Fabric Face Masks

With hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare providers quickly running out of face masks, we would like to do our part to help protect those who are working hard to help other regain their health.

One of the many ways you can help is to make fabric face masks. We all have fabric stashes at home that we can break into or even that scrap basket. Many of the mask patterns out there don’t call for very much fabric and are a quick sew. We’ve collected some patterns and tutorials for you here to get you started. However, if you are planning on sewing masks for a specific organization, you may want to check with them ahead of time to ensure that you are meeting their specifications.

Patterns and Tutorials

In The Hoop Face Mask

YouTube Video Tutorial

VP3 file | PES file

Face Mask (Deaconess Hospital)

YouTube Tutorial

Pattern and Tips

Community Pleated Masks

Instructions and Fabric Suggestions

HEPA Filter Face Mask

Instructions

Sweet Red Poppy Surgical Face Mask

Video Tutorial

Instructions and Printable Pattern

(This site also has a mask that can be made with bias tape instead of elastic.)

Are Fabric Masks Acceptable?

In times of emergency, the CDC allows fabric masks to be used when there is a shortage of medical-grade masks. However, while a fabric mask may help prevent the spread of droplets, it is not completely effective against all viruses.

All face masks should be washed and sterilized before use and cleaned again after becoming damp or moist. Color-safe bleach like Clorox 2 or Purex 2 can be used to sanitize with hot water.

Elastic Alternatives

We know that smaller elastic is becoming harder to find right now so we wanted to give you some alternatives to elastic if you are not able to find the size of elastic you’d like to use.

• Ribbon • Bias Tape • Fabric Ties • Elastic Hair Bands • Elastic Cording (like for jewelry making) • Spandex cut into 1/2″ strips and stretched

Additional patterns, instructions, and video tutorials will be added as we go through them. If you have one that you love and would like to share, please feel free to e-mail us the link at fabricdfw@gotfabric.com!

Beach Towel Bag

Beach Towel Bag

Summer is approaching and the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center is asking for help to make this summer a memorable one for their young clients. This year we are creating draw string beach towel bags that are perfect for the pool or the beach. This beach towel bag is a great project to make year-round in Hawaii.

How You Can Help

Instructions for this project are coming soon. You’ll need a towel (a standard bath towel works fine and comes in a variety of colors to match your fabric), some cotton fabric, and a bit of time since this can be a bit of a confusing project at first. This project is a great project to use with larger scraps since it doesn’t take a ton of fabric, but can also help you go through your stash.

Check back soon for instructions on how to make this fun project. We’ll also be updating with a special offer for all of you who donate a completed bag to one of our stores.

The Pillow Case Project

The Pillow Case Project

One of our favorite quick projects and stash busters are pillow cases. This year, we’ve paired up with Shriners Hospital for Children on Oahu to donate pillow cases to their young patients.

What Is Shriners?

According to their website:

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Honolulu provides the highest quality care for orthopaedic and neuromusculoskeletal disorders and conditions. Our world-class doctors and staff members are committed to improving the lives of children in Hawaii and the Pacific region, and are specialized in bone, joint, muscle and sports injuries.

The hospital is a state-of-the-art facility that provides Hawaii’s children with the best orthopaedic care, neurodevelopmental care, fracture clinic, surgery, physical therapy, occupational therapy, radiology, orthotics and prosthetics workshop and other ancillary services. Our hospital is colorful, kid-friendly and designed to place patients and families at ease with the aloha spirit. The hospital accepts insurance and provides care regardless of the families’ ability to pay.

How to Help

We are still finalizing the specifics for this project, but we wanted to let you know that it’s coming. We would appreciate any help you may be able to give. The final details for our Pillow Case project should be coming in the next week or so, so please keep an eye out in our E-Blast or on this website.

Project Linus

Project Linus

We love giving back to our community. One of the ways we do this is through our Charity Sewing Projects that we do throughout the year. One of the organizations that we collect completed projects for year-round is Project Linus. Learn more about the organization and how you can help on this page! 

What is Project Linus?

Project Linus is a nation-wide non-profit organization that provides handmade blankets to children in need. The organization services all 50 states and we are fortunate to have two chapters here in the state of Hawaii. There is a Hawaii Chapter as well as an Oahu Chapter. Unfortunately, at this time, no other chapters have been formed for the other islands.

According to the Project Linus national website, there are two missions that the organization believes in:

First – Provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”

Second – Provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.

The Hawaii Chapter has distributed blankets to organizations all over the island, including Hilo Medical Center, Hospice of Hilo, and Child and Family Services, just to name a few, as well as several organizations on the west side of the island.

So how can you help Project Linus?

You can help Project Linus by donating a completed, homemade blanket.

Any blankets that are donated must be new (not previously used), handmade (quilted, sewn, knitted, crocheted, or no-sew fringed fleece), high quality construction, machine washable and dryable, and kid friendly.  This means bright, cheerful colors!  Remember our blankets go to both boys and girls, of all ages.  Blankets must be free of pet hair, smoke smells or other strong smells.  Also, please make sure no pins have been left in the blankets! (This is from the Project Linus Hawaii Chapter website.) And although there is a need for blankets of all sizes, they can be no smaller than one yard square (36″x36″).

Contact Project Linus

If you’d like more information on anything, such as more details on blankets they accept or how to make a donation, please contact the Project Linus Hawaii Chapter.

E-mail:  project.linus_hi@yahoo.com

Website:  https://plhi.shutterfly.com/

Aloha Bags of Hope

Aloha Bags of Hope

When children are entering foster care or are transitioning from one home to another, they are usually given a trash bag to put their belongings in. According to the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of East Hawaii, children are taken from their homes and placed into foster care for their immediate safety, at no fault of their own, and often remain in care until they become adults. They frequently change foster homes, and when moving, take none of their belongings, or the little that they have is placed into trash bags. Already experiencing sadness, trauma, and anxiety, children relate themselves to trash, like their belongings that are so frequently thrown into trash bags. Jade, a former foster youth, shared that it was hurtful and “it made me feel like I was the trash being carried around”. Kekoa, another former foster youth, agreed with Jade, and supports the idea of every foster child having their own duffel bag. Kekoa stated ”it’s the little things that make the biggest difference.”

Discount Fabric Warehouse has made it a mission to show these children that they’re worth more than just a trash bag. Throughout the year, we encourage folks to make duffle bags and bring them in for donation to organizations that help foster children.

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Holiday Projects – 2019

Looking for some easy sewing projects that can be done in no time? You’ve come to the right place! While we love intricate detailed projects, sometimes you just need to get something done quickly so you can give it as a gift. Here are some Holiday Projects to get you started!

These cute little trees are the perfect holiday project if you need something to embellish a gift or maybe just want to give something small. If you’re so inclined, you can even embroidery initials on them to make them a little fancy.

These hot pads are seriously so much fun to make! And you can use up your scraps while you’re at it! Have a great time choosing fabrics to put together and sewing them all up!

Fun, Festive, and Functional! These Monogrammed Holiday Towels are perfect for anyone! Make a set to spell out something special or just give everyone their initial! They’re super easy to make!

These fabric baskets aren’t just for the holidays! You can make them in endless combinations of fabric for any day of the year! They make perfect gift baskets or just to use to hold small items around the house.

Let Us Know How You Did!

Did you make any of the projects on this page? Let us know! Share a photo with us through e-mail at fabricdfw@gotfabric.com or tag us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. We’d love to see your creations!

Festive Fabric Baskets

Festive Fabric Baskets

Who doesn’t need a festive fabric basket? These adorable baskets can be used to create a fun gift basket or to use as decoration throughout your home during the holiday season! Or, just change up the fabrics and make them to use all year-round!

This festive fabric basket project was originally found on the Husqvarna Viking website and the project sheet can be downloaded here. (We didn’t include the project in the text of this site at this time because of the diagrams that were included.)

Monogrammed Holiday Towels

Monogrammed Holiday Towels

Monogrammed holiday towels are a great way to personalize your holiday gifts! These towels are quick and easy to put together! Spell names or even your favorite holiday words and have a fun and functional gift in no time!

This project was originally designed to do on the Baby Lock Destiny II but you can alter it to use practically any embroidery machine.

Materials:

  • Flour sack towels 24” x 38”
  • Christmas colored fat quarters
  • Madeira ® sewing and embroidery thread
  • Tear – Away Stabilizer
  • Baby Lock Positioning Stickers

Tools:

  • Baby Lock ® Destiny II Sewing and Embroidery Machine

Steps:

  1. From the flour sack towels, cut three pieces that measure 18” x 24”.
  2. Set up the machine for sewing.
  3. Hem the two long sides and one short end. Fold the ends in ¼” and press. Fold in again ¼” and press. Top stitch close to the edge on all three edges. Set the stitch length to 3.00.
    1. Repeat for the other two towels.
  4. From the three Christmas fat quarter fabrics , cut three sections that measure 18” x 8 ½” . Turn under ½” on one of the 18” edges and press.
  5. With right sides together, place the unfolded edge on the Christmas fabric to the unhemmed flour sack towel edge.
    1. Sew the two together using a ½” seam allowance.
    2. Press the seam toward the Christmas print fabric. Fold the opposite edge of the Christmas fabric to the back side with the folded edge even with the seam line.
    3. Pin in place.
    4. Top stitch on the right side of the towel.
  6. To determine the placement for the letters, measure 3 ½” up from the top edge of the flour sack fabric and place a Baby Lock Positioning Sticker.
  7. Set the machine up for embroidery. Hoop the tear-away stabilizer in the 200mm x 200mm along with the towel. Center the cross-mark on the Position Sticker in the center of the hoop.
  8. Click on the letter that you wish to embroider on the towel. These letters are about 6 ” tall. In the sample, the word “JOY” was used.
  9. To ensure the design is centered, in the Edit field click on the Positioning icon. The machine will scan the area inside the hoop and position the letter so that it lines up the sticker.
  10. Embroider the letter. Remove the towel from the hoop. Repeat for the remaining towels.

This monogrammed holiday towel project was originally found on the Baby Lock website. To view the original project, please click here. The project was created by Diane Kron for Baby Lock.

Pieced Hot Pad

Pieced Hot Pad

This pieced hot pad project is perfect to keep in your arsenal in case you ever find yourself needing a last minute gift. Only have a short amount of time before you need to go to a party and realize you didn’t pick up a hostess gift? Instead of stopping by the grocery store to pick up a plant, toss this project together for a more personal gift!

Although it was created for a serger, you can alter this project just a bit to make it on a sewing machine.

Materials:

  • Four spools of Madeira® Aerolock thread to match fabrics
  • Two spools of Madeira® Decora 6 (decorative thread) to complement fabrics
  • One spool of Madeira® Aerofil Polyester sewing thread
  • Six 2” x 10” strips of several different fabrics
  • One 9” square of fabric for the backing
  • One 1.75” x 6” strip for the hot pad loop
  • Two 9” squares of Insul-Bright insulated lining/batting
  • Large-eye needle

Tools:

  • Serger
  • Serger Clear Foot
  • Sewing machine
  • Optional: walking foot is helpful when quilting

Steps:

  1. Set your serger up for a 4-Thread Overlock stitch with a 2.5mm stitch length and the smallest width (for a ¼” seam allowance) with serger thread.
  2. Line up your 2” strips in the order that you want. Place the first 2 (pretty sides) together and run them through your serger next to the blade, not clipping any fabric.
  3. Press your seam towards the darker fabric and continue stitching the next strip to the previous one until all 6 strips are serged together. Square up your fabric to 9” x 9”.
  4. Change your serger stitch width to the widest width. Layer the two layers of Insul-bright together and serge around the entire square, cutting off 1/8” from each edge.
    1. Stitching the Insul-Bright together will make it easier later and will also allow the serger stitch and fabric to completely conceal the Insul-Bright batting.
    2. I also put a couple sewing machine basting stitches throughout the middle of the 2 layers of the Insul-Bright to hold them together.
  5. Take your 6” strip and fold pretty sides together along the length of the strip. Serge the long raw edges together.
    1. Then turn right-side-out with a skinny loop turner and press.
  6. Layer your backing, your Insul-Bright and your topping. Using a sewing machine, with your needle in the center position (and a walking foot if desired).
    1. Stitch in the ditch along the seams of the quilt-pieced top. Then, stitch ¼” from the edge and around the perimeter of the square to hold everything in place.
  7. Using the same 4-Thread Overlock stitch with the widest stitch width and 2.5mm-3mm stitch length, place your Madeira Decora 6 spools in the Upper and Lower Loopers.
    1. You may need to use a thread cradle for these thicker threads to pass through the loopers. Stitch out on some test fabric before stitching on your project.
    2. When using decorative threads on a serger, slow down and take your time. If you are having trouble with the quality of the stitch, you may need to adjust and loosen the looper tensions.
  8. Serge three sides, the right side first, then the bottom, followed by the left side of the hot pad, saving the top side for last and leaving long thread tails at the beginning of each.
  9. On the final side, take the hot pad loop and place the right side down on the top left corner (aligning raw edges) and stitch with your sewing machine about ¼” in.
    1. Then, loop the other side of the loop down and around to the back (right side of loop facing right side of backing, not twisted).
    2. You may need to adjust the loop to the size you like by pinning it and flipping it up to see if you like it.
    3. Once you have the loop size that you desire, flip the loop back down, right sides together and lined up where the front part of the loop is stitched and sew in place.
  10. Without clipping your loop, serge along your fourth and final side of your hot pad, leaving a long thread tail at the beginning and end of this serge.
  11. Take a large-eyed needle and thread your serger tails into the serger stitch (tunnel through the backside of the stitch) on the hot pad about 1-1.5” and cut off excess.
    1. This will lock your serger ends into place without causing any fraying of your thread.
  12. And finally, flip your loop up and you’re done!

This pieced hot pad project was originally found on the Baby Lock website. To view the original project, please click here. This project was created by Stephanie Struckmann for Baby Lock.

Quilted Tree Ornaments

Quilted Tree Ornaments

What’s a group of holiday projects without an ornament? These adorable quilted tree ornaments can be made in no time at all! You can have a whole forest of them before you know it!

These ornaments are an easy way to clean out the scrap basket and create an easy Christmas gift. These mini ornaments are perfect for hanging on the tree or decorating gifts and presents! Draw your own pattern so you can determine the size of your ornaments, and you’ll have enough to decorate your holiday home in no time!

Materials:

  • Free-handed tree pattern
  • Thread
  • Woven Fabric Scraps
  • Felt Square
  • 10” Ribbon
  • Pinking Sheers

Tools:

  • Sewing Machine

Steps:

  1. Using the felt square as the backer, place your first scrap print side up. Position your second scrap print side down. The two scraps will be right sides together.
  2. Straight stitch strips of fabric in place. Turn the top layer of fabric over and finger press flat. Repeat until you have a large enough patchwork for your desired shape.
  3. Add decorative stitching in contrasting thread.
  4. Trace and cut out your shape. I used pinking sheers.
  5. Fold ribbon in half and insert at the top edge between the backer felt and scrap layers.
  6. Straight stitch all around to keep the ribbon and fabric in place.
    1. Reduce or enlarge tree outline as desired. Ornament pictured is approximately 4” tall.

This quilted tree ornament project was originally found on the Baby Lock website. You can view the original post here. Project created by Heather Valentine for Baby Lock.