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  • 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.


  • A Victorian Wedding: Bridesmaid Dresses, Junior Bridesmaid Dresses and Waistcoats

    December 21, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    A while back our sales associate Flynn assisted our customer Janet with choosing some amazing cotton and sateen fabrics for her wedding. We received an email from her thanking him. Here's to another satisfied Britex Fabrics customer. 001-ceremony-204-of-281-x2

  • Little Red Pinup Holiday Dress Project by Guest Blogger Bianca (VintageOnTap)

    December 21, 2016 by VintageOnTap

    December is always an excuse to drown myself in the holiday spirit, surrounding myself in red and white and gold. The opportunity to stitch up a dress for the season couldn’t be missed, so I decided to sew Butterick B5603, a pattern I’ve had in my stash for a while. Pairing up with both Britex Fabrics and fellow seamstress Allie J, I got to work.  
    Techniques I specifically cover in my video were the creation of silk organza strips that are used to stabilize bias cut edges including the neck, arm scythes, and the top of the skirt to prevent warping or stretching. I also discuss underlining the entire garment in silk charmeuse and break down the process, step by step.
     

  • 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!


  • Give the Gift of Sewing!

    December 16, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    An awesome gift idea for the sewers in your life! A 14 piece sewing kit in a ready-to-gift box that includes #magneticpincushion #pins #glassheadpins #tapemeasure #seamripper #tailorscissors #threadsnips #craftclips #safetypins #sewingguage #erasablepen #ironvanishingpen #rotarycutter #cuttingmat #ruler $95 plus tax on the third floor of our brick-and-mortar store in San Francisco, just off #unionsquare Come see us or call 415-392-2910 and ask for our notions department! #sewingkit #sewing #sew #gift #holiday #gifts #sewingbox

     

     


  • Everything to Create An Ugly Sweater This Holiday Season

    December 15, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    Come into Britex Fabrics for everything you need to create the most fabulous "ugly sweater" this holiday season! Check out our third floor notions in our brick-and-mortar store for all of the items pictured above and so much more.


  • Britex Fabrics Declared a Legacy by the Non-Profit San Francisco Heritage

    December 14, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    vintage-bf-with-frame       It's official! Britex Fabrics is now a Legacy Business of San Francisco. Established by the non-profit San Francisco Heritage, the Legacy program recognizes small local businesses who have proven to be historic assets to their communities for at least 30 years. We are so proud to continue to be an integral part of San Francisco's style and culture since 1952, and honored by this designation.

  • 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)

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    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.

     

     


  • Holiday Gift & Stocking Stuffer Ideas

    December 13, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    Come to the third floor of our brick-and-mortar store for awesome holiday gift and stocking stuffers for the sewers in your life. We have a variety of sewing kits, travel scissors, sewing sheers, measuring tapes, sewing chalk markers, clips, rotary cutters, seam rippers, novelty pin cushions, magnetic pin holders, clips, thread, ribbon, and so much more.


  • Contest - Come by Our Brick-and-Mortar Store & Guess How Many Safety Pins!

    December 12, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    Come in to Britex Fabrics and guess how many safety pins were used in creating the fabulous safety pin dress on display in our front window. If you guess correctly or if you are the person who guesses closest to the actual number, you will win a prize! This contest is limited to in-store visits until December 31st, 2016 and is not available online or via email.

    Our brick-and-mortar store is located at 146 Geary Street in San Francisco, just off of Union Square. Please stop by for more details. Our store hours are 10:00am - 6:00pm Monday through Saturday. We are closed on Sunday.

    We will close at 4:30 on Saturday, December 24th & Saturday, December 31st.
    We are closed Monday, December 26th and Monday, January 2nd.
    Best wishes to all of you from everyone at Britex Fabrics for a restful, creative, and wonderful holiday season!


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