DIY Reusable Tea Bags FREE Sewing Tutorial

Reusable Tea Bags FREE Sewing Tutorial

DIY Reusable Tea Bags FREE Sewing Tutorial

Here's a quick and easy pattern to make your own cloth teabags using a safe organic cotton fabric that is not bleached with chlorine.

What you'll need:

  • fabric – cotton or muslin
  • baker’s twine or thin ribbon
  • matching thread
  • scissors (or rotary cutter and a cutting mat)
  • ruler or measuring tape
  • iron and ironing board
  • sewing clips or pins
  • sewing machine (it’s an easy sew, you can even sew it by hand)

Also, you can make you own Travel Tea Caddy with this FREE Tutorial.

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Mea Cadwell
Mea Cadwell

You can also use a metal tea ball but those can give a metallic taste to tea and loose tea can escape through the holes. I used one for years before getting a coffee maker dedicated to making tea.

Just a heads up on if you want to use these cloth tea bags in a coffee maker…

Don’t add a charm to it – it will be damaged over time and you don’t want anything other than tea and fabric in the machine.

Don’t use ribbon – it will shred after so long. Cloth tape or baker’s twine is better. Cloth tape is better than twine.

Add a flap to the top hem and tuck it into the opening before tightening it – the percolation of the water can cause tea bits to float out of bag and into your cup. The flap reduces that problem (although it may not do the job 100%).

You can make a bag with a hemmed opening and, instead of pulling the twine tight on top, you can wrap the hemmed opening around and use the twin to keep it rolled to prevent loose tea from escaping. The extra cloth may mean the water doesn’t penetrate as well so you could get a weaker cup.