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Oct 11, 2011

Deploy that Fabric Blog Tour + GiveAway

Oct 11, 2011
Pin It I am lucky to participate in the blog tour for my friend Jennifer Eskridge of Reannalily Design's new book - Deploy That Fabric.  You too can enter to win your own copy plus the Eco Messenger Bag!


23 Sewing Projects Use Military Uniforms in Everyday Life
Reuse • Recycle • Remember


Basic Information about the Book:
Upcycle military uniforms to celebrate your service members and show your pride in our troops. 23 projects include totes, quilts, Christmas decor, baby items, and fashion accessories. Learn how to recycle decommissioned uniforms and blend in contemporary fabrics to create useful family treasures with one-of-a-kind style. You can also make these projects using camouflage fabrics or uniforms from surplus stores. Includes quilting and sewing basics.  Jen Eskridge publishes quilt and sewing patterns through her company, ReannaLily Designs. Her husband was with the US Air Force for 10 years and is currently on Active Duty in the KS Air National Guard.



Book Review:
I have to admit....I love the idea of repurposing fabrics.  My Long and Lean quilt is my best example to date.  So when I was asked to review Deploy That Fabric, a slew of ideas that hadn't been brought to my attention surfaced.  *Light bulb*  My sister-in-law and brother-in-law both went to the Naval Academy.  My SIL served in the Marines until starting her family.  My BIL has chosen a career with the Marines and is currently serving in Virginia.  I made a phone call their way and now have an old uniform in my hands.  The question is:  what project should I choose?


Deploy That Fabric is a book well planned out and split into 3 sections.  1.  Tips and techniques for deconstructing uniforms  2.  Projects and 3.  Sewing and Quilting Techniques.  

The instructions on how to take apart a uniform and gain the most usable fabric is a valuable resource.  Jen instructs you on which parts of the uniform work best for certain types of projects.  This will be very helpful in making the most of the uniform and other garments you deconstruct.

The projects included with the book offer a wide variety of items and clearly identify the skill levels needed to complete the projects.  Of course, I am slightly partial to the quilts in the book.  I had never thought of making a quilt for my boys with their aunt's old uniform..... now it is definitely on my list.  The nameplate on the shirt is our last name!  What a great sentiment to be able to reuse these fabrics with something that means a great deal to our family.


The last section of the book covers the basics on darts, bag handles, pockets, zippers, and quilting.  We are reminded to Label the quilts that we make.  This is important in all quilts, but these uniforms retired from active duty are extra sentimental.  A label with information thanking our service member and giving their highest rank and any deployments they have served is a nice way to recognize them.

What I liked best:
One of the best things I noticed after reading through Deploy That Fabric is how nice all different colors of modern fabric pair with the camouflage uniforms!  I didn't expect it, but almost ANYTHING goes with them!  Be on the lookout for my recycled uniform quilt here on GXQ in the next few months.



The GiveAway:
To enter the drawing for your own copy of Deploy that Fabric and the matching Eco Messenger Bag, just leave a comment below.  Perhaps tell me of some fabric you repurposed in your sewing or would like to repurpose in the future.

Enter by Saturday, October 15 at midnight EST. A winner will be randomly drawn on Sunday.

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96 comments:

  1. I have thrifted clothing for years for quilting...one day i will get to them, perhaps with the help of this book!

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  2. I have a Madras skirt from the 70s that I'm saving to use in a quilt. Would love to win - thanks for the giveaway.

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  3. What a fabulous book! I love repurposing fabric - and would love to make something from this book with old hunting clothes.

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  4. This book just looks awesome! I'm a big fan of surplus stores, so I've been repurposing old military stuff for several years. My favorite of my projects is a full-length skirt I made from a pair of Vietnam-era army pants. I call it "green skirt" and I nearly live in it :) skirts with huge pockets are the best!

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  5. Wow, I'm never the first poster! lol Anyhow, love your site and giveaway! I have had this book on my wishlist from the first day I heard about it! I have friends and family either currently or retired from the various armed forces. This book will give me the info to make some cute (the guys might not like that word -lol) how bout awesome gifts! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  6. I so need this book! My husbands uniforms are staring at me, just waiting for some creative inspiration to hit (um, it's been well over a year, hence, my need for the book!). I did make a computer sleeve for my husband out of one uniform - those huge leg pockets are perfect for the computer cord and I didn't even have to mess with a zipper (can you say super duty velcro? Thanks for that, Army!). I'm also saving some old shirts and knit pants in hopes of making use of them for "new" clothes for my son. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  7. Well, I thought I had an original idea when I cut up a pair of camo pants and used squares of that fabric with bits of blue and green batiks from my stash in a disappearing 4 patch pattern - apparently I'm not the first to think of using uniforms in quilting and sewing! I'd love to have this book for more ideas.

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  8. This is so awesome. I have my brothers jackets from both the Army and the Navy. What a great idea to make something usable out of them. I need that book. I would love to make something for each of my sister in laws out of their husbands jackets.

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  9. Wow...I would never have thought to use army uniforms like that! My dad just sold a bunch at a yard sale this summer...I wish I had known!

    Thanks for a chance to win an awesome giveaway!

    Go ARMY!

    Had to say that...my Big Bro is a SGT! =)

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  10. I just found this blog through a link from Sew, Mama, Sew - and I'm so glad I did! I love the idea of using decommissioned military uniforms; I've thrifted other clothing in the past - usually to make new clothing for my children, or sweaters to felt & use in projects - but it wouldn't have occurred to me to use military uniforms! xo

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  11. I came over from Sew Mama, Sew and I am so glad I did. I just the intent behind this book to reuse and recycle but it is also a way to honor our loved ones who served. My loved ones were all Coast Guard so I have some lovely dark blues to play with. I'm new at sewing so might make a small wallet first. I would love to win this.

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  12. I have quite a few friends who have served and are currently serving as well as many family members. This is such a wonderful idea to commemorate their service.

    I have many items that I'd love to reuse, and I hope that this book will help me to make a dent in those fabrics.

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  13. I did a t-shirt quilt for my son and used his old baby blankets as filler blocks. I wonder if my Father still has any of his old uniforms around the house? I'll ask him next time I speak with him.

    Paul
    www.OutnumberedQuilter.com

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  14. Just last night i took a pair of my hubbies old shorts and made them into a beach bag.

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  15. No repurposing here, I'm new to all of this quilting, so I have had to go out in search of all my fabric.. except that which I found in bins in my attic.. but it was still fabric from projects from times gone past.. and cotton so suitable for quilting. It got washed up and will be used in quilts.

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  16. Such an amazing idea! I have not thought much about reusing any fabric, but just this glimpse gives me some great ideas!

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  17. My father in law was in the service. As none of the children know what to do with the uniforms in his old trunk, I think this would be a great gift for them.

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  18. Your review of this book is so perfect. I think the breakdown of the parts in the book are great because it is all very useful especially the taking apart of the uniform. I have several old articles of clothing that I want to use to make quilts or just pillows for the kids with the fabric that was very memorable to them but I didn't really know the best way to go about cutting it up. I'm hoping to win this giveaway but if not, I will certainly put this book on my wish list for Christmas :)

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  19. I'm a quilter on a budget...a very tight budget so repurposing fabrics is something I love to do and something I kind of have to do :) I've repurposed curtains, jumpers, skirts, shirts,etc. :)

    homespunhandmaiden(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  20. Would LOVE that book! My son is an Eagle Scout and I'm looking for ideas to recycle his uniforms!

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  21. I love the idea of this book!! My husband love to go 'yard sale-ing' Occassionally I find great blouses that the fabric is perfect for quilting. The prices run from 25 cents to $1.00! So I cut it up and I have quite a bit of scraps built up to make quilts, or whatever. I need some creative ideas to use it all, so I would LOVE this book. Thanks so much for the giveaway!
    Linda
    http://homesweetquiltinghome.blogspot.com/

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  22. I've used old police uniforms as camp quilts--the ripstop makes it so tough.

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  23. I have used an old pair of my scrub pants (where the inside of the legs had worn out) as lining for some winter hats for my boys! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  24. I have lots of old clothes waiting to be re-used!

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  25. I usually upcycle denim but love the look of camo with modern prints. Genius! mamalusco at ortelco dot net

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  26. What a fantastic idea! I am saving many of my children's baby/toddler outfits to repurpose into quilts for them.
    Amy
    abcsemartin(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  27. I found you at Sew Mama Sew and am so excited for this book! I have used old clothes for quilts, and am excited to have something to do with the pile of uniforms in the garage! waldoswife at gmail.com

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  28. I enjoy using old uniforms for quilts and bags. I am excited about this book for all the new ideas. I think the stocking is very clever.

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  29. I have reused jeans, shirts, curtains to make bags, quilts and other things. Thanks for the chance.
    micheletimms at gmail dot com

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  30. I seem to re-purpose everything, i just cant seem to throw something so useful and versatile as fabric away! t-shirts, old bed sheets, new linens, all become something new and special!

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  31. I love the idea of making something special using old uniforms.
    Lisa
    rebe476(at)gmail.com

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  32. HELLO!
    I'VE REPURPOSED COTTON CURTAINS INTO CROCHETED RUGS+THEY LOOK PRETTY NEAT! THANKS FOR SHARING~

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  33. I love the ideal of repurposing Army jackets.

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  34. What an interesting idea for a book - well done! I try to re-purpose items whenever I can and think of it as a challenge.

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  35. I would love to win a copy of the book or the bag! I have just started making yoyos from men's silk ties. Nice!

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  36. I *love* repurposing vintage/used fabrics, uniforms & clothing! I have always collected cool little bits of things that I never used for anything because I was afraid to cut them apart. So they sat. But now, I'm using them everywhere: home dec, pillows, bags, costumes, etc . . . and I love the fact that they are out of basement storage!!

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  37. I repurpose sheets, curtains, and clothes into bags, pj's, strap covers and lots of other projects! Thanks for a chance to win this wonderful looking book! :)

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  38. I recently turned my husband's t-shirt into pants that both my boys can wear. :) Thanks for the chance to win!

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  39. I love that picture of the bag! What a great idea!

    katrina_hertzer2000 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  40. What a great idea for a book! Before I got into sewing I purchased a uniform purse for my sister in law whose husband is in the army. Now that I can crank things out with my sewing machine, I would love to make her something else...this book would be a great resource for gift ideas for her and the kids.

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  41. Oooh! I have tons of camo that needs to be reused. This is my first time to your blog, but please count me in!

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  42. what a cool book! my cousin and her husband are both in the military in Dayton so i'm sure I could get my hands on some uniforms. i'm not very good at repurposing fabric, but i'm willing to learn!

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  43. I too made a phone call and have uniforms and all their glory being gathered for me to make some goodies. Dawn, how about a purse sweetie. Dawn is a warrior wife who keeps the homefires burning while her hubz and my cousin Brian deploys out frequently it seems. He has been out 6 or 7 times since 9-11. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  44. i love the idea of repurposing anything and want to use old clothing of any kind to make something useful, cool and beautiful.

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  45. I love this idea of repurposing military uniform. I have a niece in the Navy, that I would love to do sometime for.

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  46. My DH would love for me to learn how to repurpose anything......grin.

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  47. I used old jeans to make a couple of bags, a duvet cover, and a huge quilt.

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  48. What a great blog ! Like many others I just
    "discovered" you through Sew Mama Sew...
    My first repurposing was a beautiful patchwork
    skirt I made years ago. I raided my parents
    attic & used scraps from clothing my mother
    had made for me over the years. I still have it
    ( can't fit in it ! darn ! ) but I love to look at it...
    it's a wonderful walk down memory lane !

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  49. What a great idea for a book. I have repurposed tee shirts and baby clothes but no uniforms.

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  50. I love the look of this book and love to use a few uniforms i have of my dads - thanks!

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  51. This book looks great. I have used old jeans in some tote projects and would like to make some quilts with old uniforms.

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  52. I too have used jeans in my quilting but I paired them with plaid flannel shirts in an orange peel quilt.

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  53. I love the idea of this book. I have used jeans to make a hobby horse for my grandson.

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  54. What a terrific book! My oldest son and future SIL are both Army and this looks like it is full of great things to make out of their old uniforms. My daughter and future SIl are marrying in the spring & I'd love to be able to make them something from this....

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  55. I so badly want to make a messenger bag out of my husband's fire gear. :)

    Mary
    iammaryburke @ gmail.com

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  56. I think some old military sweatshirts would be neat to repurpose!

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  57. My son is in the Air Force and is home for a visit now. One of the projects I HAVE to get done today is to sew new patches on all his uniforms. Guess I better quit reading blogs and get busy ;)

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  58. I love the idea of repurposing old uniforms, I'm going to have to bum a couple from my brother and try some of the projects in this book. Would love to win a copy. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  59. I love these projects! I repurpose jeans and plaid shirts, all the time. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  60. I have saved some of my sons shirts from his favourite football team to use in a quilt for him........I'll have enough of them to sew it up one day:)

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  61. I love working with wool and have felted old sports/suit coats and blazers myself purchased from Goodwill. Great wool for many different projects. Would love to win that sweet book.

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  62. Your book looks exciting. I enjoy repurposing all kinds of things, but most recently, I've made youth ties for my 5 yr. old grandson from thrift store men's ties. Also, I have made quilts from thrifted men's plaid shirts and old denim jeans. Currently, I've got quite a few more thifted men's shirts and women's blouses cut up into fabric for future quilts.

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  63. Many of our quilts, such as the Uberfest blocks I'm now making, have fabric scraps leftover from skirts and dresses I made more than forty years ago. For some time we've cut up our shirts, denim, and cotton garments to reuse - though have not purchased items for this purpose. My grandparents and parents taught us thrift, something learned from the Great Depression. Thanks for the giveaway and stop on the blog book tour.

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  64. Growing up we always 'remade' clothing - jackets with torn sleeves became vests, sheets became pillowcases, towels to washcloths, old clothes to newer fashions, and finally, into scrap rugs and quilts. What a perfect way to honor and use a uniform. VermontPines@aol.com

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  65. My Dad served in the Air Force for over 20 years and my son is currently serving in the Marine Corps. I would love to have this book, showing how to break down the uniforms and it's great patterns are included as well. As far as repurposing fabric, I have several of my Dad's hawaiian shirts I want to make a memory quilt out of. I also have several t-shirts and old jeans from both my kids I'm going to one day make quilts out of.

    Thank you for the giveaway and the chance to win.

    usair(at)gmail(dot)com
    Jodi Guerrero

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  66. What a great way to use old uniforms! I would love to use a uniform from that special service member to make Christmas gifts for their loved ones.

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  67. I have mainly repurposed old sweaters that I have felted. I have begun using old sheets for tote bags and pajamas and that has been fun. Thank you for an opportunity to win this fun book.

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  68. I have some old Navy uniforms that I have set aside for projects. A seaman's white will be summer pants for my oldest daughter, and the shirt turned into a vintage "sailor" (for sure) dress. The old blue wool dress coat - a new coat with some embellishments for my middle son. I'd love some more ideas!

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  69. My SIL is a Marine, and I would love to make something for her out of an old uniform!

    Carrie
    cshamp(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  70. I have used furniture store samples in quite a few bags. The upholstery fabric is very durable!

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  71. I made a quilt for each of my children from their old play clothes. I gave these quilts to them when they got married. Thank you for the giveaway. Corinne
    demoncori@aol.com

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  72. This is an ingenious up cycle and a touching recycle project. Thanks for chance to win.

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  73. I just made a quilt using scraps from the quilts I've made and given away. So when I see this quilt, I think of our extended family.

    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

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  74. My husband is in the Army Reserves and we have other family and friends who also serve. I love the idea of upcycling uniforms and the projects looks liek such fun! My daughter would really enjoy making a camo bag!

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  75. years ago when I first started quilting, I cut up my husbands old shirts to make a Red, white and blue quilt... worked for me.. I wonder if he was upset, he never said anything... and I hated those shirts on him so win win for me...

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  76. cool idea. I have many old jeans and other clothing that I'd like to use but no ideas. Maybe this book would get me started and use up the boxes I have in my stash!! Thanks for the opportunity. pbalsinger@gmail.com

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  77. If it's fabric, I repurpose it! I have a bin full, just waiting for inspiration to come

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  78. I have a flannel plaid shirt from my Dad (who passed away in 2001) ... looking for ideas but still waiting for the perfect project to make the 1st cut... Thanks for the chance.

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  79. The only repurposed fabric I've used in quilting so far is for a t-shirt quilt. But we love it!

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  80. It is so helpful to have ideas and inspiration, this book should fill some holes...

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  81. I found some fabric that my Mom had used to make clothes for my girls. I washed it and added it my stash and hope to use it in a scrappy quilt soon. Thanks for the review of the book and the giveaway.

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  82. My grandmother used to make quilts out of clothing people gave to her. My husband has mad 3 quilts out of old denim jeans, and I love to go to Goodwill and find just the right fabric for a project. Thanks for the giveaway. Bonnie browne426@hotmail.com

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  83. Great idea! I have uniforms from my days in the National Guard that I keep for the memories. Now I can wear or use them daily!

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  84. What a great idea for a book! I've used felted wool sweaters to make a few things. I also like to use old sheets for things, there is a lot of fabric in a sheet. I just recently cut up old t shirts and made t shirt yarn that I crocheted into a rug! Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  85. I finish up my and other people's UFOs, so I guess that's repurposing fabric.....keeping them from languishing in a drawer somewhere!

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  86. I especially like to use old jeans material and have made several bags. But a full quilt is definitely on my list.

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  87. You were telling me about this book at Sewing Summit! I love the idea. I have a stack of my husbands old cammies that need a project.

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  88. A great idea, all of them. Been seeing items for sale like these, would love to create my own.

    geez bees 75 at gmail dot com

    Shelly R

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  89. I am very sentimental so I have a hard time throwing away clothes that have meaning but are not longer wearable. I've taken old school t-shirts, uniforms, holiday dresses and my favorite pj pants and use them to make a memory quilt. I'm going to make one for my niece and nephew's with their old clothes too.

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  90. I think the ideas in this book sound fantastic. The samples look wonderful, I would love to have a copy of my own! I have re-purposed jeans in the past.

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  91. Thanks for the giveaway. I have thrifted a lot of things, the latest being a set of kitchen towels from some old tunics.
    Leena

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  92. My last project was crocheting a bag out of plastic shopping bags. It has nothing to do with fabric, it was a pain to crochet, but it is a fun conversation piece and was the entire time I was working on it. It is also incredibly lightweight and easy to hang on my shoulder. Thanks for this giveaway.

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  93. what a fabulous idea!!

    would love to put some of those patterns to use!!

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  94. I'm repurposing an adorable patchwork Christmas skirt to make a Christmas card holder!

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