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Category Archive: Projects

Online Jeans Sew-Along


MalePatternBoldness’s shirt sew-along has been so rowdily successful that Peter at is hosting another adventurous sew-along! This time Peter and company will be making bespoke jeans with an online jeans sew-along. The gates for this exciting community learning experience open on Monday, May 2, 2011. You may use any jeans pattern, and Peter has several suggestions…and of course, any gender may participate.

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How to Make Button Cuff-links


Kate at MadeMan wrote this dandy tutorial on how to turn buttons into cuff-links. One carefully cuts off the button shank, and then uses metal glue to attach the button to the cuff-link finding. Cuff-links add dash and vigor to any attire. I am taken with the idea of making a pair from a pair from a pair of domed midnight blue sparkly buttons to wear with a coordinating Liberty of London clip-on bow-tie. These would be unique and fabulous accessories for your wedding best man and groomsmen! Britex Fabrics carries Liberty of London cotton on our 2nd floor, cuff-link blanks, bow-tie clips, and a vast myriad of buttons on our 3rd floor!

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Knit Bell-Bottom Pants for Baby!


Even babies love bell-bottom pants. The super Alison from TheBlueBlogPatterns developed this whimsical quick and easy pattern for cozy knit pants for her baby. She says that the garter stitch border at the bottom accentuates the slight bell shaping and the elastic at the waist helps keep the pants up. I imaging these made up in a softly variegated denim blue yarn, or maybe in a perky devilish crimson!

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Make a Jabot for Spring!


Gail Art, at the charming blog Art, Beauty and Well-Ordered Chaos, presents directions on sewing an 18th century ruffled jabot. Typically made in pristine white from lace, linen or a combination of both, there is no reason not to make one in other colors. This fabulously foppish steam-punk neck-wear would amazing made up in lace or silk-bamboo fabric ….perhaps in a moss green, coffee brown, or periwinkle blue to pick up the shade of one’s eyes.

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Vintage Knit Sailor Outfit Pattern for 16″ Dolls


Morag at the lovely New Zealand blog, VintagePurls posted this charming free PDF pattern for a 16” doll’s sailor outfit from Stitchcraft magazine No. 94, circa 1940s. This outfit will fit any 16” doll including vintage Terri Lee, Shirley Temple and Saucy Walker. Stitchcraft says, “Our saucy sailor has a choice of skirt or trousers.” Now if I could just find a pattern for a knit middy blouse for myself!

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“Symphony of Color” 2011 Quilt Show & Sale – Feb. 26/27


San Francisco Quilters’ Guild presents the “Symphony of Color” 2011 Quilt Show & Sale this Saturday February 26th (10 m to 5 pm) and Sunday the 27th (10 am to 4 pm)! Featuring work by quilting artists Janet Mednick and Marcia Stein, along with show quilts, wearable art, sale quilts, merchant mall, children’s activities, special exhibits, and demonstrations. This fabulous event is held at The Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 – 8th St. at Brannan St. in San Francisco, CA. Admission is $10 for both days, with children under the age of 12 admitted free.

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Granny’s Delight Mini Quilt


This quilted wall-hanging takes two cotton prints, one doily and a smidgen of old-fashioned memories. If I was going to sew one up, I would reminisce about my great-grandmother, including a tiny floral purple print and a tiny floral grey print, the embroidered outline of a birdcage with two budgies and the embroidered outline of an old-fashioned cast iron skillet. This sweet vintage-looking pattern is brought to us courtesy of Etsy’s How-Tuesday, and Whip Up Mini Quilts by Kathreen Ricketson!

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Make a No-Sew Zebra-Skin Felt Rug


Here is a PDF pattern and directions to make a pop art inspired felt zebra-skin rug. This will make any adobe even more groovylicious! It is perfect to snuggle indoors for a long evening of buttered popcorn and Gin Rummy. It’s so simple you can adjust the technique to make a rug in just about any size or style, including a welcome mat, and there is no reason that you couldn’t make in it high-grade wool felt in grey and cream for a more subtle effect! Britex Fabrics carries wool felt and acrylic felt on our 4th floor. (courtesy of Etsy’s How-Tuesday and Dorm Decor by Theresa Gonzalez and Nicole Smith)

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Free Pattern – The Coffee Date Dress


This vintage-inspired dress is perfect for a coffee date! It is a sophisticated frock, with a slight scoop neckline, a-line skirt, and ruffle detail at the bodice front. Talented Elaine, the Selfish Seamstress, designed and drafted this pattern as a free download, and I love what sweetiepiebakery on BurdaStyle did with the ruffled bib (click for PDF)! Done up in red velvet, it throatily whispers, “Be Mine!”

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Woven Felt Heart Basket for Valentine’s Day

Jennifer from CraftSanity made this variation of Norwegian woven paper heart baskets out of durable, non-fraying felt, and then graciously posted a video tutorial demonstrating this lovely handicraft. A woven heart-red and sky-blue felt basket filled with wax-paper wrapped salted caramels and chocolate caramels would be a perfect Valentine gift for any sweetie!

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