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Make a No-Sew Leather Kippah כיפה (Yamulkah ירמולקא)


This year Hanukkah starts in just 15 days, on December 1st! Britex (and Bretts) have made a tutorial with a pattern for a beauteous no-sew leather kippah (yamulkah). These are amazingly suave; it would be easy to whip up a clutch of them in one industrious evening. Make kippot as gifts…and then later fry latkes and sing “S’vivon Sov Sov Sov”. All are made with leather scraps purchased from Britex Fabrics.

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“Where The Wild Things Are” Stocking


The multi-talented Pip from Australia made this clever tutorial on how to make a Maurice Sendack Where the Wild Things Are holiday stocking. This would also be perfect gift bag for any wild and wacky child or adult. “And now,” cried Max, “let the wild rumpus start!”

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Irish Dance Costume – Cameron


Cameron made this gorgeous green and white Irish dance costume for her daughter with fabric and notions that she bought at Britex Fabrics. I love the graceful Celtic-inspired front piece, Elizabeth’s cascade of spiral ringlets and her brilliant smile!

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A Weeks Vacation……


M. Du Jour is going on vacation for a week. I am off to play my accordion, loll in candle-lit hot tubs, traipse through art shows, sail the Bay, and cook lots of amazing and yummy food. See you in a week………

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How to Turn a Vest Lining


With the turning of the leaves, it is vest season, although M. Du Jour claims that every season is waistcoat season! Katherine from Bloom’s Fabric Obsession wrote and photographed a beautifully clear tutorial for making a lined vest. She has included instructions how to turn the lining through the side seams. This method practically guarantees a smooth finish to your bespoke garment….and as we all know, being smooth is essential to all well-bred dandies.

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Make a Lunch Bag


It seems like everyone we know is in the midst of a creative flurry of home-cooking and virtuous thriftiness. Dorie from TumblingBlocks has a great idea for holiday gifts; super-duper easy to make lunch totes. We think they would be perfect packed with a bag of make-it-yourself brownie mix. You can sew this lunch bag of the suggested oilcloth or any sturdy fabric. We have a pal that made one of a scrap of heavy herringbone wool lined with bandanna fabric for a chic urban feel. Oilcloth can be found on Britex Fabric’s 4th floor.

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How to Make Box Pleats


Pleats and autumn go together like ducks and bread crumbs! Here are clear directions from the folks at BurdaStyle on how to make box and inverted box pleats. These would be equally wonderful with an ankle-length smoke grey wool skirt, or perhaps a snappy tartan plaid hip-hugging mini-skirt.

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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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