Watermelon Tea Cozy

Watermelon Tea Cozy

Okay… I have the pattern complete for the Watermelon Tea Cozy. It can be made in two sizes, small 11″ x 9″ and large 12 1/2″ x 10″. Hopeful this should accommodate most teapots! Later in the week, or the beginning of next week, I will share a design for a flowered tea cozy. Watch for it. In the meantime, the pattern for the Watermelon Tea Cozy can be found in our FREE Open Patterns. Enjoy! BTW… I was delighted to find out that it does fit my pewter tea pot. All is not lost!

Kimara

11 Comments

  1. Oh so cute. Perfect idea for my mum. If I can’t find prequilted fabric would if work to quilt my own or do you think it would be too bulky? Thanks.

    1. Buying the prequilted just makes it easy but it’s not necessary. Of course with a tea cozy you want an insulating material to hold the heat in, but you can certainly quilt your own. When I make my flower cozy, I’m quilting the the fabric myself. You can machine quilt or hand quilt, depending on your design or preference.

      1. This is adorable!! I am going to check out the fabrics I have to see if they would work for this cozy. I am making the flower fairy soon, I am not sure if I have a spring color. Do you use wool blend felts for your projects?

        I am going to make a gnome and fairy village center piece for my dining room table aka quilt/craft studio this weekend. My hope for a larger scale village will have to wait but I will post the centerpiece on my blog when finished. Thanks for the inspiration.

        1. Great! When you get your centerpiece done, make sure you link to it here so we can all go see it! When crafting the gnomes and fairies I use a wool blend. I love the selection of colors and they hold up well with play, unlike the crafting felt I used when I first started. I know some people will only use all wool felt, but I’m not a purest! The blends work well and are half the price of 100% wool. Just remember, that even the blends can’t be washed without shrinkage and bleeding, but that really isn’t an issue for these toys. Anyway, thanks for all the lovely words and I can’t wait to see your finished project!

    1. Thanks Christy. The fact that it is a very quick sew, too, is icing on the cake!

  2. This brought back memories. My grandmother, off the boat from England, insisted on drinking tea although the entire family drank coffee. She had a cross stitched watermelon tea cozy (she had never eaten a watermelon when she had received it as a gift!) that she used for special occasions. I’m sorry to say I don’t know what happened to it, and although they look very different, I’m going to make one since I know I don’t have the patience to do all that cross stitching. Thanks for a lovely site. I’ve made quite a few things for my grand niece and nephew.

  3. This is so cute. I have not mastered my sewing machine yet, but maybe I can hand stitch one using felt. I’ll have to give it a try!

    1. Just a word of caution about using felt. The wool felts cannot be washed without the probability of shrinking and color bleeding. I was going to make a tea cozy out of felt, but I was concerned about cleaning the cozy. Maybe it’s just me BUT my poor tea cozies are always being sloshed with tea and require frequent washing. Perhaps you are much neater than me and don’t fill your tea pot to the brim so you get an extra half cup. If you do decide to make it out of felt, I suggest using one of the high quality synthetic, preferabbly the recycled material felt. You can usually launder these much better and they are usually color fast. I use the synthetic felt when making patches and appliques for clothing.

      There is no reason you couldn’t sew this cozy by hand. You can make an entire quilt with hand stitchin’… that is how it use to be done… so don’t be afraid to give it a go. If you do make one out of felt, be sure to include a pic on our flickr group! I would love to see it.

  4. I am really grateful for the comment about using felt. I wasn’t aware of that, because I haven’t used felt and am a little inexperienced in the sewing department. But I am determined to succeed on some of these projects on your site!

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