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Category Archive: Projects

Free Men’s Shirt Pattern & Tutorial

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Melissa of the awesome sewing blog Melly Sews has a passel of charming free sewing patterns, with so many that I had a difficult time picking just one to feature.  We chose this free men’s casual shirt pattern and tutorial, where she talks about how she used  a pattern-making technique called the rub-off, that she learned from the book Patternmaking for a Perfect Fit in order to make a bespoke pattern for her husband (and a Math gEEk shirt for her little brother.) We adore this photo of her seriously studious brainiac brother modeling his shirt, and channeling John Forbes Nash from A Beautiful Mind by recreating  mathematic formulas on glass.

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Hollywood Vest by Wanett

Another beautiful project by Wanett of Sown Brooklyn brings us closer to the inevitable truth that winter is approaching. In her second Guest Blogger post, Wanett tells us how she modified a jacket pattern to make a quick wooly and wintery vest. For inspiration, take a look at our online wool fabrics currently on sale; Coating sale ends November 14 and Mid/Light Weight Wool sale runs from November 15-30.

For this, my second Britex project, I got to work with one of my FAVORITE fabrics (again!!):

WOOL!!!

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Magnetic Alpha Fibers Tutorial

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What better way to learn about fibers and textiles than with a tactile magnetic experience. Follow these steps for a simple no-sew d.i.y. magnetic alphabet fibers gift project.

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Wall Planter Tutorial

Here’s a quick holiday gift idea from the GDS Cloth Goods workshop across the bay. It’s a burlap mini wall planter perfect for your green thumbed friends. Pack this little guy with succulents and it’s a great gift for your not-so-green-thumbed friends as well.

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The supplies listed below are for making one mini planter, but keep in mind that you’ll be able to get 4-6 planters (depending on fabric width) from one 1/4 yard cutting of fabric. All materials can be found at Britex except for the mallet, which can be found at any hardware store.

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Autumn Leaf Table Runner

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Kalleen from the crafting blog, At Second Street made a tutorial for a leafy table runner! Reuse it year after year, bringing the beautiful colors and shapes of autumn leaves into your home! We love the vein and stem delineation that she made of ocher thread, and since she used faux leather you don’t even need to finish the edges. These leaves would also be delightful made of organically textured wool felt. Britex Fabrics sells wool felt both online and in our San Francisco store. We sell a variety of faux leather on the 4th floor of our San Francisco store.

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Ogee Felt Ornament – Betz

Betz White Ogee OrnamentThe talented Betz from the craft blog, Betz White: stitch beautifully…tread lightly, created this tutorial for a beautifully serene ogee ornament made of wool felt. It is simplicity itself; created from a square of felt, a few straight line cuts, and clever origami-like folding. She made this one from a 6″x 6″ square of green felt, but it would be simple to scale up or change colors with the season! There is an air of festive mistletoe to this ornament….easy to imagine exchanging tender kisses beneath its graceful arches! Britex Fabrics sells wool felt both online and in our San Francisco store.

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Britex Fab Chapeaux at Del Mar

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photograph by North County Times

Long-time customer Belinda is hard to miss. She has great style, is hilarious and vivacious—the sort of person you notice from a distance, quite literally. She is especially hard to miss at Del Mar. Here are her fabulous designs for the last two years using all Britex fabrics.

 

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Part 2: Beautiful Bound Buttonholes by Laura Mae

Our retro queen Guest Blogger Laura Mae of Lilacs & Lace has a fabulous new project in store for us. There are so many details to this gala outfit that we have decided to break down the process into many fabulous technique-rich posts. Part 1 offers tons of pattern handling tips. Part 3? You’ll just have to wait and see.

[Britex has generously provided the fabric and sewing supplies for a dress I will be wearing to a formal event in October.  I will be sharing some of the steps and construction techniques with you as I work on this project over the next couple of months. All materials were selected in-store.]

 

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I am an avid fan of the bound buttonhole.  There are quite a few variations, but today I will focus on one of my personal favorites.

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Inscrutable Kitty Pillow Pattern

cat pillow 1Ama from the crafting blog Ohoh (named after her infant son’s first expression, “Oooh oooh!”, which translated into “there is a problem”) created this free quick ‘n easy throw pillow and elegant cat embroidery transfer pattern. A study in understatement, we love kitty’s dramatically expressive whiskers and inscrutable expression.  Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and hoops, needles, and floss are available on our 3rd floor.

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Anise Jacket in Wool Tweed by Nicole

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With the chill of Fall settling on the Bay Area, a new jacket was definitely in order.  With the classic double-breasted Anise pattern by Colette in mind, I selected this incredible Rose Madder and Plum Tweed Wool  fabric from Britex.  I loved the striking color and texture of the fabric and it seemed both modern and classic at the same time. Click here to read more »

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