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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 fabricdfw@gotfabric.com 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 fabricdfw@gotfabric.com. 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!

Hope Bags Project | Discount Fabric Warehouse

Hope Bags Project

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.
Throughout the months of June and July, Discount Fabric Warehouse stores will be having a Hope Bag donation drive. We are looking to collect large bags (tote bags, duffle bags, backpacks, and the like) to bring love and hope to foster children. All of our stores will be having in-store bag sewing events where you can come and learn how to make various large bags for donation. At all of our in-store events, we will provide all of the materials, all you have to do is show up, help sew a bag, and donate it! Dates and projects will be listed in our E-Blast newsletters and on our website and social media as they are scheduled.
We will also be collecting completed large handcrafted bags (24”x9” or larger, unused, made
with new materials suitable for children ages 4 – 16), fabric and supply donations (such as
zippers, nylon webbing for straps, etc.), and monetary donations. Those who donate quality,
large bags will receive a $5 gift card for their donation (limit 3 gift cards per person).
We are currently working on creating a list of various easily accessible patterns, bag inspiration ideas, video tutorials, and tips and tricks to help you create your large bags of hope. Please check back as throughout the next two months, this site will be updated.

DFW Hilo: Days For Girls

Discount Fabric Warehouse – Hilo is happy to welcome Days for Girls! We’ve opened up our classroom for this wonderful organization to have their monthly meetings.

Days for Girls Monthly Meetings

First Tuesday of Every Month starting February 06, 2018

9AM – Noon

They welcome volunteers to meet and help put together kits! Come and see what this project is all about!

What is Days for Girls? Their vision is simple:

Hygiene solutions are a little thing that becomes a big thing quickly, when millions of women and girls suddenly have what they need to stay in school, pursue opportunity, and succeed.

Days for Girls envisions a world where menstruation is no longer a source of shame and taboo. Through volunteers, through enterprises, and through public and private partnerships, Days for Girls is working to shift how women and girls see themselves and are seen by their communities. We offer girls and women with new life choices and spur narrative change, through providing sustainable hygiene solutions, health education, and income-generation opportunities.

 There are a lot of things that are hard to change in the world. This isn’t one of them. Join with us, and show what’s possible when we work together on behalf of women and girls. (daysforgirls.org)

For more information on how you can help, join them for their monthly meeting or send us an e-mail at fabricdfw@gotfabric.om with the subject “Days for Girls” and we’ll pass on the message!

Discount Fabric Warehouse | Water Bottle Sling Project

Project Sheet: Water Bottle Sling

If you saw our Christmas 2017 sale mailer, you’d have seen that our special project this time around is a Water Bottle Sling that’s perfect for 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!

We wanted you to be able to give this project a go at any time of the year, so we’re offering this project sheet here on our website! Feel free to download it or forward the page to a friend!

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.
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!


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!


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.

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.

As of the end of November 2017, the group of sewist who typically meet on Sundays in the Discount Fabric Warehouse – Hilo classroom will no longer be meeting for the forseeable future.

Dress kits will still be available for pick up at the Hilo store (if available) and you are also able to drop off completed dresses. Monetary and fabric donations, as well as dress kit donations are welcome.

If you’d like more information, please contact Jen, the East Hawaii Ambassador at dressagirlaroundtheworldinhi@gmail.com

There are two groups of wonderful folks who meet on the Kona/Waikoloa side of the island to put together kits for Dress A Girl Around the World dresses or sew them on the spot for donation!
Kona meets at the Living Stones Church on Ali’i Drive on Mondays from 1:00-4:00.
Waikoloa meets at the  Waikoloa Community Room on Wednesdays from 11:30-3:30.
Not able to make it to the meetings, but would like to contribute anyway? Donations are always welcome! DFW gift cards and suitable materials to make the dresses can be dropped off at Discount Fabric Warehouse or by contacting Dress A Girl!
For more information email Lynn, the West Hawaii DAG Ambassador, at scubalynn@hawaii.rr.com

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!


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!


Discount Fabric Warehouse | Project Linus

DFW Hilo: Project Linus

What is Project Linus?

Project Linus is a nation-wide non-profit organization that provides handmade blankets to children in need. The organization services all 50 states and we are fortunate to have two chapters here in the state of Hawaii. There is a Hawaii Chapter as well as an Oahu Chapter. Unfortunately, at this time, no other chapters have been formed for the other islands.

According to the Project Linus national website, there are two missions that the organization believes in:

First – Provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”

Second – Provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.

The Hawaii Chapter has distributed blankets to organizations all over the island, including Hilo Medical Center, Hospice of Hilo, and Child and Family Services, just to name a few, as well as several organizations on the west side of the island.

So how can you help Project Linus?

You can help Project Linus by donating a completed, homemade blanket. For those of you on the Big Island, if you donate a blanket (or more!) you will receive a $5 gift card for your contribution. Although there is no limit on the number of blankets you can donate, there is a limit of 1 gift card per person.

Any blankets that are donated must be new (not previously used), handmade (quilted, sewn, knitted, crocheted, or no-sew fringed fleece), high quality construction, machine washable and dryable, 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! (This is from the Project Linus Hawaii Chapter website.) And although there is a need for blankets of all sizes, they can be no smaller than one yard square (36″x36″).

Don’t worry if you can’t make the blanket drive! You can drop off a blanket for Project Linus any time of the year at our Discount Fabric Warehouse Hilo and Kona locations! Just make sure you let the sales staff know that it’s for Project Linus. They’ll know what to do from there!

Another way you can help is by donating your time. Project Linus holds monthly Blanketeering sessions at Discount Fabric Warehouse – Hilo. The date is advertised in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald as well as on the Hawaii Chapter website. The Hilo Chapter is also looking for volunteers to help with their blanket drive. You can contact the Chapter Coordinator, Kathleen Stacey, by e-mail at project.linus_hi@yahoo.com for more information on how you can get involved.

Next Monthly Get-Together:

Saturday, February 17, 2018

10AM – Noon

The final way that you can help Project Linus is by making a donation. It doesn’t have to be a blanket, they’re also accepting donations of supplies (fabric, batting, fleece, yarn and other supplies) as well as monetary donations.

Contact Project Linus

If you’d like more information on anything, such as more details on blankets they accept or how to make a donation, please contact the Project Linus Hawaii Chapter.

E-mail:  project.linus_hi@yahoo.com

Website:  https://plhi.shutterfly.com/