15_Mr. Tea

17 Apr

I had a dream, that a bunch of tea towels with big eyes and black shoes marched towards me. Let me introduce you to Mr. Tea…

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

It will take you around 3 and a half – 4 hours to make. Much less if you have a sewing machine.  I recommend a lot of adult help/supervision.

You´ll need:

_To download and print these files:

If you have an A4 printer:



If you have an A3 printer:


_2 tea towels. they can be ones you’re about to discard. This is all about recycling.

_An A4 piece of black felt.

_A felt tip pen or marker (to draw on the tea towel)

_A white colour or silver marker, something that shows when you draw on the black felt.

_A small pack of cotton or polyester filling.


_Glue stick.

_Black thread and another colour that matches the colour of your tea towels, I used red.

_Needle or sewing machine.

How to make Mr. Tea:

1. Print the files above and cut all the shapes over the continuous line.

2. If you printed the A4 files, stick the two halves of Mr. Tea together using a glue stick.

3. Using the pieces of paper as templates, draw the outline of Mr. Tea , the shoes and eyes. You´ll need to draw:

– 2 outlines of Mr. Tea on tea towels.

– 4 shoes on black felt

– 2 eyes on black felt.

4. Cut all the pieces out.

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

5. Cut the templates over the dotted line and draw the new outline inside of the shapes you’ve cut. The new line indicates where you’re supposed to sew.

6. Join the shoes to the bottom of the tea towel Mr. Tea shapes. Note that after sewing everything together you’ll flip Mr. Tea inside out, so make sure that the seams of the top shape are facing up, and the ones on the bottom shape are facing down. Check the image below to make this clearer.

7. You should have 2 Mr. Teas with shoes. Put one on top of the other and sew everything together. Leave one corner open, big enough for your hand to fit comfortably.

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

8. Turn Mr. Tea inside out. It can get a little tight when trying to do the shoes…be patient! and if you need a little help you can use a pen or round scissors to help you push from the inside and flip everything out.

9. Get the cotton or polyester filling and start filling Mr. Tea, small bits at a time. Make sure the shoes and the tips of the arms are really full. Keep adding filling until it´s full; try to make the filling even.

10. Sew the remaining corner of the tea towels to close Mr. Tea.

11. Place the eyes about 4 cm from the top and sew them with black thread.

Mr. Tea is ready to play!!!

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

So this character came out of one of my weird dreams… how about turning one of yours into a real friend?


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