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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.


  • Easy Double Welt Pockets by NEW Guest Blogger Becky (sewbeckyjo.com)

    July 24, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    double-welt-01 Double welt pockets look so scary. There’s little dots, little triangles, blind sewing, to bias or not to bias, more blind sewing with the lining….and the worst part? You’re cutting a hole smack in the middle of fabric. There’s no going back after you cut that hole.Worse? Half the time they’re this unusable, shallow size. I don’t like fiddley or inefficiency. I think it’s time we knocked double welts off their pedestal. I’ve made a very photo-detailed tutorial with the help of Britex Fabrics, and you’ll be whipping these out in no time. I chose this Midweight Royal Purple Linen for this project.  

  • Silk Baby Hems by Guest Blogger Sophie Hines

    July 20, 2017 by Sophie Hines

    photo-1 So crop tops and cute bralettes are all the rage lately - but how do you actually incorporate them into your wardrobe? It may be a bit daring for some, but I love pairing my long line Euler Bralette with a sheer silk shirt! Sewing with silk can be tricky if you haven’t tried it, but there are so many tips on the internet, you can quickly get your bearings!!

  • Local Designer & Britex Fabrics Regular Joy Mao

    July 14, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Joy Mao is a Bay Area transplant, and Britex Fabrics regular, originally from Shanghai that spends her days with the good people of MUH-TAY-ZIK HOF-FER, and her nights sewing away in her tiny home studio (aka. her dining room table). She has had a passion for designing and making clothes since college, but until this year she didn't have the courage to take it further than a hobby.

  • Summery Eyelet Graduation Dress by Guest Blogger Nicole (NicoleAthome)

    June 6, 2017 by Nicole at Home

    img_6126After three and a half years of very part-time classes at West Valley College, I finally graduated a week ago with my A.S. in Apparel Production!  Since I made a new dress for my very first day of class at WVC  (which was also made with Britex fabric, coincidentally!), it was only fitting that I drape, draft, and sew the dress in which I accept my degree.  And that the fabric for said dress come from my favorite fabric store!

  • Linen Tunic by Susan (We Love Our Customers)

    May 30, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    I used a Burda pattern but changed the front neckline-shallow vee instead of
    long opening with buttons and loops.
    I washed the linen twice in hot water and then dried it in a hot dryer
    per Sandra Betzina's instructions so it is softer and will wrinkle
    less. I like the slightly wrinkled look which ads texture to the
    pattern. - Susan

    The fabric featured above is available online in our linen section here.


  • 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"

     


  • Large Floral Cotton Print Dress (We Love Our Customers)

    May 22, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Our customer Gabriella Gomez came into our store a few months ago looking for a fabulous floral print cotton to create a dress. She found Aleks on the second floor in our home decor fabric department extremely helpful when choosing a cotton fabric for her dress. She finished the dress in early March, and it came out beautifully. Everyone at the fashion show she was involved with thought it was from a store, and not a student designed dress. She wrote us to thank us for helping her to pick out the most "gorgeous fabric possible". The fabric is an exquisitely hand screen printed cotton from France.

  • Tunic Into a Dress Hack Tutorial (MissCrayolaCreepy)

    May 12, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    cof Are any of you participating in Me Made May? If you haven't heard, the month of May is when many sewists and knitters set a goal to wear a certain amount of handmade garments for thirty one days and usually document daily outfit photos on social media or their blog. This forces makers to think about what they are wearing and what they would like to create in the future. My personal goal this month is to wear something handmade every day and so far I'm on track. I also use the month of May as an incentive to fill gaps in my wardrobe and make some knit tops because that is what I am lacking. I'm switching it up a bit today by sharing a super fast sewing project that can be made in only a few hours (max) for those of you who are looking to quickly plump up your dress selection.

  • Knit Harem Pants by Guest Blogger Shams (Communing With Fabric)

    April 28, 2017 by Communing with Fabric

    img_4781-britex-harem-pants Hey! It's Shams of Communing with Fabric with another garment made from a beautiful Britex fabric! For this project, my assignment was to choose a fabric from the Knits category. I quickly settled on a lightweight jersey featuring a bold, modern print.

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