Deploy that Fabric: 23 Sewing Projects Use Military Uniforms in Everyday Life

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Show your pride in our troops every day! All members of the Armed Forces have to buy multiple uniforms, some of which become decommissioned. Learn how to recycle these uniforms and blend in some cheerful, contemporary fabrics to create useful family treasures with one-of-a-kind style. Even if you don't have a service member in your life, you can make these cool projects using camouflage fabrics or uniforms purchased from surplus stores.

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Deploy that Fabric: 23 Sewing Projects Use Military Uniforms in Everyday Life

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Overview

Show your pride in our troops every day! All members of the Armed Forces have to buy multiple uniforms, some of which become decommissioned. Learn how to recycle these uniforms and blend in some cheerful, contemporary fabrics to create useful family treasures with one-of-a-kind style. Even if you don't have a service member in your life, you can make these cool projects using camouflage fabrics or uniforms purchased from surplus stores.

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Editorial Reviews

7/1/2011 Professional Quilters Online
Who could resist this book title in a week with a patriotic holiday? At some point military uniforms become decommissioned, and quilter and military spouse Jen Eskridge takes the position that we should upcycle them to celebrate service members. Jen starts by showing you how to deconstruct uniforms then offers 23 projects for using your pieces, Projects range from the simple tote to quilts. Jen asks early in the book, 'What matches a uniform?' She answers with, 'Everything.' Yes, uniforms are a neutral and can be your light or dark. It was interesting to see how they just become the background among pinks and blues. The book also includes a techniques section that might be helpful for those who come from a non-sewing background.
7/13/11 Generation Q Magazine
As we sit at our machines and obsess happily through our seams, it’s too easy for many of us American creative types to forget that we are a nation at war and that we have many military men and women serving here and abroad. Jen Eskridge brings that reality to our sewing rooms in a big, but wonderful, way. Deploy that Fabric uses fabric captured from tired military uniforms and reworks it into quilts, bag, home décor and more. Because the projects are so nicely designed, they manage to be casual and classy at the same time.
What’s absolutely brilliant about this book, though, is that Jen provides incredibly useful info on how to take apart the uniforms and discover hidden fabric behind pockets, as well as how to repurpose patches, buttons and zippers. Her deconstructing tips can be used on civilian clothes, too. She writes from the perspective of a military wife, one who totally gets this system filled with rules, tradition and honor, but still offers fun, practical items to make. This one is worth the money.
February 2012 Popular Patchwork Magazine
In a completely new take on keepsake quilts, Jen Eskridge, seasoned quilter and military wife, shows her readers how to be creative with recycled fabrics from service uniforms. The book was intended to honour service members fighting for their country but all the techniques can be adapted and applied to making quilted keepsakes from any old items of clothing. The book is split in three sections: deconstructing a uniform, quilting projects and quilting techniques. Each pattern is coded for its skill level and they range from novice to skilled. This is a unique and creative title which breathes fresh life into traditional concepts via 23 innovative new projects.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607052449
  • Publisher: C & T Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/16/2011
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 530,604
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 8

Using Uniforms 9

Deconstructing a Uniform into Fiat Pieces

Uniform Weights

Washing and Pressing

Patches and Embellishments

Choosing Matching Fabrics

Cutting

Equivalent Yardages

Purses And Totes 15

Hipster Purse 16

Grocery Tote 20

Coin Purse 23

Makeup Bag 25

Gromment Purse 28

Half-Moon Purse 34

Reversible Tote 39

Circle Purse 44

Military Monster Tote 51

Home For The Holidays 57

Placemats 58

Stocking 60

Tree Skirt 64

Table Runner 68

Quilts And Baby Items 71

Stroller Blanket 72

Changing Pad 75

Triangle Jubilee 78

Sensational Strips 83

Accessories 86

Note Cards 87

Drink Coasters 89

Business Card Holder 92

Checkbook Cover 94

Passport Cover 97

Accent Pillow 99

Sewing And Quilting Techiques 102

Grainlines 102

Edge Stitching 102

Quilted Handles 103

Bag-Shaping Darts 104

Hard-Bottom Bag Insert 105

Welt Pocket 106

Zipper Pocket 109

Center-Applied Zipper 111

Center-Applied Zipper with Lining 113

Quilt Finishing 116

Layering

Basting

Quilting

Binding

Labels

Template Patterns 120

About The Author 127

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