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  • Free Cross-Stitch Patterns (Put A Bird On It)

    March 15, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    Here are two cross-stitch patterns for an easy creative spring project. Click an image to download the pattern. pdc-oiseaux-e1361120725447

  • Easy-To-Sew Pajama Pants (Ruth - Living Well Spending Less)

    March 14, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    w704 With the recent time change, you may feel like staying in bed and sleeping in more often. And let's face it, if you are in New York or anywhere near the New England, the weather is probably keeping you indoors. Here is an easy and fun way to create pajama pants, while you are stuck indoors to pass the time. This tutorial by Ruth from Living Well Spending Less shows the step by step process for creating pajama pants for you or a child.

  • Simple Knit Ruffle Scarf Tutorial (Pinafores & Pinwheels)

    February 23, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    purple-knit-scarf This knit ruffle scarf tutorial by Stephanie from Pinafores & Pinwheels is a low-cost, 6 step, easy way to create a scarf, and can be completed in 15 - 20 minutes.

  • Stitch At Home: Talliaferro Stitch Challenge at San Francisco School of Needlework and Design

    February 20, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    The current Stich at Home Challenge by our neighbors at the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design (SNAD) is underway.  For this challenge, crewelwork-designer Anna Garris Goiser of Talliaferro Classic Needleart has generously contributed two motifs of her own design for you to interpret into stitch. You will be able to interpret the designs using any needlework technique you like!   Deadline is April 15.  The previous Challenge, titled Jewels of the Sea, is currently on exhibit through March 4, around the corner from Britex Fabrics at SNAD, 360 Post Street, Suite 604, open Monday-Saturday, 9:30-4:30. For more information on the Challenges or course schedule, visit www.sfsnad.org


  • Quilted Clamshell Pillow Tutorial

    February 16, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    clamshellpillow-jre-first This quilted clamshell pillow pattern by Jen Eskridge of Reanna Lily Designs, tutorial by Alicia Brown from www.sewmamasew.com is an excellent way to add a decorative touch of color to any bed. This project is one of a collection of 70 different quilting designs from Jen Eskridge's quilting resource book The Quilted Clamshell. After trying this project out, try developing your own unique designs by sketching, planning, and quilting confidently.

  • An Outlander Inspired Wrap From Britex Fabrics

    February 13, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    An unexpected visit to Britex Fabrics in the heart of San Francisco led sass3journey.com to purchase some of her favorite materials for this easy DIY project.  Britex Fabrics originally opened its doors in 1952 and has since been considered one of the best locations for designers and anyone else seeking “creative inspiration.”  You are sure to find exactly what you are looking for, especially with four complete floors filled with an immense variety of fabrics and accessories.
    Supply List:
    • 1/2 yard of a plaid wool fabric (approximately 59" width)
    • 1/2 yard of satin fabric
    • 4 accent buttons of your choice
    •  Antique lace measured as per the width of the wrap
    • An iron to press the material during and following project completion.

  • Woven Heart Baskets - An Easy DIY Valentine Project For Kids

    February 3, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    Woven heart baskets are an easy project for anyone to create. These hearts can be used as candy baskets or can be turned into greeting cards for Valentine's Day. Materials: 2 sheets of 8 1/2" x 11" felt (be sure to choose contrasting or complimentary colors) (these are available on the third floor of our brick-and-mortar store) scissors glue ribbon or trim (optional) (also available on the third floor of our brick-and-mortar store or online) heart basket template img_5797

  • DIY Felt Laptop Sleeve

    February 3, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    sleeve-1 Have you ever bought a laptop computer and wanted a case for it that expressed your personal style, or was made in your favorite color, and you just couldn't find one? Well, here is an easy way to create one personalized to your liking. Susi, on justcraftyenough.com had purchased a new Mac laptop, only to find out that they had discontinued the size she bought, and therefore finding a case for it became near impossible, so she created her own. This project makes an excellent personalized gift for any occasion.

  • Free Valentine's Day Embroidery Patterns

    February 2, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, here are some free and easy to create cross-stitch and embroidery projects from freepatterns.com, dovestitch.com and mytransfers. birds This vintage Bird Romance embroidery project from mytransfers is suitable for a pillowcase and can be downloaded for free here.

  • Simple Card holder Wallet Tutorial

    January 9, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    This is a simple DIY card holder tutorial by Lucy in Manchester, UK. Lucy teaches sewing and quilting classes and blogs under Charm About You. You can fit at least 3 or 4 cards in each pocket. You can use thread that is the same color as your fabric or leather, or you can use a contrasting color to make the stitching pop. This project only requires 3 cuts! You will need 1 piece of felt, (available on the third floor of our brick-and-mortar store) medium weight fabric or leather (available on the fourth floor of our brick-and-mortar store) that is 8" x 3" and 2 pieces that are 3" x 3 1/4". You have the option of creating a hole on each side to make it easier to slip your cards in and out or taking the easier route and not creating holes. For the complete project, please visit Lucy's tutorial here.


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