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Friday, March 23, 2012

Deploy That Fabric

Since I've spent this week working on a fundraiser for Southern Tier Quilts of Valor, I thought I'd write a little bit about projects designed with military uniforms. A few years ago, I received my niece's ACU (Army Combat Uniform) and made her a backpack with a "soldier girl" embroidered on it.

Later I got a new pattern from Kwik Sew and made a cosmetic bag and a zippered bag. I cut off the tags (and other labels) from her uniforms and sewed those on. 

And of course, I had to accent everything in pink!

I knew that bags made out of uniforms were really popular and you can see why!  

At our QOV event, one of the raffle baskets included the book, "Deploy That Fabric" by Jen Eskridge. It's a wonderful book that includes several projects made from uniforms. So I bought up a bunch of tickets and hoped that if I put them all in one bag, I'd win...and what do you know? I won the book!

My niece is on her second tour (and probably reading this blog post while in Afghanistan); and I think her ACU is different. Hmmm...I see a new project in my future!

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