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  • 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.


  • 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)

    materials

    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.

     


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