The Britex Blog
June 21, 2017 by Britex FabricsThere's traveling light, and there's traveling right: Caroline of sewcanshe.com can help you create travel bags and organizers perfect for toting all of the fabulous garments and jewelry you've made! These 10 DIY sewing project tutorials include a tote with many pockets, a travel jewelry case, an airplane travel organizer with a peek-a-boo pouch, a quilted computer tablet case, and more. You'll need fabric (cotton prints are recommended), zippers, vinyl, D-rings, fusible interfacing, and basic notions--all of which are available in abundance at our brick-and-mortar Union Square store. Give yourself some time to shop, because we really do have fabulous prints!
June 9, 2017 by Britex Fabrics
Rip-stop nylon available on the second floor at Britex FabricsThe rainbow Pride flag is a familiar and beloved icon, proudly sewn and flown all over the world...and if you want to make one yourself, Rip-stop nylon is a bright, durable option! Our brick-and-mortar store offers Rip-stop in a whole spectrum of colors on the second floor.
May 25, 2017 by Britex Fabrics
This DIY headboard re-upholstery tutorial by Jenny of Little Green Notebook has specific step by step instructions and is time consuming but worth the outcome. It shows you in detail how to re-purpose vintage headboards she found at a thrift store. Using velvet, adhesive, foam, a Sharpie marker, a ruler, a needle, some thread, and some tools from her tool box, Jenny transformed old raggedy headboards into the fabulous one featured above! For the complete tutorial, please visit it here. For velvet fabric, and other fabulous home decor fabrics, please visit the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store, just off Union Square in San Francisco.
May 23, 2017 by Britex Fabrics
It was nice to talk to you yesterday. Here’s the quilt I made for my first grandson using all Britex fabrics. I cut out the dinosaurs that were then sewn as applique with embroidery stitching for the “hills.” The base fabric was the Royal British shirt fabric that was excellent to use because it doesn’t stretch and quilted well. All the stitching was done by hand. I made up the design.
Your staff was very helpful to me in selecting the best fabrics with compatible “stretchability” so that the final result behaved properly.
Thank you for having the best fabric store I’ve ever found – and I look everywhere I go!
From Trash to Treasure - A Woman Turns Thousands of Candy Wrappers Into a Dress (neatorama.com / boredpanda)
May 17, 2017 by Britex Fabrics
Emily Seilhamer challenged herself when she decided to create a dress from Starburst wrappers. With the help of her family and friends, she has been saving Starburst wrappers for the last four years. After she had saved enough, she ironed them, folded them into links and made chains out of the candy wrappers. By using elastic thread, she was able to sew the links together as if she were sewing fabric. Emily is an avid upcycler and creates dresses from every day objects. In addition to the Starburst dress, she created a dress from wallpaper.
May 12, 2017 by Britex Fabrics
Check out a Quick Quilts queen-size quilt pattern by Rosy RickRack, (design by Cheryl Almgren)free download online. The queen-size quilt is a larger version of the lap quilt featured. This project uses fast and easy zigzag piecing, with 6 7/8" fabric squares. Use light and dark scraps from your stash, or purchase fabric online at britexfabrics.com, for a high contrast version of this quilt. The pattern is available here for free.
Giant Knitted Blankets Created With Needles Made From PVC Piping (Mental Floss Studios / littledandelion)
May 11, 2017 by Britex Fabrics
Artist Jacqui Fink knits giant blankets with needles made from PVC piping. She even uses her arms for some giant projects. Watch this video from Mental Floss Studios and you will think your eyes are playing tricks on you! Check out more of Jacqui's extreme knitting on here website here. She has collaborated with fashion designers and artists, and creates commissioned pieces for commercial and residential interiors.
May 10, 2017 by Britex Fabrics
"Cocktail Glamour Hour" is a reticule by Marsha Schuld, created for the Talliaferro challengeBesides offering hand-embroidery day-classes for all levels, San Francisco School of Needlework and Design (SNAD) has become a center for the stitch community—across the Bay Area and around the world. One means of further promoting needlework and including followers from near and far is through SNAD’s three-time a year Stitch-at- Home Challenges.
April 28, 2017 by Britex Fabrics
The Lace 2016 Amsterdam Light Festival Installation Artists Jin Choi and Thomas Shine have created amazingly intricate larger than life crochet lace installation pieces for light festivals in Singapore (2017) and in Amsterdam (2016)
April 25, 2017 by Britex Fabrics
Archaeologists think that Greenland’s earliest people were master tailors. They used sewing needles that they created from bird bones and threads spun from animal tendons. These tools were advanced enough, that when used over 4,000 years ago by the Saqqaq people, they were able to master hunting on sea ice; and were the first to ever do this. They used an overcast stitch which does not waste material. There aren't many clothing objects found from 4,000 years ago that appear to have been repaired, but shoes and socks wear a lot since they are used so much, which is why it is interesting that part of a sock, discovered by archeologists seems to have been repaired by the Saqqaq people.