Reusable Grocery Tote Bag

With so many states starting to ban plastic shopping bags, we thought it might be a fun project to learn how to make our own reusable grocery bags! There are tons of different patterns and designs out there, some a little trickier than others, but we found one that is both easy to follow and super cute!

These bags can be made using a variety of prints and they make great last-minute gifts! When you have some extra time, maybe whip up a bunch to keep on hand just in case!

While we wish we could take credit for coming up with this adorable bag, we can’t. You can find all of the step-by-step instructions on the Happiest Camper blog. Click the image below or this link to be taken to the DIY tutorial. Happy Sewing!

Reusable Grocery Bag Project

Keiki Mask Drive

As the new school year looms closer, parents, guardians, and teachers have begun to start thinking of how the current pandemic will impact classrooms. There is an increased need for keiki (child) sized face masks as many kids have been cooped up at home or at a close family friend or relative’s house since their last day at school.

Throughout the month of August and into September, Discount Fabric Warehouse will be collecting keiki face masks for donation to schools across the state. For the Big Island, the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center as well as representatives from various schools will be handling distribution. We are currently still working on finding contacts on the other islands to assist with getting the masks where they are needed.

For The Month of August

With the school year tentatively beginning in August, we are hoping that is when the bulk of our donations will arrive. To encourage this, through the end of August, bring in a minimum of 10 homemade masks and receive 10 yards of elastic for FREE. (There is no limit on how many masks can be brought in, but the free elastic is limited to 10 yards per person per week.)

The Details

There is no specific pattern or style that we are asking for. As long as they are appropriate for a child or young adult, we can accept the masks.

It’s suggested that adjustable elastic ear bands or ties are used. If you are able to, cord stoppers/adjusters, pony beads, and other methods to allow for the ear bands to be adjusted to fit the wearer are appreciated.

Please make sure to use fabric that is child and school appropriate and when possible, please use a different fabric on the outside from the inside to be able to differentiate when wearing.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I want to be a Mighty Mask Maker?

(Okay, so many of you may be asking what a Mighty Mask Maker is…) If you’re able to make 100+ masks in a short period of time (maybe you have some family to help cut and pack the masks or you just have a lot of time on your hands) we need your help! The Hilo store is looking for a few Mighty Mask Makers to bulk sew masks. We will provide the fabric, elastic, and interfacing (if needed) and you sew the masks. There is no set pattern or style, but we do ask that the masks be completed fairly quickly. We would like the masks made by our Mighty Mask Makers to be part of the first round of masks that go out to the schools. If this sounds like something you’d like to take on, please e-mail us at fabricdfw@gotfabric.com or give Jean a call at the Hilo store.

What if my class/school needs masks?

If you are unsure if your school is planning on providing masks and would like to be sure that you will be able to get some for your class, please click the button below to be taken to our request form.

Do you have any patterns that I can follow?

Yes! We have a whole page of them. There are different styles, different types, and different ways to make them. While we do suggest trying different styles to see what you enjoy making, we encourage you to start with the basic Pleated Mask or the N95 or Duck Bill Style. Click the link below to be taken to our Mask Page.

Fabric Face Masks

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.

If your organization is in need of face masks and you would like to request some from us, please complete the form that can be found at this link.

PLEASE NOTE: Before you attempt any of the following tutorials or patterns, please do your own research on whether or not the materials you are looking to use are appropriate. We were notified that some HEPA filters along with some other materials are considered inappropriate for masks. We are not medical professionals and do not claim to know what is the perfect materials to make masks out of. We ask that you take some time to make sure that your materials are suitable.

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.)

Kaiser Mask (Preferred mask pattern of Hilo Medical Center)

Pattern and Instructions

Video Tutorial

Face Mask With Filter Pocket and Adjustable Wire (Preferred mask pattern of Hawai’i Care Choices (Formerly Hospice of Hilo))

Video Tutorial

N95 Style Full Face Mask (With Filter Pocket that opens on the sides)

Video Tutorial

3D Mask by Sweet Red Poppy

Video Tutorial & Instructions

This is one of the most popular types of masks right now due to the space between the wearer’s mouth and the mask. Many find it easier to breathe in 3D masks. Sweet Red Poppy includes 5+ different sizes in their pattern!

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.

Fabric Selection

From our research, the general consensus is that 100% cotton is the most commonly used to make masks. Quilting cotton is readily available and comes in a wide variety of prints and colors.

It is strongly suggested that you use one print for the front and a different print for the back so the wearer can identify which is the side that was facing the public.

Many individuals have also used a liner or a filter in their masks. While we’re not saying that you cannot use these things, we would suggest creating a pocket in your mask, either with a side opening or a top opening, to allow the user to decide whether or not they would like to use a filter, what kind of filter to use, and to give them access to replace the filter as needed.

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

Want to see how we use the Spandex or Lycra? View the quick video below!

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

**DONATE**

All of our stores are currently accepting donations of completed handmade pillowcases. Please keep your pillowcases to standard size (20″x26″) and made from kid-friendly materials. We ask that you not use trim or anything that can get caught on things or pulled off by little ones. Metallic and glittery accents on fabric prints are fine as long as it does not flake off.

We can also accept donations of fabric earmarked for pillowcases. Please make sure that any fabric donations can make at least one standard size pillowcase. Just let the fabric clerk at your store know that you are donating fabric for pillowcases and we’ll take it from there!

**SHARE**

Please spread the word! Share this page, or just let your friends know that we’re collecting pillowcases for donation! The more folks who know about it, the better! We love getting involved with the community!

Tutorials, Patterns, and More!

While most folks have a favorite pillowcase pattern that they might turn to or are adept at Googling or searching on YouTube for a pattern, we thought it might be nice for us to leave some of the tutorials and patterns that we like to share with you. Have a favorite that you wouldn’t mind sharing? Drop us a note at fabricdfw@gotfabric.com!

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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