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  • Online Sale: 20% Off All Online Linen Fabrics Now - 8/21!

    August 15, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    We adore linen for its beautiful natural texture, breathability, and classic good looks. Britex is pleased to offer you a unique collection of linen fabrics, equally wonderful for garments and for home decorating uses. Enjoy linen as elegant duvet covers, comfy lounge pillows, tailored curtains, louche summer suits, chic dresses, and delicately pleated skirts! This sale is good for online linen fabric categories only 8/8 to 8/21. *This online sale does not apply to in-store, email, phone, or Customized Swatch purchases.

  • DIY Ruffle Hem Wrap Skirt (apairandasparediy.com)

    July 19, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    img_1174 This gingham wrap skirt by Geneva of apairandasparediy.com is voluminous and provides just the type of fashion confidence boost a person needs during the summer months. The pattern is included on her blog post, and this project is not recommended for beginners. The gingham fabric that is available in over half a dozen colors on the second floor of our brick-and-mortar store, is not your average run of the mill cotton, but a beautifully smooth, tightly woven fabric!

  • Dressmakers Have Good Eyes, And Not Just For Style! (NPR)

    June 19, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    gettyimages-97937205-9b9c239fdd537a6091b76fb68a986525165844b0-s800-c85Elena Fantini/Getty Images
    We always suspected that hand sewists have superpowers: and it turns out we're right! A small study published by UC Berkeley found that dressmakers who do a lot of hand sewing seem to have better stereoscopic vision than participants from any other profession that does fine manual work--including surgeons and dentists. Stereoscopic vision is the ability to accurately perceive depth and distance between objects — to see in 3-D. And dressmakers are the only group of professionals who seem to have enhanced powers in this department. For the complete article about stereoscopic vision, please visit the NPR article here. If you want to improve your hand sewing and stereoscopic skills, just register for our Hand Sewing 101 workshop with Natalie!

  • 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 Hem a Dress in Only 6 Steps (by Amy of cozyreverie)

    May 17, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    capture Here is a quick and easy way to hem a dress in only 6 steps, by Amy of cozyreverie! Materials used: - measuring tape - pencil - fabric scissors - sewing machine - pins

  • Easy Half Circle Spring Skirt Sewing Tutorial (itsalwaysautumn.com)

    April 17, 2017 by Britex Fabrics

    how-to-sew-half-circle-skirt-easy-sewing-tutorial-womens-4 This skirt is super easy to sew, especially when you use a stretchy knit fabric! This simple tutorial by It's Always Autumn is a super easy way to create a skirt that is both comfortable and great for spring. This project is such a piece of cake, you won't even have to bother with zippers or buttons.

  • Sewing Classes & Workshops in the San Francisco Bay Area

    February 24, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


  • 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.

  • 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 justcraftyenough.com 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.

  • Simple Card holder Wallet Tutorial

    January 9, 2017 by Britex Fabrics


    This is a simple DIY card holder tutorial by Lucy in Manchester, UK. Lucy teaches sewing and quilting classes and blogs under Charm About You. You can fit at least 3 or 4 cards in each pocket. You can use thread that is the same color as your fabric or leather, or you can use a contrasting color to make the stitching pop. This project only requires 3 cuts! You will need 1 piece of felt, (available on the third floor of our brick-and-mortar store) medium weight fabric or leather (available on the fourth floor of our brick-and-mortar store) that is 8" x 3" and 2 pieces that are 3" x 3 1/4". You have the option of creating a hole on each side to make it easier to slip your cards in and out or taking the easier route and not creating holes. For the complete project, please visit Lucy's tutorial here.

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