Friday 27 January 2012

Teapot Fancy Cozy Tutorial

*25TH OCT 2020 EDITED TO ADD: My Teapot Fancy foundation paper piecing pattern will soon be available in my Payhip shop.  Once it's ready, I'll add the link here!  Meanwhile, the cozy template is available for free at Payhip and you can make it with a block of your choice or a favourite cotton fabric.

 This is a very exciting week, I have a pattern published in Fat Quarterly Magazine.  This issue is all about piecing and there is a huge range of piecing patterns from simple to advanced.  My pattern is for a teapot block and I have written two ways to piece it- freezer paper template style and foundation.  It is a great pattern if you are new to piecing as I take you through both methods step by step.  I have designed a simple tea cozy for the finished blocks but you could make it with a different block or just out of patchwork fabrics.  This cozy should be big enough for a 4 cup teapot. 
Finished size 9" tall, 12" wide.  
You will need:
2 blocks/fabric pieces  14" x 10" wide for back and front.  If you use the FQ teapot blocks you will need to add sashing to make your block up to this size
Fabric for lining- 2 pieces each measuring 14" x 10" wide
Batting/Wadding 4 pieces  each measuring 14" x 10" wide
Fabric scrap for hanging loop
Binding strip 1.25" x 26" wide cut across width of fabric
Basting Spray- I use 505
Usual Sewing Supplies
Pattern template (free) here

1. Making the  Cozy Front and Back
 Make your quilt sandwich with 1 piece of batting and your quilt block.  Spray the batting and lay your quilt block on top, repeat for the other block.  Quilt blocks as desired. Find centre point along the top and bottom edge of each block and mark with pins.  Place pattern on the centre pins and using a pencil or erasable marker, draw round pattern piece, flip over the centre and draw round again. You should have a semi-circle type shape.
I added a little had hand sewn detail around the spout for steam after I had drawn round the template to make sure it would fit.  Cut out the semi circle and zig zag round the edge of front and back.

2. Making the Cozy Lining
Repeat the process in step one for the lining.  I kept my quilting simple and wide so there would be lots of space in the batting to trap heat and keep the tea warm!  Use the template, cut out and zig-zag as in step 1.  You should now have a front and back outer and front and back lining pieces, 4 pieces in all.
3. Making the Hanging Loop
From a scrap cut a bias strip 1.25"x4".  Fold in half lengthways so the long edges meet, press.  Open out, bring the long raw edges into the centre and press along the folds so your strip looks like the picture below.
Bring the folded edges together, press again and stitch along the edge.
On one of the outer cozy pieces, find the top centre point, loop the bias strip and place either side of the centre point with the loop facing inwards.  You can adjust the size of the loop to whatever works for you!  Stitch the loop to the top of the cozy stitching within the quarter inch seam allowance.  

4.  Completing the Cozy
Taking the two cozy outer pieces, place right sides together, pin around the edge and sew using a quarter inch seam all around.  Repeat with the lining but sew a scant 3/8"seam.  This will make the lining a little smaller so it fits nicely inside the cozy.  Clip curves on the outer and lining seam.  If you are nervous about cutting into your seam, place a pin just in front of the stitches to stop your scissors snipping your stitches.  Press open the last 2 inches of the seam at the bottom edge of the cozy on the outer and on the lining (see picture below).    Turn outer cozy the right way out and lining so the wrong side is out.
Place the lining inside the cozy outer, wrong sides together.  Pin at the pressed open side seams.  Stitch all around the bottom edge within the quarter inch seam allowance, about eight-inch from the bottom.  
5. Adding the Binding
Follow my Single Binding Tutorial to add binding around the bottom edge and to complete your cozy!
The teapot beside my cozy was my original inspiration for the teapot block!


  1. Sounds like a great issue coming up. Thanks for the super tutorial, such a sweet cosy.

  2. So I am a tea in a mug kind a girl but this tea cozy would look so good on my freshly painted kitchen table (of course I didn't stop at the sewing room only!)
    Absolutely gorgeous!!

  3. Congratulations! I have never brought fatquarterly before but this issue is a must have!

  4. Love it! I think I will buy the issue!

  5. I lovethe teacosy?
    It couldbe a present for a friend.
    Thanksfor theinspiration!

  6. Argh! Its so cute!!! LOVE IT Kerry!

  7. Oooh, love this! I'm planning on using my birthday money from my granny to get a subscription (only a week and a day to go) and my mum and dad defintiely need a new tea cosy!

  8. I love it!!! That's perfect for this time of year when my tea seems to go cold faster than I can drink it!!!

  9. Oh I so need a teapot now!! It's beautiful x

  10. Congratulations! It is an adorable cozy too.

  11. wowy, that is so beautiful kerry! I wish I drank tea. :) I'll have to make one for my aunt someday, she loves tea!

  12. Thank you so much for your lovely tutorial and link to Fat Quarter. I am new to sewing and am enjoying your blog so much. I hope to try this lovely teapot cozy in the near future!

  13. It is so cute! I must make one!

  14. Kerry, this is fantastic! As a lover of tea and teapots and paper piecing, I absolutely have to make one when I get the chance! Thanks so much for sharing and Congratulations!

  15. I LOVE this! So cute. Thanks so much for sharing this. On my list of things to do... :)

  16. Gorgeous work my dear!! I am going to have to try this one, I love it so so much! Congrats!

  17. This is fantastic! I don't own a teapot but I'm feeling like buying one just so I can make it this cosy! I love the teapot block. Such a cute shape. I really need a copy of this issue of FQ, just in time to help me with my paper-piecing for Cocorico :) Congrats on being published!!

  18. Thank you for a wonderful tutorial, Kerry! This is so Cute! I think I will have to get the Fat Quarterly. :)

  19. This went directly onto my list as soon as I saw it in Fat Quarterly today!! I can hardly wait to get started!

  20. There`s no stopping you Kerry! I found a mention of you on Freda`s Hive this week recommending people take a look at your blog.
    Love the teacosy and the teapot. Love Joan

  21. I want to make one too!! Thanks for the tutorial! I always always admire people take their time and write up a tutorial and share it! Congrats!!

  22. I don't have a need for a tea cozy but this sure make me want to make one anyway. It is so flippin' cute. Lovely tutorial too.

  23. Wow! You never fail to amaze me! Have been wondering what the heck to do with the blocks I'm making, since I don't really want to make a quilt. This is a perfect use. Thank you!

  24. I made one yesterday. You can view it on my blog.
    I'm attempting to load onto your flickr page now.

    Thank you for the inspiration.
    Fun project.

  25. What a lovely teapot, Kerry, and a great issue of FQ! Thanks for the cosy tutorial too :)

  26. Oh thank you for this!! I can't wait to get started. My British neighbors will love this--a great gift for friends. ♥♥ Thank you!

  27. This is the cutest cozy...I can't wait to make it. Thanks

  28. This is so cute! I started to turn the failed KF block into a tea cozy for you. I am so glad that I never sent it! It doesn't live up to this at all. I can't wait to make this one.

  29. Hi there, we absolutely love your teapot cozy tutorial! We want to share a link to your tutorial with our readers at this Friday! Please let us know if you have any questions about being featured at WeAllSew blog - cheers!

  30. really gorgeous!

    I linked to your tutorial on my blog - thanks for sharing!

    doro K.

  31. love it! just perfect for gifts and myself as I drink tea all the time!
    Thank you for sharing it!
    Marilyn (Ontario, Canada

  32. When I try to get the template for this it takes me to a page that says it is no longer available. Could you email it to me please?
    Thank you!


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