time to get your cosy on

Hand Knitted Christmas Cardigan Cosy by rTracyO

Surely the best part of winter is having reason to drink even more tea. Gotta keep warm, right?

‘Tis not the season for mug-in-the-microwave tea. Nay, winter tea calls for the careful selection of just the right teapot, just the right cup and saucer, and your favorite silver teaspoon. It often means turning your nose up at tea bags (gasp!) in favor of that raise-the-eyebrow indulgence, loose tea. Oh yes — you’re worth it, you tea slut, you.

Loose loose loose.

Don’t worry, I won’t tell your mama.

And as long as you’re gonna brew a perky pot (better look sharp as Mr. Darcy is sure to visit), you know very well this will require some patience. Once it’s ready you’ll want to sip and savor ever so slowly, while you dip into that bodice ripper socially redeeming literary novel, or skillfully chat up your dapper British tea companion.

Vintage Felt Cosy

It was for times like these that lovely, adorable, whimsical tea cosies were invented. They likely appeared around the same time the Duchess of Bedford popularized afternoon tea in late 19th century Britain. With so much serious chit chat and juicy gossip going on — and when one is trading scandalous bon mots, one must never rush — they had to find a way to keep their teapots warm.

Warm and covered. Naked teapots would never do (oh, my virgin eyes).

Queen Tea Cosy Knitting Pattern PDF by Tea Cosy Folk

Aren’t tea cosies so veddy British?  Who else would think to “dress” their teapots with such care and attention, in the same manner a doting mother would adorn her offspring? A warm teapot is a happy teapot, and happy teapots produce the best tea. 🙂

Antique Victorian Beadwork Needlepoint Tea Cosy

The Victorians dressed their teapots in elegant brocades and linens. It was a chance to show off fine needlepoint, embroidery and beadworking skills. Why not turn a utilitarian object into a beautiful work of art? We’re British, after all.

Antique Victorian Velvet Beadwork Tea Cosy (c.1880)
Antique Victorian Beadwork Needlepoint Tea Cosy

Lucky for us, today there are tea cosies to suit every whim, occasion and fancy. They are sewn, crocheted, knitted, felted, embroidered, quilted, lined and padded. You can purchase them ready made, or if you’re feeling especially crafty, there are many instantly downloadable PDFs with knitting or crocheting instructions.

But how to choose? So many tea cosies, so little time! Here are a few others that caught my eye. Such imagination and creativity! Click on each image for more info. Enjoy!

Bird Cage Cosy by Red Dog Sews
Hedgehog Cosy by Crafty Cornish Maids
Snowy Owl Cosy by Twin K Knits
Aqua Cupcake Cosy by Twin K Knits
Seamless Felted Gnome Cosy by Jannio
Figgy Pudding Christmas Cosy PDF pattern by Bustle and Sew
Queen’s Golden State Coach Cosy Knitting Pattern PDF by Tea Cosy Folk
Felted Sheep Cosy by Jannio
Rabbit in the Brambles Cosy by Lindsay Mudd Designs
Tiny House Crocheted Cosy by SueDZine
Flower Pot Crocheted Cosies by Handmade Love
Paddington Bear Cosy Knitting Pattern by Tea Cosy Folk
Green Felted Cosy by Jannio
Seamless Felted Cosy by Jannio
Cosy made from 2600 Teabag Strings by Angela Leung (Second Place Winner, 2016 Craft a Cure for Cancer Tea Cosy Competition)
Hand-felted and Embroidered Cottage Garden Cosy by Gertrood
Embroidered Frida Kahlo Cosy by Richard and Son
Sheep Cosy by woolyfold
Drink Me Embroidered Cosy by Lestat Couture
Velvet and Lace Cosy by Rosey Loves Violet
Click for a Tea Cosy Crochet Tutorial by Leah at Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me?

Oh, and did you know there’s actually a National Wear a Tea Cosy on Your Head Day? Sponsored by the White Stuff Foundation, it usually takes place in September and is held to benefit various local charities in the UK. Pretty cool, no? 🙂

Wishing you an exceptionally cozy day doing whatever it is that makes you happy!

❤️ Love,

Cozy Loose Cornelius

Alice’s Cottage 100% Cotton C.S. Lewis quote Cosy via Inceptions


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16 thoughts on “time to get your cosy on

  1. WANT! I would be happy with any of those. Some of my favorites are the antique beadwork, sheep, cottage garden, and velvet and lace. Great collection, Jama!


  2. Makes one feel all warm and ready to cozy up with a good book and to drink hot tea. Love the Queen tea cosy! Mmmm….. Cozy vs. cosy! Cozy, I found out from Dictionary.com is the US version of cosy. Interesting. Thanks, Jama, for some “word play” today!

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  3. I so agree. I’ve never been able to bear tea-bags -the tea tastes dusty and leaves a chemical film on the surface and even the name sounds disgraceful. The reason a cosy is essential is that otherwise your second cup of tea isn’t properly hot. BTW the best use of tea-bags ever was in that exquisite gallery of paintings on tea-bags.

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    1. Yes, I love how Ruby Silvious used tea bags as her canvas. Part of the enjoyment of tea drinking is all the accoutrements that come with it — not only cosies, but infusers, tiny teaspoons, tea bag rests, etc.

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    I never even thought about felted tea cosies, but NOW I KNOW THEY EXIST. Argh. I now need a much larger tea pot, because seriously, the point of some of these tea cosies is to keep much more tea warm… and I need to get my loose tea thing on, too, and make an order (I am weaning myself away from bags)…

    …I love that there are so many accoutrements to things that I love. Honestly, it’s not like there’s a huge run on tea pots now; people really LIKE microwaves, and convenience. I’m happy to go 100 mph backwards.

    Here’s to being a Luddite. ♥

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    1. I couldn’t do without my microwave — can’t beat it for convenience. It’s nice sometimes to be a Luddite and do things the slower way. And as far as I’m concerned, one can never have too many teapots or teacups! 🙂

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  5. Oh my goodness, these are amazing! I have shopped for a tea cosy in the United States, and it was an extremely frustrating experience. And I am craft challenged, so making one myself is not really an option either. I do have one now, but it’s not nearly as cute as these. Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

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  6. Oh, how wonderful!! I grew up in a family in “putting the kettle on” was a regular ritual, and my grandmother had a trusty, handmade tea cosy that she used for years and years. I actually never experience loose leaf tea until I was an adult! Growing up it was always bags of Red Rose or Tetley, and actually having loose leaf tea was so exciting! 😉


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