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Information and tutorials for folks interested in antique Italian lacework, nouveau fashion, sewing techniques and much much more!

Vintage Felt Circle Skirt Tutorial


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, 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



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!


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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5th Annual San Francisco Renegade Craft Fair Winter Market

logo-RCFCombine last minute holiday shopping with the beauty of local crafts, woodcut & weaving workshops, and luscious artisanal treats, with the 5th Annual San Francisco Renegade Craft Fair Winter Market on December 21 + 22, 2013 at the Concourse Exhibition Center! Info Time: 11am – 6pm. Place: Concourse Exhibition Center – 635 8th St, San Francisco, CA 94103 Cost: Free to attend! Makers: A curated selection of 250+ talented Makers! Workshops: Create your own woodcut map with Woodcut Maps – Build a wooden beer case with Indie Mart – participate in a weaving demo with the Textiles Department of San Francisco State University – print your own bespoke gift wrap at the DIY Gift Wrap Station, hosted by the San Francisco State University Printmaking Guild.

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Britex Fabrics Holiday Hours

Britex Fabrics will close at 4 pm on Tuesday December 24th, and at 4pm on Tuesday December 31st.

We will be closed on Wednesday December 25th, and Wednesday January 1st.

We wish everyone a peaceful and delightful holiday celebration!

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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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Online Knit Fabric Sale!

carte-metal-kohler-4Britex Fabrics Knit Online Fabric Sale! Get 20% off all fabrics in the Knit Fabric Category from Monday, December 16th  to Tuesday, December 31st. Knits are wonderful for travel…check out our soft eco-friendly bamboo jersey knits, imported fashion tissue knits, couture sweater knits, and a few super special novelty favorites.   Sale ends December 31st. For the best selection, order your swatches online now, and make your choices next week. Quantities are limited, so shop early for the best selection! (This sale is good for online Knit Fabric Category fabrics only – in-store knit fabrics are not included in this sale)

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Utah Make It With Wool Junior Winner!


Hannah Argyle-1Britex Fabrics is pleased as punch to assist folks from the Make it With Wool Contest find fabrics to make their creative vision come true, and our Customized Swatch Service is a dandy way to find fine fabrics if you don’t live in San Francisco.  Hannah took top honors in the Utah junior category with her skirt and jacket entry, which qualifies her to go on to the national finals in January 2014. She used Britex Fabrics’ bright blue Italian wool and corozo nut pea coat buttons for her jacket, along with Butterick 5927 for the jacket pattern.

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Free Vintage Swing Jacket Pattern

SM slip-on coat drawingShay from the blog Little Grey Bungalow  graciously added this vintage 1950s lined swing jacket sewing pattern to her Flickr site.  We love the gimongous 7” wide cuffs, plaid lining, and graceful shoulder pleats. Easy to sew and simple, yet elegant to the fingertips…this jacket would make a charming holiday gift. Make it in wool times two for extra toastiness!

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