Mother’s Day is coming and a Hand Sewn Tea Party is a delicious way to honor Mom! Home baked treats and sweet little tea sandwiches are lovely, but you can sew all the frills and adornments to make this a delightfully personalized event, too.
As you plan your sewing, think about the colors and prints that Mom loves best. Coordinate your Cozies and Napkins around her preferences to create a Mom-focused ambiance in her honor. Use a simple, solid white or colored table cloth and let your handmade elements shine in contrast! The end of your tea can include a presentation of all the wonderful projects you’ve sewn as a heartfelt gift for Mom to take home!
Let’s start with a trio of Tea Cozies!
Sweet and topped with a bit of a pouf, this adorable Fit-to-a-Tea Cozy was designed by Linda Griepentrog for Sewing Secrets earlier this month. Using Kaffe Fassett Collective fabrics, Linda designed a simple, yet elegant cozy you can stitch up quickly for any teapot. You’ll need two cotton prints, one for the outside, one for the lining, a little fusible batting and a length of ribbon to pull it all together. Linda’s instructions for measuring your teapot include how-tos for auditioning a rectangle of fabric to make sure the size will be just right. Just a little time and a little fabric will create a cozy, Cozy Mom is sure to love! Click here for Linda’s tutorial.
Simple Tea Cozy
If you’re looking for something even more basic, then Elizabeth of the Frugal Mom Eh! Blog has just what you need. She wrote a wonderfully simple tutorial for a very pretty, dome-shaped tea cozy. Elizabeth lives in Ontario Canada and the material measurements are in meters. Just keep in mind that a meter is about 40” when you’re planning your fabric purchase. The cozy is lined and padded with batting for warmth and includes a darling little ruffle along the top. In place of the ruffle, you could use lace, ribbon or another coordinating trim if you like. Simple and sweet, this is another cozy that is a pretty quick make. Click here for Elizabeth’s simple instructions.
Owl Tea Cozy
This wise Owl Cozy designed by Nikki of the Buzy Day blog will be the perfect fit for a Mom who loves whimsy! As with the first two cozies, this feathered tea friend will be lined and padded with batting. The whimsy begins with fabrics and felt for his/her tummy, eyes and nose and can be echoed in the binding that finishes the bottom edge. Since this part of our Hand Sewn Tea Party includes sections of applique, Nikki includes some wonderful tips for this technique. She also recommends using a Walking Foot if you have one. Always a wise idea when you’re sewing through layers of fabric and batting. Sew Mom an owl for her day of honor and, as Nikki says, “have an owling good tea!” Click here and learn to feather your tea nest.
Now let’s add a couple of napkin options for your Hand Sewn Tea Party!
I fell in love with these beautiful Patchwork Napkins! They’ll be gorgeous coordinated with your tea cozy and the technique could easily be adapted for placemats or a table runner, too. Designed by Ashley of the Film in the Fridge blog as a guest post for Sew Mama Sew, they’re perfect for scraps. You’ll find terrific instructions for two different styles of patchwork. Ashley cleverly designed the patchy strips so that you can vary your napkin creations and they’ll still coordinate well together. You’ll need a yard of solid fabric to go with your scraps and 1-1/2 yards for the napkin “backing”. Choose any colors you think will please Mom! If you’re planning a matched set of napkins and cozies for your Handmade Tea Party, be sure to purchase enough fabric for all your projects at once. Click here for Ashley’s Patchwork Napkins tutorial.
Simple Napkins and Ribbon Napkin Rings
If you’re short on time, the napkins I found on Amy’s My 3 Monsters blog will be perfect for you. And, you’ll also learn a fabulous, fool-proof method for mitered corners. For Amy’s simple napkins, you’ll need one yard of fabric for four napkins, two yards for eight napkins and . . . you can take it from there. To enhance your Hand Sewn Tea Party projects, be sure to follow Amy’s steps for Ribbon Napkin Rings, too. They’re like stylish, little fashion accessories for your napkins and will really add to the elegance of the table! Click here for the simple napkins and rings instructions.
Two Ways to Make Napkins
Napkins can be hemmed with a conventional twice-turned hem or a serger or overlock machine to make quick work of hemming napkins. Use Coats Sure-lock thread or for extra shine, Coats Tri-lobal Machine Embroidery thread. Click here for another tutorial from Linda on Sewing Secrets.
Enjoy your sewing, have a wonderful Hand Sewn Tea Party and, most of all, enjoy and appreciate Mom!
About the Author
Annette Millard began sewing at the age of three, made her first dress at ten and is always happiest with needle, fabric and thread in her hands. Annette feels very privileged to have spent most of her work life in the sewing industry and loves teaching, making her own handmade wardrobe and writing about sewing. She spent over ten years as the newsletter and web site content writer for the Pacific Northwest's largest locally-owned family of fabric stores and is now thrilled to have the opportunity to share her passion for sewing with the Sewing Secrets community. Follow Annette and more of her sewing adventures on her own blog, www.sewfullife.com.