Do you know someone who loves a hot cup of tea? For me, I always think about my own mother. She loved her tea and had multiple cups daily! Today, I’ve got a fun DIY project that is perfect for the tea lover in your life – DIY heart shaped tea bags.
I’m sharing this project today for Cozy Living Saturday hosted by my friend Jennifer from Town and Country Living. For me, the best way to make any wintery day cozy is to spend it making something. And, if there’s a candle burning and some beautiful music playing, that makes it even more cozy! At the end of today’s post, you’ll find more cozy living ideas for February!
Let’s Make Heart Shaped Tea Bags
These cute tea bags are both affordable and so easy to make! And, you probably have everything you need to make some right now! Plus, they would make a great little Valentine’s Day gift for a special friend, mom, grandmother, aunt . . . Why not make one or more this weekend! Then, pop one into a card and get it in the mail early next week in time for Valentine’s Day!
Creative Ways to Use Heart Shaped Tea Bags
These heart shaped tea bags would also be perfect for a Valentine’s Day tea or brunch! And, you could include them with a whole “tea themed” gift for Valentine’s Day with a special tea, pretty teacup and saucer, scones or cookies, honey, etc. Oh, and what about using them as party favors at a Bridal Shower! There are so many ways you could use them besides Valentine’s Day!
What you need
- White Coffee Filters
- Sewing Needle and Thread (I used red)
- Paper or Cardstock for tags
- Loose leaf tea
- Glue stick
How to Make Heart Shaped Tea Bags
Step 1. Draw a heart shape in the center of a coffee filter. (I made a heart template out of cardstock that measured approximately 2.5″H x 2.5″W at the widest point). Then, I traced that template onto the coffee filter.
Step 2. Cut a piece of thread approximately 30 inches long. Then, thread the needle and pull the thread so the two ends are even. Make a double knot at the end.
Step 3. Layer a second coffee filter underneath the one with the pattern.
Step 4. Bring your needle up through both filters from behind at the center point just under the drawn line.
Step 5. Use a small running stitch around the inside perimeter of the pencil line.
Step 6. Stop stitching about 3/4 way around the heart as shown in the photo below. Do NOT cut the thread!
Step 7. Carefully cut along the pencil line of your heart. Be careful not to cut the thread.
Step 8. Use the remaining opening to fill the tea bag with loose leaf tea. Don’t make it too full because it will be harder to sew shut.
Step 9. Continue sewing to close up the top of the heart.
Step 10. Cut the thread approximately 5 inches from the top of the heart.
Step 11. Make a tag. Measure a piece of paper or cardstock 1″W x 2.5″T and fold in half. I used pink cardstock. Then, I used a tiny heart-shaped punch to make a red heart to glue on the tag. But, you can decorate the tag in any way you like.
Step 12. Use a glue stick to coat the inside of the tag. Now, stick the thread ends to it.
Step 13. Fold the tag closed over the thread and press to secure.
What do you think?
And, that’s it! It seems like a lot of steps, but I wanted to really break it down so you could see just how easy this is to do!
NOTE: If you wanted to do a whipstitch around the heart instead of a running stitch, you could do that by cutting out the traced heart on two filters first and then whip stitch around the edges.
I hope you will try making these heart shaped tea bags if you know someone who loves to drink tea! It would be such a special gift to receive!
Here are some more Cozy Living Ideas for February!