Each year, we at Discount Fabric Warehouse do a blanket drive to help organizations in our communities. This year is no different as with the current situation there are many families and keiki who need our help.Continue reading…
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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
Community Pleated Masks
HEPA Filter Face Mask
Face Mask With Filter Pocket and Adjustable Wire (Preferred mask pattern of Hawai’i Care Choices (Formerly Hospice of Hilo))
N95 Style Full Face Mask (With Filter Pocket that opens on the sides)
3D Mask by Sweet Red Poppy
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.
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.
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 email@example.com!
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.
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
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
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.
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.Continue reading…