Tea cozy tutorial

Materials

  • 1 or 2 fat quarters, depending on whether your cozy front and back and lining are the same fabric or not.
  • Felt shapes
  • Stranded cotton to match fabric and/or felt shapes
  • Batting
  • Calico (I didn’t use any but may use some next time)

Instructions

Measure your teapot around the widest part.

Now measure it around its height from side to side.

Divide both measurements by 2 and add 1.5 inches to each.

My teapot is 24 around by 17 high. This translates into a half circle which is 14 wide and 11.5 high.

Make a pattern with the measurements.

My pattern was half a circle. Then I placed both fabrics right side together, folded them and placed the flat long edge of the pattern on the fabrics folded side. Then I cut around it with my rotary cutter.

When finished cutting you need to have 2 pieces from the fabric, 2 pieces from the lining, 2 pieces from batting and 2 from calico, if using calico.

Make a quilt sandwich with the outside fabric, the batting and the calico (if using, otherwise just use the fabric and the batting).

I only used fabric and batting and the sandwich didn’t seem to move as easily on the machine. I’ll try with some calico batting next time.

Quilt as you wish. I used stipple quilting.

If you wish you can make a handle for the top of the cozy. I used 2 felt flowers cut in half.

Place the quilted pieces right side together, place the handle in the middle facing the flat part of the pieces and pin in place.

Stitch around with half an inch seam around the curved edges of the cozy.

Now attach any felt shapes you’re going to use to the quilted side just before the lining is added.

Make the lining

Place the lining with right sides together, pin in place and stitch around the curved part with half an inch seam allowance.

Leave a 4 inch opening at the top so that the cozy can be turned inside out.

Pin the lining to the cozy, like in the photo below, right sides together.

Stitch all around the flat part leaving half an inch seam allowance.

Turn cozy inside out through the opening in the lining. and press the lower edge flat.

Slipstich the lining opening.

Voilà!

Another notebook cover

Following my own tutorial, this time with a smaller notebook.

The notebook measurements are 12.5′ x 8 1/4′.

Materials

Fabric

Lining: 1 rectangle 13.5′ x 9 1/4′

Pockets: 4 rectangles 3.5′ x 9 1/4′

Cover: 1 rectangle 13.5′ x 9 1/4′. Mine is made of 3 pieces patched together with the following measurements:

  • 1 rectangle 13.5′ x 6
  • 1 rectangle13.5′ x 3
  • 1 strip 13.5′ x 1 1/2

Fusible interfacing (iron on one side)

Lining and cover: 2 rectangles 12.5′ x 8 1/4′

Pockets: 4 rectangles 12.5′ x 3 1/4′

1 elastic band

1 fabric covered button

Add any embellishments after putting the cover together.

An alternative to a self covered button could be a ribbon though the button and elastic is more convenient.

This time I found that the cover looks better on a hardcover notebook.

Other notebooks

Follow the the instructions from my other tutorial.

Notebook cover tutorial

Notebook cover tutorial

The finished notebook cover measures 15 inches x 9 inches.

Your fabric should be your notebook’s height and width plus 1 inch.

Materials

Fabric

Lining: 1 rectangle 16′ x 10′

Pockets: 4 rectangles 10′ x 5′

Cover: 1 rectangle 16′ x 10. Mine is made of 3 pieces patched together with the following measurements:

  • 1 rectangle 16′ x 6 1/4
  • 1 rectangle 16′ x 3 1/4
  • 1 strip 16′ x 1 1/2

Fusible interfacing (iron on one side)

Lining and cover: 2 rectangle 15′ x 9′

Pockets: 4 rectangles 9′ x 4′

1 elastic ban

1 fabric covered button

Stitch all three rectangles together to make the cover.

Iron with the hems open.

Cut all your other pieces.

Stitch your pockets to make 2 squares. Iron with the hems open.

Fold the cover in two along the long side and make a marking in the middle. Stitch the elastic band where the marking is with the elastic band placed facing inside the fabric (see picture).

Iron the interface to the inside of the fabrics. Getting the interfacing to stick to the fabric when the cover is turned inside out is tricky.

Iron the pocket in half, wrong sides together and pin to the sides of the lining as per the above picture.

Place the cover on top, right sides together, as per the picture.

Pin in place and stitch all around leaving a 4 inch gap to turn the cover inside out.

The corners need to be trimmed after stitching to reduce the bulk after turning inside out.

After turning the cover inside out you end up with a neat cover. The turning is quite tricky because the fusible interface tends to come loose. Pinning it in place temporarily may work.

Try to fit the notebook in the cover now. This may give you an indication of how closely you need to stitch around the cover.

Top stitch around very close to the edge, about 1mm or 2mm depending on how tight you want the cover to fit.

The corners are almost inevitably round unless you have removed much of the fabric on the inside hem.

The book cover is finished.

Place the notebook inside.

Voila!

I used a fabric covered button because I think it looks smart but you could use a plain button. Also, instead of an elastic band you could use a ribbon, in which case it would need to be stitch to both sides of the cover.

I made this notebook cover following By small means tutorial. I changed a couple of things as I went along.

Other notebooks

See also the notebook cover PJ did based on this tutorial.

TeresaDownUnder

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