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  • Linen Tunic by Susan (We Love Our Customers)

    May 30, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    I used a Burda pattern but changed the front neckline-shallow vee instead of
    long opening with buttons and loops.
    I washed the linen twice in hot water and then dried it in a hot dryer
    per Sandra Betzina's instructions so it is softer and will wrinkle
    less. I like the slightly wrinkled look which ads texture to the
    pattern. - Susan

    The fabric featured above is available online in our linen section here.

  • DIY Hexagon Denim Patchwork Chair (pillarboxblue.com)

    May 25, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    upcycle-jeans-chairs Using your old jeans or a variety of denim fabrics from the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store, you can create these hexagon denim patchwork covers by pillarboxblue.com for your chairs.

  • Tutorial: Upholster a Framed Diamond Tufted Headboard (Little Green Notebook)

    May 25, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    This DIY headboard re-upholstery tutorial by Jenny of Little Green Notebook has specific step by step instructions and is time consuming but worth the outcome. It shows you in detail how to re-purpose vintage headboards she found at a thrift store.  Using velvet, adhesive, foam, a Sharpie marker, a ruler, a needle, some thread, and some tools from her tool box, Jenny transformed old raggedy headboards into the fabulous one featured above! For the complete tutorial, please visit it here. For velvet fabric, and other fabulous home decor fabrics, please visit the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store, just off Union Square in San Francisco.

  • Celebrate Summer With Vintage Images and Swimwear for Creative Inspiration

    May 25, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    vintage-1960s-pool In the photo essay Celebrate Summer With Vintage Photos of Swimming Pools Across America by Lily Rothman and Liz Ronk, on time.com, they take us back to backyard pools of the past, in honor of this upcoming Memorial Day.

  • Last Chance to Fall in Love With Our Novelty Fabrics! 20% Off All Online Novelty Fabrics Now - 5/29!

    May 24, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    Fall In Love With Imported Novelties!

    Online Sale: 20% Off All Novelty Fabrics Now - 5/29!
    Britex Fabrics is renowned for sourcing unique, amazing textiles from all over the world, and our fashion novelty fabrics are often the most unusual and memorable pieces in our stock. Made of wool, silk, cotton, metallic, nylon, and more, these texturally rich fabrics make beautiful garments. Tweed, chenille, and bouclé novelty fabrics delight 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, and you'll add elegance and style to any solid, understated little black outfit. Many of our textured fashion novelty fabrics are blends, lending them a wonderful pliability and sheen. This online sale is from 5/16 - 5/29! Quantities are limited. This sale good for online novelty fabric category purchases* only 5/16 - 5/29. *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.

  • How to Sew Elastic Into Swimwear (indiesew.com)

    May 24, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    Sewing your own swimwear can be intimidating for some sewists, or a thrill for others. For many, it is a completely new experience. Sewing with ultra stretchy fabric, linings, clasps, and swimwear elastic is nothing like sewing up a flowy summer blouse. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Sewing your own bathing suit doesn’t have to be scary. Be sure to keep in mind that hand made swimwear will look different than store bought swimwear.

    Check out the step by step tutorial for sewing the elastic into your swimwear by Allie on indiesew.com here.

  • How to do a No-Dart Full Bust Adjustment (VintageOnTap)

    May 24, 2017 by VintageOnTap

    The Full Bust Adjustment can be a pretty tricky thing to wrap your head around, but it affects everything: even knit tops. A quick Google search for t-shirt and sweater sewing patterns can yield some amazing projects, but for some reason it escapes a lot of minds that a full bust adjustment is just as important on a wool knit garment as on a woven. For this project, I chose an elegant Indigo Wool Knit from Britex Fabrics.

  • Closed on Memorial Day!

    May 23, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex Fabrics will be closed for Memorial Day - Monday, May 29th.

  • Gentleman's Wardrobe

    May 23, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    The Gentleman's Wardrobe is a really great new book that we just got in on the third floor of our brick-and-mortar store. It includes patterns for shirts, a waistcoat, trousers, a jacket, boxer shorts, pajamas, slippers, a messenger bag, a wallet, a bow tie, a cap, and more. With each project it includes suggested fabrics and color photos of finished garments for men, as well as tools and other sewing resources. The Gentleman's Wardrobe is written by Vanessa Mooncie, and was just published this year. So often people have come in asking us for patterns for men's clothing, and this is a great place to start. Be sure to come in and check it out, and keep an eye out for the new patterns we just ordered for men's vests, pants, shirts, and more, arriving soon!


  • Quilt With Dinosaur Cutouts as Appliqués

    May 23, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    "Hi Sharman,

    It was nice to talk to you yesterday.  Here’s the quilt I made for my first grandson using all Britex fabrics.  I cut out the dinosaurs that were then sewn as applique with embroidery stitching for the “hills.”  The base fabric was the Royal British shirt fabric that was excellent to use because it doesn’t stretch and quilted well.  All the stitching was done by hand.  I made up the design.

    Your staff was very helpful to me in selecting the best fabrics with compatible “stretchability” so that the final result behaved properly.

    Thank you for having the best fabric store I’ve ever found – and I look everywhere I go!



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