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Category Archive: Projects

Make Faux Fortuny Pleated Fabric!

afb9f840733a79d2b87f01994d2365ffTara and Lorraine with The Costumer’s Manifesto created this tutorial on making faux Fortuny style pleated fabric – it would be fun to have a pleating party with your most glamorous crafty friends, and then make your own sensuous Grecian gowns to perform the rites of spring!

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Make a Retro 1960s Peter Pan Collar!

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Ami runs My Little Tailoress, a UK blog packed full of sewing projects, style ideas and vintage inspiration. Here she created a tutorial on drafting the ethereal Peter Pan collar, using beginner Colette sewing pattern Laurel and a fillip of creative ingenuity! Add a Peter Pan collar to a floral cotton shirtwaist dress for a pert retro look!

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Make Single-Fold Bias Tape with a Printable Template!

double1We love how contrasting bias tape can add a spunky accent to everything from collars to pot holders! Carla, the Scientific Seamstress crated this free PDF pattern to make printable 1” and 1/2” single-fold bias tape templates using cardstock and scraps of fabric. Go wild; trim an old-fashioned gingham apron or gussy up a dainty Peter Pan collared blouse!

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Free Necktie Tutorial – Make Like Mr. Astaire!

tumblr_m4mwrj2gat1qgxbs4o3_250Kristina created this free tutorial on Colette Patterns’ blog. Deconstruct an unwanted necktie for your pattern and interlining, and then use these clear instructions. Just like Mr. Astaire, we’ve been necktie crazy these days; going through our fabric stash and sewing neckties galore! Our favorites are made of plaid wool, kooky Japanese prints, or tiny floral cotton prints…you’re sure to have plenty of small pieces left over from holiday projects. If your stash is running low, just raid the 4th floor remnant section at Britex!

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A Necktie Gift Bow & A Glamorous Silk Bow

bows copyPaper Crave came up with this dandy gift wrapping idea for all your necktie wearing pals – tailored and marvelously classic! Virginie from Chatelaine created a tutorial for The Perfect Bow – this bow is the epitome of silken lush glamor. Make these with luxurious silk satin ribbons found online, or from Britex Fabrics’ 3rd floor.

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Vintage Felt Circle Skirt Tutorial

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Technicolor Cutie made up this swingin’ felt circle skirt tutorial for all you vintage lovers out there. This skirt is easy-peasy…make it with felt, and you don’t even need to stitch the hem! Decorate with kittens, musical notes, anchors, or swallows and make one for each day of the week. Acrylic felt is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, via email at service@britexfabrics.com, or by phone at 415-392-2910, and a splendid selection of readymade appliqués are available on Britex Fabrics’ 3rd floor.

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Tutorial: Silk Slip with Small Bust Adjustment

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Hello!  Nicole at Home, here.  Even with the onset of colder weather in California, I’ve not wanted to give up on wearing dresses.  But tights with dresses, and the static that clings them together, make me completely crazy.  So, with an opportunity to use some of Britex’s beautiful silks, I just had to make a slip.   Click here to read more »

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Furoshiki Gift Wrapping with Fabric

Use fabric instead of throw away paper this season! The Ministry of the Environment Government of Japan published a guide on Furoshiki, an origami-like fabric folding technique for wrapping gifts. Combine beauty, creativity, and sustainability when wrapping your gift. And, of course, Britex Fabrics has scads of beauteous fabrics!

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Decorate With Pom-Poms!

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We love the alliteration of pom-poms…precious, plump, puffy pom-poms! The talented Dana from the craft-liscious blog, Dana Made It presents this handy tutorial for making pom-poms. Pom-poms are perfect to add a little pizzazz to holiday gift wrapping. Don’t stop with just red, green, and white, but use any loose bits of yarn in your stash and cut loose with all the colors of the rainbow…or be all seeing with this eyeball pom-pom tutorial from Mr. P of Mr. Printables.

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Make a My Little Chickadee Felt Ornament

chickadee-felt-ornament-500x333Susan from the blog Downeast Thunder Farm designed oodles of felt bird ornaments….so many that we had fits of indecision over which to pick. The puffin? The owl family? The robin? The blue jay? My little chickadee won, due to their snuggly grey cuteness…and the possibility of quoting from the Mae West classic My Little Chickadee. Wool felt is available both in our online store and our SF store!
“Cousin Zeb: Is this a game of chance?
Cuthbert J. Twillie: Not the way I play it, no.”

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