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Holidays 2020 Reusable Popcorn Bag Project | Discount Fabric Warehouse

Holidays 2020: Reusable Popcorn Bag

Thinking of what to give that movie lover in your life? Or maybe you’re just tired of sharing popcorn during movie nights at home? We have the perfect gift for you!

Make these reusable popcorn bags and you’ll never have to worry about someone hogging all of the popcorn again! They’re perfect for giving each member of your family their own little bag of popcorn – and they make a great gift! Personalize them with some fun fabric in a print that each person would like. Then bundle them with some popcorn kernels and maybe some other movie snacks and you got a fun present!

Our friends at Baby Lock have you covered for some easy instructions for both sewing machines and sergers! Check out the instructions for this awesome project here!

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

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!

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.