HOW TO MAKE A TEA COSY AND POT HOLDER
MATERIALS 2m (78¾") bias binding (we made ours using Fabric 1 and Fabric 5) 25cm (97/ 8") embroidery hoop 25cm (97/ 8") ribbon Temporary glue Fabric marker Rotary cutter Cutting mat Quilting ruler For the pot holder 50cm (19¾") Tula Pink All Stars Solids in Pear (Fabric 1) (ours was from www.lovelyjubbly fabrics.co.uk) One fat eighth of Tula Pink All Stars Solids in Glacier (Fabric 2), Sapphire (Fabric 3) and Hibiscus (Fabric 4) 30.5 x 30.5cm (12 x 12") wadding For the tea cosy 75cm (29½") Tula Pink All Stars Solids in Taffy (Fabric 5) One fat eighth of Tula Pink All Stars Solids in Putty (Fabric 6), Cosmo (Fabric 7) and Cajun (Fabric 8) Two 40.5 x 33cm (16 x 13") pieces of wadding
Pot holder – 26cm (10¼") diameter Tea cosy – 34 x 27cm (133/ 8 x 105/ ") 8 It’s morning. Still a little blearyeyed, you pour the day’s first cup of ambition. What could possibly improve that fundamental brew? Catching a glimpse of this tea cosy and pot holder set cheering up a corner of the kitchen as you savour your initial sip, of course.
This patchwork project is a joyous exercise in the beautiful precision of creating shapes with foundation paper piecing. Plus, the tea cosy’ll keep your crafting fuel piping hot while you’re at the machine with your next make.
On the templates on page 90, the printed side will be the reverse side of the finished block. The dotted outside lines are the seam allowances, the solid black lines are the sew lines and the letters indicate the different sections. The numbers show the order of sewing. Pot holder
01 Cut out the templates for sections A, B, C, D and E on page 90, cutting along the dashed lines. Shorten the stitch length on the sewing machine to 1.5 – it’ll be easier to tear the paper at the end.
02 On the reverse side of template A, place a tiny dot of temporary glue in the middle of section A1 and place Fabric 3 on top, right side (RS) up. Ensure the entire section is covered plus at least 0.5cm ( ") extra all the way around – a good way to check this is to hold the template up to the light.
03 Turn the template back over and fold along the solid line between sections A1 and A2, using a ruler. Trim the edge of the fabric to 0.5cm ( ") beyond the folded paper, without cutting the paper.
04 Unfold the template and place Fabric 1 for A2 RS together against the cut edge of A1. Make
sure when sewn the fabric covers the whole section. Pin in place.
05 With the printed side of the template facing up, sew along the line between sections A1 and A2, starting and ending two or three stitches beyond the printed line. Press the fabrics open.
06 Repeat Step 3 to trim the fabric 0.5cm (¼") beyond the line between sections A2 and A3. Add Fabric 1 for A3 following Steps 4-5. Continue piecing the rest of the section A in the same way, adding the remaining sections in numerical order using Fabric 1.
07 Piece sections B, C, D and E following Steps 2- 6, using the templates and referring to the diagram on page 90 for fabrics and placement. Once the sections are complete, trim them to the outer dashed line around each section.
08 Align sections A and B along the straight raw edges with RS together and sew. Press the seams open. Repeat to join the remaining sections, adding them one by one in alphabetical order. Remove the paper templates, gently tearing along the seam lines. The block should now measure 19 x 19cm (7½ x 7½").
09 From Fabric 1, cut two 6.4 x 19cm (2½ x 7½") pieces. Sew these to the top and bottom of the block with RS together, using a 0.5cm (¼") seam allowance. From Fabric 1, cut two 6.4 x 29cm (2½ x 11½") pieces. Sew these to the sides of the block with RS together, using a 0.5cm (¼") seam allowance.
10 From Fabric 1, cut a piece measuring 31.75 x 31.75cm (12½ x 12½"). Make a quilt sandwich by layering the backing fabric RS down, placing the wadding on top, then the top RS up. Quilt as desired – we top stitched lines from corner to corner to create a diagonal grid.
11 Place the hoop on top, making sure the kettle sits at the centre. Using a fabric marker, draw a line around the outside of the hoop and cut the circle out.
12 Fold a 12.5cm (5") length of ribbon in half and tack the ends at the top centre of the circle. Open out the bias binding and fold one end to the wrong side ( WS) by 1cm ( 3 /8"). Pin around the outside of the pot holder with RS together, aligning the raw edges, then sew. Fold the binding over to the back of the piece and hand or machine stitch in place to finish.
13 Cut out the templates as per the pot holder tutorial, then repeat Steps 1-8 to complete each section, referring to the diagram on page 90 for fabrics and placement.
14 From Fabric 5, cut two 11.5 x 19cm (4½ x 7½") pieces. Sew these