A DIY Tea Cozy

Does anyone else have an unusually sized teapot?? I know I do! I have a mini teapot, which makes it very difficult to find tea cozies that fit it! So in the end I decided to take matters into my own hands and make my own. If you have a strangely shaped or sized teapot, or if you simply want the pleasure of knowing that your tea cozy is home made, then you should give this one a try. It's simple, quick to make, and yet it looks remarkably classy.

If you don't own a tea cozy and don't think you need one, then shame on you! Tea always tastes better when it's fresh and hot; and nothing makes for fresher, hotter tea than a tea cozy.

My tea cozy was inspired by this simple tea cozy which is a knitted one, if you already know how to knit then check it out!

simple crochet tea cozy

you will need

2 balls of medium weight yarn for smaller teapots
(3 for larger ones to be safe)
4mm crochet hook
a yarn needle
a measuring tape
your teapot

skills required

casting on
chain stitch
single crochet
overhang stitch (sewing stitch)
basic stitch (sewing stitch)

you can use this video to learn all the crochet basics

how to make it

1. Measure your teapot's circumference at its widest point, and measure it's circumference at its tallest point. You will be using these measurements to calculate the size of the square you'll crochet.

2. Take your teapot's width circumference and divide it by 2, then add 2 cm (or 1 inch). This will be the width of your crochet square.

3. Take your teapot's height circumference and divide it by 2, then add 5cm (or 2 inches). This will be the height of your crochet 'square.'

4. Once you've figured out the dimensions of your crochet squares (or rectangles depending on the size of your teapot!) you can refer to the table below to figure out how many crochet stitches your pattern will need. This table is only an approximation, so you may need to do a bit of trial-by-error to figure out exactly how many stitches across your square is!

5. Start by chain stitching your calculated number of stitches, +1 extra chain for the 'side' of your first crochet stitch.

6. Single crochet in the second chain from your hook, and then in every chain across to the start again.

7. Chain one, then single crochet in the top of each crochet in your previous row.

8. Continue in this way until you have a 2-3 rows of single crochet, and then double-check your width with a ruler. As long as it's within 1-2cm (or 1 inch) of your calculated width then you should be good to continue! If it's too small then you will need to unravel and try again with a couple more single crochets. (Hence the trial-by-error!)

9. Continue crocheting rows of single crochet until your square/rectangle is the right length for your measurements. Then tie off

10. Repeat the process to crochet your second square/rectangle. Now it's time to sew them together!

11. Use your measuring tape to measure how high up your teapot's arm and spout are, and mark these points on the edges of your crochet squares/rectangles.

12. Using the same yarn as your crochet, and a simple overcast stitch, sew together the two rectangles' sides, making sure to leave gaps where your markers for the arm and spout of your teapot are.

13. Once you've sewn both sides together you should have a tube. Turn it inside out so that the sewn edges are on the inside.

14. Place the tube over your teapot and pinch it at the top to see where the bottom of your 'ruffle' needs to be. Mark this point, and take the tube off again.

15. Using a basic stitch, sew around the tube at the point that you've just marked until you've sewn all the way around to your start point again. Make sure that the ends of your yarn are both on the inside of your tube so that you don't have messy ends!

16. Pull on the two ends of your yarn as if you were closing a drawstring pouch. Once you feel you've pulled it tight enough and created a nice ruffle, tie off the ends of the yarn securely and trim them.

17. Voila! You have an adorable and classy tea cosy!

In general for medium weight yarn, 10cm (or 4 inches) is 11-14 crochet stitches.