What can you do with an old fabric place mat, that feels too good to throw away?
Use the extra thermal padding and pretty fabric as a Teapot Cosy!
15 minute up-cycling project, that will leave you with endless cups of hot tea,( or as much as your teapot holds) and you will be helping the planet. Waste less, enjoy more!
In all seriousness, this only took me 15 minutes to complete. And I am not on friendly terms with my sewing machine, so it may even take less time for experienced crafters!
Tutorial: Up- cycling project. Place-mat to Tea Cosy
You will need:
– 1 fabric place-mat, of a standard size, table setting.
Mine was 44cm x 30cm.
– Complementary ribbon or bias binding for edging of cut side and loop.
(Simply double the width of the placemat and add extra for tucking under at start and finish)
I needed 0.75 metre.
– Sewing machine with complementary coloured thread.
1. Measure place-mat and mark half way along its lengths on both sides.
2. Cut carefully in half.
3. Pin a short length of ribbon to form a loop mid-way along the wrong side, of what will be the top edge, of the tea cosy and secure with sewing.
This is useful for removing the tea- cosy to pour the tea, or hanging up to air or dry!
4. Fold over the ribbon 0.5 cm at the start and pin bias binding or ribbon along cut edge.
Sew to secure. As I used a ribbon, a zigzag stitch was best;
But you could use a triple stitch or anything to secure the edge to stop it from fraying. Tuck in another little piece of ribbon at the end of each side.
( I didn’t really need to tell anyone that, did I?)
5. Finally pin the place-mat, along the edges, wrong sides together.
6. Sew along the three outer sides of the two halves of the place-mat.
Now you are ready for a hot cup of tea, or two or three. And the padding on the reverse side of the mat, means your cuppa stays HOT!
I really wish I had this makeshift teapot cosy, on hand when my kids were little, as I was forever drinking cold or lukewarm cups of tea.
I hope that you can recycle some of your pretty place-mats in a similar way. Do you have any lurking in the rag box? Something to ponder about today.
Check out Natasha’s Linky party too for more craft inspiration.