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This simple cafetière cover uses very little fabric and is reversible, so you get two very different looks for the price of one. It makes the perfect present for those difficult-to-buy-for friends who have everything except for a designer cafetière cover.

Note: You can make the cover from one fat quarter if you use the same material for the whole project.

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© 2024 Amanda Russell / GMC Publications · Reproduced with permission. · Fat Quarter: Home by Amanda Russell and Juliet Bawden, published by GMC (£12.99, available from www.thegmcgroup.com)
  • How to make a tea cozy. Cafetière Cover - Step 1
    Step 1

    From the main fabric, cut one 4 x 14in (10 x 35.5cm) rectangle. From the contrast fabric, cut two pieces measuring 2½ x 14in (6.5 x 35.5cm). To construct the different sections of the outer fabric, arrange the main piece of fabric to form the central part, and the two contrast pieces of fabric for the top and bottom strips.

  • How to make a tea cozy. Cafetière Cover - Step 2
    Step 2

    Using a 3/8in (1cm) seam allowance, pin and then machine sew one long side of the top piece of contrast fabric to one of the long sides of the main fabric Repeat on the other side of the main fabric with the other piece of contrast fabric. Trim the seams and press open.

  • How to make a tea cozy. Cafetière Cover - Step 3
    Step 3

    Print out the template and trace over it onto tracing paper or baking parchment. Cut out with a pair of paper-cutting scissors to make a pattern. Pin the pattern to your constructed piece of outer fabric and cut out. Repeat with the lining fabric and fusible fleece.

  • How to make a tea cozy. Cafetière Cover - Step 4
    Step 4

    Place the adhesive side of the fusible fleece on the wrong side of the lining and iron to bond.

  • How to make a tea cozy. Cafetière Cover - Step 5
    Step 5

    With right sides together, pin the lining to the constructed piece of outer fabric. Machine stitch around the edge with a 3/8in (1cm) seam allowance, leaving an opening of 4in (10cm) on the lower edge for turning. Trim the seam and clip the corners.

  • How to make a tea cozy. Cafetière Cover - Step 6
    Step 6

    Turn the cafetière cover through the seam opening. Fold in the opening seam allowance, iron, then slip stitch the opening closed with a needle and thread.

  • How to make a tea cozy. Cafetière Cover - Step 7
    Step 7

    Measure the length of the tabs and cut a piece of hook-and-loop tape to fit. Stitch in place with the sewing machine.

    Baking parchment is great for patterns – it’s easy to get hold of, inexpensive and translucent, which makes quick work of tracing.

    How to make a bespoke cover
    This cover is designed to fit a standard eight-cup vessel with a circumference of 12in (30.5cm). To make a pattern for another size of cafetière, measure the circumference and height of the beaker from just under the pouring spout to the bottom of the glass. Draw these measurements on paper and round off the four corners. Add tabs for fastening, about 1in (2.5cm) wide by 2in (5cm) long. The tabs should be positioned halfway down the centre of each opening. Add a 3/8in (1cm) seam allowance all around the pattern. Cut out and use as a template.

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