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Sew Reversible Cloth Napkins

Maggie from the super homemaking and crafting blog Smashed Peas and Carrots, created this simple tutorial on Kirtsy for making double-sided cloth napkins. Cloth napkins are luxurious, thrifty and ecologically sound. Make a handful from cotton or linen fabrics in your stash, pack a picnic basket with cherry scones & a thermos of tea, and spend a lazy afternoon reading under a shady tree in the park!

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Venice Lace Bridal Gown – Michele

Here is a romantic bridal gown designed and created by local designer Michele for the wedding of Brie and Brian. This dress is made with a lovely Venice lace fabric from Britex Fabrics – we love the simple lines, v-neck, empire waist-line accented with silk satin ribbon, and the delicate scalloped hem that floats around Brie’s ankles. Photography by Mike Milne.

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Free Improv Sewing Workshop at Britex Fabrics: Make Your Own Scarf


Britex Fabrics is please to host Nicole Blum & Debra Immergut as they teach a scarf making workshop on Friday, May 4 from 2 -4 PM at Britex Fabrics in San Francisco. The sewing world is about to go improv! Join authors Nicole Blum and Debra Immergut and discover how to have more fun with your sewing machine in this free demo/workshop. Learn simple techniques for embellishing inexpensive knit jersey and adding a ton of personal style to your sewn projects. Get hands-on experience and leave with a beautiful, comfy jersey scarf. Beginners are welcome! Nicole and Debra are the authors of the just-published book Improv Sewing: A Freeform Approach to Creative Techniques: 101 Fast, Fun, and Fearless Projects: Dresses, Tunics, Scarves, Skirts, Accessories, Pillows, Curtains and More. Nicole is an artist, crafter, blogger, and sewing entrepreneur who sells her sewn jersey creations through her blog, One Golden Apple, and at craft fairs. Debra is a writer and content packager, and senior editor at FamilyFun magazine. She blogs with Nicole Blum at Improv Diary. The workshop, including materials and instructions by authors are free of charge (There are limited spaces.)

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Make an 18th Century Petticoat for Spring!

Lauren of American Duchess fame, created this tutorial on crafting an 18th century petticoat…..and who doesn’t need a new petticoat for spring? She says, “The cool thing about 18th c. petticoats is that they have a special and awesome way of being both adjustable to the wearer, and including secret pocket-slits so you can access your secret hanging pockets. Petticoats can be worn as underskirts, just on their own, or you can pile them up to create extra-huge puffy skirts. They can also be worn for other big-skirted centuries.” We love the knife pleating details. A poufy petticoat would be whimsically perfect to wear while swinging to and fro under a weeping willow tree, cloud watching, and day dreaming. Then afterwards, a wee tea-time picnic would be marvelous!

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Sale – 20% Off all Online Silk Sheer Fabrics

Online Sale of Silk Sheer Fabrics: Thursday, April 19th to Friday, May 4th, enjoy 20% savings on the entire online Silk Sheer Fabrics category! Sheer silk fabric is the most gossamer of textile delicacies! From airy silk chiffon to delicate silk organza, Britex Fabrics carries a variety of sheer silk fabrics. This is the ideal fabric to perfect the art of making French seams. Sheer silk fabric makes elegant blouses, beautiful ribbons, and stunning scarves…and of course is perfectly charming as wispy lingerie. (This sale is good for online silk sheer fabrics only – in-store silk sheer fabrics are not included in this sale)

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It is Raining Cats and Dogs!

It’s raining cats and dogs! Howie, of the blog WooWork.com: crochet creations for the playful at heart made this outdoor installation for Davie Village Community Garden in Vancouver, BC. We’re in love with the silly raindrops with their wee feline and canine faces. Here is Howie (with assistance from his girlfriend and his girlfriends’ mom) stringing up the drops…..of course, in the rain!

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Free 1740 Men’s Waistcoat Pattern

The folks at the Costume and Textiles Department at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)worked with Thomas John Bernard, a theatrical costume designer, to draft several men’s clothing patterns, including this man’s waistcoat. Originally made in silk plain weave (faille) with silk embroidery, and circa 1740, we crave this in iridescent brown taffeta lined with cool wintergreen silk….marvelous for a starry late night riverside picnic. Download this PDF for an annotated pattern.

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Cover Your Shoes with Fabric

What a fantabulous idea; Brookelynn from CraftZine has a tutorial for spiffing up old shoes with fabric. All you need are 1/2 yard of fabric, and a pair of sad, ugly shoes. We’d like to make like an urban Marie Antoinette, and cover a pair of sky-high wedgies with this lithesome embroidered silk fabric.

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Make a Bespoke Necktie

Kathleen from Fashion-Incubator has a wonderfully detailed post on making bespoke men’s neckties via reverse engineering. I am practically enamored with the photo of her father’s military necktie, and the nifty idea of sewing button-holes in the back of the tie in order to keep it in place by fastening it to ones shirt.

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Tetris Quilt Tutorial

Julie from QuilterGeek made this awesome Tetris quilt, and then created a Tetris quilt tutorial so you can make one too. Julie says, “I’m still practicing my machine quilting, but I really like this freehand design. I approached it like a curvy meander, but turned 90-degree angles instead. I was a bit wary of using the variegated thread, since any wonky quilting would show up very clearly on the back fabric, but I really like the way it turned out.”, and we agree!

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