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How to Make a Muff


Winter is coming, and with it long snowy moonlit ambles at midnight. Faux fur muffs are a genteel and fashionable way of keeping your paws warm, snuggly, and free from chilblains. Muffs were introduced to woman’s fashion in the 16th century and were worn by both men and women in the 17th and 18th centuries. BurdaStyle and ElaineMay have developed this step-by-step tutorial on working with faux fur and making a lined muff.

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Yellow Graphic Floral Fabric


This delightful graphic floral cotton fabric is so bouncy! It makes me want to paint my bathroom creamy pale yellow, with darker yellow accents, and then use it for curtains, with leaf green grosgrain ribbon for the curtain borders and tabs. This 100% cotton fabric is 44” wide, $14.99/yard, and can be found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.
“In the town where I was born,
Lived a man who sailed to sea,
And he told us of his life,
In the land of submarines,
So we sailed on to the sun,
Till we found the sea green,
And we lived beneath the waves,
In our yellow submarine,
We all live in yellow submarine,
Yellow submarine, yellow submarine,
We all live in yellow submarine,
Yellow submarine, yellow submarine.”

(By Lennon/McCartney)

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How to Jimmy a Brother KH-930e Knitting Machine


Here are hacking shenanigans from Limor at LadyAda, and Becky from SternLab! They have written instructions on how to talk electronically to a Brother KH-930e knitting machine, then create unique custom patterns and load them from your computer to the machine. Did you want to knit a portrait of your favorite bowser? A tastefulArt Nouveau pattern? A Dia dos Mortos motif? A groovy Pop art image? Now you can.

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Halloween 2010 at Britex Fabrics


Scotsmen, ballerinas and super-heroes, oh my! Here is the creative and wacky Britex team in their 2010 Halloween finery.

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Britex Halloween Costume Winner – Kaitlin


Our Halloween costume contest winner! Sometimes there really is a humongous pink elephant in the middle of the room. Kaitlin is the bubblegum pink winner of Britex Fabrics Halloween costume contest. We love her floppy giant ears and perky proboscis.

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Wee Felt Bunnies Tutorial


We think that bunnies are the new black. Straight from stylish New Zealand and the ever brilliant HazelnutGirl, comes a tutorial for making wee felt bunnies. She says that she was keen to resurrect this pattern because her grandmother used to make similar bunnies back in the 1950s. I’d like to see a festive flock of felt bunnies in autumn shades of warm browns, surrounding a cornucopia of pumpkins and dried corn

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Anthropomorphic Veggies and Critters!


These super-duper cute cotton prints would make colorful kids shirts, smocks, baby bibs, or playroom curtains. They are also ideal for sillier adults with a hankering for snazzy and bright apparel. One print is filled with a crowd of smiling anthropomorphic squash, broccoli, onions and other veggies. The other depicts wacky camping critters, including wide-eyed owls, marshmallow toasting squirrels, purple bunnies, and their camping accouterments. This 100% cotton fabric is 44” wide, $14.99/yard, and can be found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.

Please email M. Du Jour at Britex Fabrics if you want to buy this fabric.
If you wish another fabric, contact us through our fabric mail order department for detailed mail order assistance.

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Easy to Sew Lined Curtains


Rachael at Sew, Mama, Sew made up this easy to follow tutorial for making basic lined curtains. She demonstrates by sewing up a pair of charmingly classic gingham kitchen curtains. This method could be used for any simple lined curtain; I would love to make them up in luxurious mustard velveteen, lined with violet cotton sateen.

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Cross-Stitch a Faux Pumpkin


Meg from elsiemarley.com has posted this handy tutorial on cross-stitching a faux citrouille. All you need is patience, creativity, a fake pumpkin, thick yarn, a bamboo skewer (the ones you use for kebabs) or an ice pick or something similar, a yarn needle, and a pencil. We love the wonderful vintage feel of this Halloween project…and of course, one could also cross-stitch a pattern to any faux item! I imagine a Thanksgiving cornucopia centerpiece of happily grinning vegetables! FYI: Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics’ 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.

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Free Vintage Detachable Collar Patterns


We have peered into our glittery glass ball, and predict that detachable collars are making a come-back! Here are over a dozen patterns for men’s and women’s detachable collars from the 1850s to the 1930s – update: you must log in to see these now! These are copied from collars in the collection of Tara Maginnis, and brought to us courtesy of the fine folks at The Costumer’s Manifesto. One culd make starched and snowy white linen collars, paisley Liberty of London collars, or a plethora of colored collars to match ones mood. I am quite enamored with the “Lido” gent’s wingtip collar…..now all I need is a dove grey frockcoat and an ebony cane! Of course, Britex Fabrics’ 2nd floor has many luxurious cottons, linens, and shirtings that would be eminently suitable for your next detachable collar.

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