Loose Leaf Tea? Make Your Own Tea Bags!

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Like many of you, I LOVE loose leaf tea. However, I'm always looking for cute and creative solutions to use my tea. These D.I.Y. tea bags are super cute. I think they would make amazing gifts! Here's how you can make your own…

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Supplies needed: Coffee filters, Scissors, Sewing machine, Loose tea leaves, Stapler, Embroidery thread, Paper for tags (construction paper, old book pages, etc.), Optional: Spices (pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, ground ginger, etc.)

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Step 1 – Cut two coffee filters into a rectangle. I typically just cut off the ridged part.

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Step 2 – Stitch the filters together on three sides, leaving one of the smaller sides open.

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Step 3 – Fill the teabag with the loose tea leaves. I use anywhere from 1 to 2 teaspoons, depending on the size of the bag and how strong you like your tea. (You can also add about 1/2 teaspoon of your favorite spices. Pumpkin spice is one of my favorites!)

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Step 4 – Stitch the top of the tea bag closed. All four sides should be stitched now!

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Step 5 – Fold down the corners, placing a 3-4in. piece of embroidery thread under one of the flaps.

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Step 6 – Fold the tip of the tea bag down, and use a stapler to hold it shut. (You could also stitch this part if you wanted to.)

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Step 7 – Cut paper tags and glue, stitch, or staple them to the ends of your embroidery thread.

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To make your tea, let the tea bag steep in hot water for 3-5 minutesโ€ฆand enjoy! xo. Amanda

*Amanda is one of my brand new D.I.Y. Contributors! Check my about page for a full list of contributors. I'm really happy to have added these ladies to my team so we can bring you even more inspiration this season! Oh… and I have a pretty new blog design launching very soon. I've been working on it since May, if you can believe that…. so excited to share. Stay tuned!

  • yay! I always love your creative ideas Amanda. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us next!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • This is too adorable! I will have to try this soon. Thanks for sharing!

    Quick question: If we choose to staple the tea bags, will the staple add its own “flavor” to the tea, considering that it will be dipped in hot water?

  • Oh amazing!

    We got a lot of Rose & Violet flavoured loose teas in France but have yet to drink any because we lack the means to work with leaves!

    Perfect!

  • Best idea ever! I’m definitely going to try that. A few cute tea places in my city only sell loose leaf, but I prefer tea bags…happy compromise!

  • I would love to try this, but I don’t have a sewing machine. ๐Ÿ™ Would hand-stitching be sufficient, or would the tea leaves leak out?

  • Q: Quick question: If we choose to staple the tea bags, will the staple add its own “flavor” to the tea, considering that it will be dipped in hot water?
    A: I don’t think so. Most tea bags you buy from the grocery store are stapled, actually! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Q: I would love to try this, but I don’t have a sewing machine. ๐Ÿ™ Would hand-stitching be sufficient, or would the tea leaves leak out?
    A: I think it would work if you did TINY stitches. It might be pretty time consuming though, for a disposable tea bag. XO!

  • What a wonderful diy project! I am thinking of trying it out, but I wonder if I could make reusable tea bags, using the same idea…

  • WHY didn’t I think of this? this is so brilliant! i love loose leaf chai in the mornings (not too much caffeine…but still some, since baby gets what i drink) so this would be awesome to do myself!
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  • how great! i discovered her blog a few months back when searching for a tattoo shop in OKC. glad to see a fellow Oklahoman on the team! <3

  • @stephanie – I sent Elsie this post before Miss Leigh-Ann’s post was up. It was merely a coincidence, and her DIY is super cute! It is tea season, after all! No ideas were “stolen”, promise. ๐Ÿ™‚

    -Amanda

  • I love, love love this idea! So cute. I think I’ll be making pumpkin spice tea bags for some friends and family this fall!

    <3LJ

  • Thanks for all the kind words!

    Stephanie, It’s true that this post was already scheduled *BEFORE* Leigh-Ann’s post was up. It was absolutely a coincidence and I made the choice to not worry about it and still post this as planned because it’s a different concept. The only real similarity is that there is a heart on the tea bag string.

    Leigh-Ann is a dear friend of mine and we support her %100 and love her blog.

    That said, this idea was Amanda’s own. It was planned last month and I think that she deserves nothing but kind words for it because she did an amazing job!

    So there you go! No sneaky business going on. No one is stealing ideas. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope that clears things up!

  • I am definitely going to try this most especially that it is starting to get chilly. it would be lovely to drink tea and cuddle with somebody on a typical cozy night. ๐Ÿ™‚ an added bonus is that it is very pretty to look at. i was thinking of even adding little love notes and sweet nothings at the tea tags. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • What a fun idea for gifts to my tea-drinking friends! Now I have to find out how to grow teas, as I already have an herb garden, and I dry lots of the herbs. Wouldn’t it be fun to try some herbal tea blends? Love the little tags you made! Thank you for sharing this! Blessings

  • you have no idea how much I love this.I was getting tired of swallowing chunks of green leaves.โ™ฅ

  • …going to find the loose tea that I didn’t like to mess with now, and thinking of ways to avoid the sewing machine….

  • chickything,
    yes, i think it’s ok. most tea bags with strings have staples.
    You can always stitch it on if the staple freaks you out, though! XO

  • Being a huuuuge tea connoisseur, and a fan of loose leaf, this DIY is perfect! I’m so excited to mix my own styles and put them in my own tea bags. So cute!

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  • I was skeptical at the beginning but the final bags look very nice. Great idea. I just wish we had a sawing machine : )

  • This is super cute and I love it. I also love loose tea and here in Saudi we use cardamom, saffron or mint in our tea ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I think, it is just one of the most awesome ideas ever! I am a huge tea lover myself and I will so use this tutorial for the gifts! Thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Really cute idea!! I will definitely be referring to this post come Xmas season for some much needed DIY gifts!

    : )
    Jen

  • oh em gee…this is FANTASTIC!! Now I can make bags for the loose tea that i have…the hearts are cuuute!!

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  • Cute cute cute! Also very frugal and a way to make personalized gifts! Love it ๐Ÿ™‚

  • What a great idea! I’ve been mixing my own leaves for iced tea all summer, and love to mix leaves for a nice hot cuppa, but how cool to just be able to grab one and go, without the mess! Thanks for the tip!

  • This is awesome and would make some great christmas ideas! My only thought is…do you think the color of the thread would leak out or seep out? Not sure of that part…have you noticed anything like that? I keep picturing the soup in Bridgit Jones that turned blue from the string! lol

  • What a great idea! Very cute as well. I shall make some for meself and for my friends! Mwhaha~

  • Love this idea! Might have to share it on my blog! Where do you buy pumpkin spice though? Is it just a US thing?

  • Amazing DIY.The perfect combination of great art and passion are seen on this post.Very creative and nice to know that there are people who are really into artistic designs.

  • I love this idea………great way to try a new blend without committing to a large amount. Also a great gift idea for loose tea lovers.

  • This is a very cute project, and I love the idea of customized tea bags. Another thought might be re-usable tea bags, which can be sewn with muslin or unbleached cotton fabric, and a ribbon drawstring. These can be washed and re-used, for the frugal crafter.
    Great tutorial!

  • for christmas gifts this year, i’m utilizing a large bag of starbucks coffee by making my own “coffee bags”. This is how i prefer to drink my coffee, since folgers started packaging coffee this way (tastes fresh every time- as opposed to coffee getting stale in the pot). love the idea of making my own teabags, but you can also by a box of 200 heat sealable tea bags (use an iron to seal) from amazon.com for 6.99. a large bag of starbucks coffee cost me 15.99, but i’m just going to put 20 bags in each basket and have some left over for myself!

  • Wonderful project! This would be an excellent thing for children to make for Grandparent’s Christmas gifts. I will make some for myself as well.
    Peace and Raw Health,
    Elizabeth

  • I read two comments asking about possible dye in the embriodary thread. Can someone answer this question? Is it really safe to use colored embriodary thread? Or any thread for that matter…

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  • Is there dye in the thread? Should we use undyed embroidery thread?

    Great gift idea!!
    I am the age when you could ONLY buy herb tea in bulk. And I lived in Boulder, home of Celestial Seasonings (late 1970’s) Wish I knew about this then!

  • If you don’t have a sewing machine you could cut your coffee filter (or try organza for a re-useable bag) about twice as wide and fold both sides in before you do the point at the top fold. Since the bag is just dropped into the hot water it shouldn’t move around enough to get tea leaves out of your ‘bag’. I have found this is a good way to use up some of the Christmas pepermints that are always left over after the holidays!

  • Looooove it!!! I’ve been thinking of doing tea bags for a while but have always slacked… never thought of using coffee filters. Brilliant!

  • Wonderful idea ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the tea cup – I think that pattern is just like my mom’s china she gifted to me and that made me happy to see!

  • What a cool idea, I am so going to try this for Christmas Presents, will write little messages on the tags to make them personal.
    Thanks Amanda

  • THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS! I’m glad I saw it. I love buying loose tea leaves and I’m about to be out of bags. I already have everything I need at home to make this ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • hey, quick question. if you’re using embroidery thread, won’t the chemicals leech into the tea you’re drinking? i love the idea, but this was the only thing that would stop me from trying this.

  • Super cute! I’m thinking if using them for a special gift, customize it even more…
    1.)you could even make your own personalized tea bag BOX w card stock. (Lable it… while we are apart, remember the days, off to collage, the ways i love you, rainy reading days)
    2.)write/print out little quotes, scritures, inspirational sayings, love notes, rememberances on the tags.
    3.)use different color thread and tag combinations on the bags for different flavored tea.
    4.)include a key code for the different teas like you sometimes get on the lid of a box of chocolates.
    Wow~! someone make this for me please =)
    Love it, thank you for the inspiration.

  • Perfect! I have an odd bod collection of favourite teas that are milling around in an old tin in half opened bags. It’s pouring rain here so looks like I have something to play with today also great cup of tea weather!. Thanks for sharing. Dotti

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  • Most of us believe that tea is good for the health because it is proven effective. Loose tea is one of the best example and we need to create our own bags for this. This DIY project is a big help.

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  • I love this DIY project! I’ve become a big tea drinker and this is super cool to add a bit of style and character to my teacup!

    Thanks for sharing!

  • I just made these, and I love them! They turned out so cute! I love my loose leaf tea, but every other way of steeping left me with pieces of tea leaves floating around. Not with these tea bags! Thanks for such a great tutorial! I just found your blog, and I want to make everything!

  • Your idea is lovely, but regular staples are not for food-grade applications. Who knows the less-than-sanitary conditions under which they are made or what harmful alloys they may contain. If food-grade staples are not an option, you could sew the bags closed with safe cotton thread. There are also stainless teabag clips available from sites like devotea.com. It would be awful if some one was harmed from this.

  • I made them last night and they turned out really well. Will definitely try again. Thanks for all the inspiration!

  • Thank you for sharing this! I spent HOURS trying to find a set of instructions for this.

  • This was a very creative thing to do. I guess you really enjoy doing this. You can also made one for your special someone. So sweet then.

  • So cute!!! I love drinking tea. I am going to make these for my friends who love tea. Thank you for sharing. I just pinned your project, I hope you don’t mind.

  • I love tea. I have never been a coffee drinker like everyone else in my family. I have tried a variety of teas over the years but it is hard to say which one I like the best!

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