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  • 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 (

    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 for your chairs.

  • Tutorial: Upholster a Framed Diamond Tufted Headboard (Little Green Notebook)

    May 25, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    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.


    • 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 (

    May 12, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    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, for a high contrast version of this quilt. The pattern is available here for free.

  • How to Make a Softbox From a Bike Wheel & Fabric (

    May 11, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    This step-by-step tutorial by Rob Thomas of pricklysauce on will show you how to turn an old bicycle wheel and fabric into a simple DIY softbox that you can use for photography or, as a studio accent light. For the complete step by step tutorial, please visit the post here, or play the video above.

  • Quilting With A Serger?! (

    May 10, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    Most people don't use a serger when making a quilt, but in these video tutorials for Quilters Newsletter, Connie Fanders from Bernina demonstrates various techniques that will speed up your quilting process. Since a serger can sew up to 1,300 stitches per minute, your speed will greatly increase.

  • Jersey Knit Hoodie Pattern & Tutorial (

    May 8, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    img_7362-copy-768x512 This tutorial by Mayra of is one of the easiest hoodie tutorials and patterns you will come across online for an intermediate to advanced sewists! Since hoodies are very popular right now, this is the perfect spring jacket project. For the fall or winter, replace the jersey knit fabric with fleece. All knit category fabrics online are 20% off 5/2/2017 - 5/15/2017!

  • Free Alphabet Character Block Patterns For Quilting (McCall's Quilting)

    April 26, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    Check out the complete free alphabet quilting pattern from McCall's Quilting, and adapted by Kathryn Simel for Best Day Ever.
    These letters are good for a quilt with the final size of 38" x 43 1/2" with the letters 6" x 10 1/2" in size when complete. For the pattern download, please visit McCall's Quilting here.

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