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Kimberbell Sewin’ With My Gnomies Virtual Facebook Event

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve decided to continue refraining from in-person events at most of our stores at this time. But, we still want to offer you some fun virtual events!

Our first virtual embroidery event of 2021 is the popular Kimberbell Sewin’ With My Gnomies event! This two-day virtual event will take place on January 22 & 23, 2021 on Facebook! Registration will be limited to 10 participants so sign up today!

Event Details

Date: January 22 & 23, 2021

Time: 10AM – 3PM Each Day (or until we’re done with the projects for that day)

Place: Wherever you’re accessing Facebook from. (You must have a Facebook account to be able to access the virtual event.)

Cost: $165 (includes all of the materials for the projects! You provide the embroidery machine.)

What You’ll Be Learning

You’ll be working on numerous fun projects over the course of the 2 days! From a tote to an apron to a sewing caddy! It’s all so adorable! Visit the Kimberbell Sewin’ With My Gnomies page to find out more about the projects you’ll be working on. All of the materials for each of these projects will be provided in your kit!

How Does This Work?

To register for this event, complete this form and submit it! We’ll send you a PayPal invoice and once it’s paid, your registration will be secure. We’re will be e-mailing a link to all paid participants so that they can join the private Facebook group.

On each day of the event, you can either log on during the times provided and watch each project as the instructional video premiers on the Facebook page or you can watch it on your own time. During the premiere, someone from Discount Fabric Warehouse or Hawaii Creative Sewing will be in the comments to answer any questions you may have! Each project will premiere at a different time and we’ll have that schedule posted in the group before the event begins.

The videos in the group will stay up for the foreseeable future. Once the event has taken place, no new membership requests will be approved. We ask that you do not invite anyone who has not paid the registration fee to join the group as they will be denied.


If you have any questions regarding this event, please e-mail us at This our first time hosting a virtual event through Facebook and we look forward to learning with you!

Holidays 2020: Last-Minute Gift Guide

So, you still haven’t finished your Christmas shopping, huh? Maybe you’re trying to find those last few gifts and you’re running out of ideas and time. Well, we have some ideas that might help you find that gift for your sewing friend, quilter, or embroidery fan in your life. (Many of these ideas were given from various sewing friends. It was hard to pare them down to just these few!)

Thread Sets

A favorite gift of many of the sewists that we’ve talked to are thread sets. Sewers are notorious for loving all colors of thread and wanting to match the thread to the fabric for each project. Why not give your sewing friend a variety of colors to choose from? We have thread sets that you can pick up ready made or we can help you put together one special just for your loved one!

Fat Quarters

This was mentioned a few times by folks alongside jelly rolls. You can give a whole rainbow of coordinated fabric for just a fraction of the cost (and time) it would take to choose different fabrics from around the store. And you don’t even have to stand in the cutting line. Our stores have a selection of fat quarters in lots of different colors that are just waiting for you!

Novelty Trinkets

If you’ve visited one of our stores, you’ll know that there are always lots of different little novelty items that you can pick up. Sure, you could use them as stocking stuffers, but if you’re on a budget, they might be right in your price range! You can find notebooks, embroidery scissors, pins, measuring tapes, and more right near the register! Find a cute little bag, fill it with small items and you have a great gift for someone who loves to get lots of little things!


One thing that many sewists have said that they don’t always think to get for themselves is a good, quality pair of scissors. When you’re first starting out, you often choose inexpensive over quality. And then as time goes on, you start to get used to whatever is easiest to get. So if you really love someone, why not get them a pair of fabric shears? Treat them to something they might not otherwise treat themselves to.

Gift Cards

You didn’t think you could get away from us not mentioning this, right? Why not get a gift card if you can’t think of anything else? Maybe with a note for something specific, like suggest that they give their precious machine a spa day and bring it in for servicing? Or maybe you know that they’re saving up for a machine, so you want to add to their machine fund? Maybe your loved one is looking to start a new project and might need that little nudge to get in the store and buy the fabric. Whatever the reason, gift cards always make a great gift!

We hope that we’ve been able to give you just a few hints on what you can get for your sewing loved ones if you’re in the market for that last minute gift! Let us know what your favorite holiday gift is for the sewing creative!

Holidays 2020: Gift Guide for The Beginner

Do you have a beginning sewer in your life? Maybe someone who’s looking to get into sewing or has just started sewing? Or maybe you’re a beginning sewer yourself and need some ideas of what to ask for as a Christmas gift? We have some ideas for you!

Sewing Machine

Okay, so maybe this is a given. We have machines of all different price points and all different capabilities, from the most basic of machines for a beginning sewist who is just starting to dip their toes into the sewing black hole (and you know that it’s a black hole – once you get in, you’ll never get out) to top-of-the-line machines that seem to do everything but wash the fabric for you! Our machine experts can help you find that perfect machine for that special person.

18-Spool Thread Set

Why get only one color of thread (unless you’re like some of our sewists and really only use one color because they don’t want to have to match colors or change bobbins…) when you can get a whole set of different colors? An 18-spool thread set will give your budding sewist a whole range of colors to choose from and it can only go up from there!

Fun Notions!

We currently have some amazing notions that can be used as little gifts, or even as stocking stuffers! Tiny embroidery scissors, fun pin cushions, seam rippers (because who doesn’t need one of those…or ten?!), and more await! (Selection varies by store, but our staff can definitely help you find some fun things!)

Just the Basics, Please!

Why not create a gift basket with all of your favorite basics? From pins to seam rippers, scissors to empty bobbins – give your beginning sewer all of the things you wish you had when you were just starting out! We’re sure they’ll love it!

Discount Fabric Warehouse Gift Cards!

And for the person who doesn’t know what to get…or doesn’t know how much to spend…why not give a gift card? That way your sewist can buy some fabric, maybe a pattern or two, some new notions that catch their eye – whatever they fancy! It’s also a great way to get them to experiment since they can take their time and browse the store.

Many of these ideas have been contributed by our Discount Fabric Warehouse family. Come and see what else we have for you at one of our stores!

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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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 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.