Tea Caddy

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A small piece of linen or any fabric you choose, a few strands of thread, and a needle—these are the only supplies you need to start embroidering! Sew and embroider this cute cozy for any teapot, courtesy of Harper Crafts.


  • Two types of fabric
  • Unbleached linen
  • Felt
  • Binding
  • DMC Embroidery Threads
  • Scrap paper


  • Mechanical pencil and eraser
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery needles
  • Embroidery scissors

Basic Supplies

measuring tape


(Note: The blue words listed in this blog are links. To access, select these links, then download and print.)


Using photo as guide, draw a pattern on paper. Try it on your teapot. Adjust if necessary. Cut a piece of linen two times for the top and a piece of fabric two times for the bottom, adding a 1/2 inch (1 cm) seam allowance. Embroider the design on the linen.  See “Tea Caddy Design Chart“.  (Note: See “Secrets of Embroidery” for additional information and stitch diagrams.)


With right sides facing in, sew the top and bottom of each side together. Using one side as a pattern, cut out two matching pieces of felt.


For the decorative handle on top, sew two 2-3/4 x 4-1/4 inch (7 x 11 cm) rectangles of cloth together, right sides facing in, leaving an opening. Turn right side out and close the opening. Fold 5-1/2 inch (14 cm) length of binding in half and make a 1-1/4 inch (3 cm) seam in the loop. Place the fabric rectangle between the two sides of the binding. Sew together, gathering.


Place each side on its felt lining, then place them right sides facing in while inserting the binding, passing through the decorative handle. Pin the four layers together. Sew the top section between the cut-outs for the spout and handle.


On the right side, sew a binding around each cut-out. Turn over and sew on the reverse. Close up the sides and sew binding all around the bottom.

Reprinted with Permission

by Sylvie Blondeau for Harper Collins Publishers

4 thoughts on “Tea Caddy

  1. This so adorable! I know a lady at church who would absolutely love this. I am planning to make this for her. Thanks you!

    • Hello Joanna. Thank you for your note. This is such a fun project because you can customize it to any decorating scheme. We love those tiny little dessert designs. The whole book is fabulous!

  2. What a perfect time to post this, Our group is having a tea party this october and I wanted to make a cozy for my teapot. Plenty of time for me to work on it. Thank you

    • Hello Kathryn. Thanks for your comment. Projects like this one can be completed quickly and they look so cute sitting in your home. Have fun with it!

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