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Hand Sewn Tea Bags and Christmas Tea Blend

All I want for Christmas is…well. All year long I’m bubbling over with ideas, make plans how to get them and save them in my head as potential birthday/Christmas presents and then right before said events my head is completely empty. Everything I thought of (apparently, that file is lost) is gone and I’m left with a spinning head and people asking what they can give me for Christmas. And all I can think of is…coupons.

I am pretty sure that you can relate and I am aware that this problem can be solved by just writing a list once in a while. Well I’m not teachable as it seems. Additionally I am pretty dainty when it comes to presents, not in a monetary matter, but I want people to think about what I would like. I especially love to receive self-made gifts, even if it’s just a drawing. Okay, all that sounds pretty egoistic and materialistic (I feel baaaad!), but let’s face it: When Christmas is at your doorstep, you’re kind of concerned with that. I am actually mostly looking forward to the food!

But let’s not talk about receiving gifts, let’s talk about giving gifts, which is surely one of the most beautiful things you can do. It doesn’t have to cost much, it doesn’t even have to be tangible, it just has to come from the heart. I mean it. That’s why I try to craft at least a part of a present, and that’s why I already think about what to give to someone three months prior to Christmas. So when you are still looking for a self-made present, check out my DIYs!

You need (for the tea bags):

  • Tea filters
  • Christmas-patterned gift wrap
  • Needle and yarn
  • Paper and pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue

For the Christmas tea blend:

  • Black tea blend
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Anise
  • Allspice
  • Clove
  • Vanilla
  • Orange zest (dried)
  • Dried cranberries
  • Dried apples
  • Candied ginger

tea-1Start by drawing your tea bag shapes on a piece of paper. I decided to make a Christmas tree and a Christmas ornament. Cut out the shapes and use them as templates.

tea-2Place a template on the bottom of the tea filter (right where the opening is) and trace the outlines with your pencil. Start sewing with needle and thread, but leave a hole to fill the filter later! Repeat this with the other filters.

tea-3Time to mix the tea! Mince the apples, cranberries and the ginger. In a mortar crush a piece of cinnamon stick, one anise capsule, one allspice grain and one clove. In a small bowl mix together half a tablespoon of black tea, the spices, ground vanilla, a bit of orange zest, apple and ginger. Stir a bit with a spoon. I made another blend with cranberries instead of apple, but you can mix them as well if you like!

tea-4tea-5With a tablespoon carefully start filling the tea bag until it’s full and you’re out of tea. Sew up the holes with needle and yarn and then finally cut the bag out of the filter. It’s much easier to handle if you do this in the last step.

tea-6tea-7tea-8Like yesterday, cut little stars out of the patterned gift wrap. Use a template as help. Cut out two for each tea bag as the tags will have a front and a back. Attach a piece of yarn to the top of the tea bag, then glue together front and back of the tag with the yarn in between.

Repeat everything with the other tea bags!

 This rather labour-intensive little project is another addition to my potential present list. Although it felt a bit archaic sewing everything by hand I felt all the more proud when everything was finished, and you will feel so as well! It’s an amazing gift for every tea lover. If you don’t want to mix the tea yourself you can use already mixed Christmas tea blend as well. Hope you are inspired!

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    Ana Prodanovich
    8th December 2015 at 1:54 am

    This is a perfect idea! 🙂

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    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      8th December 2015 at 5:11 pm

      Thanks!

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    andy
    8th December 2015 at 6:24 am

    SO CUTE!

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    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      8th December 2015 at 5:11 pm

      Thank you!

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    Trang Do
    8th December 2015 at 7:44 am

    Wow! Great idea!
    Hugs,
    Love from http://www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      8th December 2015 at 5:10 pm

      Thank you!

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    Izzy
    8th December 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Such a good idea! Such a personal and cute present <3

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    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      8th December 2015 at 5:10 pm

      Thank you very much!

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    Ting
    9th December 2015 at 8:11 am

    Lovely Christmas tea bags! xo

    http://www.eatlovemerry.com

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      10th December 2015 at 8:55 am

      Thanks!

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    Julie (xfallenmoon)
    11th December 2015 at 4:20 am

    I can’t seem to see your photos but hand sewn tea bags seems like such a sweet gift! Especially when they’re cute little shapes. Love your blog by the way!

    Julie @ http://www.xfallenmoon.com

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      11th December 2015 at 11:50 am

      I’m sorry about that, I hope it’s fixed now!

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    Diane
    11th December 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Awesome DIY !

    http://www.fruityandpassion.com/2015/12/print-pant.html

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      11th December 2015 at 3:22 pm

      Thanks alot!

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    Who Let the Mum Out?
    26th December 2015 at 11:26 pm

    What a great idea! I love tea.

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      27th December 2015 at 12:21 pm

      Thank you very much!

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    Alex
    15th January 2016 at 11:13 pm

    My girlfriend loves tea!! I wish I had found this before Christmas was over. Maybe I could do a heart for Valentines day. For Christmas, I made her a custom jewelry box out of a log. It turned out great. Thanks for the project.

    http://allthingsinterestingppf.com/

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      16th January 2016 at 3:19 pm

      Wow, I bet she’s very glad to have you! Of course you can adjust the shape of the tea bags to every occasion, so a heart shape for valentine’s day sounds awesome!

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        Alex
        16th January 2016 at 6:32 pm

        Im glad to have her. lol

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    Pepper Dasnee
    4th March 2016 at 3:27 am

    great gift idea! wish i found this earlier! might try doing this this christmas 🙂 thank you for sharing!

    • Michelle
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      Michelle
      4th March 2016 at 9:00 am

      So glad you like this 🙂

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