Since coffee and tea are a consistent part of my daily consumption, I want to make sure I'm being as sustainable as possible. Fortunately, there are plenty of low-waste products for brewing both coffee and tea. I found out that my local organic grocery store offers bulk coffee beans and loose leaf tea, which eliminates packaging waste and now, I steep my tea leaves in a tea ball. As for coffee, I still use my drip machine, but I've made a few reusable cloth filters to use in place of disposable paper ones.
This project is extremely easy and takes about 15 minutes to make.
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What You'll Need:
- Cotton Fabric - I used some muslin I had on hand, but I think quilting leftovers also work nicely. It should be washed first.
- Serger or Sewing Machine
- Pattern- it's free! Click to download.
- Chalk or something to trace pattern onto fabric
Using the free pattern I've attached above, trace 8 shield shapes onto your fabric.
Cut out all 8 shapes.
This will be a double layer filter, so put your cut pieces in stacks of two.
Line up two sets together, you should have four identical pieces.
Serge or zig zag stich one curved side of the stack.
Repeat steps 4 and 5 with the other cut pieces.
Line up the curved edges of your two sewn pieces. See picture.
Serge or zig zag stitch the curved edges together. It should have a bowl shape when you are finished.
Finish off the straight edges with a serger or a zig zag stitch.
How to use your coffee filter
First, wash and dry your filter. Use it the same way you would a normal filter, only after the coffee is finished brewing, rinse until the water runs clear and hang to dry. Every few weeks, give your filter a more thorough washing.