Jun 232013

I made this week’s Zakka 2.0 sew along project with an entire day to spare, this time! It’s a tea cozy with an adorable Ayumi-style panel on the bottom.
zakka 2.0 sew-along tea cozy

My brain is seriously only operating at 10% while I’m on maternity leave, so I made a whole bunch of mistakes. My cozy turned out about 14″ wide instead of 12-ish because I sewed the four blocks at the bottom together at each patterns’ cut line instead of the seam line.
tea cozy my mistake

I also cut my lining pieces with the height and width dimensions reversed, so I had to add strips on each end to make up the width. And I just plain wasn’t thinking when I was doing the diamond quilting — on the front piece, I stopped quilting the diamond pattern at the bottom edge of the solid piece, but I should have extended it all the way down the batting so that the interior would look nice. Instead, it looks a little crazy, and I didn’t even backstitch for security at the exposed ends of the quilting. I hope it still lasts!
tea cozy inside

This one’s a modification instead of a mistake: I did a normal quilt-style binding on the bottom (with a straight strip of binding) instead of making a closed loop and sewing that on like the pattern instructs. With my luck, I’d have had extra fabric when I got around to closing the loop!
tea cozy binding

On the bright side, I got to use a very appropriate bit of ribbon for the loopy thing at the top!
tea cozy tabby thing

I love this sew-along! This is a really cute project that I normally wouldn’t have gotten around to completing, but now it’s done, and I have a Christmas present finished way ahead of time! 🙂
tea cozy on the steps

  4 Responses to “I love tea!”

  1. Wow! This looks great! The paper piecing part looks hard. I didnt know you were on maternity leave as well! Congrats 🙂

  2. Christmas present finished in June? Amazing! You’re having quite a productive maternity leave 🙂

  3. oh this turned out just darling, in spite of everything!! Love the little tea tag too!

  4. Och I’m sure it works just fine 😀

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