We’re really excited to have our very good friend Miss Amy Phipps writing the post today. Amy is one of the very first people we met when we moved to Brighton, and is one half of the creative superstars Super+Super. Amy’s blog, M.A.P., explores a creative way of life on a shoestring. You’ll find vegan recipes, craft DIYs and thrifty wardrobe ideas on there, and we love it. Here she is with her two-cup tea bag DIY.
If like me you drink a lot of herbal tea and get a bit bored of what’s available in the shop, and how much it costs to keep a good stock of flavours in the cupboard, then this project might be just up your street! Not only can you blend your favourite varieties, but by using 2 tsp per bag you can make a magical 2 cup bag. This will keep you going for a while and can be topped up with hot water repeatedly, or used to make a whole pot if you’d prefer. What’s not to like about that! Perfect for herbal tea addicts.
You will need:
- Cafetiere filter paper
- Dried tea leaves, mint ‘Infusion’ and dried camomile ‘infusion’*
- Sewing machine
- Machine thread
- Thick cotton thread
- Tape measure
- A big tea cup or pot
* I bought my dried ingredients from a local store called Ecostream refill store where you buy by the weight.
So let’s get started!
With the folded edge of the filter paper at the bottom measure a width of approx 6cm and then cut straight up to the top curved edge making a rectangle out of the filter.
Neaten the top by squaring off with scissors, and thread your sewing machine.
Now you are ready to fill your bag! 2 tsp of your dried tea mix should be perfect, I used half and half camomile and mint… my current favourite!
To seal, you need to fold the top down 1cm and crease firmly.
Next, fold the corners in to meet the bottom of the first folded edge.
Cut a few lengths of the thicker thread, approx 10cm These will be your tea bag strings!
I have used off-cuts from the filter paper to make tabs for the string which is done by repeating the previous step.