If you’re anything like us, curling up with a steaming cuppa is one of the most relaxing parts of your day. And if you’re looking for a simple way to connect with your loved ones, turning on the kettle and brewing a pot of tea is one of the easiest ways to catch up and connect. With this in mind, these DIY heart-shaped tea bags are the sweetest gift that makes tea time extra special. In addition to being a brilliant Valentine’s Day present, these heart-shaped tea bags are also great idea for baby showers, wedding favours, and of course, your next tea party. Without further ado, here’s how to make this “tea-riffic” Valentine’s Day DIY.
- Coffee filters
- Natural thread
- Embroidery needle
- Glue gun
- Needle threader (optional)
Step One: Cut off the side edges of two coffee filters – the frilly parts – so that only the inner circles remain. You’ll be making the teabags out of these circles.
Step Two: Trace a heart shape onto one of the coffee filters in pencil, making it as large as possible.
Step Three: Thread a needle. We recommend using natural thread to avoid dyeing the tea.
Step Four: Next, we’ll use a backstitch to sew together the 2 coffee filters in a heart shape. Start from behind and bring the needle up through the coffee filters. Don’t stitch the very edge – keep this first stitch about ¼” inside of the pencil line.
Step Five: Make your first stitch by going back down through the coffee filters, following the heart shape as a guide, but still remaining about ¼” inside of the pencil line.
Step Six: Leave a space, about the same length as your first stitch, before coming back up through the coffee filters.
Step Seven: Go back down through the coffee filters at the end point of your previous stitch.
Step Eight: Continue the back stitch around the heart until it’s 75 percent complete.
Step Nine: Add 1-2 teaspoons of your favourite loose leaf tea.
Step Ten: Continue stitching the rest of the tea bag until you’ve reached the starting point and the heart is complete.
Step Eleven: Leave the excess thread about six inches long.
Step Twelve: Glue on a tag to the end of the thread with hot glue. We made a cute heart-shaped tag using cardstock. This is the perfect place to add a wee Valentine note!
Step Thirteen: Trim around the heart, leaving about ⅛” of coffee filter around the stitching. Be sure to cut inside of the pencil line to avoid any lead in the tea.
Step Fourteen: Get cozy and enjoy a cup of love!
Watch how to make these easy DIY heart-shaped tea bags:
Photos and video courtesy of The Craft Aisle