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Free Tea Cozy Pattern – Teapot Cover to Keep the Tea Hot

Drinking tea is one of my favorite rituals, especially if I feel like I need to relax and get rid of built-up stress.

As luck would have it, I’m the only person in my household who loves drinking tea, so whenever I prepared some, I couldn’t manage to drink it all before it cooled down. Then I had to heat it back up because I don’t like cold tea, it was a real bother.

But I don’t have that problem anymore. How? Thanks to this neat tea cozy pattern!

quilted teapot cozy and hands pouring tea from a kettle

With this cute DIY tea cozy on your teapot, your tea will stay nice and warm much longer and you’ll be able to enjoy hot tea without having to reheat it!

Here’s how to make a tea cozy for yourself, regardless of the size of your teapot.

diy tea cozy teapot and a tea cup

Below you will find my step by step DIY tea cosy written tutorial with VIDEO instructions for all the visual learners.

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How to make a Tea Cozy

Supplies and tools

diy tea cozy supplies

  • fabric – 2 pieces of 100% tightly woven cotton (one main, one lining)
  • matching thread
  • batting / insulation
  • scissors (or rotary cutter and a cutting mat)
  • ruler or measuring tape
  • iron and ironing board
  • sewing clips or pins
  • sewing machine
  • walking foot (optional)

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How to Sew a Teapot Cozy

Watch the diy tea cozy video first and then follow the written step by step instructions below.
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DIY TEAPOT COZY VIDEO TUTORIAL

TEA COZY INSTRUCTIONS:

STEP 1: Prepare the tea cozy pattern

Before you can do any sewing, you’ll need a teapot cosy template first.

If the size of your teapot is similar to mine, you can just download my free tea cozy pattern and print it out in full size (no scaling). Cut out the excess paper and your pattern will be ready for use.

free teapot cozy pattern

Alternative: Make your own teapot cozy pattern

If you don’t own a printer or your teapot isn’t in standard dimensions, I’ll show you how you can make your own tea cozy pattern. You can make the pattern for it pretty easily.

Take your measuring tape and measure the width and the height of your teapot.

  • Measure the width around the widest point of your teapot. Mine is 20″
  • Measure the height from base to base over the top. Mine is 14″

Now you’ll do some math to both of those numbers. Divide each one by two, and add two inches to that number.

  • Pattern width = teapot width / 2 + 2″ = 20/2 +2 = 12″
  • Pattern height = teapot height / 2 + 2 = 14/2+2 = 9″

Take one large piece of paper or join two papers with tape. Fold in half.

tea cozy pattern dimensions and making your own

On the first sheet of paper mark the full height (9″) along the long side of the paper, and half the width (6″) along the short side of the paper. Draw a curve from one point to the other

Mark about three-quarters of an inch from the right corner. Then draw curve from this point to the center. The pattern is ready for action after that! Cut around the tea cozy pattern through both sheets of paper. Separate both sheets of paper and tape them together.

STEP 2: Cut fabric and batting

Using the tea cozy pattern as a guide and cut out two pieces out of each fabric. The main, the batting, and the lining fabric. You’ll end up with 6 identical pieces.

tea cozy fabrics and batting

STEP 3: (Optional) Make a hanging loop

Cut a strip of fabric 4 inches long (10cm) and about 1 1/2 inches wide (3.5cm). Fold it in half lengthwise and finger press to create a crease. Unfold it and fold each long side vertically to the crease along the middle and fingerpress.

Fold the strip in half lengthwise along the original fold once again and do a final press. Stitch the long open edge and your hanging loop strip will be ready.

 

STEP 4: Quilt the outer pieces

Place the batting on top of the main fabric piece. Pin or around.

diy tea cozy assembling batting and outer fabric

Quilt on top to join both pieces. I chose to do simple straight lines following the pattern of my fabric.

tea cozy quilt lines

STEP 5: Start sewing the tea cozy

Put the lining fabric on top of the quilted outer set with their right sides facing inward. Stitch along the bottom edge and reinforce it with some backstitching.

Repeat the process with the other outer fabric piece and lining piece.

teapot cosy bottom stitching

STEP 6: Pin around the tea cozy

Fold the main fabric in half vertically to find its center.

Take your loop hanger or a piece of four-inch ribbon and fold it in half. Place the raw edge of the ribbon onto the center of the top edge of the outer fabric piece. Pin it in place.

teapot cozy placing loop holder

Open up both pieces of sandwiched fabrics so that the lining is on one side and the main fabric is on the other side. Stack the fabrics together so that the main fabrics are on each other and the lining fabric pieces are on each other. Pin in place.

STEP 7: Stitch

Sew all around the fabrics, but leave a 3-inch opening unstitched on the lining for turning the whole thing inside-out.

stitching around the tea cosy

 

STEP 8: Turn around and stitch the gap

 

Turn the cozy inside-out through the gap you left open. Tuck the seam allowance in and press the entire thing with your iron.

Sew the opening shut. You can either use a sewing machine and go as close to the edge as possible as you sew, or you can use a needle and a thread and sew the opening with a ladder stitch.

stitching the gap of the tea cozy

STEP 9: Topstitch

Push the lining into the tea cozy and press the opening seam so that the lining isn’t visible.

pressing the lining of the tea cozy

Topstitch around the top edge, about a quarter-inch away from the edge.

Your new teapot cozy is now ready to keep your tea hot for longer!

quilted tea cozy topstitched

DIY TEA COSY OPTIONS:

If you want to, you can make some adjustments to the cozy and make it more according to your taste.

empty tea cups in front of a diy teapot cover

  • USE CONTRASTING COLORS: For example, you can use contrasting lining and main fabric to give the cozy that special look. You can play around with this and pull the lining down half an inch before you topstich the tea cozy, so the lining is visible on the outside and serves as a trim.
  • ADD APPLIQUE: You can also cut out a piece of colorful fabric in the shape of your favorite flower or animal and stitch it onto the exterior of the cozy.
  • LEAVE BOTTOM FLAT: If you’re having trouble with making or sewing along the bottom curve, you can change the pattern a bit to take care of that. Just make the edge straight instead of curved. The cozy won’t fit as snuggly as it would if the bottom was curved, but it will do the job just fine and it sews up a bit faster, so don’t worry about it.

I hope you liked this tea cozy tutorial of ours! Go ahead and make a few of them so that you have one for each of your teapots. Then feel free to come back and tell us how they turned out in the comment section below! You can also make a few for your tea-loving friends and surprise them with thoughtful gifts! Now go and enjoy a hot cup of your favorite tea!

 

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Jeretta Bliss - March 15, 2021

This looks fun and easy, thank you for sharing.

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NINA LEWIS - March 17, 2021

I love this tea cozy. (Yellow and orange are my favorite colors!) Thanks so much for sharing this at our Party in Your PJs link party.

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    Helen - March 19, 2021

    It’s so bright and fun, isn’t it. I love bold colors too!

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Michele Somerville - March 18, 2021

Great post. I alwayas appreciate the details you provide. Shared to my Pinterest Board. Blessings, Michele

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    Helen - March 19, 2021

    Thank you so much, Michele – I really appreciate the share

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Julie - March 19, 2021

That’s lovely, I have a beautiful cozy that a friend made for me a few years ago. They really are a godsend for keeping your cuppa nice and hot.

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    Helen - March 21, 2021

    Thank you, Julie. I love these teapot covers

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Esmé Slabbert - March 20, 2021

Thank you so much for participating and sharing at #Senisal – Done a RT

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Naush Samama - March 22, 2021

Helen, your tea cozy took me back to another era ie my childhood. Visitors were served tea and biscuits in a tray with a faux Victorian tea set and these beautiful floral patterned, double padded tea cozies. Such a beautiful memory. Thank you for sharing your post with us at Meraki Link Party. Delighted you could join us. Looking forward to seeing you again.
Much love
Naush

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    Helen - March 22, 2021

    Thank you so much for the kind words, Naush. Drinking tea takes me back to my own childhood – mom always served tea with buscuits – such sweet childhood memories

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Shelbee on the Edge - March 22, 2021

Oh how wonderful, Helen! I am much more of a coffee drinker but whenever I see adorable tea accessories, it makes me want to be more of a tea drinker! This tea cozy is so adorable! Thanks for sharing and linking with me.

Shelbee
http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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    Helen - March 22, 2021

    I’m a hardcore coffee drinker – to the point that sometimes we joke that I have nothing but coffee in my veins. However I love tea, and I love taking the time to reflect and relax with a hot cuppa

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Rita C at Panoply - March 23, 2021

Adorable cozy and way cool teapot! Saw your feature on Rebecca’s blog. Loved it!

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    Helen - March 23, 2021

    Thank you so much Rita. I’m delighted to hear you loved it so much

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Rebecca - March 23, 2021

Helen, I love tea cozies and I’ve always wanted to make one. Your tutorial is excellent! Thanks for sharing at Celebrate Your Story! Link Party. You’ve been featured this week 🙂

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    Helen - March 23, 2021

    I’m thrilled to see my tea cozy featured, Rebecca! Thank you for these kind words – I really appreciate them

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Donna @ Modern on Monticello - March 24, 2021

I like how this is both functional and decorative. You always share such great projects. Thanks for visiting with us each week. #HomeMattersParty

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Melynda Brown - March 24, 2021

Hello, this is one of my favorites for Encouraging Hearts and Home, this week! I hope you stop by and say hello, this post has been pinned! Thank you for being a part of Encouraging Hearts and Home, we appreciate all that you share. Have a great week ahead!

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Jhuls - March 25, 2021

I’ve always admired your work most especially this one since I am a tea lover. What a perfect idea! Thanks a lot for sharing at Fiesta Friday party!

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chickenruby - March 25, 2021

Looks like such an easy pattern. I have one too many tea cosy though
Thank you for linking with #pocolo and hope to see you back soon

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