23.6.13

tea time!



Yellow takes the top spot for this week's zakka project. Knowing that we have to make a tea cosy this time, I felt yellow is a perfect fit to capture the early morning cheerfulness of a hearty breakfast with tea and sunny side up eggs.. oops! I will have to pretend these baby chicks didn't hear what I just said :(
The linen tape has tiny foot prints of a chicken on it. It is like it was made just for this fabric.


These little chicks pecking their way out of the shell gave me an idea to make the inside of the tea cosy look just like an egg shell. So I chose this egg-white striped fabric. According to the pattern in the book, there is an exposed seam. We could bind it later to hide the seam but I followed a different method and sewed it just like a regular purse pattern to automatically hide the seams. I think it was possible because I didn't had to take into account the deeper details for this simplified version.


I totally enjoyed making this small tea bag pouch. The options for customizing it with pretty fabrics, trims, buttons are limitless. I thought this wooden button looked almost like a coffee bean going with the theme.


I increased the length of the pouch to place the pockets slightly apart to make the prints standout on their own. This fabric is by Cosmo textiles but there is no additional information on it. It is my all-time favorite fabric. Lining fabric is from Jo-Ann's.


These alphabets were supposed to be on the tea cosy. But I turned them into coasters to complete the set. I modified the alphabets a little bit from the original pattern because of this blue stripe I wanted to use. I was looking for this kind of thin stripe in ink blue for sometime. Then I came across it in the fabric below. It felt as though the image in my mind just jumped onto this fabric and has been waiting to be discovered.. It really is a lucky find!


The blue stripe is only 1/4" wide and 2" long. So I had to adjust the paper piecing pattern accordingly. It proved somewhat tricky to get it right because of the narrow margin. You should see the actual version in Flickr group which is amazing!

Thanks so much for visiting! Have a happy sunday! We are planning to go for strawberry picking today ( ' v ' )

10 comments:

Stephanie said...

I heart all things tea. You always make each project truly unique. I don't understand projects made with exposed seams -- especially those published as patterns. I love how you finished yours and used the TEA to make coasters. Just adorable.

Christine said...

beautiful! I love your fabrics. I am happy to have found your blog.

DappleandGrey said...

So gorgeous! Your work is always so beautiful. I really love your fabric selection for these projects - so fresh and sunshiney. x

Martha said...

I am constantly amazed at your ability to tweak these patterns and to always find the perfect fabrics that match your particular vision. Your attention to the tiniest details of each creation makes all of your work distinctive and gives each project that special Pratima look.

thevanillayear.com said...

Does anyone understand linen the way that you do? NO! I love this tea cosy so much that I cannot bear it! Where do you find your amazing fabrics?

Nanette Merrill said...

The blue stripe for the letters is genius. As is the whole project. How bright and cheerful will be your tea break or morning. I love this.

Candace said...

Everything is so cute, Pratima! Your kitchen must be very cosy and warm with all your wonderfully handmade goodies! I hope you found an abundance of strawberries!
Cheers!

Amy @ chick chick sewing said...

How charming are your lettered tea coasters! Love how you altered Ayumi's pattern into your original sweetness! Thanks for sharing!

Maureen T. said...

OMG! Everything is beyond cute!! The tea cozy is perfection. The tea caddy is so sweet and the coasters are perfectly executed. Your fabric choices and placement are excellent (yes, I was about to say "perfect" again). Adorable!

Debbie said...

Your style is just beautiful. I just love everything you make, and had the best time looking at all of the wonderful photos and sewing projects on your blog.