My husband and I love tea. A lot. My favorite is black breakfast tea with milk & sugar. The hubs tends to go for more herbal teas. We are a tea family.
Unfortunately, drinking tea has its own carbon footprint depending on how you obtain it. Ordering from the Starbucks drive-through, for example, leaves you with a disposable cup, tea bag, let alone gas & car pollution. Buying boxes of Lipton tea from the store results in lots of trash: plastic wrap around the box, the actual box, the tea bag wrapper, and the tea bag.
For a few months, My husband has been mentioning how we need to buy reusable tea bags and start purchasing loose leaf tea from the whole foods store, or even local coffee shops. Good idea, I thought. But a better idea is to make our own tea bags to reuse instead of buying them. I put him on the research detail, and I said I would sew them together. Turns out to be really easy.
Make Your Own Tea Bags
What you need:
- 4×3 inch piece of unbleached muslin (Get it from Fabric.com)
- 14 in piece of cotton string
- Bead or button
What you do:
- With the fabric laying the long way, cut a whole on each side up top, about 1/2 inch down and 1/4 inch in.
- Thread the string through the holes
- Fold the top of the fabric down over the string, and pin fabric in place
- Sew the flap down over the string.
- Fold the fabric rectangle in half, inside out, with the draw string on top, and pin in place
- Sew the tea bag shut, about 1/8th inch from the edges, being careful not to sew over the string
- Turn the bag inside out.
- Tie a bead or button to the end of the string to use as a weight.
- Scoop in some loose leaf tea, steep in hot water, & enjoy!
What is your favorite kind of tea? Would you ever make your own tea bags?