My daughter had a birthday last week. She and her fiancé were having their engagement photos taken last weekend, so I knew she was planning to buy some new clothes. I decided to give her cash toward them, but I couldn’t just hand it over or stick it into a card. She’s a tea fanatic, so I made a fabric tea bag as a money holder.
Here’s the best part of the story. She’s a girl after my own heart and loves Fiesta dishes so I was going to buy her a mug to put the money tea bag in. The only one I could find in the store I was at was $26 and not a tea cup but a latte mug. Luckily, I walked around a corner and found this instead.
Do you see that tag? Only $10.20 for the set at 80% off! All because the bowl is missing. And it just happens to be her favorite Fiesta color. Score.
Anyway, back to the tea bag. To make one, you’ll need a piece of thin fabric, like muslin. I used a dotted linen. Cut a strip 8” by 4 1/2”.
Fold it in half with the right sides together and stitch 1/4” from the long edge.
Turn right side out. Press with the seam centered in the back.
Fold in half the other direction with the seam facing up. Stitch across 1/8” from the fold.
Fold each side back up 1/2” from the stitched fold. Stitch across 1/8” from each new fold.
Fold money up and slip inside each side.
Bring all the raw edges together at the top and zigzag across.
Make a tag using cardstock. Cut a 10” piece of string. Fold the top of the tea bag over 1/2”. Stitch through all the layers and tie a knot. I thought I was going to staple it, but it was too thick. Fortunately, my stapler survived. Barely.
Cut the string to your desired length and staple on the tag.
If you’re not a Fiesta person, you could also find a pretty teacup at a thrift store. Just make sure the recipient knows there’s money inside the tea bag. I’d hate to find out what brewed cash tastes like.