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  • 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.


  • Two-tone Linen Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Guest Blogger Nicole (NicoleAtHome)

    January 3, 2017 by Nicole at Home

    img_5541 Who says you can't wear linen in the winter?  Using some amazing linen knit fabric from Britex Fabrics, I sewed up a beautiful and warm color-blocked infinity scarf, perfect for the colder months.  For my version, I chose two different colors--turquoise and navy--but this tutorial would work equally well if you wanted to go with a single color of fabric.   Here's what to do.

  • Furoshiki Gift Wrapping with Fabric

    December 18, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Do you have a fabric lover in your life? Use fabric instead of throw away paper to wrap your gifts! The Ministry of the Environment Government of Japan published a guide on Furoshiki, an origami-like fabric folding technique for wrapping gifts. Combine beauty, creativity, and sustainability when wrapping your gift. And, of course, Britex Fabrics has scads of beauteous fabrics!


  • DIY Felt Coaster Project by jessyratfink (instructables.com)

    December 13, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    This easy and fun 5 step DIY felt coaster project by jessyratfink on instructables.com makes an excellent holiday gift. It is an excellent way to practice the running stitch, blanket stitch, and the whip stitch. You will also learn how to choose felt and you will have the option of using the provided pattern or creating your own. If you do not know these stitches, you can learn these and other hand sewing techniques in one of our hand sewing workshops with hand sewing expert Natalie. (More dates coming soon for 2017)

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    Materials:

    • 9 x 12 inch craft felt sheets (available on the third floor at Britex Fabrics)
    • Six stranded embroidery floss (available on the third floor at Britex Fabrics)

    Tools:

    • Hand embroidery needle
    • Sewing pins
    • Dressmaker's shears or other sharp fabric scissors
    • Felt tipped marker (like a Sharpie) and/or water soluble pen
    • PDF pattern (provided on instructables.com)

     

    Visit instructables.com for the provided pattern and 5 step tutorial.

     

     


  • Light Up Phoenix Costume Tutorial

    October 27, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    Need a last minute Halloween costume idea? The tutorial for this gorgeous phoenix costume that can be found on Instructables, by Natalina, is a little more of a challenge than some of the other projects we have presented, but it can be created in 15 steps, and the pattern from BurdaStyle is pretty intuitive, with access to a dress form. This is the second Instructable post by Natalina. Natalina is a designer with a degree in fashion design. Most of the items you will need for this project, including feathers and trims can be found on the second and third floor of our brick-and-mortar store. For the how to, visit Instructables here.

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    For the the headpiece tutorial, please visit the other part of this Instructable here.

     


  • Halloween Tutorial: Easy To Create Floating Ghost

    October 21, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    Reuse plastic soda bottles and end up with an awesome ghost Halloween decoration at the same time. You only need a few supplies, and you are ready to create this floating ghost. You will need cheese cloth, scissors, fabric stiffener, black felt, and a few other items. For a complete list of supplies and step-by-step instructions, please visit the tutorial on Instructables.

     


  • Make a Tutu Peacock Costume

    September 21, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    This peacock tutu is so adorable that it bears a repeat! It is looking like an avian All Hallows Eve! Shauna from the creative blog, Shwin&Shwin made up a tutorial on how she created a tutu-esque peacock costume for her daughter from some knit fabric for the top, and poufy netting and felt for the tail…..and a generous dollop of talent. It would be super lovely with some sparkly sequins added to the feather eyes!  We love the way the tail bellows out, and her attention to peacock feather detail and coloring. All materials are available at Britex Fabrics; craft felt and sparklies are found on our 3rd floor!


  • Make a Lacy Mask For Halloween

    September 21, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    With Halloween just around the corner, you may still not know what to wear, so here is an inexpensive and glamorous, last minute fix from the creative folks at DIY Enthusiasts.  Purchase some sheer organza or tulle, a handful of glittery rhinestones, and a length of silk ribbon on the third floor of Britex Fabrics, and make your own lacy mask...and become the mysterious queen or king of the ball.

  • Create Elegant 18th Century Footwear with American Duchess

    September 9, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    Lauren from the impressive historical costuming blog, American Duchess, has a particular penchant for 18th century fashion. She developed this marvelous tutorial on how to gussy up a pair of Pompadour 18th century shoes using  braid trim, metallic lace trim, petersham ribbon, silk ribbon and more....all items available from Britex Fabrics. Get ready for your next bucolic frolic, Halloween shindig, Twelfth Night party, or Dangerous Liaisons dance.


  • Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA) Quilts Made With Fabric From Britex

    July 18, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    header for blog Much like the stitch that is sewn into the fabric (fabric provided by Britex Fabrics) of each quilt, the binding force that gives fabric meaning and life, each student has a history upon which their reality is vested.   IMG_3276   However, history as it is taught in our public education system is not inclusive, ostracizing hundreds of thousands of Black and Brown people whose history lies outside of the dominant American narrative. A history that only hints at the endless suffrage, exploitation and violence incurred by minority populations; today’s social, educational and economic inequality remnants of that history. - Sara Trail IMG_3275   SJSA is an opportunity for students to see themselves reflected in a curriculum that values the stories of their ancestors and the legacy they have yet to realize. The curriculum itself is multidisciplinary drawing on concepts taught in ethnic studies, gender/women studies, education and sociology. The main objective of SJSA is to give young people a safe space and tools to develop a critical lens allowing understanding of the social issues that plague their communities.   IMG_3280   SJSA is a social process using art as both a learning environment and a sewing studio for young people. While sewing has become a gendered activity that is often thought of as outdated or exclusively female, the hope is that in introducing young women to the practice of sewing, they will see just how powerful it is to breath life into a simple piece of fabric. Quilting is more than just a hobby; it is a revolutionary practice of resistance.   IMG_3274   The Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA) is an opportunity for students to see themselves reflected in a curriculum that values the stories of their ancestors and the legacy they have yet to realize. The curriculum itself is draws on concepts taught in ethnic studies, gender/women studies, education and sociology.   IMG_3269

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