Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Recycled NoSew Pillow Teapot Cozy


Welcome to the first ever Sustainable Craft Challenge of 2023 hosted by Julie @ Sum of Their Stories

For this challenge, it's all about sustainable crafting! Each month is themed and all projects must have some sort of a sustainable element to them. This could be an upcycling or recycling element, or something that reduces waste, uses leftovers etc. Our fearless leader, Julie was giving us themes for the entire year and I became amused at some of them, so I started teasing her about what she meant! I don't know if she really thought it was funny or just going along with me but she gave me my idea for this month's theme of "WARM." Actually, her first theme was "COSY!" And for some silly reason, I had a bit of fun with it! I knew it was a UK word meaning warm and snuggly, but I didn't let on. Julie was truly a good sport about my teasing!

Anyway, cosy is also a term for a teapot cover. And it just so happen that my hubby had given me a teapot set for Christmas! Yes, I drink hot tea every morning! So my project for this months' challenge was to make a cover for my gifted teapot to help keep my tea warm!


  • Fabric from a decorative pillow
  • Batting
  • Printer paper/poster board
  • Teapot Cozy template 
  • Fabr-Tac Fabric Glue
  • Seam Ripper/Ruler/pencil/scissors
  • Fat quarter fabric for lining
  • Clamps

This is truly an upcycle project, using the fabric from a decorative pillow I no longer use.
I opened one end pf the decorative pillow using a seam ripper and removed the stuffing from the pillow and turned the pillow inside out.
The inside fabric was covered with a thin lining which I kept on the fabric. 

Next, I measured the teapot and drew an outline of the teapot using printer paper and then .  .  .

cut out and drew a template on posterboard.

I cut out the posterboard template and drew the pattern onto the pillow fabric to cut out. I pinned the lining onto the fabric to keep it all together before cutting.

Then laid it on top of the batting to cut out. The batting helps to keep the teapot insulated and warm.

Cutting out two pieces of batting to line each side of the cozy cover.

Next, laid out the fat quarter fabric for the lining .  .  .
Cutting out two pieces of fat quarter fabric for the lining.
Next, cut off about a 1/4" from the edge of the batting to be able to glue the edges of the pillow cover and lining together.

Assembled the lining, batting and cozy cover to begin gluing them together .  .  .
a little bit at a time.
gluing together one side for the back and .  .  .

one side for the front.

Once the two sides were glued together separately, it was time to glue the front and back of the cozy together. Putting right sides together, slowly adding glue to the edges and then clamping the edges together to dry.

I left an opening at the top to add a loop made from the pillow cording.

Once the glue was thoroughly dry, turned the teapot cozy inside out to the right side.
After smoothing the cozy cover out, made a loop and dipped the ends in fabric glue. Then inserted the ends into the opening at the top and clamped the loop until dry. A loop at the top make the cozy easier to remove from the teapot.

And finally, hemmed the covers and lining and glue the two edges together for a finished look!

And this is how the cozy cover looks on the teapot. It's a snug fit as it hugs the teapot closely! Perhaps I should have added a inch or two more.
But I love how it looks. Now, for a cup of tea!

Be sure to stop by all the participants listed below for this month's "Warm" crafts:

Julie | Sum of Their Stories | Swiss Darn Sained Sweater Makeover

T'onna | Sew Crafty Crochet | The Wednesday Inspired Snood

Vicky | Vicky Myers Creations | Super Cozy Fleece Hot Water Bottle Carrier

Mel | Decor Craft Design | DIY Warm Spices Gift Jar

Julie | Treasures Made From Yarn | Cozy Neck Cowl

Gail | Purple Hues and Me | Recycled NoSew Pillow Teapot Cozy 

Niki | Life As a Leo Wife | Winter Door Hanger Without a Cricut


  1. It's so lovely! I love the color and the pattern. It does look very elegant.

  2. This is so cute, and it seems like such a great project for the millions of non-sewers out there! You can't even tell that it was handmade without a stitch. I love the fabric that you used. Your husband did a great job picking out your Christmas present. The teapot is beautiful! Pinned!
    It's great hopping with you!

  3. Gail, this is soooooo cute! I would've never thought to make a teapot cozy from a pillow! So clever! The pillow was made with a really pretty fabric, so I'm glad you upcycled it. Your teapot and mugs are so pretty, too! Pinning!!! Happy New Year!

  4. You are so clever to create this pattern so easily! I want to make those bowl cozies that keep your hands off the hot bowl and I cannot figure it out at all.

  5. I may now have to get fabric glue, cute project!

  6. Brilliant use of materials and glue, you would never know it hasn't been sewn!!

  7. I promise I did find it funny!
    I think I must be a very british brit and I do forget the difference in our languages sometimes, I also have a rather sarcy sense of humour too :-D
    I love your warm AND cosy tea cosy, what a great upcycle. I am also loving your beautiful tea set, what a beautiful gift. I drink tea all day long but will think of you and your morning cuppa tomorrow morning when I have mine.

  8. I love my tea hot! The idea to repurpose the pillow cover for this teapot cozy is so smart. I love how to project turned out!

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