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TEA COSY Bring the garden inside with this pretty floral tea cosy in soft muted tones, the ideal project for a summer afternoon tea

MATERIALS: •• fat quarter main fabric •• fat quarter contrast fabric •• 2 fat quarters lining fabric •• 29x69cm wadding •• tape measure or ruler •• free template from www.sewnowmag.co.uk FABRIC TYPES: Light to medium-weight cotton or linen NOTES: Finished size is approximately 32x25cm, which is suitable for a six-cup teapot. You can easily resize the template to fit your teapot CUTTING: 2 outside main pieces 2 linings

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Machine-stitch the two pieces of wadding together around the curved and side edges and do the same with the lining. Trim and cut notches in all the curved seams so that the seams are smooth when turned inside out. (See Pic E.)

Turn the outside and lining right sides out and press along the seam. Now turn the lining inside out again. (See Pic F.)

2 bands for the bottom of the cosy 2 pieces of wadding for the inside cover 2x64cm strip for the edging 2.5x10cm strip for the tab

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HOW TO MAKE: Cut out the pattern templates, pin onto the fabric and cut out. (See Pic A.)

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Using a 1cm seam allowance, machinestitch the fabric band to the lower part of the pattern for both the front and the back of the cosy. Press the seam open. (See Pic B.)

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To make the tab, fold the strip in half lengthways. Join the ends, and with the sewing machine, stitch along the length, close to the edge. Fold the tab in half. (See Pic C.)

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TIME-SAVING TIP Use a piece of ribbon or lace folded in two instead of making a tab

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Project AMANDA RUSSELL & JULIET BAWDEN

SKILL LEVEL:

curved and side edges, sandwiching the tab in the middle of the curve. (See Pic D.)

Take the two outside main pieces, and with right sides together, pin around the

Layer the tea cosy by pushing the wadding into the cover, then push in the lining. Pin and tack the three layers together along the base. (See Pic G.)

Join the ends of the edging strip using a 1cm seam allowance. On the inside of the cosy, pin and tack the edging strip to the base first, then turn it over the edge, and fold the raw edge of the strip on the outside to neaten. Use the sewing machine to stitch together. (See Pic H.)

Fat Quarter Home by Amanda Russell and Juliet Bawden, published by GMC £12.99, available from www.thegmc group.com

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