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Make a Bookish Clutch!

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Pick a tome; are you a Wuthering Heights, Leaves of Grass, Nightwood, or Member of the Wedding kind of gal? Kelly from Brit & Co. made this awesome tutorial for how to turn a hardcover vintage book into a clutch. Toss your ebook reader into your book clutch for a literary matryoshka doll effect! She is using a blue geometric home decorating cotton from Britex Fabrics’ 2nd floor for her version, however any heavy cotton would work. We’re particularly fond of our new Swedish prints…make on in these tiny green apples and become teacher’s pet!

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Floaty Silk Tunic by Rhonda

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The fabulous Rhonda is not only a pilot, she is also the talent behind the sewing blog, Rhonda’s Creative Life. We love this floaty loose silk top from fabric that she made from fabric bought from Britex Fabrics during a San Francisco visit. Check out her blog for hints on sewing this chic tunic, and of course we have lots of lovely silks online!

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Online Cotton Picking Sale!

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Get 20% off all fabrics in our Midweight Cotton Category from Tuesday April 1st to Tuesday April 15th. Cotton fabric holds a special place in our fashionable heart. First cultivated 7,000 years ago, cotton is a timeless natural-fiber fabric, whose breathability makes it ideal for many garments. We carry an ever expanding collection of cotton fabric in our online store, including witty Swedish home decorating graphic prints, brilliantly colored hand-loomed Guatemalan fabric, elegant imported shirtings, and chic designer cotton fabric. Sale ends April 15th. 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 Midweight Cotton Category fabrics only – in-store cotton fabrics are not included in this sale)

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New – Scuba Knits from Italy!

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Scuba knit or apparel neoprene is similar to ponte knit in weight and feel; an easy to sew, two-way stretch double-knit with a soft smooth texture and beaucoup body. This lovely imported knit is great for cigarette pants, form fitting dresses, tantalizing straight skirts, and spring worthy jackets. 95% polyamide and 5% lycra. Made in Italy. Prices range from $29.99 on up. This lovely fabric is available on Britex Fabrics’ 2nd floor, via email at service@britexfabrics.com, or by phone at 415-392-2910. If you cannot make it into the store, just use our Customized Swatch Service and we’ll mail you swatches for your new project!

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Warp x Weft x Pie!

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The April 16 Warp x Weft workshop has a pie sponsor! The reason why we’re so excited is that the pies are being donated by the babes of Three Babes Bakeshop. They are one of our favorite pie makers in all of San Francisco, using only organically grown ingredients.

lenore-and-anna-looking-cutecropIf you don’t already know the babes, they can be found at the Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market on Saturdays and on Good Eggs.

Thanks Three Babes Bakeshop. Our night will be so much sweeter for you.

 

 

 

 

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Touring Britex After Hours: Britex History Meets Fabrics 101

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Here it is—the much discussed Britex After-Hours Tour. So what happens during these evening hours is no longer a secret. First, visitors are greeted and helped to a fine selection of cheese and an assortment of drinks from white wine to sparkling cider. Geana Sieburger, Britex’s educator and programs gal, leads the tour floor by floor starting with a quick chat about what attracted everyone to the tour. Click here to read more »

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Tutorial: How to Sew a Set-In Sleeve – Vermilion Gathered Top

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One of my favorite color combinations is a red with a little bit of orange in it mixed with a nice pop of blue (think Jean-Luc Godard’s La Chinoise). When I was in San Francisco last month for the opening of my Hayes Valley pop-up shop at Makeshift Society, I picked out a Swiss Vermilion Orange Cotton Jacquard Shirting fabric. This fabric has a nice texture to it and I envisioned designing something with a dramatic sleeve given its body.

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Swedish Textiles at Britex Fabrics!

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Scandinavian home decorating textile designs are known for their innovative graphic qualities, wit, and brilliant colors. We’re happy to present a limited selection of 100% cotton home decorating weight fabrics from a Swedish company renowned for singular textiles since 1949. From rows of buildings by Emelie Ek, to fluttering butterflies by Bjork-Forth, to birdies in their homes by Mialotta Arvidsson-Mars, little green apples and more…we have you covered. These are great for window treatments, tote bags, or cushion covers. Come into our San Francisco store or keep an eye on our online store to see more! These charming fabrics are 60” wide and $22.99 per yard. Available on Britex Fabrics’ 2nd floor, via email at service@britexfabrics.com, or by phone at 415-392-2910. These Swedish lovelies are arriving online pronto!

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Make a Lace Infinity Scarf!

lace scarfKaty of the sewing and craft blog Sweet Verbena is a school teacher from Texas with a great sense of old-fashioned DIY style. She made this tutorial for a deceivingly easy to sew single loop lace infinity scarf – perfect to see you into spring and warmer weather. Make one with lace from our online store, and then line it in a contrasting color for added verve!

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3/29 Free Britex Fabrics Saturday Morning Tour!

store_tours_icon_1Free Weekly Britex Fabrics Saturday Morning Store Tours – Saturday, March 29 at 11am. Preregistration is required! This 25 minute tour starts in the back of Britex on Maiden Lane with a bit of history that will knock your socks off. A quick walk through each of the four floors will give you the confidence and know-how to handle even the busiest Britex day. We’ll show you where things are located, talk about our history and what’s up our sleeves for the new year. This is a fast paced tour so be sure to arrive early. Wondering if this tour is right for you? This is a free tour for special customers that want to better maneuver through this decades-old store and its highly methodical organizational systems. Space is limited. Afterwards, take time off for sewing project planning over a latte and pastry in Union Square for a marvelous Saturday morning!

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