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« on: January 31, 2012 02:02:45 PM »

Have you been wanting to make your own tea wallet?  Here's a tutorial for you.



You'll need 5 by 7 inch cuts of outside fabric, inside fabric and a piece of flannel which will help give your wallet some stability.  You'll also need a 2.5 by 7 inch cut of your inside fabric and a 3.5 by 7 inch cut of your outside fabric.  These will be the interior pockets.  Lastly, you'll need an elastic hair tie and a button to finish your wallet.


Fold over and iron a quarter inch of your pocket fabric.  Sew it down.  Repeat for your other pocket fabric.  If your fabric has an orientation to it, make sure you sew the correct edge. 


Line up and pin your two pockets to the bottom of your interior fabric.  Sew a 1/8 inch seam through all three layers at the bottom to secure them together. 


Now it's time to layer them all together.  Place your outside fabric on the table, right side up.  Then place your interior fabric (with the pockets already sewn on at the bottom) with the right side facing your outside fabric.  This means these right sides will be facing each other.  On top of that lay your piece of flannel.  Mine has animal prints on it.  It doesn't matter which side of your flannel is up, it will be hidden inside when you are done.  Pin it all together.   


Sew a 1/4 inch seam around the layered fabric 'sandwich', leaving about 1 1/2 inches open on one side so you can turn it.  Before you start sewing, decide where to leave the turn opening.  Have a good look at your fabric.  Leave the opening where you want your elastic tie inserted.


Before you turn everything right side out, clip the corners.  Rather than just doing a 45 degree angle, I do a rounded cut. 


Turn it right side out using a chopstick to help with your corners, iron it (very important) and place the hair elastic where you want it.  Pin it in place.


Sew a 1/4 inch seam around the entire edge, make sure you sew over the elastic twice to make it secure.


It's time to sew your button on, opposite your elastic.  The thread gets hidden inside a pocket. Sweet!


The last thing you should do is sew a seam right down the middle.  Load it with tea, sweetener, pepper flakes, whatever your heart desires.  Pop it in your purse and you're good to go. 
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« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2012 02:46:27 PM »

So cute!  Love the fabric choices and thank you so much for the awesome tutorial!
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« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2012 02:54:08 PM »

I have no idea why I would want a tea wallet but I want one, that is so cute! And a brilliant idea!
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« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2012 03:08:08 PM »

Thank you, Missing Willow! Your fabric is wonderful!!  Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2012 03:11:54 PM »

What a wonderful tutorial!! Thank you so much!!
I absolutely adore that fabric!!!! Where did you get it, if you don't mind me asking ...
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« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2012 03:33:51 PM »

I got it on vacation on sale a few years ago and have been 'saving' (aka hoarding) it.  It's a Tina Givens pattern. Opal Owl's house.
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« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2012 05:38:46 PM »

I have seen that fabric before, but I cannot remember where, I love it - MW, you put it to good use, and I hoard fabric too.  I look at fabric like an addict.  Oh, that's right, I AM!!  Addicted to fabric, that is!   Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2012 07:30:29 PM »

Great tutorial and love the fabrics! Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2012 01:36:16 PM »

What a lovely way to take your favorite tea to work each day!

I love that you took care to make the little owl the focus on the front!  Looks like he is watching over your tea! Cheesy

Thanks for sharing your tutorial and your tea wallet--it is really pretty!
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« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2012 02:50:53 PM »

What a great idea! And, with a little change, could be a first-time quilt project, too!
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« Reply #10 on: February 14, 2012 01:13:58 PM »

So cute and functional...best of both worlds!  Thank you so much for posting a tutorial!
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« Reply #11 on: February 15, 2012 11:42:46 AM »

I have a "secret friend" at work who drinks tea and this is a wonderful gift I could make for her- thanks for the detailed tutorial!!
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« Reply #12 on: February 15, 2012 12:13:17 PM »

Awesome,MW!
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« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2012 01:11:14 PM »

Sweet! Thanks for the tutorial.  Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2012 02:39:31 PM »

Thanks for the clear tutorial! i have a few friends that drink tea,that would love one of these! Cute fabrics!
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« Reply #15 on: February 15, 2012 02:47:19 PM »

This is awesome! I tend to carry teabags loose in my backpack and they end up getting messed up, once to the point where the package and teabag broke open and the tea leaves got all over my stuff. I definitely want to make one of these.
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« Reply #16 on: February 15, 2012 05:09:41 PM »

I just love the fabric you used too cute. Thanks for the tutorial.
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« Reply #17 on: February 15, 2012 05:41:13 PM »

This is awesome! I always carry my own tea around with me in a plastic baggy which looks a little...sad. I'm making one of these for sure! Thanks.
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« Reply #18 on: February 16, 2012 03:48:22 AM »

I'm so glad folks will be using the tutorial.  Yay!
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« Reply #19 on: February 16, 2012 08:36:51 AM »

Very cute use of scrap fabric. This will make a great gift for my tea loving friends. I'll be making one for myself to keep my tea bags that are floating around in my purse and backpack organised. Thanks for the tutorial.
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« Reply #20 on: February 16, 2012 12:27:13 PM »

I'm so glad folks will be using the tutorial.  Yay!

Thanks again for sharing it.  We featured it on our Project of the Week e-newsletter this week!
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« Reply #21 on: February 16, 2012 01:53:07 PM »

 This is so cool. I am a diabetic and carry my Splenda with me.I am currently using a snuz tin, which I covered with shiny foil tape.HARD to carry and harder to find in the bottom of my bag. This will make a fine replacement for the tin as well as a great gift idea! Thanks for this. Kiss
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« Reply #22 on: February 17, 2012 02:52:10 AM »

The design is great. Thanks for the tutorial! I might even manage this one Cheesy
Also: I'm so jealous of your scissors. They're so beautiful. I only have a basic pair of scissors.
I bet such a tea wallet would look great sitting on my kitchen table. I really need to make on.
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« Reply #23 on: February 17, 2012 04:41:43 PM »

really cute! love the fabrics you used.
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« Reply #24 on: February 26, 2012 01:13:05 PM »

I spent some lovely hours recreating these! I took my time and I have a few ideas to help me the next time: Make the pockets a smidge longer so I can be sure to get them sewn IN. Also, when I sew the middle seam to create two sides, I will always start from the bottom edge and sew UP. I messed up  on the Oriental fabric one, the ONLY one that had a one way design... figures! So, it opens backwards! The woman I will give it to, is very sweet , and will overlook my mistakes!  These were so much fun to make, and I will do several more, to keep aside for gifts for folks who need some TLC ... and a cup of tea!    
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« Reply #25 on: February 26, 2012 04:16:00 PM »

The link works fine and they came out great!
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« Reply #26 on: March 06, 2012 06:40:23 AM »

I have seen that fabric before, but I cannot remember where, I love it - MW, you put it to good use, and I hoard fabric too.  I look at fabric like an addict.  Oh, that's right, I AM!!  Addicted to fabric, that is!   Cheesy


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« Reply #27 on: March 06, 2012 08:18:57 AM »

I found it in a quilt shop in Central Florida. 
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« Reply #28 on: March 06, 2012 10:28:20 AM »

I have seen that fabric before, but I cannot remember where, I love it - MW, you put it to good use, and I hoard fabric too.  I look at fabric like an addict.  Oh, that's right, I AM!!  Addicted to fabric, that is!   Cheesy

Was it Ikea??


The fabric designer is Tina Givens, the name of the fabric design line is Opal Owl's House, and the manufacturer is Free Spirit.  There's some of this fabric for sale on Fabric.com, and I think there is some for sale from this line on Etsy too.

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« Reply #29 on: March 12, 2012 07:02:03 AM »

This fabric is perfect for the shape!
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« Reply #30 on: March 25, 2012 03:55:42 PM »

I will definitely be making one of these for my MIL! She'll love it - oh and my daughter will too! Thank you so much for the tutorial x  Kiss
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« Reply #31 on: June 03, 2012 05:46:38 PM »

I love this tutorial soo much, I have made a ton of these for gifts and made them in "condiment wallets" for picnics, so you have an organized place for you left over ketchup packets and such. It has been an awesome gift for my friends who are big hikers and who eat outside alot.
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« Reply #32 on: June 03, 2012 07:46:40 PM »

I love this tut, thanks for posting it.  I have to make several shower game gifts this week and this fits the bill perfectly, especially since the theme includes teapots with flowers for the table center pieces!  Your tea wallet is lovely.  :-)
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« Reply #33 on: June 04, 2012 04:02:58 AM »

I'm so happy it's being useful for folks!  It should be great as shower game gifts, runnermom100863.
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More inspiration.... Boy, I better get off the computer!

I love your fabric choice. Plus, that is a very nice picture of you :-) Is it useful to have four feet when you sew?

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« Reply #37 on: January 14, 2013 11:45:16 AM »

Thanks so much for featuring this!
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« Reply #38 on: January 15, 2013 04:58:51 PM »

Worthy of being a Best of 2012!!  I have made a ton of these - for gifts, about 40 for a church women's tea favor giveaway, and a bunch for my just-in-case stash.  Gals find all kinds of uses for them besides for teabags...handwipe packages, Band-aids, anything the size of a teabag.   I love to make them and your tute is perfect.  Thanks, MissingWillow!
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