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  • Make a Felt Baby ABC Book!

    February 10, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    It is the year of the dragon, so don’t be too surprised to see babies blooming like posies! Claire from Craftzine made this tutorial for a group baby gift -- an old-fashioned felt cloth alphabet book. Clair says, “The book is beautiful, hilarious, and put together by friends with all levels of artistic skills. I love the different approaches to each page and that the personality of each contributor is obvious as you flip through the book…The great thing about this project is that you could organize a "mailed baby shower" for a friend who is far away, or at least allow distant friends and family to participate in a baby gift that will be personal and meaningful.

  • Free Chinese Dragon to Embroider

    February 10, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    According to Chinese tradition, the year of the dragon is particularly auspicious for new babies, and Aimee, blogstress and craftster extraordinaire, brings us a free Chinese dragon transfer to embroider. This sly fire-breather would be charming stitched upon a pillowcase, tea towels, or even a draw-string laundry bag!

  • Britex will Close Early on 2/11/2012

    February 10, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex fabrics will close at 4:30pm on Saturday, February 11th for the Chinese New Year parade!

  • Geek-tastic Headband

    January 16, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

  • Sew a Car Kit!

    January 16, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Megan at HoliDash made this awesome tutorial for a handy car kit to keep in your car’s glove box. Sew one with Britex Fabrics’ sports fabric from our 4th floor, and then pack it with all the necessary tools and emergency accruements. Band-Aids, tweezers, stain remover, a flashlight, a cell phone battery, toiletries…..and who knows what else. This would make a swell Father’s Day gift for all the dads in your life.

  • Owlet - Paula and Billie

    January 16, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Every day is owlet day. Paula made this adorable owlet costume for her daughter Billie’s first Halloween, and then gave a shout-out to Britex special helpers Casey and Abraham. I love Billie’s feathery tufts, calico beak, and button eyes. What a chirpy bouncing baby owl!

  • We'll be Open on Martin Luther King Day, 1/16/2012

    January 9, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex fabrics will be open from 10am to 6pm on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 16TH.

  • Making Hand Sewn Buttonholes

    January 4, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

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    Jeffery from the tailoring blog, Made by Hand: the great Sartorial Debate presents this classic video tutorial on making hand-sewn buttonholes called “Hand Made Buttonholes: Making suit sleeve buttonholes by hand one Sunday morning”, set to music played by Pablo Casals. All that is lacking is a mug of spiced hot chocolate and a sleeping cat.

  • Making a Shirt Placket

    January 3, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Pam from off-the-cuff-style has helpfully posted a page from a vintage sewing book, "Dressmaking Made Easy", 1941, McCall Corporation, on making two piece sleeve plackets. She says, “This is the way I was trained to sew a sleeve placket (also known as a "gauntlet") by my mentor, an "old world" Tailor with exacting standards of excellence. I still use this method almost every time...a placket with 2 separate pieces, the overlap and underlap. By using 2 pieces, I find I have more control to fold and press most accurately. Additionally a 2-piece placket offers more design opportunities, such as using different fabrics for the over and underlap....even changing the top (peak) of the overlap...perhaps making it square, curved (rounded), and more.” We love these plackets for the debonair touch it adds to shirt sleeves, and are enormously enamored of making ours with a contrasting scrap of fabric; wee bits of flowered Liberty of London cotton lawn are perfect for this purpose!

  • Missoni Knit Summer Frock - Paule

    December 30, 2011 by Britex Fabrics

    Paule from Quebec writes, “A lovely and extremely comfortable dress made from Missoni knit brought back to Quebec City from a trip to San Francisco this summer. Thank you Britex for these great fabrics!” We love the rich warm stripes, ranging in shades from raspberry, to rust, to taupe, to rose..…all interspersed with black. What a winsome summer frock!

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