Quick Holiday Gifts to Make from Britex Fabrics – CRAFT Video Podcast

Craft & Design Home

MP4 Video | QT Video | Hi-Def | Subscribe

Hi Crafters! Welcome to our new weekly video podcast! Our first installment is a visit to one of my favorite local San Francisco fabric shops, Britex Fabrics in the heart of Union Square. I recently talked with Louise Roper, the Notions Manager at Britex, who gives us her favorite projects you can make in a jiffy — just in time for holiday gifts!
Louise shows us three projects:

  • How to make luxe headbands + belts
  • Fabric + feather brooches
  • Vintage Bakelite button pins

Last minute holiday gifts never looked so good! Thanks to Louise and Britex for the fabulous project ideas.
Britexfabrics Sf
I’ve been going to Britex since I was in high school, so for about 20 years now! The 3rd floor where Louise works is one of my favorites, as you can see the stacks of buttons from vintage to new, are a sight to see. I also love the wide array of trims, flowers, ribbons, and lots of notions. I can pretty much spend an afternoon on that floor. But take a walk up (or the elevators) to the 4th floor and check out their fabulous stash of fabric and leather remnants. Then just spend time checking out all the amazing fabrics on the all rest of the floors. My favorite fabrics all the cottons and prints, perfect for quilting and I love how the fabrics are all organized by color. I bought a fantastic Pucci-esque print a few years ago at Britex to sew up my knitting needle holder. So if you are in the Bay Area, take a visit to Britex Fabrics for a crafty adventure!
Britex Fabrics
146 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
Phone: (415) 392-2910
M-Sat: 10am – 6pm
Sun: Noon – 5pm

8 thoughts on “Quick Holiday Gifts to Make from Britex Fabrics – CRAFT Video Podcast

  1. Mary Anne says:

    Thanks, Natalie: video is a great idea! I look forward to more stuff and if I get to SF, I’ll be heading to Britex

  2. Lisa in Colorado says:

    I second the vote for Britex! I have been going there since 1968, although less now that I live out of state. I even bought the fabric for my wedding dress there in 1970. Last spring I was visiting my sister and went to Britex and found this absolutely goregous floral embroidered silk that I couldn’t resist … it is now part of my stash :)
    For those that do not live close by, you can call them and they will send swatches of anything you are looking for…they do not do internet sales because the colors are not true…but their mail order service works very well and they are so helpful!

  3. meredith says:

    i love Britex – i used to live around the corner from this store and reading this post makes me miss the city. i now live in cleveland and when i tell other sewers here about the store (amount of fabric, notions, and floors) they can’t believe there is a store like this

  4. kristen says:

    I miss Britex so much! Every time I come to visit I go there. It is amazing

Comments are closed.

Discuss this article with the rest of the community on our Discord server!


Maker Faire Bay Area 2023 - Mare Island, CA

Escape to an island of imagination + innovation as Maker Faire Bay Area returns for its 15th iteration!

Buy Tickets today! SAVE 15% and lock-in your preferred date(s).