I always have a cup of tea by my side when I’m working on a DIY project, but because I often get so into what I’m doing with my project, my poor cup of tea always ends up cold. Using a Tea Cozy on a big pot of tea is my go-to way to keep the tea warm while I work.
Ever since I was little, I can remember my family using tea cozies to keep our tea pots warm. I can picture that Brown Betty pot we were constantly refilling (and then that red tea pot, after the brown one broke… and then the white one…let’s just say we are a family of clutzes.) Our teapots were always covered in the colourful patchwork tea cozy my Oma (grandmother, in Dutch) had made our family. On cold days, I remember sitting at the table, my arms wrapped around the tea-cozy-covered tea pot, soaking up the comfy warmth that was spreading through the fabric of the tea cozy from the teapot below. For me, tea isn’t just about the caffeine, or the taste, or a way to quench thirst. It’s about comfort, warmth, reassurance, and family-wide tradition of settling down after a long day with a hot cup of “zen”.
I received a new teapot from my parents for my birthday last year, and spent months looking at tea cozies in shops that would fit its shape, but also fit my style. I’m picky shopper when it comes to home items, and will literally spend months looking for an item if I can’t find an option I like and its not urgent (confession: I also just love window shopping, and it gives me a good excuse to pop into shops). All the options I could find in the shops were either too “traditional tea time” for me – cabbage roses, lace and frills, teacup patterned – or just too boring. I’ve always loved sewing, and after months of searching, came to the decision to buy a fabric I loved and make one myself. I enjoyed the process and the outcome so much, that I decided to make a few as gifts for friends and family.
Over the last few months, I’ve played around with making different styles of tea cozies, creating new patterns, tweaking the old ones, trying out new types of fabric, batting, ribbon, piping. You’ll notice all my tea cozies have ribbon or cord drawstrings with charms decorating the ends. I’ve never seen a tea cozy with a drawstring before, but after getting annoyed that one of my first tea cozies never quite fit tightly around the bottom of my teapot, I thought it just made plain sense to add to the design. The charms are an extra touch of personality and whimsy.
Today, I’m so excited to be able to announce that my handmade tea cozies, made with wonderfully nerdy and geeky fabrics, will now be available to purchase in my new Etsy shop, Tea Geek Boutique. While tea cozies are the first product to be available, mug and mason jar cozies/sleeves will join soon, along with what I hope will be many other wonderfully nerdy and unique handmade tea accessories.
Tea Geek Boutique is a combination of so many of the things I love: sewing, textiles, geeky pop culture, nerdy science, and tea. Each tea cozy in the shop is handmade by me, in my home in Coquitlam, BC, Canada, on the outskirts of Greater Vancouver. My favourite part of the making process is choosing the components of a new cozy: the patterned fabrics, the colourful accent pipings, the charms that decorate the drawstrings. I love imagining how all the pieces will come together from the raw materials into a uniquely nerdy tea accessory.
I hope you love them as much as I love making them. I would be so honoured if you would take a minute today to (virtually) pop your head into the Tea Geek Boutique Etsy shop, and take a look! While there are just a few options on sale at the moment, I take custom orders and have a huge selection of wonderfully geeky fabrics to choose from (and non-geeky too, if that’s not your thing!)Please feel free to message me directly to my shop through Etsy messenger with any questions, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions or inquiries, or if you’ve got an image of a tea cozy in your mind that you haven’t been able to find on the market. I love this stuff, and would be so happy to help you bring your ideas to life.
Emma – Urbanista At Home