A nice hot cup of tea

by Helen on July 5, 2013

I do enjoy a nice cup of tea.  This is one indulgence that is guilt-free (being English I am obliged to drink lots of tea), very nearly calorie-free and can be enjoyed either alone or, nicest of all, in the company of friends.  I have a perfectly sized teapot for just two cups, and on these lovely sunny afternoons can often be discovered working in the summer house with my trusty teapot close to hand.  But until recently there was a problem ….

Naked Teapot!

I am sure you can see instantly what the problem was – that my second cup of tea was never as hot as the first because – my teapot was naked! But not any longer as now my English Cottage tea cosy is finished ….

English Cottage Tea Cosy

Much better!  This cosy was inspired by those lovely vintage tea cosy cottages.  I’ve always liked them and haven’t seen any more modern versions – until now.  My 21st century version combines machine applique with some touches of hand embroidery – the flowers are all French knots with satin stitch leaves, and I chose icecream coloured fabric from Susie Watson for a very summery feel.  And then there’s the back …..

English Cottage Tea Cosy

 and the interior (I think I may have got a bit carried away – but I do love my teapot, and my sewing machine too)

English Cottage Tea Cosy

The pattern for my English Cottage tea cosy will be in the August issue of the Bustle & Sew Magazine.  If you’re not a subscriber and would like to learn more about the magazine – and claim your 50% subscriber’s discount on all purchase from my website, then please just CLICK HERE to find out more. 

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Amanda July 6, 2013 at 6:13 am

That is just so cute, especially the back. I’ve just made a tea cosy for the first time, which I don’t use as it’s too big for the teapot I actually use. I can see me making this one too, which will hopefully be the right size.

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Helen July 6, 2013 at 6:27 am

Hi Amanda, I’m planning to include my teapot measuring technique in this pattern so you can be confident your pot will be nice and snug inside :) x

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Julie July 6, 2013 at 6:37 am

I absolutely love the tea cosy.
Julie xxxx

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Linda B July 6, 2013 at 3:10 pm

I’m so excited! I just love your cottage cosy, and it’s just what I’ve been looking for! Can’t wait until the August issue!
X Linda

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Jan G July 6, 2013 at 7:26 pm

This is sew perfect for my tea pot!! I an very excited about the August Issue!! So many things to do, and as always never know which one to start first!! LOL

Thanks Helen!
Jan

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Valerie July 6, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Just perfect! Adorable!

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Tracy Welham July 7, 2013 at 7:51 pm

I too love a pot of tea and this tea cosy is just gorgeous. I particularly love all the detail. Looking forward to the August issues of Bustle and Sew magazine.

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