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How to Make a Tea Tray Cloth

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Tea is Served! - Tea Tray Cloth - colorful finished cloth with 5 teapots
When having guests for tea, serve it on this pretty cloth that you make yourself by drawing the pots on linen cloth and then coloring them with textile and fabric pens. Learn how to make a tea tray cloth in this page.
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It is spring! Time to enjoy the outdoors and invite your friends over for tea parties. Celebrate the spring season with this funky tray cloth. It will also make a great gift for a friend celebrating a birthday in spring. Have fun!

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: one tray cloth

Tea is Served! - Tea Tray Cloth - colorful finished cloth with 5 teapots

Supplies:

  • printout of provided pattern sheet (click here to download)
  • 18.4 x 16.2 inch piece of unbleached linen
  • set of 12 Giotto décor textile pens
  • silver fabric pen
  • Pentel ultra fine black pen
  • standard scissors
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • sewing machine and matching thread
  • iron and ironing board
  • light table (or well-lit window) to transfer pattern onto linen
Tea is Served! - Tea Tray Cloth - line drawing of teapot

Steps:

  1. Wash the linen and rinse it thoroughly in cold water to remove any sizing agent from the material. Note: Do not add fabric softener when rinsing the linen. Allow the linen to dry and iron it thoroughly before continuing with the next step.
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  3. Fold the linen 0.2" from the edge and iron it down neatly to keep the fold in place. Repeat on the other three sides. Then, fold the linen a second time on each side, folding it 0.6" from the edge and sew a double fold hem all around the linen. This will prevent the tray cloth from fraying.
  4. Use the pencil and ruler, and measure a rectangle sized 12" x 8.4" in the centre of the cloth. Then, use the black pen to draw over the pencil lines ~ do not use the ruler when doing this.
  5. Use the light table and a pencil to transfer five tea pots to the cloth. Then, use the black Giotto pen to draw over all the pencil lines.
  6. Tea is Served! - Tea Tray Cloth - Use the light table and a pencil to transfer five tea pots to the cloth. Then, use the black Giotto pen to draw over all the pencil lines.
  7. Iron the cloth to set the black lines.
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  9. Use the ultra fine pen to draw a design on each tea pot, such as hearts, circles, flowers, etc. Iron the cloth again before continuing.
  10. Tea is Served! - Tea Tray Cloth - Use the ultra fine pen to draw a design on each tea pot, such as hearts, circles, flowers, etc. Iron the cloth again before continuing.
  11. First color all the designs added to each pot and then iron the cloth again.
  12. Now color the background of each teapot and again iron the cloth before continuing with the next step.
  13. Tea is Served! - Tea Tray Cloth - Now color the background of each teapot and again iron the cloth before continuing with the next step. - closeup of pink pot with blue dots
    Tea is Served! - Tea Tray Cloth - all 5 pots colored and pressed
  14. Use the neon yellow pen to unevenly color the rectangle's background.
  15. Tea is Served! - Tea Tray Cloth - Use the neon yellow pen to unevenly color the rectangle's background.
  16. Add brown and silver squiggles to the yellow background. Iron the cloth again before continuing with the next step.
  17. Tea is Served! - Tea Tray Cloth - Add brown and silver squiggles to the yellow background. Iron the cloth again before continuing with the next step.
  18. Color the seam area with the neon yellow, and finish it off with brown and silver squiggles. Iron to complete and wait 72 hours before using.
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