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  • How to Sew a Necktie (

    May 17, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    Learn how to sew a necktie in less than 15 minutes! This necktie tutorial video is by Dana of madeeveryday. Use custom fabric to create your necktie instead of buying one at the store!
    A custom necktie is truly a great gift for so many occasions.


  • Jersey Knit Hoodie Pattern & Tutorial (

    May 8, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    img_7362-copy-768x512 This tutorial by Mayra of is one of the easiest hoodie tutorials and patterns you will come across online for an intermediate to advanced sewists! Since hoodies are very popular right now, this is the perfect spring jacket project. For the fall or winter, replace the jersey knit fabric with fleece. All knit category fabrics online are 20% off 5/2/2017 - 5/15/2017!

  • Mother's Day Quilted Wine Tote Sewing Tutorial (Kate of Needle & Spatula)

    May 1, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    wine-tote-1 This intermediate sewing project by Kate of Needle & Spatula is an excellent gift for a house warming, holiday gift, or any special occasion. Next time you are invited to a party you can gift a bottle of wine in this quilted wine tote, instead of scrambling last minute to find a gift bag and tissue paper. If you want to create an insulated version, be sure to include one layer of insulated batting to keep white wine cool during your travel. This project is especially great if you are in the Bay Area and are planning a trip for Mother's Day with your mom.

  • Easy-To-Sew Pajama Pants (Ruth - Living Well Spending Less)

    March 14, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    w704 With the recent time change, you may feel like staying in bed and sleeping in more often. And let's face it, if you are in New York or anywhere near the New England, the weather is probably keeping you indoors. Here is an easy and fun way to create pajama pants, while you are stuck indoors to pass the time. This tutorial by Ruth from Living Well Spending Less shows the step by step process for creating pajama pants for you or a child.

  • Simple Knit Ruffle Scarf Tutorial (Pinafores & Pinwheels)

    February 23, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    purple-knit-scarf This knit ruffle scarf tutorial by Stephanie from Pinafores & Pinwheels is a low-cost, 6 step, easy way to create a scarf, and can be completed in 15 - 20 minutes.

  • An Outlander Inspired Wrap From Britex Fabrics

    February 13, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    An unexpected visit to Britex Fabrics in the heart of San Francisco led to purchase some of her favorite materials for this easy DIY project.  Britex Fabrics originally opened its doors in 1952 and has since been considered one of the best locations for designers and anyone else seeking “creative inspiration.”  You are sure to find exactly what you are looking for, especially with four complete floors filled with an immense variety of fabrics and accessories.
    Supply List:
    • 1/2 yard of a plaid wool fabric (approximately 59" width)
    • 1/2 yard of satin fabric
    • 4 accent buttons of your choice
    •  Antique lace measured as per the width of the wrap
    • An iron to press the material during and following project completion.

  • DIY Felt Laptop Sleeve

    February 3, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    sleeve-1 Have you ever bought a laptop computer and wanted a case for it that expressed your personal style, or was made in your favorite color, and you just couldn't find one? Well, here is an easy way to create one personalized to your liking. Susi, on had purchased a new Mac laptop, only to find out that they had discontinued the size she bought, and therefore finding a case for it became near impossible, so she created her own. This project makes an excellent personalized gift for any occasion.

  • Two-tone Linen Infinity Scarf Tutorial by Guest Blogger Nicole (NicoleAtHome)

    January 3, 2017 by Nicole at Home

    img_5541 Who says you can't wear linen in the winter?  Using some amazing linen knit fabric from Britex Fabrics, I sewed up a beautiful and warm color-blocked infinity scarf, perfect for the colder months.  For my version, I chose two different colors--turquoise and navy--but this tutorial would work equally well if you wanted to go with a single color of fabric.   Here's what to do.

  • DIY Felt Coaster Project by jessyratfink (

    December 13, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    This easy and fun 5 step DIY felt coaster project by jessyratfink on makes an excellent holiday gift. It is an excellent way to practice the running stitch, blanket stitch, and the whip stitch. You will also learn how to choose felt and you will have the option of using the provided pattern or creating your own. If you do not know these stitches, you can learn these and other hand sewing techniques in one of our hand sewing workshops with hand sewing expert Natalie. (More dates coming soon for 2017)



    • 9 x 12 inch craft felt sheets (available on the third floor at Britex Fabrics)
    • Six stranded embroidery floss (available on the third floor at Britex Fabrics)


    • Hand embroidery needle
    • Sewing pins
    • Dressmaker's shears or other sharp fabric scissors
    • Felt tipped marker (like a Sharpie) and/or water soluble pen
    • PDF pattern (provided on


    Visit for the provided pattern and 5 step tutorial.



  • Farmers Market Grocery Bag - A DIY Project

    November 28, 2016 by Britex Fabrics


    Charming, practical, and quickly sewn, a market tote would make a great gift for just about everyone on your gift list! There are so many different grocery bag tutorials online, but this one by in sewing on Instructables is a fairly easy 13 step process. You can use an already existing bag as a pattern. Just cut off the seams at the top of the handles and the bottom seam. Then cut up each side so you have a pattern to use that looks not unlike a tank top shirt. Be sure to use two distinct different types of fabric to distinguish between the outside and the inside of the bag. We suggest cotton since it can be thrown in with your laundry. You can ready more here.


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