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Pretend Tea Bag Tutorial

Well it’s that time of year again. That time of year when the weather cools down and the rainy season begins. It’s a nice relief from the hot days of Summer, but now you have a new problem. Rainy weather keeps little ones inside. You need a fun activity that keeps her imaginative wheels turning.

What’s more perfect (and girly) than a pretend tea party? You’ve got the pretend teapot, cups, saucers, and napkins. But what about the pretend tea bags?

Pretend tea bags are super easy to make and they are a great way to use up those fabric scraps leftover from other projects.

Here’s how:

Start by collecting your supplies. You will need:

  • Fabric
  • String, 5 in. long (I’m using embroidery floss)
  • Poly-fill or batting (the stuff that goes inside stuffed animals)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine

Ok, let’s get started!

Start by making your pattern. You could just trace around an actual tea bag and add 1/4in. seam allowance. Or, if you want to be more precise, you could use a ruler to draw 2 rectangles. Try using these measurements (seam allowance is included):

  • For the tea bag: 3 1/4in. X 2 1/2in. Cut the top corners off to create the shape of a tea bag. Measure 1/2in. in and 3/4in. down and snip!
  • For the tag: 1 3/4in. X 1 1/2in.

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Trace you pattern over your selected fabric. You will need to trace 2 of each piece. Naturally, since I’m all about re-purposing and up-cycling vintage embroidered linens, I am using the remnants of an old embroidered table runner ๐Ÿ˜‰

Pretend tea bag tutorial, trace pattern

Cut them out. You should have 4 pieces all together.

Pretend tea bag tutorial, cut pieces

Take your string and tie a knot at each end. The knot will help keep it from slipping out of the tea bag once you are all done.

Place the two larger tea bag pieces right sides facing together with the string inside (as seen in the photo). Pin together.

Pretend tea bag tutorial, assemble

Sew along the edges. Make sure you sew underneath the knot on your string. This way, the knot should be inside the tea bag when it’s all done. For good measure, I even went over the string twice to secure it in place. Leave the bottom open so you can flip it right-side-out.

Pretend tea bag tutorial, sew

Snip the upper corners to avoid any bulkiness.

Pretend tea bag tutorial, snip corners

Turn right-side-out.ย The string should be at the top of the tea bag with the knot on the inside. Tip:ย I like to use a chop stick to help push the corners out.

Pretend tea bag tutorial, turn right side out

Now fold the bottom edges in and press them in place. Tip: I find it helps to dampen the fabric with water. It makes it easier to fold and shape.

Pretend tea bag tutorial, iron

Put the stuffing in. You don’t need much, only enough to make it look like there is tea inside. You could also try using tiny seed beads for a more realistic looking tea bag

Pretend tea bag tutorial, stuf

Sew it shut. I carried the stitch all the way around to give it a finished look. (Sorry, I apparently didn’t get a photo of that part.)

Now, you will repeat the entire process for the “tag”. Place your two tag pieces right sides together with the string inside. Tip: If your fabric has a design on it, you’ll want to put the design upside down. When you flip it right-side-out it will be facing up.

Pretend tea bag tutorial, asse,ble tag

Sew, snip the corners and turn right side out.

Pretend tea bag tutorial, tag right side out

Fold the bottom edges inside, press and sew all the way around. And you’re DONE!!!

Pretend tea bag tutorial, done

So there you have it! A sweet little pretend tea bag for a pretend tea party. Make another one for a tea party for two. Or more for when friends visit!

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Now the fun begins! No surprise, Anna’s tea party is a very girly, vintage embroidery tea party. For some reason all my shots came out a little blurry. Oh well, we had fun anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

“Hello, Miss Doggie. Would you like a spot of tea?”

Pretend tea party
Anna’s dress was made using a vintage table runner featuring beautifully embroidered butterflies. It is available in my shop here.

“This is how you do it.”

Pretend tea party, yummy tea
You can find my bird ornaments in my shop as well.

“Now it’s your turn….”

Pretend tea party, your turn
Miss Doggie’s sunhat was made from a vintage table cloth embroidered with flower bouquets.

Uh oh, we have an uninvited guest!…..

Pretend tea party, sophie and doggie

Ewww, the dog’s bum is in the shot!

Pretend tea party, scrunchie face

Cheers, everyone!

P.S. If you have any questions along the way, just ask in the comments below. I will get back to you as soon as I can ๐Ÿ™‚