As I look at the weather forecast for the week and see rain approaching I can’t help but sigh a bit, I knew this early spring sunshine was a little too soon!! I suppose a little more rain will only help make the hills stay greener longer so it will just have to do 🙂 Amongst this rainy season everyone seems to be getting the awful cold that has been jumping from home to home, I still have a bit of a stuffy nose as I write this! So between the rain and cold season we are here to show you how to make some simple loose leaf tea bags that allow you to make the perfect blend of whatever ales your symptoms- be it rainy day blues or sore throats!
- Loose leaf tea
- Coffee filter
- Bakers twine or string
- Needle and thread
- Pom Pom balls
Start by taking your coffee filter and smoothing out all the creases and ruffles to make one large circle.
My coffee filters are extra large so I am going to cut off two little side strips to create a straight line on both sides of my filter.
Once both little wings are cut off take your favorite loose leaf tea combo and put about two tablespoons in the middle of the coffee filter. I scored these little test tubes of loose leaf tea at Trader Joes but you can find loose leaf tea at most grocery stores or online.
Now it is time to fold the bottom up and over your tea to create a little half fold pouch…
Next take the top and fold over the bottom to layer…you will notice the top ruffle hangs over a bit. Then from the sides, fold to create a “U” shape and tuck that excess ruffle into the center of the “U”
Now you should have a compact little pocket with the loose leaf tea secure and the ruffle edge ready to fold the flaps over and down as if you were wrapping a present.
Now that you have your pocket of tea, it is time to close it up and attach the string. I used baker’s twine to add some color! You have two routes here. One is to staple the bag shut, making for an easy and fast finishing touch OR use a needle and thread to secure the pouch and attach the string. It might sound odd to use a staple since after all you are ingesting the tea, but keep in mind staples are stainless steel. Using a stapler is obviously much faster than a needle and thread if you plan to make a lot of bags. On the other hand I also like the look of the needle and thread too- it looks very thoughtful and handmade- the choice is yours!
I wanted to add some fun character to my tea bags and really make it known these are homemade so I decided to add a fun little pom pom ball to the end! It makes me smile 🙂