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Bib, Scarf and Blanket – Eleanor


Eleanor is only 7 ½ months old, but she is already showing a dashing sense of style! Her mother, Kari, made her bespoke bib with attached sea-foam green bow-tie and matching pocket square, Maya knitted the dusty pink and cream scarf with cascading ruffles, and Kristin made her awesome nursery rhyme and gingham themed blanket. All fabric and yarn is from Britex Fabrics.

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Make a Hoodie from a Tee-Shirt & Some Knit Fabric


Here are two tutorials for how to make a hoodie from a tee-shirt and some fabric, this one from Mezzi at Craftster, and the other one from Katia from Hollywood Renegade via Threadbanger! This is ideal for jazzing up your autumn or back-to-school wardrobe. All you need is a tee-shirt, some knit fabric for the hood and pockets, and a zipper. Britex has a plethora of thermal, jersey, tee-shirt, terry, and velour knits on the 2nd floor that would be fashionably snuggly for this project, and loads of unique zippers and zipper pulls on the 3rd floor to further personalize your new hoodie. This would be terrific for any age person….from nervous kindergartners, to surly youth, to adventurous grannies.

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Vintage Crocheted Doily Pattern


Here is another pattern courtesy of Morag at VintagePurls. Sometimes we need a doily (or several) to accentuate our sitting room décor, and the Cobweb Doily fills the bill. This enchanting circular crocheted doily is pictured in bubblegum pink, but I’d make it up in sophisticated black. Doilies are perfect strewn over the armrest of your favorite overstuffed velvet reading chair.

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Bridal Gown and Jacket – by Kelly & Joke


Kelly and her good friend (and sewing mentor) Joke made this stunning wedding gown for Kelly’s daughter, Tiffany. The classic long-sleeved jacket was made from 6 ¼ yards of delicate cream colored silk taffeta from Britex Fabrics, and has a beautifully beaded train. Sewing adventures were shared, with Kelly hand-beading one side of the jacket and train, and Joke hand-beading the opposite side! Both professionalism and love shine through in this exceedingly special dress!

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Clip-On Bow Tie


Bow-wow! An admirer made this howlingly delicious clip-on bow tie out of a wee bit of Britex Fabric brocade. We adore the Spaniel’s little pink tongue and the golden paisley background. You can buy clip-on bow tie findings on Britex Fabric’s 3rd floor, and brocade fabric on both the 1st and 2nd floors.

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Juicy Couture Knit Fabric


Just in time for autumn and school days, Britex Fabrics received a tabletop of Juicy Couture knits. These soft terry knits are 64” wide, the prints are $15.99/yard, and the solids are $12.99/yard. They would make wonderful, easy-to-care-for rompers, track suits, pajamas, or yoga pants. Prints include a pale yellow glittery Juicy crown, a Pucci-inspired swirl, a pink paisley, ripe cherries on a field of yellow, and vintage-inspired polka dots. Solids include black, navy, fuchsia, bubblegum pink, and pale pink. All are available on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor!

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Knitted Vintage Tea Cosy


Although this knitted tea cosy is shown in a kitcheny citrus color scheme, I want to make it in a colorway that will go with my Arzberg Silver Flight tea service, so think a black and white scheme with silver edging will gave it a très moderne look. Pour some English Breakfast tea, nibble into a warm ginger scone, and gather around for some witty banter. This vintage knitting pattern is brought to us by Morag at VintagePurls in New Zealand. (Cosy Knitted in Daffodil Stitch: from Cushions & Cosies by Madame Weigel, c. 1945)

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Vintage Double-Breasted Knit Vest


This boyishly chic vintage double-breasted vest was originally published by Spinnerin Bulky Classics in 1962, and has been revived by Jenna from glamarama.net. We adore the vest’s deep u-shaped neckline, and how it is worn over a flowered button-down shirt. Wouldn’t this outfit look adorable with the addition of a little string tie? A word of warning: Please review this size chart – check your measurements for the proper size! A vintage size 12 is not a modern size 12.

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Throw Pillows by Audrey


Audrey made these throw pillows to complement her grey sofa. We love how the antique silver and gold in the graceful Arabesque print picks up the rich slate tone of the sofa. The pillow fabric is cotton/linen, 55” wide, $27.99/yard, and available in the home decorating department on Britex’s 2nd floor.

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August Craft Bar at MOCFA


Craft Bar and Etsy Labs @ MOCFA on Thursday, August 5 between 6-9pm at 51 Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco, Ca 94103. Making books and munching on grilled cheese sandwiches…it doesn’t get much better! Guest artists Julie Schneider, Kelly Ball, Jen Hewett, and Maren Salomon will provide a variety of easy-to-learn bookmaking projects using found and recycled materials. Learn how to make an embroidered greeting card with Lauren Davis, from Crooked Sister. The LoinSF will be on hand with a simple silk-screening project that will suit all skill levels – bring a favorite paper-based item to screen on or screen on materials provided. Free-form knitting and crocheting in the Stitch ‘n Bitch area! Refreshments provided by Trumer Pils and Amber India. Purchase the best grilled cheese in town at the famous Toasty Melts food cart. Craft Bar is free with $5 admission to the gallery, and all materials and instructions for the craft.

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