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  • 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

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    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.


  • Give the Gift of Sewing!

    December 16, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    An awesome gift idea for the sewers in your life! A 14 piece sewing kit in a ready-to-gift box that includes #magneticpincushion #pins #glassheadpins #tapemeasure #seamripper #tailorscissors #threadsnips #craftclips #safetypins #sewingguage #erasablepen #ironvanishingpen #rotarycutter #cuttingmat #ruler $95 plus tax on the third floor of our brick-and-mortar store in San Francisco, just off #unionsquare Come see us or call 415-392-2910 and ask for our notions department! #sewingkit #sewing #sew #gift #holiday #gifts #sewingbox

     

     


  • DIY Felt Coaster Project by jessyratfink (instructables.com)

    December 13, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    This easy and fun 5 step DIY felt coaster project by jessyratfink on instructables.com 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)

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    Materials:

    • 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)

    Tools:

    • 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 instructables.com)

     

    Visit instructables.com for the provided pattern and 5 step tutorial.

     

     


  • Holiday Gift & Stocking Stuffer Ideas

    December 13, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    Come to the third floor of our brick-and-mortar store for awesome holiday gift and stocking stuffers for the sewers in your life. We have a variety of sewing kits, travel scissors, sewing sheers, measuring tapes, sewing chalk markers, clips, rotary cutters, seam rippers, novelty pin cushions, magnetic pin holders, clips, thread, ribbon, and so much more.


  • Farmers Market Grocery Bag - A DIY Project

    November 28, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    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.

     


  • Anastasia - League of Legends Costume (We Love Our Customers)

    November 14, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    "My name is Anastasia Uhland.  I am in the 9th grade at Monte Vista High School in Danville CA.  I learned how to sew in my 7th grade clothing class.  Last month I had a great time visiting  Britex Fabrics.  It was fun to climb the stairs and explore all the levels in the store.  I enjoyed talking with the lady who helped us select our fabrics.  We found some in the bargain area that were prefect!  The fabrics were pink and purple, polyester.   I had created the pattern to fit myself and wore the costume to school on Halloween.  The character is from the video game, League of Legends.  I can't wait to visit the store again soon!"

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  • Project Real Way Challenge #6: Streetwear For the Urban Jungle

    November 8, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    The Challenge: This week’s challenge was to create a streetwear look for the ‘Urban Jungle’. The contestants on the show went to Orlando Studios to see the new ‘Reign of Kong’ ride to get inspired for the jungle… I just watched the movie trailer.

  • Light Up Phoenix Costume Tutorial

    October 27, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    Need a last minute Halloween costume idea? The tutorial for this gorgeous phoenix costume that can be found on Instructables, by Natalina, is a little more of a challenge than some of the other projects we have presented, but it can be created in 15 steps, and the pattern from BurdaStyle is pretty intuitive, with access to a dress form. This is the second Instructable post by Natalina. Natalina is a designer with a degree in fashion design. Most of the items you will need for this project, including feathers and trims can be found on the second and third floor of our brick-and-mortar store. For the how to, visit Instructables here.

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    For the the headpiece tutorial, please visit the other part of this Instructable here.

     


  • Tips For Sewing With Silk

    October 25, 2016 by MissCrayolaCreepy

    miss-crayola-creepy-britex-named-asaka-kimono-7 Have you ever been afraid of sewing with a fabric for absolutely no reason? I was terrified of sewing with silk chiffon because I had heard that it was difficult to sew. Unfortunately, my fear of sewing with silk definitely outweighed by love of wearing it. Well, until I made this lovely Named Asaka Kimono top, that is. If I wanted this fabric/pattern combo to work I would need to immediately take a chill pill and get over my silly little fear. pattern

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