The other day, Beezus and I went out to this little tea shop near our house for an impromptu tea party. This place also has little gifts, and I saw this fabric tea bag holder for your purse. It just screamed the perfect thank you gift for a friend who was present for me when I had my miscarriage. I also always "borrow" tea off of her. I go to a great deal of meetings where only coffee is served, but they'll give you some hot water, if you bring your own tea. And I kept thinking about it. Not wanting to spend the fifteen bucks for the fabric one from the tea shop, but also it became the "perfect" gift for Marie. Google and a sewing forum later, I found a description of how to put one together and thought I would share it here.
Not sure what a tea bag holder is? Here is a finished product:
Okay. Take a piece of elastic, or binding. Or 1" x 9" strip. You are basically folding in the edges to create a nice seam, and sewing it to be about 1/4" thick. This is going to be your button loop. I do think elastic would be good for this part, but I just didn't have any.
Start with a piece of fabric 20" x 16"
Fold the long side (20" side) together. Good side in. Then press it.
You then sew the side opposite the fold together. 1/4" seam.
Move the seam to the middle and then press it.
Sew one of the smaller unsewn edges together. 1/4" seam.
Fold the opposing edges in about a 1/4" But leave unsewn. You will finish that later. Now, turn it right side around and press it.
Take the sewn edge, and fold it 2 1/2" in and pin it.
Sew the fold with a 1/4" seam.
Now take the opposite side and fold it 5" up.
Then fold it back 2 1/2". Pin that bad boy.
Take your loop and tuck it into the unfinished seam. (the one you tucked in.) Pin it. Sew a 1/4" seam. The first time I did this, I broke a needle, so make sure it is not too thick.
Now sew 1/4" seams at the side edges. (The two sides perpendicular to the loop.)
Now you are going to make the pockets for the tea bags by measuring in 3 1/4" from each side. Sew the line straight down the project, though, because this is also going to create your folds. This project is tri-folded.
Fill it with your favorite teas, and artificial sweetener, if you use such a thing. I don't. But I think my friend does.
Then fold it into a pouch and throw it into your purse. Eh, voila!
Hope this was clear. Happy to answer any questions in the comment section.