Note From Mommypotamus: I’m taking a little time off to snuggle my newborn baby boy, but I’ve lined several guest posts from some of my favorite bloggers for you while I’m away. Today’s post comes from Loriel of Naturally Loriel. As someone who cannot sew AT ALL, I was so excited to read that Loriel found these easy to make even without any sewing experience. Thank you, Loriel!
I’ve had a package . . .
Of delicious, creamy pumpkin pie loose tea for over a year now and I’ve only used it… once. Only because I had no kind of tea infuser or whatever else you use to make loose tea. I sorta just gave up on it and it remained in the darkest part of my cupboard.
As fall descended upon us this year and the thought of pumpkin everything filled my mind, I remembered about my dear old friend, Creamy Pumpkin Pie Tea. I decided it would be nice to bring him out of the darkness and finally enjoy his presence.
So.. what to do with him now? Thanks to my other friend, Mr. Google, I searched the web looking for DIY tea bag tutorials. I noticed there was a trend of using coffee filters but they were all the bleached kind. In my healthy mind, body and soul living, bleached is a no-no.
I dug out some old unbleached, completely compostable coffee filters we used to use with our old coffee pot. Bingo! No bleach and virtually no waste because they can go in my DIY trash can compost bin.
These DIY unbleached tea bags are so totally easy to make and would be such a cute gift to give; whether it be for Christmas, a wedding, baby shower, birthday, or just an “I-love-you-and-appreciate-you” gift.
One of the great things about these DIY unbleached tea bags is that you can customize whatever type of loose tea you want. You can create your own concoctions or buy pre-mixed in bulk.
You don’t necessarily need a sewing machine to make this. However using one greatly reduces the time it takes per bag.
Why Not Just Buy a Tea Ball?
Hey, no one is stopping (or judging) you if you want to buy a tea ball instead — I won’t be offended. I really like this one HERE. If you are not really a crafty person, I could see where buying a tea ball would be way more efficient. HOWEVER… These tea bags are very simple to make, I promise. When I made these, it was my second time sewing. Plus, they are super-cute, make unique gifts and are waaaayyy easier and convenient to take with you on the go.
You don’t want to be that person with the big bag of loose tea and a tea ball… do you? Just kidding, I’d still like you if you were that person. But I’m serious about the easier, more convenient part! Plus, if you like different kinds of teas throughout the day, you can make a few with various mixtures to satisfy your tea cravings. With a tea ball, you are sorta stuck with what you’ve got.
Just make them, you won’t regret it.
How To Make Tea Bags
- unbleached coffee filters (where to buy unbleached coffee filters)
- white thread
- loose tea (for creamy pumpkin pie: use 2 parts red rooibos to 1 part each of cinnamon chips, dried orange peel, ginger root and cloves)
- pencil or white fabric pencil
- cardstock paper or thick construction paper
- thin twine or some other kind of string
- sewing machine or needle
- I found the best size for DIY tea bags are 2.5″ wide by 2″ tall. To make this cut, start on your first side (the right) and measure two inches down, make a mark.
- Next, measure the top side two and half inches out; draw a line. Mimick this and draw a line on the bottom side two and a half inches out. Close the rectangle by drawing a line, on the left side, two inches down. Cut out the rectangle with a good pair of scissors.
- At this point, you’ll have one really long piece with a crease in the middle; cut it. Now you are left with two identical 2.5″ x 2″ pieces of coffee filter
- Using your sewing machine (or needle and thread… make sure you thread your needle), sew three sides of the tea bag. The side that is left open should be the side measuring two inches across.
- Fill your tea bag with 2 tsp of your favorite loose tea
- Sew the remaining side closed; make sure to push all the tea to the side so you don’t sew over loose tea
- Trim off any excess threads
- If you are not adding any string to the tea bag: Leave as is! You have sewed the tea bag shut and do not need to take any further steps.
- If you ARE adding string to the tea bag:
Measure out how long you’d like your string to be. Fold top corners in. Place string in the middle of the two folded in corners, hold the string in place with one finger then with your other hand, fold top over; staple shut.
Personalize with whatever greeting you’d like. To attach the greeting to the string: Glue the end of the string to the back side of your greeting. Create a blank back side and glue it to the back of your greeting. Make sure the “pretty side” is facing out.
Make as a gift basket or enjoy yourself. Don’t forget to remove staple and greeting (if you added this) and place in your compost when you’re done.
Loriel is the author of Naturally Loriel.
She is a mother of one young boy who keeps her on her feet and motivated to continue to learn how to make her home and world a better place to live in.
She enjoys activism work related to GMO’s and hopes to inspire people to think about their health, feel nourished, believe and create a radiating happy soul.