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So, I love tea. I also travel quite a bit. You never know when you'll be standing somewhere wanting a nice, hot mug of tea. Or, you'll eat something that messed with your stomach and find yourself rooting through your bag for that packet of chamomile you stashed. Right, you need an emergency tea stash.
There are a few travel tea kits out there. Teavana has one for $25, but that's a bit too expensive and bulky. Then, I came across this blog post. This wonderful lady had created her own travel tea kit by sewing a little boxy pouch from this tutorial. It's little and perfect for tucking into a purse or bookbag.
What you'll need for your travel tea kit:
  • 1 small, boxy pouch (tutorial here)

  • Tea! These pouches will easily fit two of the 2 oz. Adagio sampler tins or a mix of other items. I have nine pouches of tea (chamomile, hot cinnamon spice, and maple) and an old Adagio sampler tin cleaned and filled with DAVIDsTEA chocolate chili chai.

  • Travel filters if you have loose-leaf tea. You can find them at your local tea shop or through a place like DAVIDsTEA.

  • A tiny scoop (optional). If you happen to have a tiny scoop laying about, that'll be perfect. Or, you can use the extra room in your pouch for a small timer, though I use my iPhone for that. Or, just cram in a few more tea pouches if you're going to be away from home for awhile.
Go find yourself some pretty tea-themed fabric. I got this fabric at JoAnn's. It was a bit pricey at nearly $10 a yard, but it will also make several bags. Take some time to coordinate the zipper and thread, you won't regret it.

The original tutorial did not call for interfacing, but I put it on there anyhow. It made later parts of the tutorial come together a lot easier, and it eliminates the need for me to make a second pouch for lining. It also helps the pouch to keep its shape a bit better. I used a lightweight fusible interfacing I had on-hand.

This is the first project I've ever done where I installed a zipper. It wasn't as hard as I thought! You want at least a 9-inch zipper for these pouches.

Here's a shot right after the zipper installation. It's not necessary, but I wanted to make sure the zipper looked right. This is before you do the shaping.

Hello, my little boxy friend!

Aren't you just sexy?

And here's what all went into the little pouch! Hot Cinnamon Spice from Harney & Sons, which is my favorite right now. Packets of chamomile in case I need an upset stomach. A packet of maple tea for my Canadian friends. A tin of the chocolate chili chai, and the paper filters.
There you have it! It took me about 90 minutes to assemble and sew everything, largely because I was picky, picked out some of the seams and re-did a few sides. Thanks again to Savvy Eats (no relation, I swear) for the inspiration and links to the boxy bag tutorial!
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