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Used tea bags

Tweet ! Tweet !

I am experimenting ways to incorporate used tea bags in my creative work. This is my attempt to make a wind mobile.  I used a layer of cotton, and  had to do the stitching very carefully as the bags tend to tear very easily.

I stitched the same pattern on the both sides. They still need more grooming !

Can you hear me tweeting !!

Thank you for stopping by,

Until next time,



  1. These are so cute! Perfect for spring and a great creative idea using the tea bags ... I imagine the whole mobile is very delicate, but so pretty! Wendy

    1. Thank you, Wendy. Yes, they are delicate. When I hanged it near the plants and I was careful not to spill water around.

  2. this sounds very interesting but I would think the paper would tear so easily, looks wonderful completed

  3. Yes I can hear them tweeting. Lovely sound, sweet, so beautifully made. What a charming idea.

  4. I've been saving teabags and have a whole slew of them that I haven't done anything with. Love your creative idea and your birds look wonderful :)

  5. Love those tea bags and your imagination.
    Cute as.


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