Here is a great tutorial submitted by: Ojamiya
Amy is the newest member of Eco Etsy Team and I am so delighted she took on this challenge even before she was inducted into the team.
Thank You Amy!!
After seeing the delightful tutorial on DIY green coffee filters, it occurred to me that we could easily make tea bags too! My goal for the tea bags was to keep the supplies and work to an absolute minimum – no pins, no string, no zigzag. One teabag should take about 5 minutes at most. I really liked that there were very few tea leaf bits in my tea with these bags.â€¨â€¨To make your own reusable tea bags you’ll need:
â€¢ unbleached muslin (organic if you can find it)
â€¢ thread (unbleached if you can find it)
â€¢ a sewing machine
1. Wash and rinse, rinse, rinse the fabric! No one wants to drink left over laundry soap.
2. Cut a piece of fabric about 7 inches long by 2.5 to 3 inches wide.
3. Fold the edge of the short side down twice for a small rolled hem that uses at most a half inch of fabric. Sew. Repeat for opposite side.
5. Flatten the circle, leaving a little room above the outside hem. Sew the unhemmed edges twice. You could use zigzag here, but two rows of straight stitch will do well to hold the seam and prevent a lot of unraveling.
To use your tea bag, fill with your favorite tea, flip the top and use as you would any other tea bag.
Use a spoon to remove the teabag.
You can reuse most teas except rooibos, so save your teabag for later in the day. When you’re done with the tea, gently turn the teabag inside out, remove the tea, rinse your tea bag and set it out to dry.
Other green ideas for tea lovers:â€¨â€¨ Craftleftovers also has a nice simple re-usable teabag tutorial for a drawstring bag.
Metal reusable tea filters work well too. I have the “Agatha’s Bester Tea Filter” that my mom got me for Christmas from Teavana.