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Inspirational Tutorial: Tea bag wallet and a mug hug

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  2. Written by: CraftersCompanion


Do you know any tea drinking lovers? What fabulous gifts these would make ready for Christmas stocking fillers! You don’t have to fill the wallet with tea bags, you can sew any message on the front and fill the inside with so many different things, money, chocolate bars even sewing items! Angela Harkness has fabulous step by step instructions for you in her tutorial below, let’s get started!

Directions for tea bag wallet:


Step 1: Using the teacup appliqué die, die cut your teacups and saucers from the Janine fat quarter using the Gemini.


Step 2: Cut out fabric and fleece pieces:
Cover and lining from main fabric: 8”x6”
Fusible fleece: 8”x6”
Pocket from main fabric: 8”x5”
Pocket from Janine fat quarter: 8”x7”



Step 3: Fold each of the pocket pieces in half lengthwise then top stitch just under the fold. Attach both pockets to the bottom edge of the lining fabric.



Step 4: Measure and mark the centre line then top stitch from the bottom edge up across the pocket pieces to create the four pockets.


Step 5: Fuse the wadding to the back of the front cover fabric using a dry iron.



Step 6: Attach the teacup and saucer to the front fabric piece using the Stick and Spray for fabric. Using a heat erasable pen, write your text onto the fabric: this could be a person’s name or a short message.


Step 7: Using two strands of cotton, stitch over your text with a backstitch.



Step 8: Using a free-motion foot, stitch around the edge of the appliqué to define the teacup and saucer.


Step 9: Position both the front and lining fabrics right sides together, stitch around all four sides, leaving a gap for tuning. Clip the corners before turning out.


Step 10: Close turning gap with a slip stitch. Attach press stud onto inside pockets.



Step 11: Iron the wallet and then attach a decorative button onto the front cover. Fill pockets with teabags and a biscuit!

Angela also shows us how to make a mug holder to go with the tea bag wallet holder too! Let’s get started!


Directions for mug hug:

Step 1: Measure your chosen mug then cut fabric ½” less in height. E.g. mug measures 10”x4” so cut fabric 10”x3 ½” Cut one in outer fabric (teal), 1 in lining (Janine fat quarter), 1 in fusible fleece.

Step 2: Attach the teacups and saucers to the front fabric piece using the Stick and Spray for fabric. Using a free-motion foot, stitch around the edge of the appliqué to define the teacups and saucers.



Step 3: Using the lid off the stick and spray can, draw a curve on each of the four corners using a heat erasable pen. Cut off the rounded corners.


Step 4: Attach bias binding, stitching in the fold of the fabric.


Step 5: Attach the hair elastic to the back side of the mug hug, using several forward/reverse stitches to secure. Stitch this in between your bias seam line and the edge of the fabric



Step 6: Fold over bias edges and secure with quilting clips. Attach bias binding using a slip stitch.


Step 7: Attach a button to the front of the mug hug, in line with the elastic. Wrap around mug and secure elastic around the button.

Crafter’s Companion Supplies:

Other Supplies: Bias binding, Buttons, Press stud, Hair elastic, Stranded cotton and a Heat erasable pen –  Janine fat quarters & Linen look teal fabric – Both currently out of stock 🙁

We would love to see what you make! Share your projects and cards with us on our Facebook page, tag us Instagram (#crafterscompanion), on Pinterest (@CraftersCompUK) or on Twitter (@CraftersCompUK)!

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