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  • 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!

  • DIY Hexagon Denim Patchwork Chair (pillarboxblue.com)

    May 25, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    upcycle-jeans-chairs Using your old jeans or a variety of denim fabrics from the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store, you can create these hexagon denim patchwork covers by pillarboxblue.com for your chairs.

  • 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.


  • How to Sew Easy Drool Pads for a Baby Carrier (DIY Danielle)

    May 17, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    This post by DIY Danielle will show you how to create a pattern and then sew your own drool pads for a baby carrier with very few supplies needed.

    Supplies

    • Exterior Fabric, Interior Fabric, Lining (if desired) x 2 of each: 7" tall x 8" wide
    • Ribbon: 6.75" long (2)
    • Snaps or hook and loop

    For the complete tutorial, please visit the complete post here, or view the video above.

     


  • 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.

  • 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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