Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Tutorial---Oriental Traditional Tea Bag Part I




Step 1: Cut two 10"X10" squares (about 25.6X25.6cm). I chose fabrics with nice contract. The navy blue fabric is quilt weight cotton, but the red fabric is heavy weight cotton, it keeps the shape nicely.

The finished size is about 3"X2.5" X3.5"(I didn't make it perfect cube), approximately the size of a tea cup, you can see that in http://yimi-handwork.blogspot.com/2008/05/oriental-traditional-tea-bag.html

By cutting squares in different sizes, we can get bags in different sizes, for example, using 18"X18" squares, we can get something about 5" cube.





Step 2 Sew the two squares together with right sides facing each other, leave a 2" opening (5cm)


Turn it over, fold the opening 1/4" seam allowance inside and sew along the whole square with 1/16"(1.5mm) seam allowance, so we don't have to hand stitch when closing the opening.



I chose threads with nice contract to the fabrics to make a decorative effect.


Step 3 Fold the square to a triangle. Measure the length of the longest side, mark 1/3 and 2/3 points, draw 2 lines perpendicular to the longest side, connect the ends of the two lines.


Fold it along the line, finger-press it, mark a sewing line 3/8"(1cm) away from the crease. Repeat on the other side


Unfold the triangle, sew along the marked sewing lines on both sides

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