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DIY: Make Your Own Tea Bags

March 28, 2012

I saw this adorable tea bag DIY at Yours Truly, G and decided to try it tonight! I think it came out super cute, and each tea bag only takes about 5 minutes if you already have your sewing station set-up. Read the original DIY here, or follow my instructions below. Mine are slightly different—mostly because I didn’t want to use a staple.

How To Make Your Own Tea Bags

diy make your own tea bags

Supplies:

purple arrow Coffee filters (1 large coffee filter = 2 tea bags)

purple arrow Scissors (sewing and paper)

purple arrow Sewing machine & thread (this is also possible by hand!)

purple arrow Loose tea leaves and herbs (I used typo’d aphrodisiac tea from Turkey)

purple arrow Cute paper (to make the tea tags)

purple arrow Tape

diy make your own tea bags

1. Fold the coffee filter into quarters. Cut a square out of the middle. Cut that square on its two adjacent corners to create a total of four squares.

diy make your own tea bags

2. Sew your squares on three sides. I used two different colors of thread that matched my tea tag paper.

diy make your own tea bags

3. Optional: Cut the corners to round off the edges of the tea bag—but not too close to the seam.

diy make your own tea bags

4. Clip threads. Fill your bag with loose tea leaves about 2/3 of the way up. I recommend crushing some of the herbs if they’re too long or sharp so they don’t rip the bag.

diy make your own tea bags

diy make your own tea bags

5.  Sew the top closed and poke a hole in the seam allowance where you want to put the tea bag string through.

diy make your own tea bags

6. Put the string through the top and tie a knot (or three). As a note, next time I’ll probably find a thicker thread for the tea bag string. The sewing thread I used was strong and didn’t break, but it doesn’t look as cute as the one here!

diy make your own tea bags

7. Cut your paper into cute tags (use paper scissors, not fabric scissors).

diy make your own tea bags

diy make your own tea bags

8. Use a small piece of tape to affix it to the tea bag string.

diy make your own tea bags

Et voila!

I think these are a great idea for gifts or little party favors. You can also experiment with mixing different teas and creating tea bag cocktails of your favorite herbs!

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