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Tea Wallet

You will need four 5″ x 7″ cuts of fabric and one 5″ x 7″ cut of interfacing, a button, and a 6″ length of ribbon. All seam allowances are 1/4″.
Tea Wallet

Attach interfacing to the wrong side of your exterior fabric.
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Fold your pocket fabrics in half lenghtwise and iron.
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Top-stitch the folded edge of your pocket fabrics.
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Measure up 1″ from the bottom of your interior fabric and pin your first pocket into place.
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Sew along the bottom of your first pocket, removing the pins as you go.
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Line your second pocket up with the bottom of your interior fabric and pin it into place.
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Sew along the bottom of your second pocket, removing the pins as you go.
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With an erasable fabric pencil or chalk mark the center of your pockets and interior fabric. If you’ve cut your fabric exact this will be 3 1/2″.
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Sew this line, you don’t have to go all the way to the top of your interior fabric, you only need to do the pockets.
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Fold your ribbon in half and pin it to the center of your pockets and interior fabric on the right hand side, with the loop facing the left hand side.
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Sew the ribbon into place, make sure you remove the pin.
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Pin your exterior fabric to your pockets and interior fabric, right sides together.
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Sew the pieces together, leaving a 2″ – 3″ hole in the bottom of your wallet.
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Trim the corners.
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Turn your wallet right side out. I use a knitting needle to push the corners out, but if you do this be gentle so you don’t push a hole in your fabrics.
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Iron your wallet flat.
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Top-stitch around your entire wallet very close to the edge.
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Fold your wallet in half and mark where your button needs to go.
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Hand sew your button into place.
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Don’t sew all the way through your pockets, just the exterior and interior fabrics.
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Insert your tea bags and you’re all finished!!!
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You can also use this pattern to make a credit, debit, or business card wallet by simply making the following changes…

  1. Your fabric and interfacing should be 5″ x 6″ instead of 5″ x 7″
  2. Your first pocket will be 3/4″ from the bottom instead of 1″.
  3. The center will be 3″ instead of 3 1/2″

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Printer friendly version: Tea Wallet Printable.htm

Thanks to Darlene Thornton for turning this tutorial into a PDF file: Tea Wallet Tutorial.pdf

104 Responses to Tea Wallet Tutorial

  1. joannabags says:

    That is such a fantastic idea. I am always shoving tea bags into my back pocket whenever i go somewhere. Excellent idea and gorgeous photos

  2. Mindy says:

    That is such a sweet idea! Thank you for such an easy to follow tut!

  3. Barbara says:

    What a great idea. I didn’t think what tea wallet meant til I got to the end! I love my herbal tea so a great way to carry it about with me.

  4. mom2fur says:

    I’ve never seen anything like that! What an adorable idea!

  5. Peni says:

    What a great idea for little “ditty bags”…can’t wait to try it!!

  6. Great tutorial. I’ve really got to try to make one of these someday!
    Laura

  7. I think I’m going to try making one of your bags. It ought to be perfect for Autumn. I’m just not a coffee drinker!

    Laura
    Please come by and visit me!

  8. Tracey says:

    THANKS!! I am going to make some of these for small Christmas gifts. I think they’ll be great with a pretty tea cup or mug and a few cookies. Nice…

  9. Tractorgurl says:

    Thanks so much for putting this tutorial on here! I just saw one of these on ebay and they wanted 12.00!! I thought, “I can do that”, and it would make great gifts for girlfriends that like to take their tea on the go, like me.
    The exterior could even be embellished with laces or sequined. If your handy with cross stitch, you could even put an inital or name on the front.
    Thanks again for the instructions! [Don''t for get your Splenda packets too!]

  10. Tabitha says:

    What a wonderful idea! Great tutorial, too. I’ll have to make one for my tea-fanatic sister-in-law. Thanks!

  11. Amy H. says:

    Cool! I just picked up a pretty teacup/saucer set for my tea-loving Aunt and this will be a great add-in for her package! Thanks! …. off to select fabrics from the stash……..

  12. Thanks for the tutorial! My mom always carries tea bags in her purse and this is perfect for her for Christmas!

  13. Megan says:

    I just made one of these. Totally love it! Thanks for the great idea!

  14. lise says:

    Great tutorial, I’m gonna try it today!

  15. Dana Coombs says:

    Hi! I’m not much of tea drinker but I do carry the decaf coffee bags with me. Alot of resturants aren’t making decaf coffee, no big demand for it ; so I carry the bags and ask for a cup of hot water. Thanks much for the great tutorial! Dana

  16. Simply wonderful giftee for my DDIL, Danielle, who a tea drinker! Thanks for the fun pattern and great tute!
    Carmen

  17. Super Mom says:

    Just wanted to thank you for this tutorial. This afternoon I made up four of these for Christmas gifts.

  18. grannysquare says:

    I have a friend that has a million brands of tea. I’m going to make her one of these with tea and Splenda in the pockets. I think I will find her a fancy tea cup. Thank you so much for sharing it.

  19. Carolyn Sharkas says:

    great tutorial, thanks for sharing.

    carolyn s

  20. Leah says:

    Thanks so much, great gift idea, especially for those herbal lovers!
    Leah

  21. Liana says:

    omg. how absolutely adorable!

  22. hmmmmmm, I should go measure my coffee packets and make one for coffee.

  23. Natalie says:

    Love the idea! I plan to make some. Is there anyway you could provide a print friendly version?

  24. Christy says:

    Absolutely, here you go… http://www.christyscreations.com/teawalletprintable.htm At the top left of your browser window you should be able to go to “File” then “Print” and it will print the pictures and instructions, no frills

  25. rosalie says:

    great gift idea thanks I received one as a gift.

  26. Tristana says:

    Thank you so much for this!
    Made it as a gift for a friend at work using scraps.

    The instructions were so easy to follow and it has turned out great!

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