Face Masks 2.0

It’s been many months since we initially shared our page of patterns, tutorials, and tips for making fabric face masks. As it becomes a part of our reality and folks are looking for more comfortable masks or just ones that fit them a bit better, we decided that maybe it’s time to revise our mask page. If you’d like to see the original post, please visit our Fabric Face Masks post.

But we have lots more patterns and tutorials along with new tools and products that you can use to help make your masks, whether store bought or homemade, fit better.

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Give the Gift of a Lap Blanket to a Hospice Patient This Holiday Season

The holidays are quickly approaching and we at Discount Fabric Warehouse have teamed up with Hawai’i Care Choices (previously known as Hospice of Hilo) to collect homemade lap blankets that will be included in care packages for new Hospice patients.

Throughout the month of November, Big Island sewists can drop off completed lap blankets at either of our stores (Hilo or Kona) and give a little bit of joy to someone.

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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.