Last week, I saw an amazing tutorial over at A Beautiful Mess for DIY loose leaf teabags, and I knew had to try it for myself! Lucky for me, I just happened to have a box of loose black tea and some pumpkin pie spice lying around the house, so I thought this would be the perfect time of year to make gift boxes of homemade pumpkin spice tea to give to my friends and family for the holidays.
This project ended up being super fun, and because I already had everything on hand, the whole thing was really inexpensive.
Here’s what you’ll need:
• Coffee filters
• 1 3/4″ x 1 3/4″ square of cardstock
• A sewing machine and thread
• Small funnel
• Loose tea
• Pumpkin pie spice
• Small hole puncher
• Personalized tags for the teabags
• Small 3″x3″x2″ gift boxes
• Matching personalized labels for the gift boxes
Use your 1 3/4″ x 1 3/4″ square of cardstock as a template to cut out several squares of coffee filters. Place two of your coffee filter squares together, and sew along the edges, leaving one corner free to insert the tube of a small funnel. Repeat this process until you have as many teabags sewn as you want.
Using your funnel, add 1 1/2 teaspoon of loose-leaf black tea, and 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice into each teabag. Once the teabags are ready, fold the unstitched corner down and sew the crease with your sewing machine to close each bag. Using a small hole punch, make a hole in the center of your folded edge large enough to insert your twine.
Cut a piece of twine about 10″ in length, and fold in half. Insert the folded end through the hole of your teabag to make a small loop. Insert the free ends of your twine through that loop to create a cow hitch knot around your teabag. Do this with each teabag.
Once your twine is secured to your teabags, add your personalized tags by gluing two, back-to-back, to the ends of your twine. Once the glue is dry, place the teabags in your 3″x3″x2″ gift boxes. Attach a personalized label to the top of your gift box, and your teabags are ready to give as gifts to your friends and family!