Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Tea Cozy from Vintage Linens

Winter just seems to be holding on here in the Midwest with a vice-like grip which among other things has prompted me to look for ways to stay cozy and enjoy being inside! I love brewing a pot of tea and even having friends over for little tea parties.  It's so special to bring out all of my crystal, vintage pieces and linens and yes, I bring some of those things out even when it's just me and the dog!  But I'm also in the middle of a complete kitchen remodel so no tea parties for a bit.  While hanging out in my basement and sewing room with contractors above me, I decided to whip up a few tea cozies using vintage linens.

I have quite a few different, vintage teapots of varying sizes so I thought I'd start with one of my larger pots first. You can do any shape or size with just a few, simple measurements.

Start by measuring from spout to edge of handle to get the width and measure from the top to bottom for height.  And always make sure your cuticles are ship-shape before taking a photo . . .

I used a vintage tablecloth that was stained and had holes in it for this project.  There are lots of tutorials and patterns out there.  I took some ideas and information from HERE and some ideas from HERE but ultimately kind of made it up as I went along using what I had on hand.

I was able to use this pretty vintage trim as well!  Before stitching pieces together, I stitched the trim onto one of the outside pieces with the trim facing INWARD. Sorry - I didn't take picture of that but it's explained on the sites I linked you to above in more detail.

Basically I stitched the two embroidered pieces, right sides together around the rounded edge, leaving the bottom open.  Then I stitched the batting pieces to the wrong side of the two lining pieces and finally, stitched the two lining pieces, right sides together, leaving the bottom open.

Now you will turn one of these inside out and leave the other right side out (It doesn't matter which is right side out.)  Slip one inside the other so that the right sides are together and stitch the bottoms together leaving about a 3" opening.

Now you will turn right side out and your cozy will look like this:

All you do now is push the lining up to the inside of the outside pieces.  Press the bottom edge and then stitch completely around that bottom edge, closing up that 3" opening you had.

That's it - pretty simple and a great way to use up scraps or give new life to vintage linens!

I'll be posting at least one or two more I've made following this same 'pattern' and using other linens I have!


  1. I love how you made tea cozies using vintage linens. So pretty! I use tea cozies all the time, but I can't sew, so I have to buy them. I have found some pretty ones from thrift stores and church sales.

    I'm also admiring the beautiful teal and gold teapot in the first picture.

  2. What a great idea and a perfect use for linens that otherwise wouldn't be used. Too bad I don't ever use a teapot. We own one but it's never seen the light of day because we just throw a bag in a cup and add hot water. Lazy I know!

  3. That is so pretty, Lauren. And I love that you used vintage embroidered fabric. Thanks for all the pictures. You make it look easy!

  4. Very pretty Lauren. Happy Friday. Have a great weekend. xoxo Kris

  5. Your tea cosy turned out so pretty with the vintage linen, Lauren. It’s nice to salvage the pretty parts of stained linens. I’ve made several myself for different seasons. I love them! Happy sewing!

  6. This is a really great idea. I have some vintage linens that I've saved for some purpose -- tea cozies are a great idea.

    And, I just had to share: I embroidered that same exact tablecloth. If you want you can read about it here:


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