Tea Caddy

A small piece of linen or any fabric you choose, a few strands of thread, and a needle—these are the only supplies you need to start embroidering! Sew and embroider this cute cozy for any teapot, courtesy of Harper Crafts.


  • Two types of fabric
  • Unbleached linen
  • Felt
  • Binding
  • DMC Embroidery Threads
  • Scrap paper


Backstitch = (Ba)
Blanket stitch = (Bl)
Long and short stitch = (LS)
Satin stitch = (Sa)

Basic Supplies

measuring tape


  • Mechanical pencil and eraser
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery needles
  • Embroidery scissors


  • 1. Using photo as guide, draw a pattern on paper. Try it on your teapot. Adjust if necessary. Cut a piece of linen two times for the top and a piece of fabric two times for the bottom, adding a 1/2 inch (1 cm) seam allowance. Embroider the design on the linen. See "Tea Caddy Design Chart". (Note: See “Secrets of Embroidery” for additional information and stitch diagrams.)
  • 2. With right sides facing in, sew the top and bottom of each side together. Using one side as a pattern, cut out two matching pieces of felt.
  • 3. For the decorative handle on top, sew two 2-3/4x4-1/4 inch (7x11cm) rectangles of cloth together, right sides facing in, leaving an opening. Turn right side out and close the opening. Fold 5-1/2 inch (14cm) length of binding in half and make a 1-1/4 inch (3cm) seam in the loop. Place the fabric rectangle between the two sides of the binding. Sew together, gathering.
  • 4. Place each side on its felt lining, then place them right sides facing in while inserting the binding, passing through the decorative handle. Pin the four layers together. Sew the top section between the cut-outs for the spout and handle.
  • 5. On the right side, sew a binding around each cut-out. Turn over and sew on the reverse. Close up the sides and sew binding all around the bottom.
  • Reprinted with Permission
  • 1. Reprinted with permission from Embroidery pour la Maison: 100 French Designs for the Home by Sylvie Blondeau (Harper Collins Publishers), ISBN: 9780062222619 (http://www.harpercollins.com/books/)

by Sylvie Blondeau for Harper Collins Publishers

Pattern - Tea Caddy Design Chart

Pattern - Secrets of Embroidery

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