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  • Telephone Bench Upholstery Project by Magdalena

    December 30, 2009 by Britex Fabrics

    Magdalena, a Canadian customer, emailed us this project that she completed with Britex Fabrics. She bought this telephone bench for $5 at a community garage sale during the summer. Her boyfriend sanded and re-finished all the wood while she (very successfully!) attempted her first upholstery job. They knew they wanted something fun and colorful, but had a really hard time finding the right fabric. On a recent trip to San Francisco, while delighting in wandering the city, they found themselves in Britex fabrics and discovered this owl inspired print on the shelves…”the rest is history.”

  • Baby Kimono Shoes

    December 29, 2009 by Britex Fabrics

    homespun-threads.com designed these elfin slippers. These adorable wee shoes are perfect for the newest member of your family or community. You can make them as wild or as sweet as you’d like by varying the fabric. I can imagine them in rockin’ flames and coordinating Day of the Dead fabric, or maybe periwinkle stripes and coordinating silver stars & moons.

    (Click image for PDF instructions)

  • December 31st - Britex Fabrics closes at 4 pm

    December 29, 2009 by Britex Fabrics

    REMINDER ~ Holiday hours: New Years Eve, Thursday December 31st - Close at 4pm. Best wishes to everyone for 2010!

  • Wedding Gown by Zoya

    December 29, 2009 by Britex Fabrics

    Zoya designed and stitched this splendid wedding gown for her sister. This pearl-strewn fairy-tale gown is made from exquisite fabrics and luxury lace bridal trims from Britex Fabrics. Let Britex Fabrics help you make your next custom-made dream come true.

  • Bird Song by Liberty of London

    December 24, 2009 by Britex Fabrics

    M. Du Jour wants a pair of traditionally styled pajamas made of this new pattern called Birdsong by Liberty of London. Leaf green piping about the collar and sleeve hem would be a delightful accent. These would be just the thing for long nights snuggled under a quilt with a book and a cat.

  • Britex Notions Gift Certificates

    December 22, 2009 by Britex Fabrics

    Looking for a way to bring Britex Notions to out-of-town family and friends? Britex Notions Gift Certificates are now available through our online store. Give the gift of inspiration with a Britex Notions Online Store gift certificate. From shimmering shell to antique gold metal buttons, crochet to Alençon lace trim, petersham grosgrain to hand-dyed silk velvet ribbon, Britex helps make creative dreams come true! Your Britex Notions Online Store Gift Certificate can be either mailed or emailed. Britex Notions Gift Certificates are valid only towards the purchase of items offered through our website.

  • SF Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Sale

    December 17, 2009 by Britex Fabrics

    Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Sale - San Francisco Shop Handmade for the Holidays
    Free entrance! Featuring over 150 Craftspeople and Designers! December 19 & 20 from 11am – 7pm at Fort Mason Center Herbst Pavilion. Over 150 of today’s finest indie-craft and contemporary design talents will be setting up shop at the Renegade Craft Fair. Those looking to shop handmade and support small business this holiday season will surely find something for everyone – from jewelry and clothing, to ceramics and stationery, with everything from bath products, housewares, posters, comics and plush objects in between – at this large-scale, art, craft and design extravaganza!!

  • Basic Sewing with Patterns - #1

    December 17, 2009 by Britex Fabrics

    We hope you enjoy Britex Fabric's first crossword puzzle! We will be posting a new puzzle regularly as often as we can, along with the answers to the last puzzle. -- Composed by Monsieur Du Jour

    (Click on crossword image to print)


    2. “V” shaped sewing technique used to make garments fit the body
    4. The part of a garment or pattern that covers the torso
    5. Serge or use pinking shears to the fabric edge
    11. Finish armholes and necklines with fabric that is turned under
    13. Changes to assist in fit
    15. Symbol that indicates grain in a pattern layout
    16. Commercial pattern paper
    17. How to get curved edges to lay flat


    1. Temporary stitch
    3. Fabric on the interior of the garment that hides the seams
    6. 5/8” stitching line
    7. Direction of fabric with pile
    8. Finished edge of fabric
    9. At a 45 degree angle to the edge of the fabric
    10. Gives body to sections of the garment, including collars and cuffs
    12. Sewing supplies that are not fabric
    14. Parallel to the edge of fabric


    December 12, 2009 by Britex Fabrics

    Saturday Dec. 12th and Sunday Dec. 13th 2009 12:00 PM – 6:00PM at the San Francisco County Fair Building Golden Gate Park, SF. $2.00 Per Adult ~ 12 & Under free, 50% of Admission Fees Go To Charity. For $5 and a bag of clothes you can enter Swap-O-Rama-Rama. D.I.Y. experts will help you cut, sew, print and personalize your up-cycled fashion finds! 50% of this year’s door fees will be donated to the Out of Site Center For Arts Education and Keep Turning Heads.

  • Felt Penguin Clip

    December 10, 2009 by Britex Fabrics

    The elves on the 3rd floor of Britex made this sweet penguin clip out of felt and netting. Can’t you imagine one worn to Cirque du Soleil as a boutonniere on the lapel of your tails? With a burnt orange velveteen double-breasted vest and starched white shirt, you’d be the hit of the holiday party! (These snazzy clips are for sale at Britex Fabrics!)

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