I absolutely love a good tea party. When my daughter was little she would get dressed up in her finest dress and set her little tea-table so pretty. We would sit for tea and little snacks. She is old enough now that she sets the real table and cooks very delicious meals that we enjoy! I wish I had seen these little tea bags on Pinterest when Rose was little! My friend has a little girl who is just about old enough for a tea party so I made some for her. Maybe she will enjoy tea parties as much as we did!
Pick out some of your favorite fabrics. This is always hard for me because I have so many that I like. I had this stack of fabric out already from making aprons last week so I decided to use them. You only need a tiny little piece of fabric so this is a good scrap buster project! You will also need a little piece of ribbon or bakers twine. I cut the twine to a 3″ length so again you don’t need much!
I cut the tea bags 2 1/4″ x 3″ and then trimmed them with pinking shears so they ended up a bit smaller. You will need two pieces cut to this size for each tea bag.
Fold the tea bag length wise and cut the top at an angle so it resembles a tea bag. I cut the tags for the bags 1″ square and then trimmed them with pinking shears also. You will need two 1″ pieces for each tea bag. You will also need rice to fill the bags with.
I like the tags with coordinating fabric to the tea bag not the same fabric. However, there are no rules. If you like them to match then go for it.
Put the front and back of the tea bag with wrong sides of the fabric facing. I sewed around the tea bag starting from the bottom left corner. Be sure to insert the twine or ribbon between the two layers of fabric centered at the top. Sew until you reach the bottom right hand corner. Leave the bottom open to fill it with rice. I found that a 1/4 tsp was the easiest to fill it with. I used about 1 tsp of rice in each bag. Push the rice towards the top of the bag and sew the bottom closed.
Put the two pieces of the tag fabric wrong sides facing. Insert the twine between the two layers of the tag and sew all the way around. That’s it! It’s a super easy project that hardly takes any supplies or time but I think the end result is adorable. I seriously love them and I hope that my friend’s daughter has lots of fun with them.
If your tea cups are smaller than adjust the size of the tea bags. I’m not good with working with tiny little things so this size was good for me.
You can see on the second tea bag from the right I tried using a decorative stitch on the sides. I think it’s cute but the piece of fabric is so small you have to choose the stitch wisely because it will swirl and twist right off the edge of the fabric.
The tea bags could be made from felt also but I like the look of the feminine fabrics. I also cut little fabric napkins to match the tea bags. Just cut a little square of fabric and use pinking shears around the edges so you won’t have to sew them and they look cute and delicate!
I hope you enjoy this project and have many tea parties in your future! If you want to make a little table runner to dress up the table check out this how-to!