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Friday, December 2, 2011

Comfort and JOY with Jacque ....TEA anyone......tea carrier

Oh, it's that time of year again!!  Lots of ho-ho-ho-ing, and jingle bells, and prancing little feet (will you PLEASE get out of my sewing room? I have surprises in here). Bet you thought I was talking about reindeer, didn't you?




I'm Jacque (Snoodles from Lilypadquilting) and I am so excited to be kicking off the December "Comfort and Joy" campaign here at Sew We Quilt! Thank you, Madame Samm, for inviting me back here - I hope by the end of this post, that you don't regret your kindness! December will be all about small projects, and tutorials to help you complete them!

In case you are searching for ideas for small gifts that can be whipped out in that final frenzy before the holidays, this might be just the thing. Or, if you are one of those irritating exasperating wise people that gets it all done ahead of time, and hosts parties for scads of people, impeccably dressed, beautifully manicured, never-a-hair-out-of-place, while all the presents are ready and waiting under the off-a-magazine-cover tree . . . oh, where was I? Well, for those folks, this might be the very last giftie that they need before going into party mode. (Personally, I'll be the one at the party who is scouting Mrs Prepared's house, buffet table and decor for ideas, and then scrambling home to make more last minute gifties --- you'll know me by the quilting thread clinging to my jeans, and the craft glue on my fingernails!)

I always believe in giving credit where credit is due, and I need to tell you right off the bat that I got this idea from another blogger, and adapted it. I have no clue if she was the first to think of these cuties, but the original idea is from this post and I simply made it charm pack friendly! (Gotta love those pre-cuts --- what did we do before them?)  When you finish, you'll have a lovely wallet to put singles of tea and coffee (yes, you can get coffee that way, too, now!) into, so that the lucky recipient is prepared at a moment's notice for a Java or tea break!


 

Ready? Oh, wait. This one is going to have lots of instructions, and photos. Better get a snack to sustain us...
Ahh, perfect --- sugary, holiday yumminess!  Hang on tight, 'cos away we go!

 First thing you need to do is grab a charm pack of materials that you don't mind cutting into. I know, I know, that is difficult, but you really can't keep them forever. Pat it lovingly and lay it down on the chopping block sacrificial table cutting mat. I chose one that I thought was appropriate: Java by Deb Strain.


Next you will summon up all of your guts, er, willpower, er, fortitude and select and cut up some charms. I cut mine into 1.5 inch strips --- you'll get three out of each charm, with only a little tidbit to go into the scrap bin.


Ain't they cute? Now you're going to mix 'em up and sew six of them together! Part of the insanity, in some people's minds . . ."Quilting? Oh, yeah, you cut up perfectly good fabric and then sew it together again!" Uh-huh. And what might your hobby be? I like mine!


The picture above shows the strips sewn together into what we'll call The Outside (we're quite technical here, and very precise in our terminologies). You'll want to trim them to a 5 x 7 rectangle, and then lay that on top of The Batting, as you see there. How to trim to a 5 x 7? Well, you know that at Lilypadquilting and at OleFrogEyes, too, we are all about cool tools! Check this out!


Those of you that are muttering to yourselves about it being cardboard covered with duct tape are per-zackly right! Heck, I think that duct tape is probably one of the most necessary things in my house. I'd hate to think of all the things that wouldn't be useable if they weren't repaired with this silvery-gray miracle! Stack up a couple of pieces of corrugated cardboard cut to 5 x 7, and wrap 'em up with tape and you have your Magic Template.
Now, when you have The Outside made, lay it on top of the rectangle of batting, and quilt as desired. Sometimes I just do "stitch in the ditch" along the seams, and sometimes I go a little bonkers with my machine (my sweet sis gave it to me) and do a little of this:


('Scuse me whilst I slurp up some tea . . . I don't usually talk so much!) Now, the next step is to make The Inside (rectangle) in the same way as you did the outside: cut the strips, sew six together, and lay them aside.

Next we need pockets --- wallets have pockets. It's just been that way since the world began. Don't fight it.
Take two charms and lay them right sides together, and stitch a quarter inch seam, then press. Here's what I got:


(You'll have to forgive the pressed fold there . . . I scooted ahead and had to come back to this step!) So, you have two charms joined, and you are going to fold that in half, wrong sides together, and press.


Now haul out your trusty template again, and make sure that this new piece is just 7 inches across longways. Go ahead, just trim a little off the sides.

For the other pockets, I pulled out a fat quarter of coordinating fabric, and made a pocket out of that, too. Same measurements; second verse just like the first. Here is what that one looked like. Well, it actually has two friends that look just like it. That's because I had a lil assembly-line action going on here, and I was making three at a time!


Now you'll need to lay one of your pockets on The Inside, one inch up from the bottom. Here's a picture to make that more clear:


See? Just lay your little ruler there, so that the one inch line is at the bottom edge of The Inside, and put your pocket right at the top edge of the ruler. Your other pocket will be snuggled up at the edge, like this:


Now you'll want to pin it carefully and stitch on the far right edge and the far left edge. I usually use about a one-eighth inch seam.
Here is what you will have then:


See the stitching on the right and the left? And right in the middle, where you see my chubby little finger, is where you will stitch from the bottom, just to the top of the upper pocket. That line of stitches is dividing the two pockets into four --- pretty clever, ay? (You can click on the picture to em-biggen it, and you'll see what I'm telling you about.)

At this point, you will want to make the loop that holds the wallet closed. Start with one of your 1.5 inch strips that was left over, and fold it in half lengthwise. Make sure the right sides are together like this:


After you press it, open it out, and fold the raw edges in, to touch the pressed line. Press again, but be careful that you don't press your chubby finger. Don't ask me how I know to warn you about this; I'm just very, very wise. Quit pointing at the bandaid on my finger! This is what you end up with:



Now you can fold it into a loop and baste it on the edge of The Inside of the wallet. Make sure the loopy part (there's that precise terminology again!) is over in the middle of the wallet!


Now you are ready. Take a deep breath and put The Outside and The Inside right sides together, and stitch all the way around except for an opening to turn --- I left about 1.5 inches un-sewn, and it worked pretty well. Your wallet should look something like this now:


I guess you could just topstitch now, but I like to hand-sew the opening closed, and then topstitch. It just works better for me. Once you have topstitched around the edges, you can choose a lovely button and sew it onto The Outside, and here is what you have:


Now all you have to do is load 'er up! Choose some tea and coffee singles that you think your special person would enjoy, and pack 'em in there!



I've made several of these, and they have been well received. It is especially nice for folks who work at an office and would like to have some warm comfort during the day, that actually tastes good.....let's think about this: can you really trust that other person to have washed out the coffee maker?

I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial and that you will try this adaptation for a tea and coffee wallet! If you'd like to see more tea wallets that another Lilypadquilter made, just click here. Thank you so much, Madame Samm for having me back here at Sew We Quilt!

You might like to stop by Lilypadquilting and check out our giveaway that is starting up today --- twelve fat quarters of "Penguin Pals" and a matching panel, too!

Love,

Jacque
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62 comments:

  1. How funny you are. I make these too with a little tweek of my own. They are fast and sew easy and sew loved a gift when filled with the persons favorite teas. Well done.

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  2. That's so cute, and a wonderful little thing to give someone. Thanks for sharing the tutorial with all those great pictures!

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  3. What a great gift for those who sip special flavored bevies.

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  4. Being English my tea bags come in boxes with 480 in a box!!! Anyone would think I drink a lot of tea! However I do like the idea of this little wallet for my credit cards and store cards to keep them all in one place. Linda

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  5. Terryb12387@yahoo.comDecember 2, 2011 at 5:28 AM

    tea drinker I am , beautiful idea for me, from you. Thank you.

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  6. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOd morning Jacque....I need to switch to tea...this is perfect..I don't think it will be very good to hold my k-cups lol. Ok, this fabric pretty befitting I say...love the button..reminded me of a coat that was in style in the 70's...they were military looking, dark blue with loads of these buttons...double breasted...all this from a button lol
    Thanks for sharing your TEA with me

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  7. What a really cute idea, thank you Jacque!

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  8. great tutorial and very enjoyable post!

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  9. Great Tutorial Jacque! I love that charm pack too!

    I've made tons of tea wallets in the past, so this was a great tutorial...I guess I did it right. =)

    Thanks for sharing.

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  10. This would make a great gift! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Very cute Jacque, thank you for a fun post.

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  12. I love this idea - I have a friend this will be perfect for since she's a tea only kind of gal! I've pinned it to my Pinterest gift board so I won't lose it. :) blessings, marlene

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  13. This is a wonderful idea. Thank you so much for sharing. I have just been to your site and you now have a new follower in me. Great tutorial!

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  14. Super cute! Would be awesome for gift cards too. :)

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  15. Very nice and clear tutorial! I will definitely make some of these as stocking stuffers for the family! I also love, love that Java fabric. I have one little charm pack that I have been saving up. lol

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  16. Good job and funny too. Thank you. Great for tea drinkers.

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  17. Thanks so much for the tutorial Jacque! I love my green tea in the morning at work. Would love to take some spare bags with me. (Nothing worse than forgetting it!!) I have pitched some into my purse before... but it is an accident waiting to happen! ;) This is absolutely a perfect solution!! Thank you so much for taking the time to share. I am off to check out your site! :)

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  18. Wonderful tutorial. Looks like something that I'll be making for my daughter's Christmas stocking. Thanks :)

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  19. Jacque, this is so cute! Love the fabrics and the wonderful instructions...love your sense of humor and will try to figure out how to fit my flavored coffee packages in here, or adapt it to hold stamps, or coins, or swatches of fabric, or...

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  20. Love this tutorial, thank you for sharing :)!!!

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  21. Great tutorial! I think even I could do this!!
    Thanks!

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  22. Thanks for the great tutorial. I am on my way to check out the blog!!

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  23. I would love to see all the patterns that have been tweeked and "made their own". Love these little folders and thank you for bringing them to us. Judy C

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  24. Wonderful tutorial......gotta go make some. bye....

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  25. I've seen these and wanted to know how to make them. Your tutorial was great!! I'm going to make these for gifts ASAP!! Love it, thanks so much!!
    Blessings and merry Christmas! I love your blog and read it often!!
    Gmama Jane

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  26. Oh my gosh could she be any funnier. This post really brightened my day. I like the tutorial too. I need something for my tea bags when I am going out of town on business. What a great idea.

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  27. Great tutorial for a fun gift and also very useful ,thanks so much!

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  28. What a great idea and tutorial! Everyone needs duck tape in their house!

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  29. I could keep reading you all day...Great tut...and the duck tape I do belive was my father inlaws side kick...he was never with out it....

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  30. Very cute :) Thanks for the fun project!!

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  31. I need to make some of these - thanks for sharing!

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  32. What a great little gift! THANKS for the tute!

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  33. Jacque, you always come up with the greatest ideas!!

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  34. What a lovely idea! I love tea and I have lots of girlfriends who do too! Thanks for sharing!

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  35. OOOOwwww that is so cool!! I think I could do that with the great tut. you gace us. and yes the perfect fabric! Thanks for sharing!!

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  36. love the post...however it reminded me that I still haven given these a try...lol

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  37. Great tutorial and something that would be very handy to have. Thank you.

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  38. So cute! A dear friend gifted me one of these tea wallets. Thanks for the tutorial!

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  39. How cute is that. I think a gift card would also fit in one of those pockets, for a special friend. Thanks so much.

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  40. Jacque - Love your tutorial! Great gift idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  41. Fun, fun. Another cute thing that I don't have time to make as a Christmas gift. Oh well...my giftees will be really thankful next year.

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  42. Thanks for a great tutorial. You made it look so easy! LoL.. Happy Holidays!

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  43. You are so funny Jacque, and your tutorial was great. I am also a big fan of duct tape and there's a saying (that should be the state motto) from when I grew up in WV. "If it moves and it shouldn't use duct tape. If it should move and it doesn't use WD40." The only two things needed in a hillbilly toolbox. lol

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  44. What a cute little coffee or tea wallet. Thanks for the tutorial and loved your humor as well! Great project!

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  45. Just awsome Snoodles. If I didn't already know you can see, I would believe it now... :-)

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  46. I might have to make one of these as a Christmas present for myself. I always carry tea with me to work (when I remember to bring the bags). I can load this one up for the week, and just throw it in my purse.

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  47. Great idea and a good easy to follow tutorial. Now I am hopping over to your blog.

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  48. thanks lilypad for a kool post - now off to visit your blog - I'm a diligent follower of lilypad and sew we quilt.

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  49. That is a great idea! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  50. Wonderful job! Fun post and thank you so much!!

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  51. Loved the tutorial....you have certainly kicked off this Comfort and Joy with a bang!!

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  52. What a neat idea! Thanks for the tutorial! And I love the fabric! :)

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  53. Awesome tut and great narrative :)

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  54. I kive your fabrics choice.This tuto is very fun and great idea,thanks.

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  55. I love this idea! I'm going to make one for my daughter to tuck in her purse for school - I'm hoping the Starbucks via packs will fit, if not may have to make an adjustment.
    I have not purchased charm packs before, are you able to get more than 1 tea carrier from a pack.
    Thanks!

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  56. Hiya Snoodles! I stumbled across your blog today via Heather Summers, and I just had to drop by and say this tutorial made me giggle. You're a funny gal! Thanks for sharing this wonderful tutorial!

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  57. Made a tea bag holder with a large group at a fabric store. One of the teaches asked if anyone knew of another use for it. Out of the blue one of the woman said "Condoms"!! Needless to say, everyone lost it and we could't quit laughing.

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