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.

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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.

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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.

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! 

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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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