She’s Crafty (And Drinks Tea)

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So you like drinking tea. You have a special storage area carved out for your stash, both bagged and loose leaf, and every color of the rainbow is accounted for. You’ve maybe splurged on a tea infuser or some reusable bags. Possibly when no one else is around to see you still have tea parties with your dolls, although that’s not actually about your love of tea, that’s something else entirely if we’re being totally honest.

So what’s left to do with your abounding love of all things steeped in water now that you’ve already discovered Autostraddle’s “lesbian tea” tag? Well, if you’re already sitting calmly on your sofa thinking soothing thoughts, you could be knitting! Just saying!

For real, tea and crafting go together like a teabag into a handmade ceramic mug, but we’re not actually going to talk about handmade mugs because that sounds hard. There are a lot of other options though! READY, SET, STEEP.

Tea Cozies

Tea Cozies are the OG tea craft. I think for a long time I didn’t know what they were and just thought they must be extraordinarily comforting. As it turns out, they are soft fuzzy things you put around a whole pot of tea to keep it warm as you refill your mug from it while marathoning Daria.

We often think of these as being knit, which is a totally legitimate way to make one! It’s sort of like making a hat except misshapen and maybe a little more difficult. It depends on how snugly you’re interested in fitting around the pot and also how crazy cute you want it to be. Here are two examples I think are really top-notch:

Basic Tea Cozy

Elephant Tea Cozy

But even if you’re not a knitter, you can still make a charming tea cozy with minimal sewing skills! Like this one:

Felt Tea Cozy

If you’re interested in doing something that seems extremely complicated but is set to very soothing music, there’s always this!

If you somehow still have tea cozy curiosity, this is a very comprehensive list of tutorials of many, many types of tea cozies, including some of the ones listed above. Quilted tea cozies! Who knew!

Mug Cozies

Okay, so now your tea is toasty and you can handle the pot safely, but what about when you drink your tea? YOUR POOR BABY HANDS OH GOD. It’s super quick and easy to whip something up that can make it easier to hold your mug of steaming liquid so that you can cradle it to your chest on cold days without burning yourself, or even your travel mug! This is also a great option if you frequently buy coffee/tea when you’re out, and want to carry an eco-friendly alternative so that you don’t waste disposable cardboard sleeves.

Mug cozies are a lot less complicated than tea cozies; they are essentially just strips of fabric, sewn or knit, that go in a circle around a cup. If you’re just using one for a travel mug, you don’t even need to worry about the handle! They can be as simple or as complicated as you need them to be.

This is a more complicated mug cozy; in fact, I would say this is about as complicated you can make a mug cozy, which is inherently a stupidly simple thing. Here is a simpler one, more suited to travel mugs.  Here’s one if you crochet! And here’s one for people who sew. Here’s literally a million different kinds.


Painted Mugs

If putting stuff on, near, or around your tea accessories isn’t extreme enough for you, what if you decorated YOUR MUGS THEMSELVES?? If I just blew your mind too hard, that’s okay. You can do some deep breathing for a second. Seriously though, you don’t even need to be an artist, or go to Plaster Fun time or whatever. If you have a local craft store, they probably carry paint pens something like this that can be heat-treated to withstand the dishwasher, and you can doodle your name on your mug to claim it, or a teabag on it to remind yourself what you’re supposed to put in it.

like this

Best Coast-ers

And finally, what are you going to put your mug on? Definitely not your coffee table’s surface directly, amirite ladies? For that, you’ll need some coasters. You probably have some laying around, but if you want to impress people with your creativity even as you are warning them not to ruin your furniture, you could try making some out of cork, because let’s be honest, you have some wine corks piling up. If you’re ready to really go hard in the paint with some coasters, you can try this Mod Podge transference tutorial, which I will never ever do in one million years.


Happy sipping!


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Originally from Boston, MA, Rachel now lives in the Midwest. Topics dear to her heart include bisexuality, The X-Files and tacos. Her favorite Ciara video is probably "Ride," but if you're only going to watch one, she recommends "Like A Boy." You can follow her on twitter and instagram.

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  1. rachel this post is like a representation of everything in the world that’s important to me. thank you for this.

  2. An excuse to drink several bottles of wine AND have something cool-looking and functional come out of it? I like this, Alot.

  3. Why yes, Rachel, I am sitting on my couch drinking tea as I type this, and this is exactly the article that I wanted to read right now. Your powers astound me.

  4. when i first saw the title of this article, i really really hoped it was a reference to this weird canadian shoe i used to watch called “she’s crafty!” but then it wasn’t and i got a little disappointed.

    what a hilariously awesome show though.

  5. I know what those markers in the “paint yo mug” picture are, and if you had plans to paint your mug, I can sell them to you. At my job. Where I work. Clearly, I need friends.

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  7. Does anyone have a recommendation for a knitting 101-type thing? I know the basics, but I’ve never found something that covers the distance between “This is how you cast on” (I know that now) and “Inc Rnd 1: *K3, p1, M1, k3, p1; rep from *—54 sts.” (huh?). Especially with English as a second language, these descriptions are so abstract.

    • Start with the Stitch n’ bitch books (pretty comprehensive, lots of pictures), DK books also tend to have a lot of pictures, and maybe try watching YouTube videos to learn techniques- watching someone doing something rather than reading instructions might be easier for you? Also, when I first started knitting I would write out patterns in long form (so your example would become increase round: *knit 3, purl 1, make 1, knit 3, purl 1, repeat stitches from * until there are 54 stitches) because the abbreviations were a bit hard to follow. And if you haven’t already, join Ravelry. It’s a great source of inspiration.

  8. Rachel have you been watching Arrested Development lately or something, because the corn baller and now this…

    Also I once tried to wear a tea cozy as a hat

  9. Oh oh oh oh this is inspirational! It just so happens I bought a ball of weird creepy sort of rainbow coloured wool to practice crochet with. Now I’m gonna make clothes for my mugs!
    As well as hats for my guinea pigs.
    All while drinking tea :D

  10. and how can we have an article about drinking tea without referencing Bevin, the lovely Queer Fat Femme? her webseries, the Lesbian Tea Basket, is all about drinking tea and other Important Stuff, and her blog at has helped me process many feelings.

    and thank you for reminding me that i need more mason jar mug cozies. maybe i’ll crochet a tote this time…

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