Craft P1020565

Published on July 14th, 2008 | by Jules Yap


Keep your cuppa warm with this tea cosy

This is a great idea from Liza. Now we know Ikea’s thick padded potholders make fantastic tea cosies too.

Liza says, “I love tea in a teapot, and it’s hard to find a good, well padded, tea cosy in the US, so a few years ago I started making my own. Usually I make them from scratch, but it occurred to me that I could use these Ikea potholders that had been lying around unused. They were too big as potholders, but worked fine for an individual teapot cosy.

1. I unpicked the binding off 3 of the 4 edges of both the squares.

2. I cut each square into a bulbous, semi-circular shape, keeping the binding attached on one potholder, cutting it off on the other.
3. I joined the 2 semicircles together at their round sides by fitting the attached binding over both of them and sewing together. I actually had to hand sew this part, as my sewing machine wasn’t up to the thickness, so this was the most time-consuming part (about an hour). I also made a little loop at the end with some of the extra binding (there’s a lot left over), because I like to hang my cosies up on hooks in the kitchen.

And there you have a teacosy.

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You can compare with another cosy I made previously, and with a small teapot for size. Actually this cosy is not quite as effective at heat-conservation as my regular ones (since it’s not quite as well padded) but it was so easy to make and cute that it’s fine.”

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

3 Responses to Keep your cuppa warm with this tea cosy

  1. Donna says:

    I have some chair pads I don’t need that I could use for this

  2. margann says:

    How clever! I am going to steal that idea. Thanks!

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