No Sew Statement Tea Cosy for Last-Minute Semi-Handmade Gift

Tea cosies are quite popular over here in Ireland and also in Britain. It goes with the love of tea but also it can get quite chilly so it makes sense to insulate the teapot a bit so it stays warm. It is easy enough to buy a plain tea cosy but to add a certain flair or personality, all it takes is about an hour and some basic supplies. You can choose any short phrase, name or shape to add to the tea cosy. I chose “I *heart* Tay” because it is whimsical and this was meant for my husband. But even a simple heart would do the trick.


No Sew Statement Tea Cosy

Time: 45-90 minutes, depending on the complexity of the felt cutouts


Pre-made fabric tea cosy

Felt in contrasting color


Iron-on hem tape or fusible webbing

Iron and ironing board

Cotton kitchen towel


1. Determine the letter or design layout on the tea cosy. Make sure there is enough space for what you want to put there. When you’ve decided, trace or draw your design or letters on the contrasting felt.

2. Cut out the letters or design from the felt and also from the fusible webbing. Place them with the fumble webbing between the felt and the tea cosy, making sure any marks you made on the felt face down.

3. Heat the iron and carefully place the cotton kitchen towel over the felt. Iron over the tea cosy repeatedly until the fusible webbing hs melted the felt and tea cosy together. Let cool and gently peel back the towel. Done!


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