Friday’s Flavor – Tea part 2
Friday’s Flavor is a weekly blog post I write in hopes of encouraging myself by logging my creations as well as help out other moms who are looking for more creativity in meal time and other kitchen and food stuff endeavors. At the bottom of the post you’ll see a Mr. Linky. Feel free to link to your own Friday’s Flavor! I’m excited to see what you’ve cooked up!
So, I’ve finished my tea bag. Actually, I made two. They were super easy and only took a couple of minutes to complete. While I heated my water I sewed one up and it was so easy I decided to make a second one.
Here is what you’ll need for this project.
- Muslin cloth – there are different weaves. A looser weave will help you get a stronger tea in a shorter period of time.
- Cotton string
- Large eye needle (optional)
- Sewing machine or hand stitching supplies
- Cut a piece of muslin about 2 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches and a 12 inch piece of cotton string.
- Take your large needle and thread your string through it. You’ll want to create two holes with your needle in each corner of your muslin (long end of fabric on top), about 1/4 inch in and 1/4 inch down, and thread your string through each hole. See my illustration and photo below. If you don’t have a needle you can just use a sharp object to poke two holes and thread your string through with your fingers.
- Fold the top over so that the string holes are on top. See my photo below for a visual. Muslin is easy to work with so just press it down firmly with your finger and it should stay shut just fine.
4. Stitch the top closed creating a drawstring type of pocket for your string – this is pictured below. Be careful not to sew on your string. You’ll want your string to move freely.
5.Fold your sachet in half to create a square, right sides together (so the sachet will be inside out). The stitch around the two open sides being careful to not stitch over your string. I use a slim zigzag stitch but a straight stitch will work well, too. Trim your excess.
6. Finally, turn your tea back outside out and tie your string so it won’t slide out of its pocket. I have a ton of beads and tied one to the end of my string to keep the string from sliding into my water while my tea is steeping.
Fill with loose tea, steep, turn inside out to clean, fill with loose tea, steep, etc…
Later I’ll be mixing up my own teas with some loose tea I purchased in bulk. I’ll keep ya posted on how that project turns out!
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