Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Tea Bags


I undertook to make 40 little calico bags to put bath tea in. What bath tea is, I'm not absolutely sure, but calico bags I can do. It could be a trifle tedious to work on such small bags individually, so I spent some time working out a production line method. The dimensions of the bags were length 9 or 10 cm, width 5 or 6 cm. I drew a grid of blocks on my fabric of 22 cm by 8 cm and cut just the long side. I hemmed that on both edges:

I then cut the short sides to make rectangles.  I folded them right sides together, with a piece of ribbon between the layers:

After sewing the right hand seam, I tucked the ribbon right in so that it wouldn't be caught by the left hand seam: 

When I had a whole lot of these little parcels, I took them to a sunny spot for finishing off - snipping threads and clipping corners before turning them the right way round.


  1. I Always enjoy and learn from your practical solutions 💗🌹💗 Thank you for sharing them.
    I had to look up 'bath tea' 😃
    I use a somewhat similar production line approach when sewing kitchen towels from old bedsheets.

  2. What a clever system, Jane! Cute bags too!

  3. Nice! :) Lots of work I am sure!!!
    Here is what I found about bath tea: https://www.google.com/search?q=bath+tea&oq=bath+tea&aqs=chrome..69i57&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

    1. Thanks for the link. I was visualizing soaking it in the bath, but I see you run the bath water through it.

  4. Serial work is efficient. You have been hardworking. Great bags.