Audrey made these throw pillows to complement her grey sofa. We love how the antique silver and gold in the graceful Arabesque print picks up the rich slate tone of the sofa. The pillow fabric is cotton/linen, 55” wide, $27.99/yard, and available in the home decorating department on Britex’s 2nd floor.
Category Archive: Made by You
Jacquie from Perth, Australia made this glamorous biker jacket using a pattern from BurdaStyle Magazine (Dec. 2009), and smartly fastened with a decorative metallic zipper from Britex. I love her workmanship and style.
Nathalie from mais pourquoi tu brodes made this charming handbag from Britex Fabric and notions. The supply list for this classy tote includes black linen, brown silk, cord-wrapped teardrop trim, and sheer polka-dotted ribbon. This bag would be a perfect accessory for a simple black linen shift, bare legs, a wide-brimmed black straw hat, and Italian strappy bronze sandals. The dangly teardrop trim is found on Britex’s 3rd floor ($19.95/yard), and the heavy-weight linen on the 2nd floor (55’ wide/$45/yard).
Chloé looks summery in this coat made of pale lavender daisy-strewn cotton from Britex Fabrics. The coat is trimmed with purple ruffles and appliquéd flowers, bought at Britex Fabrics’ 3rd floor. Chloé’s dad, Sam, explained that she was difficult to fit and that this sweet outfit was made for her by a friend.
This amazingly crafted wedding gown was designed by Louise Fairburn. Louise is an award-winning sheep breeder who decided to get married in a fleece from her own flock. She designed the gown and took wool from her favorite rare Lincoln Longwool, Olivia. The dress, which cost $2111, took a spinner and dressmaker 67 hours to make. (Lincolnshire, Great Briton)
Moira is radiant in her elegant bridal gown. Moira’s mother-in-law, Glenda created her stunningly simple wedding gown from fabrics that they got from Britex fabrics. She started with a Vogue pattern but eventually ended up altering it almost completely, including adding a train. She made this delectably graceful confection out of silk satin, silk organza, silk crinkle chiffon, French lace on the bodice, rayon lining, hand sewn crystals, and a rhinestone banding on the veil….every bride should be so lucky to have such a talented and giving mother-in-law!
Estee and Judd made this amazing headboard using Britex Fabric home decorating fabric. We love how they utilized the beautifully detailed sea creatures linen. She said: “I am happy to report that the headboard project went extremely well and we absolutely love the sea creature fabric we chose! This project took us the entire weekend, but we had the headboard installed first thing Monday morning! Judd and I are both crafty and love working on home improvement projects. He had made some readymade-esque items for the kitchen and I have reupholstered some dining room chairs. Other than that, this is our first major project together.” Just click here for printable illustrated directions.
For a queen-sized bed – by Estee and Judd
1. 4 ½ – 5 yards of 55” – 60” wide home decorating fabric
2. 25 – 11” by 15” wooden panels
3. 1 – 4’ by 5’ hardboard for the backing board
4. 1 – 4’ by 5’ piece of foam such as egg crate mattress pad
5. Staple gun and small staples to avoid sharp staples from poking through front of board
6. Glue such as Liquid Nails
7. 100 – ¼” screws (4 for each panel)
10. 2 – D-rings and D-hooks
1. Cut fabric down to size (large enough to wrap around board and foam), approximately 16” by 20”. Cut a piece of test fabric first to make sure the size is sufficient.
2. Cut foam down to the exact size of the panels
3. Place foam (egg carton side down) on panels and wrap the fabric around the panels.
4. Staple fabric into the back of the panels, starting in the center of each side and working outwards. Be sure and keep the fabric evenly taunt.
5. Place the large backing board on the floor. Arrange individual panels in the configuration you desire, paying attention to design and color
6. Glue the panels to the backing board using liberal amount of liquid nails, and lining panels up as straight as possible.
7. Allow liquid nails to dry overnight (we weighted the tiles down with heavy books and magazine in order to help the glue adhere to the tiles)
8. Carefully flip over entire headboard. Using 1/4″ screws, secure the panels to large backing board.
9. Hang on the wall using two D-rings and D-hooks. Look for the studs in your wall when mounting the headboard. Sweet dreams!
Britex Fabrics was very pleased to be able to donate fabric to Joanie, Jenna, and Kathy, three generations of women who donated their time sewing gift bags for the local non-profit, My New Red Shoes. My New Red Shoes helps homeless children look and feel confident as they start the school year while educating the community about the challenges facing homeless families. They provide homeless children with brand new clothing and shoes, and it rallies youth and adults around this effort by raising awareness about homelessness. Join My New Red Shoes in delivering the magic of back-to-school shopping by packing gift bags for homeless children on Sunday, July 18th. Bring your whole family for this wonderful volunteer day. Email rebecca AT mynwredshoes.org for more information.
Sophia (age 5) designed this vibrantly-colored knit summer dress. We love the cascading tiers of scrumptious orange ruffles, and how she has paired her dress with knit pants. Her grandmother Tita sewed it for her, and is planning on whipping up another one. The fabric is called Cha-Cha Ruffles, is 93% polyester/7% lycra, 47” wide, and $24.99 a yard.
Dale is wearing a wool tailored jacket and skirt in shades of toast. She chose the skirt pattern because the front seams line up with the jackets princess seams, forming a sleek vertical look. The jacket was made from a McCall’s Palmer and Pletsch pattern, and the skirt from a Style pattern (both are discontinued.) The skirt fabric was bought a few months ago from Britex’s wool sale table, the jacket is Britex wool flannel with silk charmeuse lining, and all of the notions were found on Britex’s 3rd floor. Dale demonstrated her finely honed sewing skills with numerous fitting alterations, made easier by the jacket’s multiple seams.