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Burnt Orange Swirly Home Decorating Fabric

I love this lively burnt orange home decorating fabric, with its chocolate brown and muted chartreuse swirls that remind me of fairy antenna. I’d cover a Mission Morris recliner with it, and then lean back with my feet up, reading a juicy Russian novel, a purring cat on my lap, a cup of sweet milky black tea on an etched copper tea tray, Nina Simone crooning from the stereo, and the sound of your key in the door. This home decorating fabric is 56” wide, all cotton, $39.99 a yard, and found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.
“You’d be so nice to come home to
You’d be so nice by the fire
While that breeze on night sings a lullaby
You’d be all my heart could desire
Under stars chilled by the winter
Under an August moon shining above
You’d be so nice you’d be paradise”

(By Cole Porter)

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Easy-Peasy Children’s Pants

Here is another back to school project! Petchy at RandomnessByPetchy made up this tutorial for making elastic waist children’s pants. She calls them 10-Minute Trousers, and they truly are easy-peasy. They would be super stupendously scholastic made up in this Japanese alphabet cotton. This fabric is 43” wide, $14.99 a yard, and found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.

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Sea Horse Home Decorating Fabric

I want to recover a channel-backed boudoir chair in this seahorse, starfish, and ribbon fabric, and trim it with plump leaf green velvet piping. I love how the leaf green ribbon makes a diamond-shaped trellis pattern with the starfish anchors. This sea-worthy home decorating fabric is 58” wide, all cotton, $39.99 a yard, and found on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor.

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Children’s Art Smock

Get ready for school with an art smock! Here is a tutorial from Shelly Figueroa at Sew,Mama,Sew! for a charming cover-up. We think it would look particularly fabulous in this vibrant Japanese print emblazoned with bicycles, circles and stripes. This fabric is available on Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor, and is 45″wide/$29.99 a yard. Now you can protect all of the new clothes you’ve been sewing with a cute smock, so the wee ones can make a creative mess. Get out the tempera paints, and make like Georgia O’Keefe or Ellsworth Kelly.

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Hot Pink Fuzz: Group Textile Art Show Opening

August 14 – September 8, 2010 and reception: Saturday, August 14, 6:30 – 10:00 pm. An opening reception will take place 6:30 – 10:00 on Saturday, August 14. Miss Muju, Monyomonyo, and Snaggs at GRSF, 618 Shrader Street, SF, CA 94117. Giant Robot is proud to host Hot Pink Fuzz, a group textile art show featuring new work by Miss Muju, Monyomonyo, and Snaggs. Giant Robot was born as a Los Angeles-based magazine about Asian, Asian-American, and new hybrid culture in 1994, but has evolved into a full-service pop culture provider with shops and galleries in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City, as well as an online equivalent. (Wacky image by Miss Muju!)

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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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