Give the Gift of a Lap Blanket to a Hospice Patient

In 2020, we at Discount Fabric Warehouse have teamed up with Hawai’i Care Choices (previously known as Hospice of Hilo) to collect homemade lap blankets to be included in care packages for new Hospice patients. Since then, we’ve collected hundreds of wonderfully crafted blankets for donation. We appreciate all of the care and love that has gone into each and every one of the blankets that we have been able to pass on to Hawai’i Care Choices.

This year’s Lap Blanket Drive has arrived! Through August 31, 2022, we will be collecting homemade lap blankets for donation. You will receive a $5 Discount Fabric Warehouse gift certificate for each donation as a thank you for your generosity.

If you and your group would like to host a sewing party to create blankets for donation, please let us know. We will provide the space, machines, and materials. You just need to provide the instruction for those who need it and the enthusiasm to make the blankets. All blankets will be donated at the end of the session. For more information, please contact your nearest Discount Fabric Warehouse store to discuss availability.

We hope to continue to be able to provide Hawai’i Care Choices with beautiful blankets for their Hospice patients in the coming years. If you or someone you know has ever had a loved one in Hospice, you know that a small thing like a homemade blanket can make a big difference. We hope that you’ll share your sewing or crafting talents with us and contribute a blanket or two.

Blanket Requirements

We ask that blankets be no smaller than 30″x40″, which is a wonderful size for wheelchair users. Otherwise, there are no requirements on size or design. We accept all types of blankets and have received in the past many beautiful crocheted and knitted blankets. Please make sure that all blankets are homemade. We will not accept any store-bought blankets.

A Note From Hawai’i Care Choices:

Lani of Hawai’i Care Choices wanted to leave a short note:

At Hawaii Care Choices, formerly Hospice of Hilo, it’s our mission to bring comfort to those suffering with terminal illness.  Something as simple as a blanket often provides untold comfort and peace to the patient during their final days of life.

Blankets are often made with so much love and compassion that the recipients say they can feel that love, and some ask to be buried with their beloved blanket.  Others, pass their blankets on to a new born grandchild as a parting gift.  These blankets are very special and often treated as heirlooms by the patients. Not because they are made with the most expensive material, but because they are made with LOVE.  

For more information on Hawai’i Care Choices, please visit their website at or call Jeanette Mochida at (808) 969-1773.

Blanket Tutorials, Patterns, & Videos

These are some of our favorite tutorials, patterns, and videos. Please stay tuned for more being added. If you have a favorite one you’d like to share, please e-mail us at

easy baby blanket

Easy Baby Blanket

This is a quick and simple blanket tutorial. It can be made in practically any size – just adjust your measurements!

No Sew Fleece Blanket

This super easy blanket can be made with just two pieces of fleece in no time at all!