DIY Tea Bags (from coffee filters, muslin, or cheesecloth)

DIY tea bags are great to know how to make. Here, we have two versions of tea bags: one is the ball method, which is slightly simpler. The other looks more like a classic tea bag. You’ll be surprised at how easily you can learn how to make tea bags!

Make your own diy tea bags from coffee filters. Perfect for when you want to use loose-leaf. Or for gifting.

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While this DIY calls for coffee filters, muslin or cheesecloth can also be used very easily in place of the filters. You can usually find them in your kitchen department near the gadgets.

These work perfectly for your loose leaf teas, and even better as a gift! Just make a few of these, add a few tags, and you’ve got a perfect birthday present, housewarming gift, or care package!

Coffee Filter DIY Tea Bags

Materials:

  • coffee filters
  • stapler
  • string
  • loose leaf tea

Directions:

  1. Cut the coffee filter into a rectangle.
  2. Put your tea into the center (base your amount off of what you want in your tea bag…I read the recommended amount on my tea and use that amount).
  3. Fold the sides over into the middle.
  4. Set your finger in the center and then fold the two sides up onto each other.
  5. Fold the top down and staple. Put a piece of string on before (or after) stapling.

Note: I have had questions about the safety of the staples and string in the tea. 1. The string I use is baker’s twine, intended for food use. You can grab this in the kitchen department at most any store or grocer. The staples are a bit different. I don’t worry much about them because stainless steel is non-toxic. Or…you could try the tea ball technique (below) that eliminates the need for staples entirely.

 

DIY tea bags are easy to make from muslin, scissors, and twine. All easy to find materials in your store's kitchen department.

Tea Balls

Materials:

  • Cheesecloth or muslin (Easy to find in your kitchen department. Usually near the gadgets.)
  • Bakers twine (Easy to find in your kitchen department. Usually near canning supplies and/or cupcake liners)
  • Scissors

Simply cut your cheesecloth or muslin into squares about 4 inch by 4 inch. Use double pieces if working with an extra fine tea blend. Cut larger squares if making large batches (such as for tea concentrate or cold-brew iced tea).diy-teabags-step2
Scoop your loose-leaf tea on to the cheesecloth square. Most tea is about 1 tablespoon per cup but tea drinkers often have their own preference. Use what you like!

diy tea bags are easy to make, inexpensive, and great to know how to do!
Now bring the corners of the cloth together and twist the top a couple turns. Tie the twine around to hold the bundle in place. Done!

Keep several squares and twine already cut and ready to go. Your tea time will be tastier, faster, and you’ll be pleased with yourself every time you drop one of those bags into your hot water!

Tip:

A box with cut tea cloths, twine, loose-leaf tea, vanilla coconut sugar, and a personalized mug would make a fantastic gift!

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31 Comments

  1. May 12, 2018 / 8:42 pm

    This is such a cool project. Now I can use my loose tea! But I don’t know where will I get those products! Btw, The tea bags are super cute! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Beth
    March 28, 2017 / 12:06 pm

    Dental floss is safe and can be used to secure coffee filter tea bags.

    • Nellie
      Author
      March 28, 2017 / 12:44 pm

      Yes!!! What a clever, clever idea! Thanks.

  3. Ash
    June 9, 2016 / 12:57 pm

    In going to try this soon! I think I’ll try sewing the thread in to lose the staple =)

    • Nellie
      Author
      June 9, 2016 / 2:16 pm

      That’s a great idea!! And, they look even MORE adorable when done that way!

  4. August 18, 2015 / 2:11 pm

    I love this! I have loose tea at home plus I am thinking ahead to Christmas gift ideas! Perfect!

    • Nellie
      Author
      August 19, 2015 / 9:20 am

      Thanks!! It’s such an easy little project and I am liking the idea of Christmas gifts! I may have to copy that idea this year!

  5. KEN
    February 15, 2015 / 7:26 am

    i dont know how to get the material for producing the tea bag and what type of seal is needed

    • Nellie
      Author
      February 16, 2015 / 1:14 pm

      These are made from coffee filters and closed with staples. You can find food grade staples on Amazon.

  6. December 6, 2014 / 10:49 pm

    This is such a cool DIY. Now I can use my loose tea! Thanks for sharing :-) The tea bags are super cute!

  7. Jennifer
    December 4, 2014 / 8:48 pm

    How much tea do you put in each bag?

    • Nellie
      Author
      December 5, 2014 / 10:26 am

      I put about 1 heaping tablespoon but go according to how much your loose tea says should be used per cup. That will be the best tasting!

  8. Anonymous
    October 13, 2014 / 1:02 am

    Would the staple be bad to soak in tea though? Just wondering…

    • October 13, 2014 / 9:19 am

      If that’s a concern for you, food-grade staples can be used. You can also simply stitch the top of the tea bag with a simple needle and thread. Takes a bit more time, but is way more cute anyway! We’re okay with the amount of time the staples are in our tea, but we don’t feel comfortable saying that others should necessarily be as well.

  9. Neda
    October 12, 2014 / 11:25 pm

    Does it matter what size filter you use?

    • October 13, 2014 / 9:11 am

      Not too much, but we find the smaller ones work really well. The bigger kind will just give you kind of big bags; they’ll still work though!

  10. Leah
    July 11, 2014 / 7:13 am

    Very helpful. I grow a lot of herbs and have been wondering how to put together some herbal teas into gift packages for family and friends…and frankly that piddly little tea ball I bought leaks out half of what I put in it. Thanks :)

  11. Alex
    June 25, 2014 / 7:12 pm

    For a fun added touch, I sewed the flap down with my sewing machine, and top stitched around the perimeter of the bag. It gave it a nice finished look. :)

  12. Tea Special
    March 23, 2014 / 10:17 am

    I made it for my mom, and she really loves it :) Thank you!!!

  13. Lucy
    January 1, 2014 / 9:51 am

    I came across this on pinterest and was so happy. I usually just put the tea in the middle and tied the filter, but it was bulky.
    Thank you for the new insight.
    Lucy

    • January 5, 2014 / 12:12 pm

      I’m so glad!! I used to do it that way as well. One day I wanted to give some as a gift and wanted it prettier. So glad I did it!

  14. gail
    November 2, 2013 / 4:54 pm

    why can’t you make coffee bags the same way for those coffee machines?

      • Dee
        October 12, 2014 / 4:43 pm

        That’s a thought. You keep forgetting the last “T”.

        • Nellie
          Author
          October 13, 2014 / 12:03 pm

          I do!! I have spell check on my device that keeps doing that to me. I’ll have to watch it more carefully.

    • Diae
      October 1, 2014 / 5:37 am

      There are posts on YouTube on how to fill the cups for the coffee machines.

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