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Tea cozy tutorial


  • 1 or 2 fat quarters, depending on whether your cozy front and back and lining are the same fabric or not.
  • Felt shapes
  • Stranded cotton to match fabric and/or felt shapes
  • Batting
  • Calico (I didn’t use any but may use some next time)


Measure your teapot around the widest part.

Now measure it around its height from side to side.

Divide both measurements by 2 and add 1.5 inches to each.

My teapot is 24 around by 17 high. This translates into a half circle which is 14 wide and 11.5 high.

Make a pattern with the measurements.

My pattern was half a circle. Then I placed both fabrics right side together, folded them and placed the flat long edge of the pattern on the fabrics folded side. Then I cut around it with my rotary cutter.

When finished cutting you need to have 2 pieces from the fabric, 2 pieces from the lining, 2 pieces from batting and 2 from calico, if using calico.

Make a quilt sandwich with the outside fabric, the batting and the calico (if using, otherwise just use the fabric and the batting).

I only used fabric and batting and the sandwich didn’t seem to move as easily on the machine. I’ll try with some calico batting next time.

Quilt as you wish. I used stipple quilting.

If you wish you can make a handle for the top of the cozy. I used 2 felt flowers cut in half.

Place the quilted pieces right side together, place the handle in the middle facing the flat part of the pieces and pin in place.

Stitch around with half an inch seam around the curved edges of the cozy.

Now attach any felt shapes you’re going to use to the quilted side just before the lining is added.

Make the lining

Place the lining with right sides together, pin in place and stitch around the curved part with half an inch seam allowance.

Leave a 4 inch opening at the top so that the cozy can be turned inside out.

Pin the lining to the cozy, like in the photo below, right sides together.

Stitch all around the flat part leaving half an inch seam allowance.

Turn cozy inside out through the opening in the lining. and press the lower edge flat.

Slipstich the lining opening.



  1. Thank you! I’ve been putting off making a tea cozy with some gorgeouse tea pot fabric I picked up – now that I have your measurements, I’m ready to go!


  2. I am excited to make this tea cozy, but would appreciate some clarification. You mention the option of using calico, would it replace one of the fabrics? The directions include a front, back and lining, along with some batting. Where would we add calico?

    Thank you for haring your tutorials.


  3. Michelle, the calico would be used as an extra layer. The batting I was using had too many loose fibers that got stuck on the feed dogs of the machine. With batting such as warm and natural the calico isn’t necessary.


  4. Thank you Teresa, I thing I understand now. I’ll keep that in mind as I build mine.

    Have a great holiday season.



  5. Thanks for your pattern! I’m going to make mine out of the remains of an ironing board cover. The fabric is already insulated and I love the pattern. As I was replacing the cover, I realized that I could re-purpose it as a tea cozy, and I’m sure there will be enough material left over for pot holders!

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  6. I’m anxious to try making your tea cozy. I have a Polish Pottery tea pot and I’ve been looking for the right pattern. Thanks!!


  7. I’m confused by your arithmetic. How does dividing 24 by 2 and adding 1.5 result in 14? Similarly, how does dividing 17 by 2 and adding 1.5 equal 11.5? Why isn’t your circle 13.5 by 10 instead of 14 by 11.5? I can understand rounding 13.5 to 14, but 11.5 isn’t particularly close to 10.


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