Tammy Tutterow Creative Team: Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder with Kaisercraft High Tea
Hello, Friends! What could be lovelier than a nice cup of tea? Not much in my world! If you are are a tea lover, too, then I think you are going to like this Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder made with paper pretties from Tammy Tutterow Designs and Kaisercraft’s gorgeous High Tea paper collection.
How to Make a Hug in a Cup Tea Bag Holder Base
The base for this hug in a cup teabag holder is Tammy’s Tab Pocket Page Steel Rule Die from Spellbinders. This die will cut through almost anything: fabric, felt, chipboard, crafting metal, balsa wood…it’s amazing! And creating the base is a snap. Here’s how I did it:
- First, die cut a Tab Pocket Page out of cream cardstock. The die automatically adds score lines and cut lines where needed.
- Then cut two more Tab Pocket Pages using designer paper: one for the inside and one for the outside. Use a bone folder to crease along the fold lines.
- Next, stitch the page base and the designer paper you cut for the front together on your sewing machine. (You can also just glue these two pieces together, but I love the stitching.)
- Now, stitch around the inside Pocket Page and glue to the interior of the base.
- You’re ready to decorate. Hooray!
Let’s Make a Pocket!
By now you know that I just have to add a pocket somewhere. While working on the base, I pondered how to make that happen. I was thinking about all of Tammy’s lovely dies, when I realized that the sweet little Mini Tag Book Die looks a lot like a tea bag. Here’s how I built the little front pocket.
- First, mat the sentiment panel on green cardstock and trim.
- Next, cut a piece of pink cardstock that is 1″ wider and i/2″ taller than this panel.
- Now, score 1/2″ on both short sides.
- Then turn the panel and score 1/2″ on one long side.
- Next, crease the folds.
- Where the crease lines intersect, use your scissors to bevel the edges.
- Then, score to shape a pocket. Glue the angled sides to the bottom piece.
- Now, back with 2 layers of waste chipboard or a double layer of foam tape to lift the pocket from the card base. This gives you room to slide the tag mini into the pocket.
- Finally, adhere to the card front.
Here’s how I made these shabbylicious Pinwheel Posies.
- First, cut 3 sets of petal layers of a soft sagey green dot paper from the High Tea Collection.
- Then ink all the edges with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.
- Next lightly mist the back of the posy layers with water. I use my Distress Sprayer because it gives me good control.
- Then use a stylus and foam mat to shape the flower layers.
- Next glue the layers together.
- Now spray with Tattered Angels Vintage Pink Glimmer Mist.
- Then tap with Picket Fence Distress Paint.
- Next sponge with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink.
- Then die cut several leaves and 2 leaf clusters from Tammy’s Pom Pom Posies Die.
- Now ink with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.
- Finally shape and add to the cluster.
I am so in love with this little Mini Tag Book Die. First, it is sooo teeny tiny and cute, measuring a petite 2.25″ wide x 4″ tall. You can create it vertically, as I have done here, or horizontally. And doesn’t it make you think of a little tea bag? I held it together with a vintage brad from my stash. The teapot is fussy cut from the paper collection and mounted on a chipboard doily from the High Tea Collectibles. Then I cut a doily from the High Tea Wood Icons bundle in half and painted it to match the papers. Here’s a peek inside:
Isn’t it just too darling for words?
The inside is very simple. Just glue down a sentiment panel, some die cut roses from the Collectibles pack and add a tea bag. Isn’t it pretty?
It only took a couple of hours to pull this whole project together. But if you wanted to make a very simple tea bag holder you could leave off the pocket and Mini Tag Book. That way, you could finish this up in under an hour. These would make the most darling hostess gifts. And wouldn’t they be wonderful as place cards for a birthday party?
I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures. If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.
Thanks for stopping by!
Please note, I will provide links whenever possible, but some items have been in a my stash for a long time, and are no longer available. You can always substitute.
- Tammy’s Dies from Spellbinders
- Kaisercraft Products
- Other Products