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A tea cosy, or tea cozy, is essentially a teapot cover. They are used to provide a layer of insulation to a teapot which should keep the contents warm.
Typically, a tea cozy or teapot cover is made of cloth and some are made that contain padded inserts that are easily removed for cleaning.
The use of the cover for your teapot dates back to prior to the invention of vacuum flasks which are used to keep hot liquids at a high temperature.
There are many different types of cozies; some of which are hand-knitted using a pattern that resembles a woolen hat. To further enhance that resemblance, a pom-pom or bobble is sometimes attached to the top of the cosy.
Although that is mostly to create the appearance of a hat on a teapot, the bobble also serves as a handle used to either lift or remove the cosy. It is also not uncommon to find cozies that are patterned in a set that matches aprons, tablecloths, and oven gloves.
Tea cozy designs are really only limited to one’s imagination and hence this tea accessory comes in a vast variety of designs, shapes, and colors. Here is a closer look at our pick of six of the coolest tea cosies available today:
Our Picks Of Some Great Tea Cozies
Ulster Weavers Catwalk Tea Cosy
This is a unique and attractive tea cozy that features an Ulster Weavers design. It is made of cotton with polyester wadding which makes this cover safe for machine washing. It measures 10.2-inches by 9.1-inches and will fit most standard-sized teapots.
Ulster Weavers Arts Crafts Cosy
Here is another beautiful teapot cover designed by Ulster Weavers. It is made from 100% cotton and has a pattern that is stylish and will fit into any room or table décor. This tea cosy measures 13.8-inches by 10.6-inches and is the perfect gift for family or friends.
Union Jack Tea Cosy
You could quite easily say that this is a tea cosy that is a bit on the cheeky side as it displays a great deal of personality. Featuring a dome shape to fit most teapots, this particular tea cozy has the Union Jack as a dynamic statement that will draw attention wherever you use it.
Ulster Weavers Cat Shaped Tea Cosy
Featuring a unique and creative Ulster Weavers design, this tea cosy is made of cotton with polyester wadding. It can be washed, but only by hand. Measuring 13.8-inches by 10.6-inches, this product is made to sit over almost any size of teapot to keep it insulated and is loved by many cat lovers.
Ivory Decorative Teapot Cover
If the image of a crochet tea cosy comes to mind when you think about cosies, this may be the one you envision. It will comfortably fit over a standard-sized 6-cup teapot and can easily be used as a personal gift. Give someone special this unique hand-crocheted cover.
GMC Editors Tea Cozies eBook
Have some creativity in you just looking for a way to get out? This eBook contains several different tea cozy knitting pattern ideas that will get you thinking about how to make your own teapot cover. It features ten different tea cozy pattern designs that are easy to knit.
When steeping tea in a teapot, your best friend can be your trusty tea cosy. That’s because a cover on the teapot will help to keep the steeped tea warm longer. It acts much like an insulated coffee thermos by regulating the temperature slowing the cooling process.
If you really don’t like the tea in your teapot going cold too quickly, then why not invest in a great looking tea cozy. They are well-priced, look good and brighten up your kitchen, and do a great job of keeping your tea warmer for longer.