Tea bag wallet tutorial

Here it is, a super fast and easy gift idea for all those weird herbal tea drinkers in your life. These take about 45 minutes from start to finish, including cutting time. Of course, if you are like me, you will spend considerably longer than that choosing your fabrics.

You will need

Outer – 6.5 x 7.5” fabric, 6.0 x 7.0” interfacing
Lining – 6.5 x 7.5” fabric, 6.0 x 7.0” interfacing
Pocket 1 – 5.5 x 7.5” fabric, 4.5 x 7.0” interfacing
Pocket 2 – 4.5 x 7.5” fabric, 3.5 x 7.0” interfacing
Pocket 3 – 3.5 x 7.5” fabric, 2.5 x 7.0” interfacing
Approximately 18” of coordinating ribbon.
Seam allowance 1/4” throughout.
Instructions
Fuse interfacing to wrong side of outer and lining pieces, leaving a 1/4” gap all the way around for seam allowance.
Fuse interfacing to wrong side of pocket pieces, leaving a 1/4” gap along the sides and bottom and 1/2” along the top edge.
Fold top edge of each pocket piece over by 1/4” to meet interfacing, and then fold again. Top stitch in place.
Place pocket 1 on top of the lining (both right sides up) with the bottom edges aligned. Draw a line 2.5” from the top of the pocket piece and stitch along it. Repeat with pocket 2.
Place pocket 3 on top and baste around the sides and bottom of all the pockets, within the seam allowance.
Check the width of the pockets and find the midpoint (it should be 3 3/4” from the edge). Draw a line with a disappearing pen/chalk pencil from the bottom edge to the top edge of pocket 1. Starting at the bottom edge and with the needle in the down position, sew carefully along the line until you get to the top edge of pocket 1. Keep the needle down and rotate the piece through 180º, then sew all the way back along your stitching line to the bottom edge.
Baste one end of the ribbon to the midpoint of each short side of the piece. Tuck the ribbon into one of the pockets to keep it out of the way.
Place the outer piece on the lining/pockets right sides together and pin. Sew around three sides leaving the top long edge open. Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of your sewing.
Clip the corners and turn your wallet inside out, giving the corners a good poke with a knitting needle. Find the middle of the ribbon and cut, leaving one piece attached to each edge. Press with loads of steam, folding the unfinished seam allowances towards the inside.
Topstitch all the way around the wallet, give it another good press, and stuff it full of teabags.
Done!

6 Comments

  1. Thank you for this easy to follow tutorial, Iv’e been looking for a bout a week to find a simple design that i could follow and not get too confused nor look overworked with the choice of material I have.

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