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The London Tea Cosy

Don’t you just love making a gift when you know the recipient is just gonna love it!


One of my besties partner lives in America but is over this week for a visit.  They went to London on Tuesday for a couple of nights – it was David’s first time there and he LOVED it!

David (left) & Martin

David (left) & Martin

David loves englishy things including  a nice cup of tea, so I thought I’d make him a tea cosy.  Inspired by Sewchet’s tea cosy tutorial I cut out a London bus from some fabric in my stash and followed her instructions.

On the back I added this writing (cos I can! and couldn’t before!):

#handmadeteacosy 2

Here it is close up:

#handmadeteacosy 3

I’m thinking now I should maybe have turned the iron on and actually used it whilst making this, but it’s  too late now!

Here’s the inside……

#handmadeteacosy 1

Not sure where this fabric originated from, it’s a lovely soft cotton lawn. I think it goes perfect with the englishy theme, without being too girly!

On one of Martin’s first trips to America I made him a toiletries bag to take with him, and it had an American theme.  I did blog about it here.   It was one of my first posts when all this blogging business was quite new!


Do you make many gifts?  I love making them but sometimes struggling parting with them!

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  1. springystitches says

    This is so cute! I love the bus motif and it really ‘pops’ against the blue. I would struggle to part with this project too. πŸ˜‰

  2. So special that it’s personalised. That writing made sure you didn’t keep it for yourself!

  3. What a great idea, such a thoughtful memento! I have the opposite problem – I couldn’t possibly find room for everything I make so that makes it easier to give them away. I always try to make presents if I can as I think it shows more effort. Thanks for the link back!

    • You’re welcome!
      I feel i should make of list of occasions I need gifts for this year and be more organised. I do far too much selfish sewing but I love making pressies, it’s choosing what to make that’s I find hard. πŸ˜€

  4. What a a lovely & thoughtful prezzie for M!
    Well done you, for conception & parting with such a great item!
    Must now check out that tutorial, as I don’t have such pretty cozies for my “little” pots…
    PD? Did you make them Yorkshire pud? Do tell all, when you’ve time!

  5. Haha, I am so glad you modelled your tea cozy! So often sewists are shy to wear what they make for the Internet! (Just kidding!). I must admit, I am terrible, 99% of the sewing I do is for me. I really should try to be more giving! πŸ˜„. Good job on the tea cozy. It is such an appropriate gift!

    • Thanks Linda!
      The tea cosy matches the apron I made for my son, I should have worn that too! would look a right Bobby dazzler, lol πŸ˜€

  6. I remember reading about the toilet bag blog post! Love the tea cosy. Bet they were so pleased with it! Are you making any ️hat wear for the meet up!?!

  7. I make to gift whenever i can. Can’t bare to part with the money for most of the expensive c##p you find in the shops! Love the tea cosy!

    • I like looking at the overpriced things for ideas but can’t buy it either!
      Congratulations on your write up in the Love Sewing mag – as I turned the page I thought now there’s a familiar face! Well done, it looks fab πŸ˜€
      PS thanks for re blogging the meet up post.

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