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Summer Sew Along Week 3

September 7, 2011

This week I made a tea cozy. Because a tea cozy is really just a hat for a teapot, I thought the winter hat print from Over The River was a fun choice for fabric. I used insul-bright for batting, and a coordinating solid for the lining. I also bought a package of extra-wide double fold bias binding from Fabricland to finish the edges.

You’ll need a template for your cozy. I made one by tracing a curve on a 8.5 x 11″ sheet of paper. (You can make a newspaper model before cutting your fabric to make sure you’re happy with the shape.)

Then I cut 2 pieces each from the main print, the lining, and the insul-bright batting (fold the fabric and pin template as shown on the fold to cut 1 piece).

Layer your pieces carefully as follows: main print right side down, insul-bright, lining right side up, lining right side down, insul-bright and finally main print right side up. Pin all six layers well so that your fabrics aren’t going to shift on you. I used basting pins to pin it all over.

Open up one edge of the bias binding and pin to the curved raw edge of your layered pieces.

Stitch in the first fold of the binding all around the curved edge. I used my walking foot to help feed everything evenly, and also set my stitch length a little longer to make it easier to sew through the layers.

Fold the binding back over the raw edge and pin or clip it in place. You may need to trim the raw edges in places to even things up.

Hand or machine stitch the edge down on the back side of the cozy. I hand-stitched the same way I finish a binding on a quilt. Now you need to apply the binding to the bottom edge in the same way. The ends will need to overlap a bit, so I turned one end under about ¼” and then overlapped the other end about 1″.

Turn the binding to the inside and finish the same way you finished the curved edge. And that’s it. Time to put the kettle on, brew a cuppa, and put your feet up. Well done!

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  1. September 7, 2011 11:16 am

    Thanks, this is really cute and would make great gifts.

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