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Topic: Tea Wallet! (...if the tea will just stay IN it...)  (Read 2620 times)
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« on: April 03, 2011 08:39:32 PM »


I have attempted to make a tea wallet!  Given how poor my sewing skills are, I'm pretty happy with the outcome...


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This is where I discovered my mistake -- if the wallet tips, the tea falls out!  ANY suggestions for fixing this gratefully received!
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« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2011 08:44:23 PM »

How about sewing a ribbon at the top of each side, and a ribbon at the bottom of each side, on the inside - then tie each top ribbon to it's bottom ribbon - maybe?  It's neat, though - I like it.
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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2011 09:05:27 PM »

It's so pretty!

How about attaching a loop of elastic or a hairband on the back like this one http://www.etsy.com/listing/36289750/notebook-with-elastic-strap-60pages, but running vertically instead of horizontally?

(p.s., this is not my notebook for sale, it was just the first hit on google.)
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« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2011 02:41:07 AM »

I think you did a good job, and the fabric is such fun.

If your stuff falls out (mine always did), you can turn the pockets 90 degrees so that the openings face the middle, then, even if the bags slip, they stay in the packet.  With that layout, you can also use velcro or a snap on the pockets to keep it closed. 
Hope that makes sense.
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« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2011 05:46:11 AM »

This may be a little too simple, but will they fit more snugly if the tea bags are turned sideways?
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« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2011 07:59:28 AM »

Next time make the pockets deeper...I leave only enough room so that the top of the tea package peeks out and can be grabbed...but, such a cute mix of fabric and I think you did a good job; to save it, you might try to stitch along both sides of the packages to snug them in... make it look like you were quilting it a bit! Cheesy

Or, maybe you could take another piece of fabric and make sort of like a little flap to lay across the teas to keep them from slipping out...sew it at the top, put a little button and elastic at the bottom to stay shut or a snap, maybe?

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« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2011 08:57:11 PM »

I'm thinking that perhaps I should 'top stitch' complete rectangles on each cover to make it look decorative, while simultaneously snugging the pockets on both inner and outer edges.... The only other thing I can think of is to slit the bottoms of the pockets to make them deeper, but then I have to stay-fray all those edges without glueing things all together.....?

If your stuff falls out (mine always did), you can turn the pockets 90 degrees so that the openings face the middle, then, even if the bags slip, they stay in the packet.  With that layout, you can also use velcro or a snap on the pockets to keep it closed. 
Hope that makes sense.

Makes brilliant sense bethnrick! Definitely what I'll do on the next (gift) one!
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« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2011 07:55:34 AM »

That sounds like a good idea--just stitch all around!  I would not cut anything...it is still lovely and functional and you can take what you learned to the next one!
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« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2011 08:08:39 AM »

This is really cute - great fabric choices.  Can you double up the tea bags so they fit more snuggly? 
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« Reply #9 on: April 07, 2011 07:23:52 AM »

ha ha that is a great idea!  carry more tea! Cheesy
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