**This tutorial is intended for personal use only.**
The long awaited Tea Tote Tutorial is finally here! This was a request from last year. Sorry for the wait and thank you for your patience.
I recommend that you use 2 coordinating fabrics for this project. Cut the fabric to the sizes indicated on the pattern.
Cut the outside and tab from one fabric, and the lining and pockets from the other.
For the tab:
With an iron, press tab in half lengthwise, wrong sides together.
Open the pressed tab exposing the newly made crease. Bring both ends up to the crease. Press in place.
Bring both pressed edges together, press flat. It should look like a piece of bias tape.
Sew opening closed.
At the half way point, fold one side up creating a 90 degree angle. Press in place.
Fold the other side up to match. Press in place.
Sew across tab, approximately 3/8" from the point. This will secure the tab and keep it from opening up.
The completed tab.
Lay the outside fabric piece onto a flat surface with the right side facing up. Place the tab in the center along one of the 3-1/2" sides, with the wrong side of the tab facing up. Pin in place.
Sew tab in place.
For all 4 pockets:
Fold in half. (Bring both 3-1/2" sides together) Press.
For the lining:
Place right sides together. Pin in place on one of the 3-1/2" sides.
Sew the lining together using a 1/4" seam, leaving 1-1/2" open in the center for turning.
Press seam open.
Putting the tote together:
Place the outside piece onto a flat surface, right side facing up.
Place the short pocket pieces on each end with the folded edge facing toward the center.
Top with the long pocket, folded edge also facing toward the center.
Place the lining on top of the pockets with the wrong side facing up. Pin all layers together.
Sew completely around all 4 sides using a 1/4" seam.
Clip corners, turn right side out through the opening in the lining.
By hand, sew the opening in the lining closed. Sew on a button to the outside approximately 1/2" from the edge on the opposite side of the tab.
Fill the tote with tea and sweetener packets.
The completed Tea Tote.
Make a Tea Tote for all of the tea drinkers in your family. I know that they'll love and appreciate it as much as I do.