August 25, 2017

Upcycled Tea Bag Fall Leaves

This morning I could feel that fall is around the corner. The night had been cool and the morning air was crisp. My naked feet got cold after walking and standing on the tile floor for some minutes. Cold feet never felt so good. The summer had been extremely hot with temperatures up to 113°F/45°C, and sometimes humid. I had really tried to take pleasure in my two least favorite months July and August but I was just happy when another day was over. It will still get pretty warm for at least 2 weeks but the worst for this summer is over, yeah!!!

I'm going to celebrate fall with upcycled tea bag leaves which I had made some months ago. For most of my life I hadn't been much of a tea drinker but last fall I started to drink more tea. Mostly black tea but also green tea and fruit teas. The used tea bags were saved because I knew I could do something with them.

Upcycled Sewing Project: Tea Bag Fall Leaves by Vintage with Laces

I dried the tea bags in a bowl together with some rusty parts. The gray areas and spots you see on some of the leaves were caused by the rust reacting with the tannin contained in black and green tea.

Upcycled Sewing Project: Tea Bag Fall Leaves by Vintage with Laces

My bases for the leaves were crumbled pieces of brown paper bags from bakeries. I used double-sided fusible web to adhere tea bags to both sides. The leaf veins were free-motion embroidered.

Upcycled Sewing Project: Tea Bag Fall Leaves by Vintage with Laces

Upcycled Sewing Project: Tea Bag Fall Leaves by Vintage with Laces

Upcycled Sewing Project: Tea Bag Fall Leaves by Vintage with Laces

I like how the leaves look on that rusty piece of metal. They would as well look great hanging on a branch though.

Have you decorated for fall already?

The wind will blow these leaves over to the following great parties:
Sweet Inspiration at  A Crafty Mix
Saturday Sparks at Pieced Pastimes
Sonntagsblatt at Raumseele
Talk of The Town at Knick of Time
Waste Not Wednesday at Raggedy Bits
A New Life at Rostrose
A Morning Cup of Joe at The Cottage Market


ULKAU said...

Deine Idee, Teebeutel auf Rost zu trocknen ist einfach genial, so ist das Papier nicht so blass... und deine Arbeiten sehen auf den ersten Blick wirklich wie echte Blätter aus!
Ich kann mir gut vorstellen, dass du dir nach dieser extremen Sommerhitze den kühlen Herbst herbei wünschst und sogar jetzt schon gefallene Blätter herbei zauberst. Wie sauber du die Blattadern genäht hast, sieht toll aus.
Aber so hübsch ich deine Blätter auch finde, wünsche ich mir so sehr, dass uns hier noch ein paar warme Wochen hoffentlich vergönnt sind, ich mag gar nicht an die kalte Jahreszeit denken.
Liebe Grüße Ulrike

Annie said...

Julia! These leaves are fabulous! My first thought when I saw the thumbnail is that they were real. I was so delighted to learn that you made them and I love the sewing for the veins. This is a very clever idea!

Dorthe said...

Wow, Julia,
they are amazing, so beautiful, dear friend.
I am totally in love with them, and your idea.
The freehand embroidery looks fabulous and the form of the leaves so looking like the real ones .
I just have to try rusting the tea bags like this .
You are phenomenal Julia .
Thank you for your loving e-mail, you will hear from me sweetie.
Liebste grûsse und kûsse, von Dorthe
Knus og kys til dig .

LARR- Feathering My Empty Nest said...

These leaves are really cool. It would never have occurred to me to use tea bags in such a manner but they are really unique and wonderful. TFS!

Michelle Leslie said...

Dorthe said everything I would have loved to say Julia in the the first few sentences. You are amazing. I pop into your blog once a week, just in case there's some new, awe inspiring craft happening and I've been feeling starved for more than a month. I'm so glad you wowed me again (as always) and really hope that the fall treats you well. I can't wait for Spring to start here in S Africa so I can take my shoes off and feel the grass for real

goze said...

Absolutely awesome!!! Thanks for sharing.

liniecat said...

Inspired use of tea bags and sooooo much nicer than folding them!!
Also inspired use of the rust dye technique too!
Ive a stash of dried tea bags somewhere too but this could work as well using colour catchers and Ive a whole carrier bag of those - again, somewhere!!

Poppy said...

After seeing your awesome autumn leaves, coloured in copper-y tones, with veins so delicately sewn, I was suddenly craving fall! Julia, your imagination and creativity never cease to amaze me! Thanks for sharing your leafy luxury!

Hoping the cooler temps continue!

Happy weekend,

Chris Lally said...

How incredibly creative!!
Great post - loved every word, every image!!

Linda said...

Really beautiful and creative!

Junkchiccottage said...

Julia your creative heart comes through with this one. These are really cool. You go girl.
These are fabulous. Happy Weekend.

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Such a beautiful project.I love to see recycled projects. These are truly "little treasures". They reflect the love that was used creating them. My favorite season "Fall" and it's surely here early. Thanks for the lovely post, have a fun Sunday

minnemie said...

Gorgeous!! Such a creative idea and process. The colors the rust and tannin interaction produced are so natural and earthy. Love it!

Mary K.- The Boondocks Blog said...

Julia I too hate the summer and this one was one of the worst I have experienced in my 21 years here in Greece. Like you I was happy to just make it thorough the day. I am looking forward to fall and all the pretty colors it will put on display for all of us. Your leaves are the perfect craft to put us in a fall mood.

Barbara said...

A whole different kind of tea bag art! Lovely! If you have a Facebook account, there is a small group for tea bag artists. Lots of ideas there. Even if you don't want to interact on Facebook, you only need the account to join a group. You might enjoy it!

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Those tea "leaves" came out beautifully. Love the different colors and random stains. I wonder now if I could do something with the used coffee filters with all the rich brown colors. Hmmm. Gotta try your project first.

Jeanie said...

These are exquisite, Julia,and I'm so pleased that you shared your process. While I'm not ready for summer to end, I do love the color and feel of fall and these just say it so beautifully. The stains are so nice on the already-stained bags. Very nice.

johanna said...

wunderschön sehen deine leicht gerosteten teebeutel-blätter aus! und die adern so klasse genäht... und auf dem rosthintergrund machen sie sich doppelt gut! ja, hier wird's auch langsam herbstlich, man merkt es vor allem in den Morgenstunden...
liebe grüße, johanna

FredaB said...

Thank you Julia for your great idea for the tea bags. You are very creative.

Gail @Purple Hues and Me said...

Wow, Julia! Your leaves are amazing, creative and quite unique!

MixedKreations said...

These leaves look amazing! You are very creative! I love how they are stained from the tea and how you embroidered the veins on the leaves. They turned out beautiful!

MixedKreations said...

These leaves look amazing! You are very creative! I love how they are stained from the tea and how you embroidered the veins on the leaves. They turned out beautiful!

Createology said...

Lovely Tea bag leaves you have created. I had never thought of adding some rusty bits to the wet bags and I like the results you achieved. Thank you for sharing your techniiques. Fall is in the air...well it was and now we are back to triple digit HEAT!!! Creative Bliss...<3 said...

These are so beautiful Julia! I can´t get over that fantastic idea using tea bags. I´m not a tea drinker but might convert into one just for this! So pretty!

Barbara Casillas said...

The leaves are beautiful and perfect for fall. The black marks make them very realistic looking. It is still very hot here, but that is typical for August-September.

Haddock said...

Cant believe that these are made from Tea Bags.

m0dernruins said...

Wow, these are so awesome- I can't believe they're tea bags! Thanks for sharing this idea! I hope some of this creativity will rub off on me!

Debra Pashkowsky said...

The leaves are wonderful and stunning. This is a very creative idea.

Mary K.- The Boondocks Blog said...

Congratulations Julia, your project is the most popular over at Sweet Inspiration Link Party!

white and vintage said...

Liebe Julia,
eine geniale Idee! Die Blätter schauen so echt aus. Ich bin mir sicher, daraus lassen sich vielerlei hübsche Herbstdekorationen zaubern.
Auch bei uns wird es langsam herbstlich. Heute war es regnerisch und ziemlich kühl.
Liebe Grüße,

Rostrose said...

Liebe Julia,
deine upgecycelten Teebeutel sind ja der Hammer! Ich kann mir das gar nicht wirklich vorstellen - sind das irgendwelche speziellen (größeren) Teebeutel? Denn die Beutelchen hier, die sind einfach winzig und sehr transparent... Auf jeden Fall bitte unbedingt auch bei ANL verlinken (ab 15.9. gibt's ein neues Linkup), denn wiederverwertete Teebeutel sind echt Recycling in Reinkultur!
Dank dir sehr für deine lieben Kommentare und auch sehr für deine Mail! Ich werde dir demnächst drauf antworten. Dieses WE bin ich zu kaum etwas gekomen, denn gestern hatten wir wieder (nach einem Jahr Pause) die Oldtimer-Rallye und waren von morgens bis abends mit der Kamera unterwegs... und heute einfach nur streichfähig. Hier ist es übrigens jetzt auch wieder kühler, seit gestern. Ich atme so auf wie du!
Ganz herzliche Rostrosen-Sonntagsgrüße und Krauler an alle Tierchen,

Weekend-Windup said...

You have wonderful ideas with you. Leaves looks amazing. It doesn't looks like a tea bad:)

Angie Chavez at Knick of Time said...

These are so creative and beautiful, Julia! You're being featured this week at Talk of the Town - thanks for linking up!

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Deine Teepapier"blätter" sind sowas von genial- die zarten genähten Venen und wie speziell verarbeitet! Großartig!
Ich muss mich entschuldigen liebe Julia... irgendwie hab ich all die letzten posts hier bei Dir verpasst - etwas stimmt nicht mit meinem Blogger Dashboard. Ich hatte ein paarmal auf Deinen Blog extra geguckt ob Du was Neues hast und bei mir war der letzte Stand vom Oktober 2016 -- immer wenn ich auf Deinen Blog klickte-
Dabei hat sich hier so viel getan!
Ich bin begeistert von den Denim-Armbändern, die veröffentlicht wurden und den von den Holzskulpturen . die sind einmalig!!
Ich wünsche Dir einen schönen Herbst nach der Hitze!
Sei lieb gegrüßt von Susi

Sam - Raggedy Bits said...

Oh my Julia!! These look so real!! Such a beautiful creative project!! Who would have thought tea bags would make something so stunning!

Thank you for sharing your amazing project with us over at Waste Not Wednesday!

Denise Bryant said...

Very clever and creative. Thanks for sharing with us at the Waste Not Wednesday link party.

Marco Luijken said...

Hello Julia,
That's very special to read how you've made these leaves. They are really amazing and a great creative idea for the coming fall period. So very nice!!
You must have drink a lot of tea Julia...hihi...!!

Kind regards,

denthe said...

omg, I really thought at first sight that these were real leaves. They look so lifelike! Can't believe you made them from teabags. How clever and creative! Beautiful work ...

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

These are gorgeous, Julia. So creative and so unique!!!

Barbara said...

Catching up Julia, beautiful leaves stitched to perfection! A lovely Fall decoration on rusty metal. I feel it coming here as well, no decorations yet though! Think I'll wait for the trees to do that. ;)

Draffin Bears said...

Dear Julia,

You are so very clever and it is lovely to see what you have done with your teabags.
Gives a whole new life for the simple teabag that normally gets thrown out. We drink a lot of tea here.
Happy weekend

kathyinozarks said...

your art is amazing-love it found you thorugh my friend Barbara