Animal tea cosies are cute – this squirrel has so much personality, and the thick felt is great for keeping a teapot warm. This cosy should fit most one- to three-cup teapots.
What you will need
- Thick grey wool felt 15” x 24” (38cm x 61cm)
- White embroidery thread
- Grey sewing thread
- Embroidery needle
- Water-soluble disappearing-ink pen
- Sewing pins
- Sewing machine
- Pattern () – print at 200% on photocopier or printer
Finished size: Exterior: 12” x 15” (30cmx38cm). Interior space for teapot: 7 1/2” x 9” (19cmx23cm).
Sashiko running stitch
A decorative running stitch where stitches on the right side of the fabric are a little longer than the space between them, making stitches on the right side of the fabric longer than those on the wrong side.
Make front and back
Cut two squirrels from the felt using the pattern (at 200%), and use the pen to transfer the sashiko stitching [a decorative reinforcement stitching] line for the tail to the right side of both squirrel pieces. Using three strands of thread in your embroidery needle, sew a sashiko running stitch (see below) with ¹/8” (3mm)-long stitches on both squirrel pieces.
Sew cosy together
Align and pin the two squirrel pieces with wrong sides together. Then machine stitch around the outer edge of the squirrel ¹/8 ” (3mm) from the edge (but not across the cosy’s bottom edge), backstitch with the machine at the beginning and end of the seam (to finish and ensure the seam does not unravel). It’s tea time!
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