I’m posting the free tutorial for how to make sewn fabric teabags for loose tea by request. Jessica Mullen wrote: “I saw your beautiful photos from the tea party and I have a quick question. I was wondering how you made the tea bags for the make your own tea take home favors. I would love to do this for a baby shower I am throwing in 2 weeks. Any other ideas to make a baby shower more special using the tea theme? I love your ideas!!”
Thanks, Jessica! Here’s how to make sewn fabric teabags for loose tea. My friend Heather came up with this idea for our Upper Crust Social Club Ladies’ Late-Night Tea Party and I liked it so much that I decided to make a gold sewn tea bags variation for my mom as a DIY gift. So we’ve provided two free templates below, or you can easily make your own custom labels for your own teabags.
Supplies for handsewn fabric teabags:
- Heather’s free how to make your own teabags template and matching tea tents for display (PDFs – ready to print as is) or Kathy’s free how to make your own teabags template (Adobe Illustrator format, just download a trial version of Illustrator and change the names to customize) …or, create your own tags using Adobe Illustrator or Microsoft PowerPoint
- Sheer fabric to make tea bags (we used remnants from my living room curtains that has a nubby texture)
- White thread(or gold thread)
- Thick black craft thread (or gold thread)
- Straight pins
- Craft glue (Aleene’s, Elmer’s, etc.)
- Thick white paper (I like luxe cream cover weight paper)
- Hand sewing needle
- Self-healing mat, rotary cutter and clear plastic ruler OR good fabric scissors
Supplies for packaging:
- White paper bags with a handle
- Clear plastic treat bags
- Pretty stickers OR 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheets of sticker paper (ink jet) or buy laser sticker paper from an office supply store to make your own custom stickers on the computer like we did
- Chinese noodle take-out boxes (optional)
:: For Making Your Own Tea Bags ::
Machine sew around three sides of the teabag using white thread, leaving about 1/4 inch on the sides. I love the raw edges of the teabag, so embrace any fraying.
Thread your handsewing needle with thick, black thread, or use colored embroidery floss. Weave your needle in and out of the front side of the teabag and then around the back side of the teabag, leaving long extra thread pieces on both front and back. Be sure to avoid sewing the top of the tea bag shut. No need to tie any knots on this step.
Print and cut out your tea labels using one of the two free templates provided, or making your own in Adobe Illustrator or PowerPoint. Fold them in half and place a dot of Elmer’s glue on one end …a little goes a long way. Place the teabag string ends on the glue and close to seal.
Create a “loose tea bar” using clear cups and other assorted small bowls. Fill your teabag with loose teas (my favorites including Blood Orange Tea are from Adagio Teas …check them out. You can get free shipping with a $50 purchase).
:: For packaging ::
Buy clear plastic treat bags to put in a tea bag. Seal using pretty stickers, or make your own custom stickers like we did by buying 8 1/2″ x 11″ white printer sticker sheets and creating your own label in Adobe Illustrator or Powerpoint.
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Please post a comment if you use this project and let me know how it works for you. And you can post your photos to our “I made it!” flickr photo group. Craft and pass it on!