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Wellness with Janina Church
May 16th, 2012

Reusable Coffee Filters and Tea Bags

 I have been meaning to get to this project for a while now…

I spied a package of reusable tea bags at my local market some time ago, but just haven’t got around to making some of my own. While shopping the other day, I saw them again. This time they were along side a package of reusable coffee filters. Reluctantly buying my box of paper cone coffee filters, I vowed that this would be my last purchase of this kind. So while dinner was cooking, I pulled out my serger, some muslin and whipped some up. Finally!

Make some!

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You will need:

muslin

scissors or pinking shears

chalk or fabric maker

a sewing machine or serger or needle and thread

paper coffee filter

Coffee filters:

Take the muslin and fold it in half. You will be using a paper coffee filter for your pattern, so place it on top of the doubled muslin. Then trace the shape of the filter. I traced mine a little bigger because the filters I had were # 2 sized filters and I wanted to make mine #4.

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Cut out the pattern.
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Sew up the side seams leaving the curved edge open. I used my serger for this step. If you are not using a serger, cutting the pattern out with pinking shears will help prevent fraying. But don’t worry if you don’t use pinking shears, muslin frays rather neatly.

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Here is the seam of one I sewed on my sewing machine. I used a zig zag stitch.

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Use the filter with the finished seams on the inside so you don’t get coffee grinds stuck in the raw seams. Enjoy!

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Tea Bags:

The tea bags I made are pretty straight forward. The ones I spotted at the store were much smaller and had cute little draw strings to keep the tea inside. Like these. I was short on time and well, frankly am pretty lazy when it comes to details. So I cut 4×4 squares out of the muslin and serged the seams up.

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To keep the tea inside, just tie a knot on top.

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Enjoy!

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March 3rd, 2012

Tummy Tea

Hooray for Tummy Tea!

This is THE tea I whip up whenever we have any sort of tummy ache around here. The herbs used are all soothing digestive aids, so you can sip on this tea any time to support your digestion. I often sip on some after dinner or first thing in the morning. It’s super easy to make and your likely to already have the ingredients in your spice rack. The fennel is sweet in taste so the children don’t mind taking it at all and if they are feeling fussy about it, I add a pinch of honey to entice them.

 Tummy Tea

aka CCF Tea (cumin, coriander, fennel)

1 tsp whole Cumin seeds

1 tsp whole Coriander seeds

1 tsp whole Fennel seeds

Place all the seeds into a tea ball, place ball in cup and add 1 cup boiling water. Steep for 1-2 minutes and serve.

Be well~