Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tea Cozy For A Proper English Tea!

Tally-ho!  It's Nan from Pots and Pins, back for another round of codswallop, er, fun!  Surely you all know about the seismic event that's coming up??  No, not another earthquake, but The Royal Wedding!!  I hear it could be the most watched TV show in history with over two BILLION viewers!  Crikey!  Of course, I'll be setting my alarm and waking up in the middle of the night to watch...(1:00 am here in the Northwest!) and the mister will be sleeping down the hall because I wouldn't want to poke the bear wake him and  put up with any of his cheekiness about watching what could arguably be called the greatest spectacle EVER!

Tea and Scones will be necessary, for my viewing pleasure, and no proper English tea would be complete without a Tea Cozy!  Today I'm going to show you how to make a Tea Cozy in less than ONE hour!  No, I'm not joshin', it is possible and you will be totally gobsmacked when it's done!  So let's get started!

Make a pattern out of paper by taping two sheets together, end to end.  Cut the pattern 14-inches wide at the base by 9-inches high at the top, then gently round/arch the sides, keeping the width till about half way up...does that make sense?  Hope so!

You will need two different fabrics (fat quarters work great), plus fabric for binding and batting.  Or you can use scraps from your stash - there's a novel idea!
2 pieces of fabric:  9" x14" for the front and back.
2 pieces of fabric:  9" x 14" for the insides.
2 pieces of batting, 9" x14" for each side of the cozy.
1 piece of fabric:  2" x 5" for the pull.
1 piece of fabric:  2 1/2" x 28" for binding.
Optional:  rick-rack, yo-yo's, buttons or any other embellishments you might want to add.

Lay the pattern on top of both fabrics and batting, stack it all up together and cut it out!
 Layer the fabrics, with the batting inside, to make the two sides of the cozy.
 Machine quilt the two sides of the cozy, use a few pins to hold together but no need to go overboard!
 When quilted, trim up so everything is even.
 Make the pull for the top of the cozy by cutting a piece of scrap 5-inches x 2-inches.
Fold both sides to the middle.
 Ignore the gnarly fingers...I never could have been a hand model...or ANY model for that matter!
Once both sides are folded to the middle, fold one side over the other.  Finger press, no need to break out the iron for this!
 Stitch down both sides, close to the edge.  Godfrey!  Do I need a manicure or what?!?

This is purely optional, but if you would like to make your cozy a bit more cozy, add some jumbo rick-rack to the edge.
 Pin rick-rack to the right side of the cozy, and at the middle top, pin the pull.  Place the other side of the cozy on top, right sides together.  Pin in place.  Just look at the size of that vein!  Years ago I was sitting in church next to a little girl, about 4 years old and I caught her staring at my hands...she looked up to me and whispered, "You've got a worm under your skin!"  My first thought was, children shouldn't be allowed in church, my second thought was, she was right! 
 Stitch around the cozy, turn right side out...almost done!
Cut a piece of fabric for the binding, 2 1/2-inches by 28-inches.  Fold binding in half, length-wise and sew binding onto bottom edge of cozy, just as you would sew the binding onto a quilt.  Either machine stitch or hand-stitch down. 
 Now, if you really want to posh things up a bit, add some yo-yo's...or buttons or both!  (My binding has not yet been sewn down.)
 And just like that, you've got yourself a bonafide English Tea Cozy and Bob's your uncle!
 Stinkin' cute, no?  Now you just need some tea and scones!
And Devonshire cream and jam and tarts and bangers and mash and Scotch eggs and fish and chips and Pepto-Bismol!!  Okay, maybe just tea and scones...I'll let you pick your own tea but for the Scones, you must try my recipe for  Butter-Cream Scones, it's spot-on!  While these scones have butter and cream in the recipe, you still need to butter them up...and then load on some Devonshire cream for the full English effect...blimey!  I'm drooling already!
I'm looking forward to watching the Royal Wedding...and I sincerely hope it lasts longer than the last televised Royal Wedding!  Can't wait to see what Camilla wears on her head...or the Queen!  The mister and I saw the Queen and the entire Royal Family, including Princess Di and Prince Charles, back in 1984 on our first trip to England.  We stumbled upon this huge crowd of people (we are the original Accidental tourists!) lining the streets in front of Hyde Park and had no idea what was happening...I asked a man what all the falderall was about and he said, "Are you daft?  The Queen is coming!"  And so she did...and she waved her Queenly wave and I waved my Queenly wave right back and dare I say?  We had a "moment"...she looked right at me and smiled, as if to say, "You and I are two of a kind!"   And in my dreams, we are!  Well, that's my take on it and I've been her biggest fan ever since!
Until next time, I remain your humble servant...come see me at Pots and Pins, I'll have tea and scones waiting for you!  Cheerio!  Pip! Pip!  xoxo, Nan

39 comments:

  1. I was reading your post, a smile on my face ... until I read ... a worm under you skin ... and children shouldn't be allowed in church ... I laughed until I cried. Funny!!
    Great post!!

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  2. You are too comical for this hour! I don't do tea or own a teapot, but butter scones sound delicious. Oh, my the veins - very similar occurance, but with a leg. I would say your tutorial has been 'spot on'.

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  3. This looks great....and I don't even drink tea!

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  4. You are so very much fun!! Thank you for sharing :) I hope to one day make it to England ... It may be Queen Kate before I get there, but a girl can dream ... I too will be setting the alarm to watch the Event... watched the last one and have been a Royal fan ever since, so wouldn't dream of missing this one. Cheerio!

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  5. And in the background you should have Paul McCartney singing....."A cup of English Tea". The best cup of tea I ever had was in England with my husband and some dear friends. We took our rent-a-car and headed down back roads and found this very plain little place that advertised tea and scones. They were divine. I mean, I can still taste that tea and those scones and that clotted cream. I'll be thinking of that adventure when I rise at 3:00 a.m. to watch the wedding, too. I got up early to watch Charles and Diana get married. I figured I had to be there for this one, too. :-) Oh, and the tea cozy is very, very fine.

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  6. I think that is the cutest tea cozy I have ever seen! Between the ric-rac and the dots... and then the yo-yo's! I die, I die.
    Love it!
    ~Angela~

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  7. Brilliant! I'm going to make one just for the occasion...to keep the pot warm. And I think I'll wear a fascinator to boot! It'll have to match my jammies. What a sight I shall be at 3 am!

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  8. Love the tea cosy. I hadn't realised there was so much interest around the world about this Royal Wedding. I am not sure if I will be watching it or not (will I be beheaded for saying that!!) There is so much of it on the TV screens at the moment I am getting fed up of it. One thing in her favour though is, they have traced her family back to Yorkshire where I was born so she has some good blood in her!!! So don't forget your Yorkshire Puddings to go with your tea and scones!! I do agree with Sandi though, we British know how to make the best cup of tea.....

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  9. Good Morning Nan, and I will have a spot of tea with you this morning...WE can always count on you for humor and a light to shine on our morning...I am pouring some London tea in fact and scones are ready to come out of the oven...sew where are you?
    luv ya to bits..

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  10. I love the adorable little yo-yo's on the cozy. Thanks for the great tutorial :)

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  11. Loved your post. I am a tea drinker, but alas have not made a tea cozy. Thanks for the tutorial. Now I must go to your blog for the recipe.

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  12. I have been looking for a tea cozy pattern. Maybe there's some ESP floating around. Many thanks.

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  13. Nan, this was sew much fun!! Love it when you post, and love this one, as I usually do! Thanks for the great tutorial, "gnarly" fingers and all...I share your problems there! I love me some tea, and my DIL just gave me some Twinings (oops, should I have said that?) and a tea ball. I'm so confused! I followed the directions and had a cup with lots of leaves....I must have missed something somewhere! LOL
    Jacque in SC
    quiltnsrep(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. Thanks so much for the laughs this morning, Nan. You've made my day. The tea cozy is so darn cute I think I'll try and whip one up today. My DH is a tea drinker so he might like one for his "Brown Betty" (teapot). I'll have to use more manly fabrics though. And probably no yo yos. He doesn't like things to tarted up.

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  15. Your tea cozy is adorable! I have a friend who loves tea and this would make a great gift. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Great tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing. It is adorable!

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  17. Wonderful tutorial and the tea cozy is adorable!

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  18. How fun! I need to make one for my friend who will be glued to the TV right with you!

    glen

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  19. You are just that joy in my day. So glad to see you here again. We need to laugh more and I can always count on that from you. Thank you for the tea cozy tut. x

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  20. oooo just love the tea cosy and would love some tea with a snack of biscuits thanks. hehehehe what a lovely post to read.

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  21. Thanks for another wonderful tutorial Nan! You picked just the right fabrics and colors for the tea cozy. It's always fun to find you back on Stash Manicure.

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  22. I always love a good pot of tea while I am watching a Royal Wedding. I am sure Kate and Wills would love one of these in their new home. I am certainly going to make one ( 6-8 ) cup tea pot cosy. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. Oh Nan, you always bring a smile to my day!! Thank you and enjoy the "event"!!

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  24. Great tut, I was absolutely gobsmacked! (Been wanting to use that word for ever so long!!) Can't wait to make my cosy and enjoy those butter scone thingys you talked about yum yum.

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  25. Thanks for a lovely tutorial. I may make my mom-in-love one for mothers day. I think she would love one. Thanks again!

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  26. Thanks for the interesting post - I'll watch the wedding recasts that I know will occur throughout Friday. We like our scones with coffee.

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  27. How cute and quick this is. NowI just have to find someone with a teapot to make it for. Thanks for sharing the tutorial and the laughs. It's a nice end to an otherwise not so funny day. =)

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  28. This is a great post and I love the tea cosy. I'm a teabag/cup girl and haven't use the teapot and tea leaves in ages but I think I'll have to make my pot some new 'headwear' after seeing this :). My scones will be the Aussie pumpkin scones though a la Dame Edna Everage with lashings of butter!

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  29. What a fun post.... thanks and I'll be watching too.... with my cuppa....
    Hugz

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  30. Now that would be fun to make! I love the yo yos you added! blessings, marlene

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  31. I love it!!! This is adorable. Great idea for a gift. And with Mother's day on the way....this is right up my alley. Especially with the little bit of time I seem to have lately. Hugs Ariane

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  32. Thank you SO much for the excellent tutorial! I laughed so hard I had to read it to my husband. I don't think he thought the little-girl-in-church episode was as amusing as I did-must be a gal thing. I've made 6 tea cozys in the last week and half! Along with matching mug rugs. Thanks again!!!!

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  33. Thank you so much for the tutorial. It is exactly what I wanted... easy and very effective. Just up my alley... Can't wait to churn out a million or two. My dil will love one as she is a "let's have a cup of tea" addict. Annette

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  34. Wonderful tutorial and the tea cozy is adorable!

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  35. Thank you so much for the tutorial on the tea cozy! I worked a craft fair this weekend and had several requests for tea cozies! In rural North Carolina! So I came straight home and went to Google and you popped right up! I'll be whipping up a few for my next craft fair!

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  36. I know this is an old post but your tea cosy is gorgeous! I want to make one for my 4-cup teapot and was wondering how to adjust the measurements.

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