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  • It's Aprons and Brownies Time!

    January 10, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    Everyone has been buying apron patterns! Is it the cold weather that makes folks want to stay in, sew aprons, and bake brownies? We have the perfect fabric for a spiffy new apron. Britex Fabrics, Coit Tower, the Golden Gate Bridge, trolleys, and more – this quilting weight cotton fabric lets us know exactly where you left your heart! Here is our iconic San Francisco fabric made into an apron - just the thing to wear while drinking coffee and baking a batch of salted mocha brownies for your pals at work! This apron pattern is the 1940s Val from the Kitchen  by Decades of Style. If this apron style doesn't float your boat, then the folks at Tipnut graciously offered three free booklets packed full of apron patterns – full aprons, half aprons, smocked aprons and more!


  • 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.


  • DIY 10 Minute Cozy Cowl Scarf (BlogLovin)

    January 6, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Along the lines of our recent reversible infinity scarf tutorial by our guest blogger NicoleAtHome, we bring you this cowl scarf by Melanie from The Littlest Studio. Melanie's blog was rated one of the top blogs by AllFreeSewing and CraftGossip. This project is easy to make, can be completed in about 10 minutes, and is the perfect quick winter project. She suggests that you use plaid fabric and minky fleece, (available on the fourth floor at Britex Fabrics) or any warm fuzzy fabric, but you can really use any kind of fabric. Just be sure to remember to use stretch stitches instead of straight stitches if you choose a fabric that stretches. You will need 1/4 yard of fabric that is at least 32" wide for the outer layer, 1/4 yard of fabric that is at least 32" wide for the inner layer and thread.
    For Melanie's complete tutorial, please visit it here.


  • Make It With Wool Ohio First Place and 2nd Runner-up National Winner

    January 6, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Hello!  Just wanted to share the results of Meighan's Make It With Wool entry for Ohio.  She won 1st in the adult division for the state of Ohio and ended up 2nd runner-up nationally in the adult division.  Being the youngest entrant in that division I think she held her own pretty well... but, hey, I am her mom so I might be a tad bit biased lol!  The beautiful blue crepe in the dress is from our favorite store, BRITEX!!!:-)  Thanks again for always being so willing to help out..especially at crunch time!. I hope that you enjoy the photo!

    Sincerely,
    Melinda Stevens
    Ohio Make It With Wool Direrctor


  • Online Fabric Sale - Decorate Your Daydreams With Linen!

    January 5, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Online sale: 20% off all online Linen Category fabrics 1/10 - 1/23. We adore linen for its beautiful natural texture, breathability, and classic good looks. Made from the fibers of the flax plant, linen is one of the oldest known textiles. Britex is pleased to offer you a unique collection of linen fabric, hightlighted by our amazing Irish linen. Equally wonderful for home decorating use and garments, we love linen fabric for elegant duvet covers, comfy lounge pillows, tailored curtains, louche summer suits, chic dresses, and delicately pleated skirts. Our online linen sale starts on January 10th and ends on January 23rd. This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch Service purchases.  *Some exceptions apply. Quantities are limited, so order your swatches now! This sale is good for online linen fabric category purchases* only 1/10 - 1/23. *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.

     

     


  • Fabric Sale: Let Our Scintillating Silks Seduce you! (Sale Ends 1/9)

    January 5, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

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    Let our NEW scintillating silks seduce you!

    Britex Fabrics loves everything about silk and it shows. Silk is a natural fiber that is usually derived from the mulberry silkworm’s cocoons. Silk has it all; it is smooth, soft, strong, and lustrous. Silk is ethereal for a summer frock, and just as smart for a winter frock-coat lining. We delight in traipsing about to find you the most chic Italian silks, natty necktie silks, brilliant jacquard silks, and airy sheer silk chiffons.

    20% off all online silk category fabrics now - 1/9!


  • 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.

  • NEW! - SEDUCTIVELY STUPENDOUS SILKS!

    December 29, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    Let our NEW scintillating silks seduce you!

    Britex Fabrics loves everything about silk and it shows. Silk is a natural fiber that is usually derived from the mulberry silkworm’s cocoons. Silk has it all; it is smooth, soft, strong, and lustrous. Silk is ethereal for a summer frock, and just as smart for a winter frock-coat lining. We delight in traipsing about to find you the most chic Italian silks, natty necktie silks, brilliant jacquard silks, and airy sheer silk chiffons.

    20% off all online silk category fabrics now - 1/9!

     


  • Holiday Hours For Britex Fabrics

    December 29, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    We will close at 4:30 on Saturday, December 31st.

    We are closed Monday, January 2nd.

    Best wishes and a happy new year to all of you from everyone at Britex Fabrics!


  • Online Sale: 20% Off All Online Silk Category Fabrics 12/27 - 1/9

    December 27, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    Join us for our online silk fabric sale, with 20% off most of our seductively gorgeous silk fabrics*! Britex Fabrics loves everything about silk and it shows. Silk has it all; it is smooth, soft, natural strong, and lustrous. We delight in traipsing about to find you the most chic Italian silks, brilliant jacquard silks, and airy sheer silk chiffons. Order your swatches now for the best selection! Our online silk sale starts on December 27th and ends on January 9th. This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch Service purchases.  *Some exceptions apply. Quantities are limited, so order your swatches now! This sale is good for online silk fabric category purchases* only 12/27 - 1/9. *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.


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