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Tax Day Tea Bag Tutorial

This Wednesday, April 15, people from all over the United States will be heading to the streets for the Tax Day Tea Party. The "Tea Party" is intended to send a message to the federal government to put an end to their out of control spending.

So, in honor of the 2009 Tax Day Tea Party, I have made my very own crocheted tea bag.

Want to join the tea party? Here is a quick crochet pattern to make a little Tax Day Tea Bag of your own.


Abbreviations
ch = chain
sc = single crochet (UK: dc double crochet)
sc dec = single crochet decrease
st = stitch

Don't know how to crochet or need a refresher course? Check this link for simple instructions.


Materials:
US G-6 (4.0mm) crochet hook
Yarn in white
Felt scraps (black, red, white, blue)
White pipe cleaner
Embroidery thread (black, red) & needle
Yarn needle
Fiberfill stuffing
Toothpick
Glue

Instructions:
1. (Make 2) Using white yarn, ch. 10
2. Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across.
3. Row 2-10: ch. 1, sc in each st.
4. Row 11: sc dec, sc in next 5 sts, sc dec, ch.1.
5. Row 12: sc dec, sc in next 3 sts, sc dec. Fasten off.
6. Cut two small circles from black felt for eyes.
7. Cut crescent shape from red felt for mouth.
8. Using embroidery thread, stitch eyes and mouth to one side of your tea bag.
9. Using white yarn and yarn needle, whip stitch two pieces of white tea bag together, leaving opening at top.
10. Stuff teabag with fiberfill.
11. Using white yarn, ch. 25 for tea bag string, fasten off.
12. Place one end of crocheted string on the inside of tea bag and whip stitch tea bag closed.
13. (Make 2) Using white yarn, ch. 5.
14. Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across.
15. Row 2-4: ch.1, sc in each st, fasten off.
16. Using white yarn and yarn needle, whip stitch two pieces of tea bag label together, leaving opening at top.
17. Place other end of crocheted string to the inside of label and whip stitch label closed.
18. Cut pipe cleaner in half. Place one half of pipe cleaner in each side of tea bag for arms.
19. Using red, white, and blue felt scraps, make an American flag.
20. Glue your American flag to the toothpick and then wrap the pipe cleaner around the toothpick.

He's ready to join the party!

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© 2009-2012 Melissa/Crafting with Cat Hair
Please remember that items made using my patterns and tutorials are for personal use only and can not be sold for profit. Thanks!