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  • 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!!

  • DIY Ruffle Hem Wrap Skirt (apairandasparediy.com)

    July 19, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    img_1174 This gingham wrap skirt by Geneva of apairandasparediy.com is voluminous and provides just the type of fashion confidence boost a person needs during the summer months. The pattern is included on her blog post, and this project is not recommended for beginners. The gingham fabric that is available in over half a dozen colors on the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store, is not your average run of the mill cotton, but a beautifully smooth, tightly woven fabric!

  • Bolster Your Style With Yummy Velvet

    June 28, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    img_1010 Bolster pillows are like adorable rolls of candy adorning sofas and beds, and when they're made out of velvet they're even more delicious. Check out this super easy velvet bolster pillow tutorial by Anita from cedarhillfarmhouse.com, and visit the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store to see a selection of velvets in cotton, silk/rayon, viscose, rayon/acetate, poly lycra and more (the term 'velvet' refers to the structure of the fabric rather than the fiber; the pile is always created by raised loops). Velvet fabric has been around since the Middle Kingdom of the ancient Egyptians (approximately 2000 BC), and velvet trims have been found as far back as the Qin and Western Han dynasties in China--so clearly, there's no need to improve on something that was perfect four millennia ago! For velvet ribbon, please visit us online here or visit the ribbon wall on the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store where we have hand dyed, grosgrain, satin, metallic, silk, velvet, sheer, vintage, and many other types of ribbon.

  • Seersucker Capris With A Hidden Inseam Pocket (bygumbygolly.com)

    June 28, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    img_1004 Capris, sunglasses and a long drink of something refreshing--that's summer! Sunglasses and lemonade (hard or soft) are easy to procure, but capri pants can be tricky--getting them to fit just right is not as simple as you might think. Tasha of bygumbygolly.com offers solutions with a detailed capri project featuring a hidden zipper...so pick out some of the fabulous seersucker stripes or other cottons on the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store, or check out our online cotton inventory here.

  • 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!

  • Linen Jumpsuit Tutorial (apairandasparediy.com)

    June 14, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    linen-sold-159-pur60 If you've ever looked longingly at our online linen section--or at the tantalizing linens in our brick-and-mortar store--and wished you had just the right thing to make with it, Geneva Vanderzeil of apairandasparediy.com has the perfect project for you! This new intermediate skill level linen jumpsuit builds on Geneva's easy shorts project, beginning with creating your own pattern (don't be anxious about patternmaking; this project has step-by-step instructions on drafting from your existing clothing). Choose a linen and run with it! And remember: if our online store doesn't have the color or texture you're looking for, just purchase the Customized Swatch Service (available in the "About Britex" section) so we can hand pick fabrics for you from our entire brick-and-mortar inventory. If you're local or planning a visit to San Francisco soon, come visit us in the heart of Union Square to check out our vast selection of linen on the second floor.

  • Drawstring Shorts For Dad in 10 Easy Steps (Tim Anderson - Instructables)

    June 12, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    f2fwmhefl8cwn1m-medium It's summertime, and drawstring shorts are easy! There are plenty of perfect cottons in a variety of weights available at both our brick-and-mortar and online stores, and you'll find the cording (or elastic if you prefer) and thread on our Third Floor. Tim Anderson's 10-step Instructables tutorial makes this project quick and painless, beginning by tracing your own favorite pair of shorts to make a pattern. For the complete step-by-step tutorial, please visit Tim's post on Instructables here.

  • Hexagon Piecing Tutorial (jessyratfink on Instructables)

    June 12, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    img_0737 It's all too easy to keep collecting the charming cotton prints on the Second Floor of our brick-and-mortar store (and online in our cotton section)...and piecing multiple hexagons together is an easy way to use as many of your favorites as you'd like. Depending on your needs--and your stamina!--you can create placemats, appliqués, patches, and clean-lined quilt tops of any size out of individual three-inch hexagons. Just refer to this seven step Instructables tutorial by jessyratfink!

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