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Make Shoe Sole Inserts


Dawn at dhbuscher.com has the marvelous idea of making shoe sole inserts to rejuvenate an old pair of shoes or to or customize a new pair, and has written step-by-step instructions. My brain is spinning with the possibilities; imagine sweet princesses and toad cotton in a pair of shiny black Mary Janes, or a dignified red paisley fabric in a pair of Kelly green high-tops. (And if you use thin foam instead of batting, you can also make your shoes that much more soft and comfy)

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Alençon Lace Trim


Alençon lace or point d’Alençon lace was first made in France in the 16th century, and is renowned for its fine netting ground, corded outlined floral patterns, and heavenly detailing. Alençon lace is also called the “Queen of lace”, and is superlative to use as trim for wedding gowns and bridal veils. This 1 1/4″ wide imported French Alençon lace is an edging lace with a floral corded motif, netting background, and a shallow scalloped border. We offer it in both soft white and creamy ivory, and it costs $5.96/yard.

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Italian Linen with Songbirds


Here is a fabric that is perfect for any bird lover. This blouse or shirt-weight Italian linen is embellished with a flock of songbirds on a natural-colored background. It would be a lovely addition to your fall or winter wardrobe….bringing the pleasures of spring in to combat the chill of winter. This fabric is on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor, is 56” wide, and $59.99/yard.

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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How to Pick a Simple Sewing Pattern


At BurdaStyle, the talented Sandra Betzina from PowerSewing.com shows a novice seamstress (her daughter, Kim) how to pick a pattern that will result in a beauteous garment. Sandra shows you how to read patterns, and which patterns will be easier for beginning sewers. Our recommendations are to pick fabrics that you genuinely enjoy, buy matching thread, and to read and follow pattern directions.

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Gardening Gnome Fabric


We found a few gardening gnomes; we found one 2 ¾ yard piece of gnome fabric. It is all or nothing, baby. Please email Britex if you want to buy this fabric.

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The Princess and the Frog Fabric


Attenzione! The gnomes have left the building, all squirreled away for warmer climes. Instead we have the very royal princess and her cohort, the rollicking but princely bullfrog. This beautiful and sturdy Japanese cotton-linen fabric is on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor, is 45” wide, and $29.99/yard.

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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Knit a Pair of Pirate Socks


Pamela from KatyDidKnits.com claims these are Jack Sparrow’s all-time favorite socks. I’m not so sure, but I’m positive that these are the grooviest striped skull and crossbones adorned socks you’ll ever see! They would be perfect to keep your tootsies warm while tramping about on All-Hallows-Eve. As Pam says, knit these up and then “Go sail the high seas and plunder a village or two!” (Click here for a PDF for this pattern)

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Free Skirt Pattern – BurdaStyle


We love free patterns! The ever-fashionable BurdaStyle has scads of open source patterns on their website. We were particularly taken with this 6-buttoned straight skirt. It only takes 1 3/8 yards of fabric, 1/2 yard of lining…and six snazzy buttons!

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Britex Sign – Kari


Kari, our all-around craftress on the notions floor of Britex made this brilliant sign highlighting Britex buttons, lace, sequins, and miscellanea. We love how she constructed the famous vintage neon Britex Fabrics sign, the Transamerica Pyramid made of trims, and the be-buttoned road to San Francisco, our own Baghdad by the Bay. Look for this sign on the 1st floor, and over the elevator.

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Felted Skull Scarf


Named after Yorick, the deceased court jester whose skull is exhumed by the gravedigger in Act 5, Scene 1, of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, this very dapper felted skull scarf was designed by the talented Kate Kuckro of Knitty.com. It is straightforward; one knits across each skull opening and then cuts out the yarns crisscrossing the eyes and nose without having to worry about anything unraveling. We love it in white, but imagine it would also look marvelous in a subtle bone-colored yarn.
Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio; a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy; he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! My gorge rises at it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft. Where be your gibes now?” (Hamlet, V.i)

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