Start with Tea: Sentiment Panels

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Great Ideas Start with Tea

Are you making handmade gifts for the holidays? If you are, where do you start? For me, half the fun is in the planning! This year I want to make coffee and tea-themed gift baskets, featuring our Coffee Helps and Start with Tea collections (available now in the shop).

Grab a cup of tea (or coffee) and I’ll give you a sneak peek at the possibili-TEAS.

Come along inside….

We’ll see if tea and buns can make the world a better place.

- from the children’s book, The Wind in the Willows

Inspiration Photo

Inspiration Photo

Sip and Search

I love my morning coffee, but I have a couple of tea lovers in my family, so I had to do a little research. I started collecting photos, lists of products/supplies, stores, book titles, quotes, and more. I discovered the Tea Spot and ordered a sampler. Research can be delicious!

Shop and Sew

Now that I am brimming with ideas, it’s time to create. In upcoming posts, I’ll showcase what I’m sewing with the new Start with Tea Sentiment Panels now available in the shop. You’ll get to see how photos of tea pots and cups inspired my fabric selections.

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Oh the Possibili-TEAS

How will I fill my tea baskets? Here’s a list of ideas:

  • Quilted mug rug with tea sentiment

  • Tea cup and/or pot

  • Sample teas

  • Tea spoons

  • Food (chocolate, cookies, cinnamon sticks, muffins, jam, honey)

  • Book with bookmark

  • Journal/notebook with pen

Great ideas really do start with tea.

During my research, I discovered so many literary connections to tea. From Jane Austen to Winnie-the-Pooh, tea time is treasured. And because my gift baskets are being made for tea drinkers who love books, I can’t wait to find creative ways to add these quotes to their baskets and tags.

“But indeed I would rather have nothing but tea.” ― Jane Austen

“Some people will tell you there is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Tea! Bless ordinary everyday afternoon tea!” ― Agatha Christie

“Tea is the magic key to the vault where my brain is kept.” ― Frances Hardinge

“Christopher Robin was home by this time, because it was the afternoon, and he was so glad to see them that they stayed there until very nearly tea-time, and then they had a Very Nearly tea, which is one you forget about afterwards, and hurried on to Pooh Corner, so as to see Eeyore before it was too late to have a Proper Tea with Owl.” ― A.A. Milne

I might just need some Winnie-the-Pooh fabric for one of my mug rugs. Sew many ideas, sew little time ― Why? ― because we’re also busy designing and stitching up projects for our winter collection (available November 1st).


Basic Quilting Supplies for Mug Rugs and More

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Here are some of the basic supplies I use to make mug rugs: fabric paper, foundation paper for piecing patterns, batting, and spray adhesive. I also added links to inspire your tea and coffee crafting time: fabric possibili-teas and sampler teas from the Tea Spot. Enjoy!