Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Tea Themed Fabric

I don't do a lot of sewing, and I'm not a quilter, but occasionally I see tea-themed fabric that I can't pass up.

While in Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts yesterday I saw a teacup fabric in the colors of my main bathroom - teal and brown.   I'm not sure how I can make it work in my bathroom, but I bought it anyway.  It's called "Tea for Two Tossed Cups" by Susan Winget.  It was $12.99 a yard, but I had a 50% off coupon so I got it for $6.50.

For a bathroom tea accent, maybe a padded cover for the toilet tank lid, with a teal planter and some greenery setting on top???

In 2004 Phyllis Hoffman created "Teatime" fabric exclusively for Hancock Fabrics.   There were two types of "Teatime" fabric - one with large teapots, and the other with smaller teapots and teacups. I bought a yard of each priced at $6.99 a yard.  

I had no idea what I would do with the fabric, but it was too pretty to pass up.

Phyllis Hoffman also wrote a book to accompany the fabric called Teatime - 26 Quilting, Craft, and Home Decor Projects Inspired by "Teatime" Fabric.   The book was $19.95 and below are a few of the projects in it.

A Teapot Triangle Quilt

A Teapot Shadowbox Quilt

Table Runner

Teapot Pillows

The fabric has been stored in a tote - out of sight, out of mind.  I need to decide which project to tackle, and get on with it!

Hobby Lobby is my favorite craft store.   I was so happy when they finally came to Michigan. In 2008, before they had a store in Michigan, my tea friend at Steph's Cup of Tea blogged about their pink and ivory fabric called Rose Garden Tea.  Stephanie had a friend who made tea cozies with the fabric, and she agreed to make one for me.  I paid Stephanie to purchase two yards of the fabric, and she sent it along with the tea cozy.   I made a square table topper, and I love using it with my pink Depression glass.

Later, Hobby Lobby came out with a blue, orchid and cream colored fabric also called Rose Garden Tea.  I use a square table topper with my blue Madrid Depression glass.

Who doesn't love Debbie Mumm?  The two tea-themed complimentary fabrics below are called "Mumms the Word."

Favors for a women's ministry dinner, and a tree skirt for my tea ornament tree were made with the last tea-themed fabric in my stash.

~ Front and back of teapot favor ~

~ Attached to the inside of favor ~

What's in your tea fabric stash?   Anyone purchase the same fabrics as me?


  1. I convinced Glenn to drive me to Hobby Lobby but it's close to an hour away and the one visit may be all I get. So wish they would come to Canada as we only have Michael's for craft supplies.
    The tea themed materials you bought are nice and I love the colours in your tea cozy. As I don't really sew either, I'll appreciate anything you put together with the material.

  2. Oh, now you are talking my language! I do sew, and quilt, although I put it on "hold" for a while when I was working full time and raising 3 children as a single mom. But I always said I'd start sewing again when grandchildren came along - one has and I have! My 3 are grown and out on their own and I'm enjoying my sewing again. I love the fabric in your stash, and there may be a trip to JoAnn in my future. I do have a few pieces of teapot fabric in my stash, too, but not the same prints. I would do a runner for the top of your toilet, rather than a fitted piece - easier to make and to use!

  3. Wow, I have lots of tea fabrics, but would you believe the only one we have in common is the pink one from Hobby Lobby? I think they must come out with new designs all the time! And it will be all I can do to keep away from JoAnn now that I've seen the fabric you purchased there -- I LOVE the colors!


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