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  • New - Online Sale of Cotton and Linen Fabric!

    August 24, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    We just added several stretch cotton fabrics, lightweight & midweight cotton fabrics, and linen/cotton blends to our online  Sale section, including several imported fabrics. These will be on sale until September 21st! We are particularly fond of this imported midweight stretch cotton brocade blend - a soft stretch cotton brocade is a lively floral baby canary yellow. It would be chic as a fitted a-line dress, or perhaps as a sassy cropped bolero jacket. Made in Italy. Online only.


  • Make a Tweed-Covered Bench for Fall

    August 24, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Jennifer from the blog TheChroniclesOfHome nests with ease and style! Here, she has written a tutorial on building an upholstered bench with nailhead trim. She says, “My great-grandfather was an upholsterer and I'm beginning to think this fondness for building things with my hands (and some awesome power tools) might be in my blood...It may look like a lot of work, and while not quite a leisurely afternoon project, I promise you the whole thing took me no more than 5-6 hours total.” This would be a great autumnal home sprucing up project – make it with our spiffy black and white tweed fabric, trim it with luxurious black braiding, and finish it off with decorative silver nailheads...and then cozy up with a cup of hot cider, plate of salted walnut shortbread cookies, and a mesmerizing mystery.


  • How to Make Epaulets for Children

    August 23, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Shannon of the crafting blog ShannonMakesStuff made these amazing and spectacular epaulets for her nephew’s 8th birthday party, and then posted a tutorial on how to make them for the rest of us. He asked his mom if he could have a “fancy dance where they play tango music and dress up.” He has a tux, and as we all know, a tuxes and tangos are incomplete without a little fringe! And who could resist this dapper accessory – it incorporates fringe, monogramming, glitter, and lots of love.


  • How to Sew with a Double Needle

    August 23, 2012 by Britex Fabrics


  • 3rd Grade Book Bag with Lizzie!

    August 23, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    It is time to return to school, and we thought of Lizzie and her special San Francisco book bag! Nancy emailed us with photos of her and her granddaughter Lizzie’s Britex Fabrics summer vacation visit. Lizzie is 7 years old, learning to sew, reads the Britex blog faithfully, and was delighted to visit Britex in person. Nancy says, “We came home with a lovely stash of fabrics, and the first thing we made was her book bag (McCalls 6176) from your "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" fabric. She'll put that to use when she starts 3rd grade in Denton, TX. Thanks to all of you, especially the 4th floor ladies who gave her a nice sampling of shiny fabrics. We look forward to visiting you again.” Lizzie, email us photos of your sewing and craft projects using Britex materials...we’d love to feature them on the blog!


  • Magician and her Props - Tina

    August 17, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    [vimeo clip_id="47643395"]Tina, an animation student at the Academy of Art in San Francisco, made this adorable stop motion animation of an exasperated magician looking through her props. It is difficult to believe this is Tina’s first piece of animation. The puppet's costume and her props are made from Britex Fabric goods; the black Lycra is from second floor, and the trims from the third floor. I love how she used a bit of shiny red satin elastic trim for the magician’s skirt....and I love the surprise ending!


  • Keep Calm and Carry On & Corgis!

    August 16, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Angela, from CrossStitcher # 253 designed this free PDF chart of tiny Corgis sporting dapper handkerchiefs….including one with a verrrry British Union Jack! And Amanda from AmandaKennedyBlogs made a free chart based on the Keep Calm and Carry On poster produced by the UK government during the beginning of the Second World War, and intended to raise the morale of the British public in the event of invasion. Either of these designs would be super fantabulous adorning refrigerator magnets, iPhone cases, or bookmarks…hint: it isn’t too early to start stitching holiday gifts for special pals! Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics' 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.


  • PPR and Britex Fabrics

    August 16, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex Fabrics, Susi and JustCraftyEnough are now strutting down PPR, Project Project Runway! Challenge #3 is met by the House of Cornish with this silvery grey silk ball gown. Suitable for any red carpet (including the Emmys), this gown owed the inspiration for its color from the Lexus car color, Nebula Pearl Grey. We love the dress’ graceful folds as the gently cascaded diagonally to the floor! This lightweight 54” wide silvery silk fabric is now on sale in Britex fabric’s online store; regularly $29.99, now $23.99 per yard!


  • Compass Rose Quilt by Priscilla

    August 14, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Melody, Britex Fabrics’ quilting second floor mistress, sent us an email with a photo of this stunning quilt. Priscilla made this lovely compass rose quilt from fabric from Britex Fabrics. The wider outer border is a Liberty of London fabric that she had saved for many years in anticipation of using it for something marvelous. We love Priscilla’s finely detailed trapunto work!


  • Free BurdaStyle Shift Pattern - 8/10/12 Only

    August 10, 2012 by Britex Fabrics

    Today, Friday the 10th only, BurdaStyle is offering this easy, but sleek shift pattern for free! This pattern comes with two neckline versions – either a mandarin collar, or collarless and with a gentle rounded neckline. It only takes 2 3/4 yards of fabric, and is a breeze to whip up...make it in Italian imported slate grey stretch wool for a flattering and sophisticated frock.


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