Make a teacosy

How to make a dollshouse needlepoint teacosy

These projects are quick and fun to make. Every doll’s house should have at least one teacosy!


A Miniature Willow Pattern teacosy, with teapot



Why not make several – one for the kitchen, one for the dining room, one for the tea-tray in the lady’s boudoir – They are a good introduction to stitching on silk gauze, as the designs are quite simple, and the items can be finished in just a few evenings.

Miniature needlepoint tutorial - contents of a teacosy kit

These Janet Granger miniature teacosy kits contain a piece of 32 count silk gauze, Anchor stranded cotton (use one strand), clear instructions, a colour block chart to count the design from, and a suitable needle.

This tutorial features the ‘Willow Pattern’ doll’s house teacosy design in the step-by-step photos. This is one of the range of teacosies that we offer. The ‘Willow Pattern’ motif is also available on a bellpull kit. See our Needlepoint Kit Store for details.

These Janet Granger teacosy kits are to be worked on 32 count silk gauze, using tent stitch for the detail, and basketweave stitch for the background. See the NEEDLEPOINT STITCHES Tutorial if you have not done these stitches before – they are very simple to do.

Miniature needlepoint tutorial - Start stitching from the centre of the design

Mount the silk gauze into a card mount, as described in the SILK GAUZE Tutorial. This will make it much easier to work stitches with an even tension, and also makes your miniature stitching quicker to do!

Start stitching from the centre of the design, as described in the tutorial NEEDLEPOINT STITCHES LINK mentioned above, working outwards. When all the detail is complete, fill in the background.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The teacosy designs have a front panel and a back panel, worked separately and then stitched together. One large piece of silk gauze is included in the kit. Make sure that you leave a gap of unworked silk gauze of at least half an inch between the two panels when stitching the designs (as shown on the chart), to allow for a hem allowance on each panel when making up.


Miniature needlepoint tutorial - trim the unworked gauze


When all the stitching is complete, trim the unworked gauze around each panel to a quarter of an inch all the way round.

Miniature needlepoint tutorial - fold back the quarter inch seam allowance of bare gauze

As you fold back the quarter inch seam allowance of bare gauze along the base of each piece of the teacosy, make sure that the fold lies right along the centre of the bottom row of stitches, so that no bare silk gauze is left showing from the front. Finger press the fold to set the crease.



Miniature needlepoint tutorial - Slipstitch the hem edge lightly to the reverse

Take a length of leftover stranded cotton, in the same shade as the background of the teacosy, so that the stitches will blend in as much as possible. Using a single strand, secure the end of a length about 12 inches long by knotting the cotton and making two back stitches in the seam allowance at one side. Slipstitch the hem edge lightly to the reverse of the needlepoint stitches, making sure that you do not pierce the front of your work while you do this.


Miniature needlepoint tutorial - fold back the seam allowance

When both front and back have been hemmed along the baseline, fold back the seam allowance of the remaining edges of the teacosy, and finger press to set the fold. Work slowly around curved edges, easing the seam allowance in place.


Miniature needlepoint tutorial - stitch the two halves together using overcast stitch

Then place the two halves of the teacosy together, wrong sides facing. With a new length of cotton, stitch the two halves together using overcast stitch, as illustrated at LEFT.


Miniature needlepoint tutorial - Make a stitch every two gauze threads along the seam

Take the needle through the two layers of gauze through the outermost line of needlepoint stitches each time, so that no bare gauze shows when you have finished. Make a stitch every two gauze threads along the seam. Pull each stitch tightly as you finish making it. Make sure that you leave an opening at the bottom for the teapot to fit in! When you have finished stitching this joining seam of the teacosy, finish off the length of cotton securely by working a couple of back stitches along the seamline, pulling the cotton taut, and cutting it very closely – this way, the end of the cotton will ‘disappear’ into the seam.

Your doll’s house teacosy is now finished, and ready to grace your doll’s house or room setting.


Now that you have seen how easy it is to make one of our super miniature teacosy designs, why not visit our Needlepoint Kit Store ? We have several different designs of miniature teacosy to choose from, so why not treat yourself?

"Willow Pattern" miniature needlepoint teacosy

“Willow Pattern”

"Spring Blooms" miniature needlepoint teacosy

“Spring Blooms”

"Cottage" miniature needlepoint teacosy


"Summer Roses" miniature needlepoint teacosy

“Summer Roses”

"Crinoline Lady" miniature needlepoint teacosy

“Crinoline Lady”