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  • Therapy Pillows by Marlene (marlenecustompillows.com)

    August 9, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    "The wool felt works beautifully. One can always depend on Britex to find what one needs. I set foot in that store for the first time 50 years ago. The possibilities to create a design with this pillow are endless It can be geometric or abstract. I really think it could be beneficial for people with dementia or disabilities to pass the time."  - Marlene (marlenecustompillows.com)

    Marlene is a master needlepoint finisher specialist who has been creating custom pillows, ornaments, and purses for many years. Most recently, she has been creating Therapy Pillows which can help "keep hands busy and inventive". These pillows can be an excellent tool for people with dementia and Alzheimers. Many pieces of her work can be viewed here.

    100% wool felt is available in an array of colors on the first floor of our brick-and-mortar store. Britex also has dozens of colors of felt fabric blends on the third floor by the yard and square.


  • DIY Linen Wrap Mini Skirt by Geneva (apairandaspairdiy.com)

    August 8, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    img_1232 This DIY linen wrap mini skirt by Geneva of apairandaspairdiy.com is the perfect skirt for the hot summer months. This project is an easy alternative to sewing buttons or zippers. A wrap skirt that ties at the waist that is a really straightforward project. Be sure to check out all the amazing linen fabrics we have both online and in our store. Because this project takes little effort, it is a quick way to create something new before the summer is gone. Now through August 21st, take advantage of our online linen sale, where you will save 20% off of all online linen fabrics!

  • Maxi Dress With Wrapped Front & Ruffled Hem (aspairandapair.com)

    August 2, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    img_1289 Here is another awesome project from Geneva of apairandaspare.com! This gorgeous maxi dress with a wrapped front and a ruffled hem can be created in a one block color look or with a cotton print fabric. Keep it simple with one color to have an impactful punch!

  • DIY Hooded Bath Towel (abeautifulmess.com)

    June 22, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    terry-cloth-gray Sew yourself a hug! This Cozy Hooded Bath Towel project by abeautifulmess.com invites you to create a custom hooded bath towel that will keep you warm, comfy and proud of your DIY prowess. You can purchase terry cloth fabric along with appliques, patches and bling at our brick-and-mortar store in Union Square. For the complete tutorial, please visit the post by abeautifulmess.com here.

  • 10 Sewing Tutorials to Help You Travel Handmade! (sewcanshe.com)

    June 21, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    britex-supplies There'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!

  • Britex Celebrates Pride With All the Colors of the Rainbow

    June 9, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    ripstopRip-stop nylon available on the second floor at Britex Fabrics
    The 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.

  • Tutorial: Upholster a Framed Diamond Tufted Headboard (Little Green Notebook)

    May 25, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    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.


  • Quilt With Dinosaur Cutouts as Appliqués

    May 23, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    "Hi Sharman,

    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!

    Caren"

     


  • From Trash to Treasure - A Woman Turns Thousands of Candy Wrappers Into a Dress (neatorama.com / boredpanda)

    May 17, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    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.


  • Friday Free Quilt Pattern (mccallsquilting.com)

    May 12, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    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.


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