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  • 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.

  • Little Red Pinup Holiday Dress Project by Guest Blogger Bianca (VintageOnTap)

    December 21, 2016 by VintageOnTap

    December is always an excuse to drown myself in the holiday spirit, surrounding myself in red and white and gold. The opportunity to stitch up a dress for the season couldn’t be missed, so I decided to sew Butterick B5603, a pattern I’ve had in my stash for a while. Pairing up with both Britex Fabrics and fellow seamstress Allie J, I got to work.  
    Techniques I specifically cover in my video were the creation of silk organza strips that are used to stabilize bias cut edges including the neck, arm scythes, and the top of the skirt to prevent warping or stretching. I also discuss underlining the entire garment in silk charmeuse and break down the process, step by step.
     

  • Furoshiki Gift Wrapping with Fabric

    December 18, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

    Do you have a fabric lover in your life? Use fabric instead of throw away paper to wrap your gifts! The Ministry of the Environment Government of Japan published a guide on Furoshiki, an origami-like fabric folding technique for wrapping gifts. Combine beauty, creativity, and sustainability when wrapping your gift. And, of course, Britex Fabrics has scads of beauteous fabrics!


  • 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.

     

     


  • Red Plaid Wool Jacket with Scarf by Guest Blogger Shams (Communing With Fabric)

    December 5, 2016 by Communing with Fabric

    img_4041-red-wool-plaid Hey! It's Shams from Communing with Fabric with another project made from a fabulous Britex fabric! For this project, my assignment was to choose one of Britex's beautiful wools. I visited the store just a couple days before I left for Europe to make my choice. After much deliberation, I selected Mock Patchwork Plaid Wool.

  • 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.

     


  • How to Sew In-Seam Pockets into a Waist Seam (Christine Haynes - Citystitching)

    November 21, 2016 by CityStitching

    dress-2 Like most people, I love having pockets in my garments. Pockets can come in many forms–patch, welt, in-seam, etc–depending on the garment and the style. One of the most common pocket styles to find in dresses and skirts are in-seam pockets. An in-seam pocket is where the pocket is literally sewn into the side seam, so it becomes invisible to see on the outside of the garment, but is right there at the hip whenever you need it. For dresses, typically the in-seam pocket is simply sewn into the garment as part of the side seam. The pocket floats in the seam, flapping around on the inside of the dress. This is the only option if the garment has no horizontal seams across the body. Sometimes this causes the pocket to pull on the side seam, creating drag lines in a drapey fabric, and making a flattering garment anything but.

  • Rolled Seam Tutorial With New Guest Blogger Nanna From Denmark (HowToDoFashion)

    November 8, 2016 by howtodofashion

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    A while back Britex asked me if I would be a Guest Blogger. One of the difficult tasks of this assignment was to choose the fabric. I decided to work with a fabric that I think many people may be afraid to work with, chiffon. I love this blue chiffon fashion novelty fabric, it is light, and with the right sewing techniques, this fabric can turn into the most magical garment. The two techniques I always use when sewing with chiffon is a French seam and a rolled seam for hemming. In this post, I will show you how to make a rolled seam on your sewing machine.


  • 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.

     


  • Halloween Tutorial: Easy To Create Floating Ghost

    October 21, 2016 by Britex Fabrics

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    Reuse plastic soda bottles and end up with an awesome ghost Halloween decoration at the same time. You only need a few supplies, and you are ready to create this floating ghost. You will need cheese cloth, scissors, fabric stiffener, black felt, and a few other items. For a complete list of supplies and step-by-step instructions, please visit the tutorial on Instructables.

     


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