I discovered this tutorial whilst reading 91 magazine. If you haven’t already stumbled across this beautiful magazine you are missing out. If you live local, pick one up in Magazine Brighton (aka my all-time favourite shop). 91 magazine is what I would call the print version of Instagram. It is jam-packed with inspiration from creatives and always features beautiful, simple projects like this one!
The tea trend has reached a whole new level recently, with tea shops popping up everywhere and cafes selling a wider variety of tea than ever before. These personalised teabags make a great gift for a loved one. I bought my loose tea leaves from Bluebird Tea Co. They have a vast selection of teas to choose from and the staff really know their stuff. English breakfast tea and Honey bee beautiful were my picks.
- Empty teabags
- Tea leaves
- Iron (optional)
- Printed labels
You can buy empty tea bags for next to nothing online (Ebay has loads to choose from). Simply fill your tea bags with the loose leaves (1-2 teaspoons should be enough) before sealing your bags. A lot of bags are available as drawstring bags so all you need to do is tug the string. This would save you a lot of time. I wanted my bags to stay flat so I heat sealed mine. This is achieved by ironing the top of the bag to seal it shut. See my tips below for the best method for this.
To make the teabags extra special you can customise them with your own label. You could make it personal to someone by using their name or go for a range of different words like me. I chose a handwritten style font and printed the labels out on standard A4 paper. A staple was used to attach the labels onto the string.
- When sealing the bags make sure to put a cloth or thin tea towel on top before pressing the iron down. It didn’t take me long to realise that pressing the iron straight onto the tea bags caused the material to stick to the iron. I’m sure it is obvious to most others but not me!
- To speed up the process, make yourself a little production line by putting a row of filled teabags next to each other before lying the towel on top and pressing. Make sure to only press the iron on the top section of the teabags. Avoid the tea leaves.
Go the extra mile:
- Instead of using words/names on your labels why not use coloured, patterned paper. Floral patterns would look great.