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Friday, May 2, 2014

Tea Wallets!

Hello All!

In my last post I shared a lovely tea wallet
my friend Gale made....
(She sews beautifully,
all neat and tidy.)
This one is going in my best purse.

I did not even know they existed!
How could that happen?

Normally I would use an old zippy bag and put a variety of tea bags inside.
Eventually though, some would escape to the roomier bottom of my purse,
where I would fish while at a restaurant, only to cup up with old cough drops.

And how many times did I end up using an old crumpled tea bag!
I find this invention brilliant!
I was inspired to make some myself.... 
just because I love to make things!
(I am not a neat and tidy...)

There are many tutorials online for these beauties.
I went to Pinterest and viewed many different ones.
Wow! There are so many artistic bloggers out there!

 Here is my first tea wallet!
I tried to make it proper, 
turned it inside out to sew,
but I did not go all the way around
on the outside with stitching. 
My machine wasn't fond of all the layers. 

 I used a vintage oval doily, cut in half,
for the pockets. 

I found the tea cup graphic at Pinterest,
I could not find the original place it was
pinned from, and I did really try. 
There are a few versions of it.
Here is one...

My version has more green in it.

I do like the shabby look of the old linen. 

So I thought I would try to 
make one even more shabby....

This one I didn't even to turn it inside out.
I thought since it was shabby,
why bother?

I used two different old doilies,
one that I had previously dyed.
It is delightful to have a stash 
of textiles, some dyed different colors.

 Here is the back...

And the simple button closure. 

Now I have three tea wallets,
one for each purse.

What fun too.
I was so inspired by all the amazing tea
wallets I saw on Pinterest. 
Go have a good look : )

I have a few more pinned and ready to sew.
Sewing seems to be my latest crush. 

Happy Weekend 
Happy Creating!

Thank you so much for stopping by!


Magpie's Mumblings said...

These are lovely and a wonderful gift idea for your favourite tea drinker. I will have to make one for my husband who insists that the tea in restaurants is never strong enough and always totes his own.

Pretty Ragged Threads said...

These are lovely, I especially like the one with the pretty tea cup photo.

The Junque Seeker said...

These are so pretty, Terri! Wonderful to have in your purse, and a nice little gift idea.

Terra said...

This idea is new to me and yours are very charming; the Jane Austen theme especially.

tattrldy said...

Very nice job on the tea wallets. If I had the time I'd try my hand at making a few but, for a while at least, they will have to wait.

johala said...

Hello Terri!
What lovely pockets. I specially love the one with the teacup and flowers really charming!

Elaine said...

These are a great idea Terri. I really like your shabby chic versions using vintage fabric, lace and images. I am always hunting in my bag or briefcase at work for a herbal tea bag when I am out at meetings. I think I need to get busy stitching. Thanks for popping over to visit me in blogland. Have a good weekend. Elaine x

Kimberly at ArtJoyStuff said...

These are so lovely Terri! A very sweet idea for Mothers' Day gifts.
hugs and JOY,

Aida said...

Wow a tea wallet? What's next? that's very creative though and very useful too. I like the old linen one. But doily seems fancy. I wish I could sew. Thank you for sharing this nifty idea Terri. Hope you are having a good weekend.


JoAnne said...

What a great idea! They're lovely Terri!

JoAnne said...

What a great idea! They're lovely Terri!

Dorthe said...

Terri dear friend,
your tea wallets are so beautiful, love them both.
They are wonderfully romantic both, and the materials you used lovely old! The piece you coloured yourself is the most gorgeous colour.
I think I will have a look at Pinterest to see more beautyful wallets ,and maybe try my hand on one myself!! It is such a good idea for someone like us ,whom brings with us our favorite teas!!
Hugs from Dorthe

Deborah Montgomery said...

what a fantastic idea! I love the ones you made. this is a great idea for using vintage doilies, perhaps cutting out the stained parts, and using up bits of lace and buttons. what great gifts they would make.

Kathy said...

Love how yours turned out! I am a coffee drinker but must find a reason I need one of these because it is so pretty with the vintage fabrics. Thank you for sharing!

Lady of the Woods said...

I had no idea of such a thing! How could this escape me!! what a charming beautiful and quaint and practical thing! I adore the ones you made especially the lavender one with two layers! I love this, reminds me needlebooks which I just discovered 2 years ago too. What a lovely post.

Maggie said...

These are so wonderful!! Never heard of a tea wallet, but it makes so much sense for toting around our favorite teabags, which I do all the time. I love the idea of using wonderful little scraps to make them, too--something so cute and doesn't take a lot of materials. Gotta try it!

K J D said...

So pretty Terri... I approve of your latest crush!!!

Karen x

Linda Kunsman said...

really beautiful tea wallets Terri- you did a marvelous job making your own beauties!

Beth in NEPA said...

Beautiful, wonderful,whimsical AND useful!!! I could never decide my favorite! Thanks for sharing. Since I have loads of vintage linens available I should be able to find things to make a few. Choosing will be the hard part I imagine.

Pam said...

I had seen these around a few times over the years Terri, but for some reason never thought to make myself one. Though I seem to be taking tea bags with me more often these days so perhaps I should look at doing so! Your two are beautiful, but I so love the shabby raggy one best and the colour is so lovely. Well done you. ♥

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

So pretty!

sharon said...

These are really beautiful and incredible Terri, i adore them!They are so unique and that lavender color is so wonderful , so dreamy! You are so so talented!

Beedeebabee said...

Hi Terri! :) Your tea wallets are sooo beautiful...so romantic and charming and beautifully done! xo

Edith DUTERTRE said...

un porte carte
un porte sachets de thé
plusieurs possibilité de s'en servir
en plus il est très beau
puisqu'il y a Jane Austen
edith ( iris) France

ShabbyChicShaz said...

Absolutely delightful and so useful, love them

Valerie said...

Your tea wallets are absolutely gorgeous! I love them all. =) You are so talented.


I love the tea wallets, I've never seen one! Soo pretty!
See you at the party!
Have a great week.

Denise said...

Very pretty! These have given me some inspirations for a Mother's day gift and some birthdays that are coming up. Love the Jane Austen one.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Your tea wallets are "sew" perfect, Terri. I must ry making some myself. I love the vintage look of yours and the pretty graphic that you used. I love this idea! Thanks for sharing. .

Marjanne said...

This is so cute and beautiful!

Cindy said...

You're having too much fun, these are so sweet and sew purposeful. I don't think I could cut up vintage napkins though, unless they may be soiled or torn. Great ideas

Jacquelynn said...

Oh my gosh--I'm absolutely in love with these tea wallets! What a lovely idea--thank you for sharing. I know what I will be doing next weekend!!! I adore your Jane Austen design.......and the color is perfection.

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