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  • Online Sale: 20% Off All Online Knit Category Fabrics 2/21 - 3/6

    February 16, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    Online Sale: 20% Off All Online Knit Category Fabrics 2/21 - 3/6
    Knits, a Travel Friendly Fabric! 

    We love sewing with knit fabrics. Our knit fabrics are great for making zipper-enhanced hoodies, upscale t-shirts, comfy yoga pants, warm weather scarves, or chic Diane von Furstenberg wrap style dresses. Knits are especially great for travel since they are wrinkle resistant! All online knit category fabrics are on sale, including cotton, polyester, rayon, wool and scuba knits. 2/21 - 3/6.

    Quantities are limited, so order your swatches now! This sale good for online knit fabric category purchases* only 2/21 - 3/6. *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.

  • 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 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.

  • In-Store Sale Two Days Only!

    February 15, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


  • Adjusting a Pattern For a Reversible Knit Fabric (CSews)

    February 15, 2017 by Chuleenan of CSews

    reversible-toaster-sweater-2   For a long time, I've been intrigued with the idea of making something reversible. I got the opportunity with this wonderful reversible ponte knit fabric at Britex Fabrics. It has a really nice weight and drape. This lovely heathered red is a warm black on the reverse. Sometimes the black seems dark brown to me and other times it seems black, depending on the lighting. reversible-1

  • Online Sale: 20% Off All Online Fashion Novelty Fabrics! Now - 2/20

    February 15, 2017 by Britex Fabrics




    Britex Fabrics is internationally renowned for our ability to scout the world for unique, amazing textiles. We have a marvelous selection of fashion novelty fabrics, including tweeds, brocades, and bouclés. These texturally rich fabrics make beautiful garments, delighting us with their contrast of nubby texture and soft hand. Make a swinging bolero jacket, a long mysterious cape, a Chanel-style jacket, or a tailored vest; add elegance and style to any solid, understated little black outfit. Many of our textured novelty fabrics are blends, lending them a wonderful pliability and sheen. This sale is good for online Novelty fabric category purchases* Now - 2/20. *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.

  • We Love Our Customers (Raw Silk Tweed Fabric Woven From Saris)

    February 14, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    Our wonderful long standing customers, Sharon stopped in today wearing a gorgeous jacket that she created from our fabulous raw silk tweed that is woven from saris. She has been shopping at Britex Fabrics for decades and is one of our amazing talented customers. This silk is available on the first floor of our brick-and-mortar store. It is 48" wide and $59.99 per yard.

  • 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 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.

  • Mending Your Favorite Pair of Jeans

    February 9, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    With all the rain we've been having in the Bay Area lately, many of us have been spending an incredible amount of time indoors, and have probably been going through our closets and drawers looking for clothing to donate, get rid of, or mend. This 30 minute tutorial from will show you how to patch your jeans seamlessly, which will save the time and money it would take you to buy a new pair. All the supplies you will need are available in our brick-and-mortar store in San Francisco. (straight pins, denim fabric, thread, needle scissors, etc.) For the complete mending tutorial, please visit Craft Leftovers here.


  • Valentine's Day 30% Off Online Sale

    February 8, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    30% Off All* Online Items!
    Tuesday, February 14th, 2017


    Celebrate Valentine's Day with our online store-wide 30% off sale! Shop in your pajamas while curled up on your sofa, coffee and ginger scone in hand with the Britex Fabrics first ever online Valentine's Day Sale! Tempting textiles, slithery silks, cozy woolens, smashing couture tweeds, dashing blazer buttons, elegant silk ribbons, travel-worthy knits and more.  Almost everything* in our online store is 30% off on Tuesday, February 14th!

    * Exceptions: Online store sale is limited to stock online. Excluded from this sale are French Chantilly & Alençon lace trim, Liberty cottons, silk tulle, previously discounted items, Customized Swatch order fulfillment, mail order, phone order and gift certificates.

  • Summer of Love: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll at the de Young

    February 7, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    Get inspired by 1960s music, art, and fashion this spring! The Summer of Love: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll exhibit will feature over 300 significant cultural artifacts from the summer of love, including over 150 from the museum's permanent collection. Included in this exhibit are rock posters, photographs, interactive multimedia shows, costumes, textiles, avante-garde films and more. The period is marked by groundbreaking developments in art, fashion, music, and politics.

    "Distinctive codes of dress also set members of the Bay Area counterculture apart from mainstream America. Local designers began to create fantastic looks using a range of techniques and materials, including leatherwork, hand-painting, knitting and crotchet, embroidery, repurposed denim, and tie-dye. These innovators included Birgitta Bjerke, aka 100% Birgitta; Mickey McGowan, aka the Apple Cobbler; Burray Olson; and Jeanne Rose."

    In conjunction with this exhibit, the de Young will be presenting a curator and staff lecture on Thursday, February 23rd from 10:30am - 12:30pm. The Summer of Love: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll exhibit will run from April 8th, 2017 - August 20th, 2017.

    For more information or to order tickets, please visit the de Young website here.

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