Sunday, December 4, 2011

DIY: Homemade Tea Bags

I bought so much loose leaf tea from McNulty's that I wanted to gift some of it in a pretty way so I decided to make some homemade tea bags.

You'll need loose tea, coffee filters, needle & thread (or a sewing machine if you're talented), some fun scissors, some normal scissors, pretty paper, pens, craft glue, and a stapler.
I laid two coffee filters on top of each other and cut out a circle using pinking shears. I basically just trimmed off the ruffly part of the filters.

Sew the two pieces together just around the non-folded part.
And if you're using a sewing machine, you can skip this step, but i went back and sewed between the stitches to make a tighter and more secure seal.
Open up the top of the tea bag and fill it with tea. I used about 2 teaspoons of chai in each tea bag. And for the darjeeling, I used about 3 teaspoons.
Stitch up the top. Since I was doing it by hand, I used the same technique as before and stitched across once and then filled back in between to secure the seal.
Tie a piece of string (3" to 4") to one of the stitches.
Cut out a small piece of the pretty paper and label with whatever type of tea is inside the bag.
Add a dab of glue to keep the string secure.
Fold up the little label and staple it shut.
Tada!
I made a bunch, 5 bags of darjeeling and 5 bags of chai.
I made a little package, using a little plastic container (originally had fresh basil in it), added a cute little label and packed it all up. I even put a little label on box with directions.
I wrapped up the chai in a plastic bag since it's so strongly scented.
I'm going to send these to my cousin as a small Christmas gift. Cute idea, right?

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