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VIC Christmas Mailer 2017 Has Arrived!

You’ll want to make sure you check your mailbox (snail mail, not e-mail) if you’re a VIC member signed up to receive our physical mailers because our Christmas mailers are headed your way! (Well, actually, they should have already arrived. See the end of this post if you have not received yours!)

Chock full of amazing deals and specials, you’ll want to have this mailer on hand when making your Christmas wish lists! (Or just circle what you want and “accidentally” leave it lying around where you know the individuals making your Christmas gift purchases will be seeing it.)

Machines, stocking stuffers, furniture pieces, and more! It’s all on sale!


If you have not received your Christmas mailer, please e-mail us at fabricdfw@gotfabric.com with the following:  your name and the address it should have been delivered to.

If you need to change your address, please e-mail us with:  your name, your old address, and the new address.

Please note that you need to be a VIC member to receive any of the sale prices and while we encourage you to share our mailers and specials with family and friends, please let them know that if they are not currently VIC members, they will need to sign up to take advantage of these offers. It’s a free membership, so it’s totally worth it!

Any questions? Please e-mail us at fabricdfw@gotfabric.com

Discount Fabric Warehouse | Water Bottle Sling Project

Project Sheet: Water Bottle Sling

If you’ve seen our new VIC Christmas Mailer that went out just over a week ago, you’d have seen that our special project this time around is a Water Bottle Sling that’s perfect for Christmas gifts or just to keep on hand for your own use. They’re easy to make and even easier to personalize! You can totally make this your own by adding embroidery, adjustable straps, or maybe even a removable strap!

If you give this project a try, we’d love to see it! Send us your photos to fabricdfw@gotfabric.com or post them on our FB page!

Discount Fabric Warehouse | Water Bottle Sling Project

Click on the above image to be taken to a printable PDF!

 

Discount Fabric Warehouse | In-Store Pick Up

Order Online, Pick Up In-Store!

Did you know that we have an online division? If you’ve never visited before, GotFabric (http://www.gotfabric.com) is where anyone can go and view a select portion of our Discount Fabric Warehouse inventory, purchase online, and have it sent straight to their home! The site is often popular with vacation visitors who need more Hawaiian print before they can make it back to Hawaii.
In the past, we’ve treated Hawaii orders just like any other orders that come in – shipping is charged by the dollar amount of your order, not by location, so the shipping charge on a $25 order is the same whether it’s being sent to New York or just down the street. However, we’re trying something new! Right now it’s being beta tested, which means that we’re working out any bugs or snags that we may encounter, and we cannot guarantee that we’ll be doing this permanently. So what is it you ask?

You can now buy online and pick up in-store!

Here’s how it works:
~ Place your order on GotFabric.com. All items on the website are eligible. Physical store inventory (prints that are in our stores but not online) are not eligible.)
~ When you reach the shopping cart to check out, select “Store Pickup” instead of a shipping option. (NOTE:  It’s going to list the address for the Hilo store automatically. At this time, this cannot be changed, which is why the next step is important.) There should be no charge for this option.
~ After you have placed your order and paid through PayPal (either with a credit card or through your PayPal account), please e-mail info@gotfabric.com within 24 hours letting us know that you have selected in-store pick up, your order number (you will be receiving a confirmation with your order number after the order has been placed), and which store you would like to pick up at.  (If someone else will be picking up your order for you, please note this in your e-mail as well.) You can choose any of our Discount Fabric Warehouse locations! If we do not hear from you within 24-hours, we will send one e-mail asking for confirmation on where the order will be picked up. Otherwise, we will send the order to the DFW location nearest to your shipping address. If it is not an address within reasonable distance of any of our DFW locations, you will be invoiced for shipping charges to your home.
~ Once we’ve received your order, we will process it and ship your order to your selected DFW location. You will receive an e-mail when your order is in transit to the store and a phone call when it is ready for pick-up. (Please note that for this testing period, the number of times we ship to each store will depend on volume. It may take up to a week for your order to arrive at your selected store.)
~ When your order is available, swing by your DFW store to pick it up!
Unfortunately, there are also some not-so-amazing things that we need to let you know about as well:
~ E-Wards and all current in-store promotions are not applicable on GotFabric. The VIC program is not transferrable from in-store to online and your purchase will not accrue any points.
~ You can only order what is currently on our website. The inventory on the website is quite a bit smaller than the inventory in store, but we often carry prints that are no longer available in-store.
~ Yes, you have to pay online. You cannot place an order to be paid for at pick up.
If you have any questions regarding this program, please e-mail me at fabricdfw@gotfabric.com or at info@gotfabric.com.
Discount Fabric Warehouse | Project Linus Donation Drive 2017

2017 Project Linus Blanket Donation Drive

If you’ve been a long-time customer of Discount Fabric Warehouse, you may know that our Hilo and Kona stores are donation drop-off locations for Project Linus. Our 2017 Donation Drive is set to kick off later this month, so we thought we’d give you some heads up about what we have planned this year so you can get ready.

What is Project Linus?

Project Linus is a volunteer organization that provides handmade blankets to children in need.  The Big Island chapter is headquartered in Hilo.  To date, we’ve donated about 5000 blankets around the state. Donor sites vary, all blankets go to keiki on the Big Island. Child Welfare Services, hospitals in Hilo and Kona, and the Salvation Army are just a few of the agencies who distribute Project Linus blankets. (excerpt from Project Linus)

How Can I Help?

This year, there are four ways that you are able to help Project Linus on the Big Island:

Make a Blanket

Are you crafty? Do you have some spare time that you couldn’t mind spending on making a blanket for donation? Blankets of all sizes are always welcome. Standard size is 40 inches by 60 inches.  Bigger blankets, up to twin bed size, are great as well, but no smaller than one yard square (36in x 36in), please.

All Project Linus blankets must be new (not previously used), handmade (quilted, sewn, knitted, crocheted, or no-sew fringed fleece), high quality construction, machine washable and dry-able, 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! (excerpt from Project Linus)

Blankets can be dropped off at Discount Fabric Warehouse in Hilo and in Kona. From Sunday, August 27, 2017 through Saturday, October 21, 2017, donate a completed blanket and receive a $5 gift card from Discount Fabric Warehouse! (Limit one gift card per person. There is no limit on how many blankets you can donate.)

Donate Fabric or Supplies for Blankets

Have some extra fabric from a project? Cleaning out your fabric stash and come across some yardage that you’re not planning on using for something? Maybe you have a friend who is cleaning out their craft room and have skeins of yarn that would be perfect for blankets! Project Linus is more than happy to help take them off your hands!

Here are some of the things they’re always on the lookout for:

  • Fabric – machine washable and dry-able in bright, cheerful solids and kid friendly prints.  Cotton, poly-cotton blends, and flannel are best.  One yard pieces or larger only, please.
  • Fleece – also called “polar fleece”.  A yard and a half of 45 inch wide fleece makes a great no-sew fringed blanket. Our blanketeers will cut and fringe if you bring the fleece!
  • Yarn – machine washable and dryable acrylics in any weight (e.g. Red Heart, Bernat Baby).  Again – bright and cheerful kid colors, solid or varigated.  Blanketeers will knit or crochet into blankets.
  • Crocheted or knitted squares, any size – as long as they are machine washable and dryable, we can put a blanket together.

Make a Monetary Donation

As with any organization, monetary donations are always welcome. Money is used to pay chapter expenses and to purchase supplies when needed.

If you’d like to make a monetary donation, you can do so through check (made out to Project Linus) or online at projectlinus.org

You can also make a donation of a Discount Fabric Warehouse gift card if you so choose so that you know the funds are going directly to purchasing supplies. Just let the cashier know that you’re donating to Project Linus.

Attend a Blanket Making Party

The Hilo and Kona stores are in the midst of planning blanket making parties where you can join Blanketeers (volunteers who regularly make and donate blankets to Project Linus) to make blankets! Dates are coming soon! This is going to be a fun event where you’ll spend some time making a blanket and then donating it to Project Linus. (Unfortunately, any blankets made and donated during the event will not be eligible for the $5 gift card.)

Check back soon or watch our weekly E-Blasts and Social Media pages to learn when our Blanket Making Parties have been scheduled!


If you have any questions regarding Project Linus, please contact the Chapter Coordinator, Kathleen, at project.linus_hi@yahoo.com

For more information on dropping off a donation or how to donate, please contact the Hilo or Kona Discount Fabric Warehouse stores.

How to Silk-Dye Eggs | Discount Fabric Warehouse

Learn How To Dye Eggs With Silk!

We have a new blog post coming at you from Mary at the Kona store! This fun project is perfect for the upcoming Easter weekend! Learn how to use pieces of silk to color your Easter eggs!

Silkeggs

Have you ever tried ice-dyeing? It’s a wonderful new way to get interesting colors, patterns, and designs onto fabric. If you give it a shot, we’d love to see pictures and hear about your experience! Send us an e-mail at fabricdfw@gotfabric.com or tag us on Instagram or Facebook!

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Discount Fabric Warehouse + Dress A Girl Around the World!

Discount Fabric Warehouse + Dress A Girl Around the World!

Remember the last time you got a new dress? It didn’t matter if it was fancy or simple. All that mattered was the way it made you feel when you put it on. Pretty, feminine, and, dare we say, girly. But there are many girls of all ages around the world that may never have that experience. Many who will only receive hand me downs from older siblings or maybe too-large or battered clothing. Girls who may never know what it feels to get a new dress.

Dress A Girl Around the World looks to change that. They believe that every girl should have at least one new dress in their lifetime and to pass on the message that they are worthy of respect. Since 2008, Dress A Girl Around the World has distributed over 500,000 handmade dresses to girls in 82 countries, including communities in the United States. Thousands of girls in need and at risk of human traffickers or sexual predators have been empowered by the fact that someone out there thinks they are worth giving a new dress to.

Discount Fabric Warehouse wants to be a part of that. We are working with the East and West Hawaii Ambassadors for Dress A Girl Around the World to collect completed handmade dresses that will be distributed by DAG to girls around the world.

How can you help? By creating a simple sundress for donation. Instructions, as well as tips, tricks, and guidelines, on how to make a dress can be found on the Dress A Girl website. While they appreciate any donation that comes through, there are guidelines that they would like dresses to follow so that they are appropriate for girls all over the world as well as last a long time.

Drop off your completed dress at any of our Discount Fabric Warehouse locations. They’ll be asking for your name and either a phone number or e-mail where you can be contacted. A Dress A Girl Around the World label will be added to the dresses before they are sent to the national headquarters for distribution. Anyone who donates an acceptable dress (it must meet guidelines set by Dress A Girl Around the World) will be entered into a drawing to win some amazing prizes, including DFW gift cards or other sewing-related items at the end of the donation drive.

Unable to donate a dress? There are other ways for you to contribute!

For those at any Discount Fabric Warehouse location, you can also give a monetary donation. We will add your donation to a gift card which our local Dress A Girl ambassadors can use towards purchasing fabric, bias tape, and other materials needed to make additional dresses. Your name and mailing address will be requested so that they can send you a letter thanking you for your tax-deductible donation.

Our Hilo and Kona stores are also collecting donations of fabric. We follow Dress A Girl Around the World guidelines when accepting fabric donations, which limit donations to the following:

  • 100% Cotton or Poly/Cotton fabrics (preferably with more cotton than polyester)
  • No white or thin fabrics (such as gingham) – You can check the fabric to see if it’s appropriate by holding it up to a light and seeing if you are able to clearly see the light through the fabric. Many of the girls receiving dresses have darker skin.
  • Avoid fabric that has: Americana/patriotic; Halloween (skulls, pumpkins, ghosts); obvious Christmas (Santa, snowmen; though red/green holly or pine/berry patterns ok); Disney or any character fabric (Cinderella, SpongeBob, Star Wars etc); or any printed English words.

The Hilo and Kona stores are also working on scheduling Dress A Girl Socials where you can come and make a dress with guidance and help as well as learn more about the organization from the local ambassadors. We provide the space, machines, and all of the materials – you provide the time and enthusiasm. All dresses will be donated after the social is over.

If you have any questions regarding Dress A Girl Around the World, how to donate, or anything else related to our donation drive, please feel free to e-mail us at fabricdfw@gotfabric.com or visit the Dress A Girl Around the World website. Thank you for your help in allowing us to give back to our global community!

 

New Blog Post: What is Ice-Dyeing?

Visit our Blog to learn how to ice-dye fabric! Mary from the Kona store will take you step by step through the process and give you some insight about her experience ice-dyeing the fabric she used to make this beautiful top!

ice-dyeing

Have you ever tried ice-dyeing? It’s a wonderful new way to get interesting colors, patterns, and designs onto fabric. If you give it a shot, we’d love to see pictures and hear about your experience! Send us an e-mail at fabricdfw@gotfabric.com or tag us on Instagram or Facebook!

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