I mixed up a batch of my favorite Tummy Tamer Tea this week and wanted to take some to work. At home, I use the looseleaf tea and make it in a tea pot infuser, but the kitchen at my office is tiny and I wanted a more convenient way to make tea.
I only had a few of these heat seal teabags left. They work really well, but they’re a little pricy and not always easy to find in the stores. In a pinch, I’ve folded looseleaf tea into a coffee filter. So I took that idea for makeshift tea bags a little farther, grabbed a handful of cheap coffee filters and actually made teabags. They were quick and easy to make and they work great!
Here’s what I did:
I ironed the coffee filters to flatten them out, then folded each one in half.
Most of the ready-made teabags I had were roughly 2-1/2″ square, so I folded the coffee filter to mark off two sections that size.
I sewed just inside the fold lines, cut the sections apart and trimmed off the excess filter.
I folded down the open edge of the sections to mark the top of the teabags, and filled them about 2/3 full of loose tea.
I shook all the tea into the bottom of the bags, sewed just inside the fold line, and trimmed off the excess.
Ta-da! Tea bags.
The heat sealable bags are about $5.00 for a package of 40. Coffee filter were about $2.00 for a package of 200, which will make a boatload of teabags (and I still have plenty for coffee). Cheap and easy works for me!