Deploy That Fabric :: Review & Giveaway

Posted on October 11th, by Amy in give away, review. 129 comments

I’m honored to share a new book with you today, Deploy that Fabric by Jen Eskridge.  Jen writes “Thank you to our military service members–the men and women who defend our freedoms and protect our way of life.”  And her desire is to honor service members by breathing new life into no longer needed uniforms.

I am certain that this book is doing just that!  Jen offers diagrams for deconstructing uniforms into usable fabric, and tips for what to keep, and where to use your seam ripper.  Have you wondered what colors/prints work best with uniforms?  Jen removes all apprehension, by stating that a uniform should be treated as a neutral!  Mix your favorite prints, and get started!

Deploy That Fabric is full of projects!  9 purses and totes, 4 holiday projects, 4 quilts and baby items, and 6 small accessories.  If you are new to fabric construction Jen has also included a helpful technique section complete with 3 zipper installation instructions.

The bags are fun and functional, and using prints you can make it unique to fit your personal style.  The instructions are clear and concise and the photography is beautiful!  Each project is labeled with a skill level, to give you an idea if the project is right for you as well.

And the quilted projects are simply beautiful.  I love the vibrant prints, mixed with the uniforms!

Deploy That Fabric is a well thought and heart felt book that is sure to inspire many future projects.  I’m glad to have it on my shelf! Would you like to add it to your collection of inspiration?  Leave a comment to win a copy of Deploy that Fabric, and this Camo-Quilt Eco-Friendly Messenger Bag.  (International entries welcome, winner will receive an e-book)

I will select a winner on Friday, October 14th.

Good luck!  ~Amy

129 thoughts on “Deploy That Fabric :: Review & Giveaway

  1. OH! I would LOVE this book! My dh is career Army and we have PLENTY of old uniforms begging to be turned into something else (though he might not think so!).

  2. What a wonderful way to honor our heroes! Would be a perfect gift for service retirees, as well! I may need to visit a surplus store very soon! ;-)

  3. This would be a great book to have, if I don’t win, it will be on my Christmas List. My husband and I were both in the military (I have lots of uniforms left) – I think it would be great to make something for each of our children. We are both 4th generation military – so the tradition is strong!

  4. Yes, I’d LOVE a copy!! After 22 years in the Air Force, I have have quite a stash of old unis that I’m trying to figure out what to do with. :D

  5. What a great inspiration book! My DH was in the AF and our son is currently serving in the AF. So proud of our volunteers that allow us to live the independent life we are living!
    My cousin is in the Army, has a wife and 3 children. He has been deployed 4 times, sometimes for 15 months at a time. His wife gave me several of his BDU uniforms and I am going to make some messenger bags for the kids and hopefully a gym bag for Mom. This book would be of such help to me!

  6. I’ve had my eye on this book! Our son is a Marine and I just asked him to send me his old cammies. I’m looking forward to repurposing those cammies into these projects. Would love to make a bag for our daughter who is away at college and quilts to curl up with to feel like he is closer. We also have a very close friend who is a retired Marine and I would love to make him a quilt. Thank you for the opportunity to win this great book!

  7. What a lovely book! I was raised in a military family and this makes me happy in many ways! Thanks for hosting a great giveaway :)

  8. This is a pretty neat book, I’ve enjoyed seeing the sneak peeks at it across blogland recently. Both of my grandfathers served in WWII, and I have two siblings-in-law that serve in the Navy.

  9. My brother-in-law is in the Middle East for a year, so I’d LOVE to make a quilt for his two little girls to snuggle under. I’ve already asked my sister-in-law if he’s got some old uniforms somewhere.

  10. I really like the idea of re-using fabric. The camo prints would go nicely with the coffee burlap bags I use to make tote bags.

  11. As the wife of a Vietnam veteran, I’d love to make – and carry proudly – a bag from one of his uniforms. At the time he was overseas and for a long time afterward, we did not experience the kind of support rightly given to those serving today, and carrying one like that would have sparked unpleasant comments from total strangers. Thanks to Jen Eskridge for writing this book!

  12. What a great idea! I have children in the Air Force, Navy, and Army, so bring on the projects for those old uniforms! P.S. Send me the book…. :>)

  13. I would love to win that book! I am forever printing off “Inspiration” from the computer. Thank you for the giveaway!

  14. I think this book looks awesome and I can’t wait to finally have some projects for all those old uniforms my husband keeps giving me!

  15. I’d love to win this, thanks for the chance! With hubby being in the military, I’ve had my eye on his uniforms for awhile and this book would be a great help!

  16. A surely great idea to use old uniforms for things like quilts and bags. Things that you can have around when the one you love is not around… maybe parts of a uniform that he/she has worn while being in a foreign country…
    Or maybe to make a quilt for your loved one to take with him/her – to comfort when needed…

    I just love the idea of that book… and would love to win one as well

  17. I’d love to add this book to my collection and learn how to deconstruct a uniform into more useable pieces. I have a stack of uniforms that are too worn out or faded for my husband to wear to work anymore. It would be great to make something for my kids so they always have a part of their dad with them.

  18. This would be such a great win! My son and future son in law are both Army and it would be so neat to be able to make some items for my daughter for their wedding and for later…how cool it would be to do so!

  19. First of all, I thankful that she wrote this book! There are many of us military wives (myself included) that will get good use out of this book, and will perhaps use it to make items for those that have lost their spouses in the war. What a blessing it would be to make a quilt or purse for a widow? Or to present a wounded warrior with a gift? Or to give a retiree a keepsake at their military retirement ceremony? Thank you for the review and givewaway! :)

  20. This looks like a fun book. My dad was career Air Force and anything military always makes me happy. Bet there are some fun projects in it.

  21. Love the idea of using these fabrics together!! I met my husband when we were in the Reserves together so camouflage fabric has a bit of a sentimental meaning for us:)

  22. I’d love to win a copy of this book. I’m the daughter of a WWII & Korean War veteran (still going strong at 91) & the wife of a Vietnam War veteran. Thanks for the giveaway.

  23. There are so many people who I know who have loved ones deployed. I would love to get my hands on a copy of this book. thanks for the review and giveaway.

  24. Ohhh this is so cute! We have a few uniforms from my brother in law when he was in the desert. This would make a great gift for my sister!

  25. I love the idea if this book. The quilt on the cover looks wonderful. Thanks ford the chance to win a great book!

  26. This book looks wonderful. I would love to win a copy for my friend Mary who has a son in the army. He just got married and is coming home from Afghanistan soon. She has been trying to find a use for his fatigues and make his new wife gifts. Thanks for the opportunity.

  27. What a great book. As an Army brat and wife of a VietNam Vet I
    would just love to have this book.

  28. I have a lot of uniforms that I would love to have this book to get ideas of what to do with. My husband family has a long line of army veterans with our eldest son serving presently.

  29. This book is a surprise–something I would have never imagined–but I love the photos, and would definitely enjoy the projects. I love the “Army” bag!

  30. I would love a copy of this book! my father in law served and the family could use some ideas on what to do with his uniforms.

  31. What a creative idea! My oldest son is in the Air Force, and this would be such a great way to honor him. I’m envisioning a very special baby quilt… no baby on the way yet, but what a neat way to honor daddy when it does come :) And, the purse would be a great thing for me and my daughter … Well, I could go on forever.

  32. I’ve been making quilts for the our wounded soldiers through Quilts of Valor – but would love to make some of the items you showed using the uniforms! What a great book for guilds’ service committees! My head is spinning! Thanks for the opportunity!

  33. I would love this book! I am a Military Wife that sells purses made from uniforms at the PX near my home. I would love some new ideas for myself and my little business!

  34. I have a lot of respect for all that serve and this is a great
    book to honor them. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  35. I’ve been following this hop and the book looks great. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  36. I am so excited about this great book! I have a cousin who has been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan 6 or 7 times. His wife is gathering up Desert Storm and Green Camo as we speak as well as extra patches, name tags, pictures, etc. I think this book if fabulous. Thanks for the chance to win.

  37. Wow, this sound so cool. I just love the bag that is pictured in the blog. And the quilt is beautiful! I would love to make some of these items! I’m gonna have to look into getting this book.

  38. This book would be helpful to recycle military uniforms and honor those that are service or served in the military (like many of my relatives)! In fact, think that many uniforms might be usable for these patterns. Thanks for the chance.

  39. I would love to win either the book or the bag – they would both be very useful. Thanks for joining in the giveaway.

  40. Thanks for the chance to win this great book. What a unique way to show support to our military.

  41. Having my Dad in the Air Force for over 20 years and my son currently serving in the Marine Corps, I’m so excited to learn about this book. It’s so nice that Jen has taken the guess work out of deconstructing the uniforms. Can’t wait to get my hands on this book!

    Thanks for the giveaway and a chance to win.


  42. This looks like a great and informative book. My Granddaddy served in the Air Force and my brother is currently in the Marine Corps. I’d love to make the purse picture above as well as items for family members. Thank you for the giveaway and a chance to win.


  43. I hope this isn’t a duplicate, I hit “post” and it went away?? If so, sorry.

    My Granddaddy was in the Air Force and my brother is currently in the Marine Corps. I’d really love to make the bag you have pictured from the book above. Looks great! of course I’d also love to make some items for family members as well. Thank you for the giveaway and a chance to win.


  44. I was just looking at this book on the Connecting Threads website, thinking how cool that was! I would love to win a copy of this!

  45. That is such a wonderful idea! Now I wish we hadn’t disposed of most of my husband’s old military clothing. :( Thank you for the chance to win this.

  46. This book looks great. I am going to ask to have some uniforms saved from my son and some friends. They would make a wonderful quilt.

  47. I was in the Navy and that’s where I met my other half – 51 years of service between us…..and lots of uniforms. I’ve made some bags and passport covers – fire retardant too!

  48. This is the coolest quilt book ever! My husband was deployed to Iraq and this would give me wonderful ways to use his uniforms!

  49. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this book. I think it is going to be full of some great ideas. I have been making things out of my husbands old uniforms for the last 16 years. I am always searching for new ideas.

  50. Im hoping being in australia i still have a little time to enter.
    I love recycling fabric. The softness of the fabric in the finished quilt is lovely.

    If by some mysterious chance of events i happen to win. I would seriously love a hard copy book. Happy to pay for postage.
    Thanks for the give away.

  51. This would be a great book for repurposing ideas! I’d love to have it in my library!

  52. What a great idea!! I LOVE the purse in one of the pictures! I wonder if it tells in the book where to get old uniforms. I would love to have the book!!

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