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. 



I am still tidying and sorting.  I cannot believe quite how messy my sewing area had become.  Rosie and Townie said that I should have shown before and after photographs since nobody would believe one person could make quite so much mess!   It is lovely though finding all sorts of treasures I’d forgotten about – and amongst the untidy pile of printed patterns (I always print at least one copy of all my patterns to make sure it comes out OK), I’ve discovered one or two freebies from a while ago which aren’t currently available on my site. 

Sweet Home Journal Cover

 Amongst them is this design – it’s a really easy machine applique project and is ideal for beginners – because it’s all straight lines you don’t even need an embroidery foot.  I’ve always liked it for being so cheerful and childlike and so I’ve dusted it off, revised the instructions slightly and now uploaded it again ….  If you’d like it, then please CLICK HERE to download the free pattern as a pdf file.  Now, back to the sorting and tidying … not such a bad way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon!