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Wise men tea cosy – bonus project!

Sit down, put your feet up and make your cuppa a festive one with your free Wise Men tea cosy project. It’s an easy make, that’s also a great scrap buster and if you don’t make it for yourself it would make a thoughtful gift for a friend or relative.

Project by Debbie Von Grabler Crozier www.sallyandcraftyvamp.blogspot.co.uk

SKILL LEVEL: Confident beginner


Download your template here

FQ red denim – Cherry Crimson from the Denim Studio collection by Art Gallery Fabrics

FQ green floral fabric – Verdure Field from the Gathered Collection by Bonnie Christine for Art Gallery Fabrics

FQ lining fabric – Aerial Clay from the Gathered collection by Bonnie Christine for AGF

FQ Vlieseline H630 fusible wadding

A4 sheet Gold iron on foil

Three Wise men die (#663127) by Tim Holtz for Sizzix

Big Shot Manual die cutting machine

15cm Gold and cream Christmas ribbon


Seam allowance for all projects is 0.5cm unless otherwise stated.


1. Begin by cutting two pieces of red linen 20cm wide x 35cm long and two pieces of green floral 10cm wide x 35cm long. Attach a piece of green to the bottom of each piece of linen and press. Fuse H630 wadding to the wrong side of both pieces.

2. Carefully lining up the line on the template so that it is exactly on the join, use the template to cut two pieces; front and back.

3. Use the template to cut two pieces of lining (whole cloth this time) and put them aside.

4. Make a hanging loop with a piece of denim 4cm wide x 25cm long. fold this in half lengthways and press. Then fold the two raw edges in to the centre. Topstitch with matching thread along both sides and then trim the ends neatly (See Pic Ref A & B.)


Pic B.

5. From the gold foil, die cut two wise men sets including the star. Position these onto the centre of both pieces and when you are happy with the placement, fuse into place (See Pic Ref C).

Pic C.

6. Always use a pressing cloth and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for putting the foil on.

7. Attach the tab to the top centre of one piece and fold the short length of ribbon in half and attach it to the side about 5cm up from the bottom (See Pic Ref D & E.)

Pic D.

Pic E.

8. Place the two outer pieces right sides together and sew around the curve leaving the flat base open. Clip the curve and then repeat this for the lining but this time leave a turning gap on the stratight side (See Pic Ref F.)

Pic F.

9. With the outer the RS out and the lining inside out, pull the lining on over the outer and match the side seams. Sew around the lower part (the flat bottom edges) and then turn out through the gap. Close the gap and stuff the lining into the outer. Topstitch the lower edge, then topstitch the lining and the outer on either side of the stitching line too (this helps to keep the lining in its place)

10. Hand stitch a couple of stitches into the lining to help it to stay in place. Do this near the hanging loop and take advantage of the thickness of the interfaced seams.

Happy sewing!

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