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« on: July 13, 2010 12:55:33 PM »

Hi!

I am new to the whole sewing and making stuff game.  I decided to take on a project for a friends wedding.  

I am creating tea bag favors for her wedding, based on this site: http://www.merrimentdesign.com/handsewn-fabric-tea-bags-for-loose-tea-favors.php

I am attempting to identify what kind of fabric was used for the project.  I did a test run with some organza, which looks nice but is a bit shinier than I would like.  I would like to find something that has a slightly more natural look.

Can anyone tell me what the fabric in the link is? OR recommend a fabric for what I am trying to accomplish?

Here is my first attempt at the favor using the organza:

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=373962&size=big&cat=&ppuser=177684
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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2010 02:50:27 PM »

I was looking at the link for the tea bags ... she said she used leftover sheer fabric from her curtains. Like this fabric here:

http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=0503b1a6-0d81-4abb-84a3-5cb2c3554b09  I hope this helps.
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« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2010 04:35:48 PM »

Well, organza can be different fibers, most likely what you have is polyester organza, but you can get silk organza too, which would have a different sheen.

Depending on how sheer you want the fabric to be I would try for a natural fiber, silk or cotton. Cotton voil, or lawn is generally pretty sheer, but not as sheer as the bags in the picture. You could try cotton gauze or cheese cloth. Or try searching for whatever papery stuff tea bags are made out of.
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« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2010 05:43:11 PM »

Thanks for the recommendations!  This should give me something to start with.

I did try cheesecloth, but it seems to fall apart when I try to sew with it.  I'll have to look for cotton voile - that sounds like it is probably the closest to what I want.

If anyone else has suggestions, please, fire away!
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« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2010 07:38:08 PM »

Cotton batiste is semi-sheer, and very pretty.  Lawn or handkerchief linen may work for you as well.  Keep in mind whatever you use will be subjected to boiling water.  I'd also lean toward un-dyed, un-bleached fabrics, for safety reasons.  Dharmatrading.com actually has an entire category for sheer cottons:  http://www.dharmatrading.com/html/eng/1667492-AA.shtml
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