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2018 Halloween Costume Contest | Discount Fabric Warehouse

Halloween Costume Contest 2018

We’re happy to announce our 2018 Halloween Costume Contest! We can’t wait to see what you come up with this year!

Whether you’ve entered our contest before, or this is the first time you’re planning on entering, please make sure to read all of our rules and guidelines as they have been updated from previous years.

How To Enter

The entry period has closed. Please join us again next year!

The Prizes

There will be three places for each category:

  • 1st place will receive a Discount Fabric Warehouse gift certificate valued at $100
  • 2nd place will receive a Discount Fabric Warehouse gift certificate valued at $50
  • 3rd place will receive a Discount Fabric Warehouse gift certificate valued at $25

Gift certificates are only valid in our 4 Discount Fabric Warehouse locations and are not usable on Got Fabric, our online fabric store.

For more information, please visit our Terms and Conditions page.  If you have any questions, please e-mail us at with the subject “Halloween Costume Contest.”

Happy Sewing and Creating!

Join us for the Dog Daze of Summer!

For many folks, their pet is their best friend, their constant companion, and their source of comfort and support. They’re often treated like family members, with a comfy bed to sleep in and lots of love. But what about those furry friends who have not found their forever homes yet?

During the month of August, we’re going to be switching things up just a bit and moving from helping humans to helping animals. Please join us for the Dog Daze of Summer and help us sew pet beds for animals waiting to find their forever homes.

We’ll be having in-store sewing events where we provide all of the materials and all you do is come in and help us put their together! Each of our stores will be working on a slightly different variation of the basic pet bed and we’re hoping to get those projects on our website for you soon.
But in the meantime, please mark your calendars so you’ll remember to join us for one of our in-store events. Although each of these workshops is free and we provide all of the materials, please let your DFW store know that you will be attending ahead of time.


Wednesday, September 05, 2018 at 10AM

The Hilo store will be donating their completed pet beds to Aloha ‘Ilio Rescue and the Rainbow Friends Animal Sanctuary. Both of these organizations strive to find animals that do not have homes or are being displaced from their homes for any reason caring and responsible forever homes. They are non-profit organizations and need all of the help they can get. To learn more about these organizations, please visit their respective websites.

We will also be collecting completed pet beds for donation at each of our stores. Here’s just an idea of the sizes of beds that would be appropriate for various sizes of animals:
Pet Bed Sizes | Discount Fabric Warehouse

Project Ideas and Inspiration

Here is our collection of various pet bed project tutorials, videos, and inspiration photos. If you have a particular project that you like to create, and you wouldn’t mind sharing the instructions with others, please send us an e-mail at We’ll also be putting up projects and photos in a special Dog Daze of Summer album on our Facebook page. Click on any of the images to enlarge.
Dog Bed | Discount Fabric Warehouse
DIME Design Workshop | Discount Fabric Warehouse

Join Us for a DIME Design Workshop!

Embroidery Enthusiasts and Machine Quilting Fiends, we have a class for you! Join us this August for the popular DIME Design Workshop!

Inspiration Consultant Tina Bartelmay will be coming to Hawaii to lead this fun and informative event!

Quilting with your embroidery machine is one of today’s most sought-after embroidery skills. Half of this 5-hour class includes hands-on stitching and quilting activities. This includes lecture demonstration with hands-on quilting and embroidery segments!

The best part of this class is that all students will stitch a Make and Take Project – a quilt block with a 3-D applique!

Topics covered:

  • Design an entire quilt top using state-of-the-art fabric design software
  • Experiment with repeating patterns to create allover fabrics
  • Learn piece in-the-hoop techniques for piecing quilt blocks on an embroidery machine
  • Learn the quilt-as-you-go method for quilting using Stipple products

At the Quilting Stations:

  • Test drive the Weightless Quilter – the solution for handling bulky quilts
  • Stitch machine embroidered quilting designs using the shortE
  • Stitch a 3-D applique
  • Quilt and take home an appliqued quilt block

Interactive Segments

  • Piece a block
  • Monster Hoops and Perfect Quilt Templates
  • Test drive both the shortE and Weightless Quilter
  • Navigate the machine’s editing screen
  • Hoop and stitch on dealer’s choice of embroidery machines
  • Use automatic threaders
  • Use machine editing features

All of this for only $29! 

Fee includes:

  • Refreshments
  • Goody Bag that includes CD with Make & Take project
  • Plus! All attendees will receive a fully activated copy of My Emoji Stitches software! (A $199 value!)

There are two dates scheduled for each store. However, you’re not limited to only attending the workshop closest to you. Feel free to join any of the workshops if you’ll be on vacation, maybe in the area, or just want to take a trip to another part of the state.

Click on the store location to be take to their registration site for more information or to sign up!


August 10, 2018:  1PM – 6PM • August 11, 2018:  10AM – 3PM


August 12, 2018:  1PM – 6PM • August 13, 2018:  10AM – 3PM


August 15, 2018:  1PM – 6PM • August 16, 2018:  10AM – 3PM


August 17, 2018:  1PM – 6PM • August 18, 2018:  10AM – 3PM

23rd Anniversary | Discount Fabric Warehouse

Celebrate Our DFW 23rd Anniversary With Us!

23 years ago, we opened our first Discount Fabric Warehouse store! We can’t believe 23 years has gone by so fast! And over the years, we’ve met so many different people, made so many friends, and (we hope) have made a positive impact on the Hawaii sewing community.

We’d like to invite you to join us in celebrating our 23rd anniversary!

Check Out Our Sales and Specials

We will be having sales and specials throughout the two weeks of our anniversary celebration. You can find all of these sales in-store or in your local newspaper.

Come Party With Us!

The Details

The main event of our anniversary celebration is always our VIC Members-Only anniversary party. This year, we’ll be having it on Friday, June 22, 2018 from 4PM – 8PM. (Our stores will all be closing at 3PM so we can get the store party-ready. No one will be allowed in until we reopen at 4PM, so please plan accordingly.)

Audience Participation (Plus Our Theme!)

One of the best things about our anniversary celebrations is that they’re themed! Last year, for our 22nd anniversary, we had a tutu (2-2 or two-two) theme. We encourage all of our customers to dress up and get in the spirit of things!

This year, our theme is 23 and Us. Why? Because human beings (typically) have 23 pairs of chromosomes in their cells. These chromosomes are made of DNA and our DNA can tell a lot about us – including ancestry. Hawaii is a melting pot of cultures and ethnic backgrounds. And the different combinations of these backgrounds are what makes each and every one of our customers special.

So this year we’re celebrating cultures, thus our theme – 23 and Us:  Celebrating Sewing Around the World. We encourage you to dress in an outfit that represents an ethnicity that you’d like to honor. We ask that you keep all costumes respectful and reserve the right to ask anyone who may be dressed in an offensive way to please leave the party. Please keep in mind that there is a very good chance that someone at the party may be of the ethnic background you are representing. If you have any questions or concerns regarding an outfit or would like more clarification on what may constitute as offensive or inappropriate, please contact us at prior to the party.

The Return of the Photo Booth (And Prize Drawing)

As we have in previous years, we will be having a photo booth at each of our stores. Please stop by, have your picture taken, and, if you are not a frequent customer of ours, make sure that we have your name and e-mail address so that you can be entered into our anniversary drawing for one of 23 amazing prizes (including, but not limited to, a $100 gift card, a Baby Lock steamer, or a Baby Lock dress form)! You can also take your own photo in our photo booth and upload it to Facebook or Instagram. To be entered in the drawing, you must tag us and use the hashtag #dfw23andus. Photos must be taken at the anniversary party to be entered. More information can be obtained at the party.

Passport of Savings & Refreshments

All customers who attend the party will receive a special one-night only Passport of Savings. This outlines all of the sales and specials we will have during the party. (Please note that these specials are exclusive from the specials we will be having in the newspapers and cannot be combined with any other offer.) These specials may or may not be similar to those we have had in previous years (although I can tell you that we have changed quite a bit – and no, thread will not be on major sale that night). You’ll have to come in to find out what they are.

There will also be light refreshments (while supplies last) at each party.

Want more info? Need more info? This page will be updated as the week goes on. To be the first to see all of sneak peeks and to get the most recent information, sign up for our E-Blast newsletter (if you haven’t already) through the link at the top of the site.

General questions about the party can be sent to We will not answer questions about what will be on sale or what the additional prizes for the drawing will be.

Invite a friend, invite ten friends! The more the merrier! But if they are not VIC members, to take advantage of any of the specials and sales, they will need to sign up for the free membership.

See you there!

Aloha Care Bags | Discount Fabric Warehouse

DFW Hilo: Aloha Care Bags All-Year Round!

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”.

Not only are these duffle bags practical, but they also convey the message that the child is valued. We plan on including a label in each of the bags with a message of hope and inspiration from former foster kids to the bag recipient.

While our Bags of Hope project has ended, we are looking to continue spreading the Aloha at our Hilo store by creating an Aloha Care Bag Ohana. This would be a group of talented sewist who would love to share their sills to become part of an ongoing group to make duffle bags, comfort pillows (travel pillows) and luggage tags to create Aloha Care Bags for foster children in East Hawaii.
Bags can be made both at home and/or in our sewing room with other members of our Aloha Care Bag Ohana.
All levels of sewing skills welcome – as long as you can sew a straight stitch and stuff a pillow, we need you!
Learn a new skill and help a foster child! You might even find a new passion in sewing duffel bags!
So what can you expect at these Aloha Care Bag Ohana meetings? We provide all materials for you to use in
your duffel bags (or other large bags) as well as pillows and tags that you’ll also be donating to the project.
We’re also looking at having Guest Bag Experts showing new and different bag designs, so not only will you
get to hone your skills with bags you already know, but you’ll also learn how to create new styles of bags and
add new sewing techniques to you repertoire.

The first meeting of the Aloha Care Bag Ohana has been scheduled for August 18, 2018 at 1PM. Please tell your friends and others who may be interested in coming to see what it’s all about!

You can also e-mail us at or give us a call at the Hilo store at (808) 935-1234 for more information. Thank you for helping us draw the line and say that we’re not going to let foster children feel like trash ever again.

Need a duffle bag pattern? Here’s one created by Jessie. You can download it here: Bag of Hope.
Dress A Child | Discount Fabric Warehouse

Help Dress A Child Around The Island and Around the World This May!

During the month of May, Discount Fabric Warehouse has teamed up with Dress A Girl Around the World and various local charities to help dress children in need in our community and around the world.

Dress A Girl Around the World believes that “every girl deserves at least one dress” and strives to distribute new, homemade dresses to girls in need all over the world. Many of these girls live in areas where they may never have a new dress of their own and Dress A Girl has the vision that every girl has at least one new dress. To find out more about Dress A Girl Around the World and see how you can help them directly, please visit our Dress A Girl page here.

Here in the islands, there is a need for basic clothing (simple shorts, tops, and girl’s dresses) for children of all ages. As always, each of the stores will be working with different charities in their communities to distribute donated items to those in need.

The Hilo and Kona stores will be working with the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center and HOPE Services Hawaii. The Friends of the Children’s Justice Center maintains a closet where children who are removed from situations with only the clothes on their backs are able to find new and gently used clothing. HOPE Services Hawaii distributes new and gently used clothing to children in need. Many of the families helped only have what is on their backs or in their cars and starting over.

As Maui and Kauai settle on their charities, we will update you.

Join us throughout the month of May and learn how to make simple children’s clothing using materials provided by us at one of our workshops. Dates and times will be available soon. You can also drop off any new handmade article of children’s clothing (ages 3 – 16) and receive a $5.00 gift certificate (limit one gift certificate per person, offer ends 05/31) and we will make sure your made with love item is donated to the appropriate organization.

Dress A Child Around the Island | Discount Fabric Warehouse

Discount Fabric Warehouse – Kauai

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 | 10AM – 2PM

Come and learn how to make these simple elastic waist shorts!



Dress A Child Around the Island | Discount Fabric Warehouse

Discount Fabric Warehouse Kona

Saturday, May 26, 2018 | 10AM – 1PM

We will be making dresses and tops based on this simple “20 minute” pattern! We will supply fabrics and instructions.  You can bring your machine or request to use one of ours. Sergers are suitable except for top-stitching. Please call 326-7474 or come by to register, so that we know how many kits to prepare.

Discount Fabric Warehouse Kona

Thursday, May 31, 2018 | 10AM – 1Pm

Learn how to make shorts for pre-teen boys! We will supply fabrics and instructions.  You can bring your machine or request to use one of ours. Sergers are suitable except for top-stitching. Please call 326-7474 or come by to register, so that we know how many kits to prepare.

Discount Fabric Warehouse Kona

Thursday, June 07, 2018 | 10AM – 1PM

We will be having an Open Sew Day for these projects! Come by and work on the projects you just learned how to do!

Discount Fabric Warehouse Hilo

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 | 10AM OR Saturday, May 26, 2018 | 10AM

Please contact the Hilo store to find out what project we’ll be working on!


Fabric donations appropriate for children’s clothing are always appreciated. Do you have an organization that would like to help? Your group could volunteer to sew clothing items using fabric donated by others. This is the perfect opportunity to learn a new skill, sew a type of clothing that you may not have tried before, or to teach your young ones how to sew and help the community.

Need more information? Contact your local Discount Fabric Warehouse store, E-mail us at, or keep an eye out for our upcoming E-Blast. We’ll be updating as more information (such as dates and times of our sewing events) are finalized.

Find that Perfect Gift for Mom at DFW!

In preparation for Mother’s Day, we have all kinds of sales and specials going on at Discount Fabric Warehouse! This includes sales that are in the newspaper and also in-store only sales that you won’t find anywhere else! Find all of our great values here on this page, along with some gift ideas for that lady in your life that you call Mom!

(Don’t see your store’s ads? They’re coming! We’re working on getting them all up!)
























Gift Ideas

Join Us For A Sip & Serge Event!

Celebrate National Serger Month with us at a fun in-store event! Bring your favorite beverage (non-alcoholic, please!) and stop on by to make this cute apron!
All of our stores are offering this project at slightly different times and possibly even on different dates, so make sure you know which date and time is for your store!
HILO – Saturday, April 28, 2018 – 11AM – 2PM – Cost: $10
KAUAI – Saturday, April 28, 2018 – 11AM – 2PM: – Cost: $10
KONA – Saturday, April 28, 2018 – 10AM – 12PM – Cost: See Store
MAUI – Saturday, April 21, 2018 – 10:30AM – 3PM – Cost: $10
We want to make sure we have enough kits and supplies for everyone who would like to participate, so please contact your local Discount Fabric Warehouse store to register in advance.
Want to see a quick, fun video from our friends at Baby Lock about this event? Click the image below!

One Million Pillowcase Challenge | Discount Fabric Warehouse

We’re Sewing Pillowcases for Charity!

Discount Fabric Warehouse is participating in the American Patchwork & Quilting One Million Pillowcase Challenge! Throughout the month of April, we’re collecting completed pillowcases and hosting sewing events where you can stop in and make a pillowcase!

•What is the One Million Pillowcase Challenge?•

American Patchwork & Quilting has challenged quliters, sewers, and crafters to help them reach their goal of donating one million pillowcases to local charities. While there is no set time frame to help them do so, we at Discount Fabric Warehouse have chosen April to focus on this amazing event.

•How Can I Participate?•

There are several ways that you can help us help others!

~ Donate completed pillowcases to your local Discount Fabric Warehouse store! We ask that pillowcases are kept about the standard size (22 inches by 32 inches) although we can take larger to fit king size pillows.

~ Donate fabric for others to make pillowcases! The minimum length of fabric we can accept is 1/4 of a yard. Anything smaller will be too small to use.

~ Join us at Discount Fabric Warehouse at one of our in-store events to help make pillowcases for donation! On Saturday, April 14, all of our Discount Fabric Warehouse stores will be hosting pillowcase making events! Times vary by store, but we will provide all materials – including a serger to use to help make putting together the pillowcases a breeze – as well as tutorials on how to make the pillowcases.

Hilo – April 14, 2018 – 10AM – 1PM
Kauai – April 14, 2018 – 10AM – 1PM
Kona – April 14, 2018 – 2PM – 4PM
Maui – April 11, 14, 18, 27, & 30, 2018 – 10:30AM

•Where Will the Pillowcases Be Donated?•

The Big Island stores (Hilo and Kona) will be donating their completed pillowcases to the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center and Hope Services Hawaii.

Kauai has chosen the local women’s shelter as the recipient of their pillowcases.

Maui’s pillowcases will be donated to the Children’s Justice Center on Maui.

More information on each of these organizations is coming soon. You can also contact the individual stores to speak to them regarding the charities chosen.


If you have any questions regarding our pillowcase challenge, please e-mail us at

Kona Quilts for Charity Sessions

We have lots of quilting events scheduled this month for you! For more information on any of them, please contact the Kona store. We request that you sign up for any sessions that you’d like to attend in advance so that we can ensure that we have enough supplies prepared. (Walk-ins will be allowed only if there is space and if there are enough supplies.) All of our in-store quilting events are free! We only ask that you donate your completed quilts.
Please note that all of the photos used do not show the actual project, but rather the technique that will be taught at that particular session.
Friday, March 09, 2018 (10AM – 4PM) – Crazy Quilts for Charity
Thursday, March 15, 2018 (10AM – 4PM) – UFOs for Charity
Friday, March 16, 2018 (10AM – 4PM) – Quick Bow Tie Quilt
Saturday, March 17, 2018 (2M – 6PM) – Open Sew
Thursday, March 22, 2018 (10AM – 4PM) – Open Sew
Friday, March 23, 2018 (10AM – 4PM) – Open Sew
Saturday, March 24, 2018 (10AM – 4PM) – Pineapple Foundation Paper Piecing
Thursday, March 29, 2018 (10AM – 4PM) – Fans for Charity
Friday, March 30, 2018 (10AM – 4PM) – Open Sew
Saturday, March 31, 2018 (10AM – 4PM) – Open Sew

Friday, March 09, 2018
10AM – 4PM
Speed piece scraps to make blocks that have order and chaos balanced together, finished into a quilt/comforter. You may use either a sewing machine or a serger for this technique.

Friday, March 16, 2018
10AM – 4PM
In this technique, each block has only 3 straight seams. That makes it so easy to do a quilt in one day! We will supply the pre-cut pieces, you come and sew.













Saturday, March 24, 2018
10AM – 4PM
In this class we will learn how to use numbered paper as a foundation for ensuring crisp, precisely-pieced blocks. Beginners level.













Thursday, March 29, 2018
10AM – 4PM
Learn a Quilt as you Go technique using a traditional fan pattern.