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DIY Tea Bag Favors

This project is perfect for tea lovers who want a creative and unique wedding favor. Here are two, easy ways to make homemade tea bags — one method requires some simple sewing while the second requires none at all. Package a set of the no-sew bags in a pretty box to give your guests or setup a Tea Bar with the empty tea bags you sew and a variety of loose teas for guests to make and take their own creations.

 tea wedding favors
 tea wedding favors
 tea wedding favors

What you’ll need:
- Download tea bag tags
- Lightweight cotton fabric or cheesecloth
- Cotton thread or embroidery floss
- Loose tea (http://www.etsy.com/shop/teaforallreasons)

For the no-sew method:

Start with a 6″ square of fabric. Place about 1-2 Tbsp of tea (depending on what kind you use) at the top center. Begin rolling the fabric until you finish with the end in the middle.

 tea wedding favors
 tea wedding favors

Fold the roll in half and secure with a 12″ piece of cotton thread. Wrap it around and knot it tightly a few times to make sure it is secure. If needed, you can trim the top. All that is left now is to make a little tag for the end of the string, which I show later.

For the simple sewn method:

Start with 3″ x 2.5″ rectangles of fabric. You will need 2 for each bag. Pin them together and sew along three edges, about 1/4″ from the sides, leaving the top open. Be sure to double over your beginning and ending stitches. And don’t worry about fraying edges, I think they add to the aesthetic!

 tea wedding favors

When sewing around sharp corners, I find an easy way to continue at the end of a line is to leave the needle through the fabric, lift the foot, rotate the fabric, then put the foot back down and finish sewing.

Next you will hand stitch the closure thread onto the bag. Starting at one end, thread the string back and forth loosely until you get all the way around. Be sure to not sew the bag shut, you’ll only go through one piece of fabric at a time.

Now you are ready to make a tag for the ends of the string:

Here is just one way of making tag. This applies to both styles of bags shown. I made my tags 1″ x 5/8″ rectangles and you can download my design here if you would like, or you can make your own customizing the art and colors to your wedding. If using my template, print it to size on the paper of your choice, I used a natural stock with some flecks in it. Cut out the tags along the crop lines and fold them in half. Apply a dab of craft glue or cover tag if using a glue stick, center the strings, fold and press until secure.

tea wedding favors

tea wedding favors

You can make your tags in a variety of shapes and colors and can also label them with the flavors. Another fun idea is to use craft punches in different shapes and different colored paper for each flavor, then make a key showing what shape is what flavor.

10 Comments on DIY Tea Bag Favors

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  • 1

    So simple and lovely…seems to be a common theme! They’re all so great…

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  • 2
    maggie @ sidebysideblog on October 22, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    i love the printable tags! such a cute idea :) do these bags make one cup of tea? or a whole pot?

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  • 3

    I have been looking for tea bar ideas everywhere! :) Thanks!

    Just FYI: If you want to make a one serving tea bag, you only need 1 teaspoon of tea for every 8oz of water, not 1-2 Tablespoons. The larger amount would be used for a teapot full of tea, so if you intend to make the larger bags, make sure your guests know not to use that much tea for one cup!! :)

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  • 4

    Ive found that some natural teas require a larger amount of loose tea to brew a tasty cup, such as 1 Tbsp vs 1 tsp, but it’s certainly all a matter of taste preference and experimenting with the loose tea that you are using.

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  • 5

    Lovely idea. Effort required but totally worth it. Love the personal touch.

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  • 6

    Ahh I didn’t even think about the fact that you would need a slightly larger amount of tea if using cheesecloth. In a strainer/tea ball you only need 1 tsp because the tea can move more freely. I can’t wait to try this project out and see if 1 tsp will work or not. :)

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  • 7

    lovely idea, my wife would love those!

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  • 8

    I love it! I want prepare it for my wedding! Thanks for idea!!

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  • 9

    It’s lovely idea and very easy as well anyone can do it.

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  • 10

    A wonderful slightly different version of this is to do herbs for a relaxing soak- I made and gave “tub teas” one hear and they were LOVED (giant tea bags sewn up easily with 1-2 cups of dried herbs and flower petals- just big squares, no string with tag). I gave herbal tea with each (not handmade in tea bags but that could work), and a card with a “recipe for relaxation.”

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