5/01/2017

Tea & Miss Marple

Happy May! Where did April go, it was a busy month for me and full of spring wildflowers! The fields and meadows are still brimming with them, different kinds at the moment. Lots of queen annes lace, which is a favorite of mine!
April was also full of sock knitting and sewing. I managed to come up with a little teapot cozy tutorial (at the end) and released a few sock patterns that had been brewing for quite sometime. 
Complete inspired by one of my favorite authors and characters, Agatha Christie and Miss Marple. Personally my favorite of all the novels is A Murder is Announced but really I do love them all. I'm just a huge fan of the genre plus the how can a knitter like myself not love a protaganist who solves crimes and knits all the time plus the added beauty of life in an english village!! My favorite Miss Marple is of course none other than Joan Hickson, to me she played it the best. 
All the patterns are available on Ravelry. I hope you all love them as much as I do!


What goes really well with knitting, well tea of course! Tea & knitting, two of my more favorite things but of course I love tea & sewing, so I combined the two. Its a very simple tutorial but all the instructions are below and I hope you have fun with it. Happy Sewing & Happy Knitting!


Tea Pot Cozy Tutorial

Supplies
1/2 yd of 2 different fabrics (Fabrics are all from Dailylike)
1 X for outer lining
1 x for inner lining
 Insul-bright
bias binding at least 30" (I bought mine here)
pins, binding clips, rotary cutter, scissors and needle

Download the template here.
Print to 100% scale and make sure the little test square measures  square 1".

A few notes about the pattern,
Seam allowance is 1/4" and included in template.
The teapot will fit over a 2 cup brown betty teapot. 
I have not included instructions for binding, there is a great tutorial for binding here and how to make your own here
If you prefer, you can print out the template twice and tape the paper together along the fold line. This is useful if you want to avoid cutting 4x or if you decide to do patchwork and need to trim your pieces.

Cut out template and pin it to your fabric along the fold, cut out pieces 4x.
Also using template cut out your 2 pieces of insul-bright. If you don't have any at your local craft store quilt batting will work too, maybe double up to make sure it keeps the heat in.


Pin your ribbon at top in the middle of the outer lining piece with the loop inside the two pieces.
Sew along 2 outer lining pieces right sides together, slowly along the curves leave bottom edge.
Repeat for inner lining only add the insul-bright as well, it will be
insul-bright, fabric right sides together, insul bright 
and sew along outer edges leaving bottom edge, sew slowly since you will have 4 layers to sew through and a curve.





Take your outer lining and turn it right side out place your inner lining sandwich into the outer lining. 
Pin in place or use clips because now you will be attaching the binding at the bottom edge.
This closes in all the raw edges. 
I hand sewed the binding on the inner lining. Once the binding is done, your teapot cozy is ready for use.





8 comments :

  1. It is rare that a sock pattern really calls to me, but this one does. I just started my first sock ever only a week ago. Boy, have I got some learnin' to do. :) I will stash this idea away for later. Beautiful work. :)

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  2. beautiful new sock patterns! Thanks for the lovely sewing tutorials too!

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  3. I am really impressed with how many sock patterns you've put out in such a short time. The photos are styled so well, too!

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  4. I started the Wildflowers & Honey socks, but now I'm determined to have a pair with two colours, so I'm ripping back and scouting for yarn. :D
    Thanks for sharing that lovely tea cosy pattern! I know what my pal is getting for her birthday this year!

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  5. I think that is the common refrain, that April was insane and seemed to pass in the blink of an eye! Love your amazing socks. I've read a bunch of Agatha Christie, but oddly not one of her Miss Marple series- I will have to change that!

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  6. Just seen this post and I love Miss Marple too - have you seen the Patricia Wentworth novels that feature Miss Silver? They are more 'cosy' murder mysteries written in the 1940s & 1950s and Miss Silver also constantly knits while solving the mystery. Vicky from Brum

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  7. Thank you so much Olivia for this tutorial! Joan Hickson is my favorite Miss Marple too! I have my fabric, I just need to order the binding. I will tag you on Instagram when I make it. 😊

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  8. Hi Olivia! I am trying to work out how to subscribe to your blog. I'm not where I can do this? I'm very inspired!
    I've really enjoyed reading. Thank you ;)

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