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  • Easy to Sew Lined Curtains

    October 29, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    Rachael at Sew, Mama, Sew made up this easy to follow tutorial for making basic lined curtains. She demonstrates by sewing up a pair of charmingly classic gingham kitchen curtains. This method could be used for any simple lined curtain; I would love to make them up in luxurious mustard velveteen, lined with violet cotton sateen.

  • Cross-Stitch a Faux Pumpkin

    October 29, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    Meg from has posted this handy tutorial on cross-stitching a faux citrouille. All you need is patience, creativity, a fake pumpkin, thick yarn, a bamboo skewer (the ones you use for kebabs) or an ice pick or something similar, a yarn needle, and a pencil. We love the wonderful vintage feel of this Halloween project…and of course, one could also cross-stitch a pattern to any faux item! I imagine a Thanksgiving cornucopia centerpiece of happily grinning vegetables! FYI: Aida cloth is available on Britex Fabrics' 4th floor, and needles and floss is available on our 3rd floor.

  • Free Vintage Detachable Collar Patterns

    October 28, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    We have peered into our glittery glass ball, and predict that detachable collars are making a come-back! Here are over a dozen patterns for men's and women's detachable collars from the 1850s to the 1930s - update: you must log in to see these now! These are copied from collars in the collection of Tara Maginnis, and brought to us courtesy of the fine folks at The Costumer's Manifesto. One culd make starched and snowy white linen collars, paisley Liberty of London collars, or a plethora of colored collars to match ones mood. I am quite enamored with the "Lido" gent's wingtip collar… all I need is a dove grey frockcoat and an ebony cane! Of course, Britex Fabrics’ 2nd floor has many luxurious cottons, linens, and shirtings that would be eminently suitable for your next detachable collar.

  • Vintage Transfer Embroidered Vegetables

    October 27, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    How could anyone not eat their veggies! These embroidered vintage vegetables were originally published by doe-c-doe and are from The Vitamin Ball. Love is all around, with adoringly smooching squash and radishes, and carousing squash playing a squeezebox of peas. All brought to us by the wondrous Cherie of French-Knots: All Things Stitchy.

  • Amish-Inspired Wall Hanging - Susan

    October 27, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    Susan made this wall hanging for Mel from colorful Kona cotton from Britex Fabric’s 2nd floor. The coloring is Amish-inspired and piecing patterns include the old-fashioned Pinwheel. Susan is a member of the San Francisco Quilters Guild. We love the all the berry, plum and purple colors, combined with the underwater blues!

  • Veiled Halloween Hat - Kristin

    October 27, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    Never trust someone in a mysteriously veiled All Hallows Eve hat, ‘specially if they have that drop-dead pensive look; is she thinking about getting a grilled cheese sandwich for a rainy day lunch, or is there something more sinister on her mind? Kristin made this snazzy little number with Britex hat veiling, rhinestones, and a hat form from the 3rd floor, and spooky skull fabric from the 2nd floor!

  • Cable-Knit Fisherman Sweater Pattern

    October 22, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    Norah at designed a swingin’ cabled fisherman sweater with a nod to the 1960s beatnik. We love the groovy boat neck, 3/4 length sleeves, and fitted shape. It makes me want to get down and do the wah watusi!

  • Felt Cat Broach Tutorial

    October 22, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    Salley, author of Felt Wee Folk, offers up this folk art inspired kitty cat broach tutorial. It is an easy way to practice some basic embroidery stitches including the blanket stitch, chain stitch, satin stitch and fly stitch. These would make lovely tokens of love for all of your furry loving pals, and are a great group craft project. Meow!

  • Yarn, Knitting Books, and Hand-Knit Scarves Sale

    October 22, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    Britex is having a sale on knitting books, yarn and hand-knit scarves. All knitting books are 20% off, all hand-knit items are 20%, off, and all yarn is 30% off. Yarns include mohair/silk, sparkly, nylon, hand-painted, cotton, and more. There is limited availability, so come quickly for the best selection. (knitting needles are not on sale)

  • Mitered Cornered Napkins - Melody

    October 21, 2010 by Britex Fabrics

    Melody from Britex’s second floor made these finely festive autumn napkins for a friend. We love the attention that she took to turning the napkins mitered corners and the lush fall cotton fabric. Although we have sold out of this particular pumpkin-strewn style, similar fabrics are available in our second floor cotton department.

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