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:: How To Make A Vintage Style Tea Cosy

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I’ve been making this tea cosy on and off for the last few days. It’s based on a vintage cosy style (I see a lot of op shop tea cosies in my travels!)  Many of those cute, retro tea cosies are based on a simple pattern of six granny squares joined together to make up each side.

Then you crochet some extra rows on the top to allow for the height of the cosy.

Next you sew the pieces together at the top and bottom of each side (leaving gaps for handle and spout!)

Finally you thread something through the top to cinch it all in and add some fancy decorative touches. I added some pompoms, of course.

This is such a cute project to reinvent in your own way. Here are some tips in case you try!

+ sew your ends in as you go or else you’ll end up with a crazy mess at the end!
+ I crocheted a long chain to thread through the top of the cosy and make it fit nicely
+ I made a pompom (with a Clover pompom maker) and tied it off with 3 really long strands of yarn – then I plaited those for about 30cms, made another pompom and tied that one off with the plaited strand too (snipping the long unplaited bits) Then I looped it through the cosy and made it look all cute like this!
+ keep your teapot nearby so you can try on for size and adjust the cosy pieces accordingly
+ if you need help with your crochet technique head to YouTube and search for anything you need to know because it’s all there!

Have fun making a cosy (if you do!)
Have fun looking at my cosy (if you don’t make one!)

Love to you!

x Pip

(See you here tomorrow for the first #52hellos post!)

6 Comments

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    Heike Herrling
    January 29, 2015 at 7:04 PM

    Ok – this is on the must make list! I love it!!!
    I’m trying like crazy to pin it… but I keep getting an error saying pinterest can’t talk to your site at the mo 🙁 Will try again later…

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    Personal Trainer Guy Putney
    January 21, 2015 at 3:48 AM

    Amazing, the crochet flowers really are absolutely adorable!

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    Claire B
    January 8, 2015 at 12:21 PM

    How cute! I must learn to crochet, my teapot looks uncosy.

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    Kathryn Vercillo
    January 8, 2015 at 2:00 AM

    Beautiful color choices and a great clear tutorial for making a lovely item for the home. Thanks for sharing!

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      Meet Me At Mikes
      January 8, 2015 at 6:41 AM

      Thank you so much for reading and taking the time to comment Kathryn! Love to you! xx

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    Hannah
    January 7, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    This is so incredibly pretty, Pip! Love it.

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