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« on: May 31, 2010 08:50:26 PM »

We have a lot of old uniforms lying around taking up too much space, so I've been making things out of them.  The fabric is great since it is durable and relatively water and stain resistant making them great for bags. My father-in-law wanted some shopping tote bags but the problem is the ones you can buy at the grocery stores are too big for him to carry so I made him these. They are small but can still hold a good amount and the handles are short so they don't drag on the ground when he carries them. This only my second time posting so I hope I do this right. : )
the 3 desert camo ones:

the 4th green camo bag with groceries

it can hold a surprising amount of stuff


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« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2010 10:09:57 PM »

Awesome!!!
They'd look fantastic with the pockets & names still attached. I love these!
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« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2010 10:12:44 PM »

great idea for old uniforms! We have a ton of BDUs that are no longer used because of going to the new uniforms, and I've been trying to think of things to do with them. They are so thick and sturdy, they must hold a pretty heavy load!
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« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2010 07:33:10 AM »

these are made from the back of the blouses, that's why they are blank. since they are just for carrying groceries I didn't think about embellishing them much. I use one similar as my "purse" that I attached a pocket to on the outside.

I've made a few things from uniforms. I love the fabric. I actually made my daughter's diaper bag and changing pad from uniforms. I didn't want a girly bag and my husband suggested using uniforms. I should post that actually....
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« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2010 07:42:10 AM »

You should definately post that! I would love to see more things made from uniforms to get more ideas. I had toyed with the idea of making rag quilts from them, but in the end I thought that would be too heavy, and not very snuggly... What do you think?
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« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2010 08:59:41 AM »

You should definately post that! I would love to see more things made from uniforms to get more ideas. I had toyed with the idea of making rag quilts from them, but in the end I thought that would be too heavy, and not very snuggly... What do you think?

I will, thanks! I don't think it would be too heavy if you used the summer weight uniforms, the winter weight probably would be though. I've been thinking of making a blanket out of them myself. Especially the desert camo uniforms. they are light weight and seemed to be a lot softer then the green BDUs. of course if you used the winter weight ones and used a very lightweight backing maybe it would be good for a winter quilt in the colder regions.
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