out
- Place the two inner lining pieces right sides together, pin and stitch a quarter inch seam as above. Press, but don’t turn through
- Place the inner over the top of the outer, so that the right sides are together and pin together around the base (note that the wadding won’t be in the seam)
- Using the free-arm of your sewing machine, stitch around the base of the cosy, leaving an unstitched gap of about 3 – 4 inches, turn the cosy through this gap and close the gap by hand with a slip stitch
- Push the lining inside the outer, press so that the wadding is at the bottom edge and finally top stitch around the base through all layers, including the wadding. And That’s it!
I also made some matching mug rugs to go with this tea cosy. I sewed simple 9 patch squares for the tops and stitched them together using the instructions for making up mug rugs in this tutorial.
I think it’s going to make a lovely gift and I can’t wait to give it to someone special…I very much doubt there’ll be any cake left to go with it though!
Back during the week with more quilty goodness to share , ’til then Happy Stitching