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« on: January 21, 2006 12:36:51 PM »

Huh I'm getting out of the Army in the next few months. I've been in for ten years. I have been stationed in a bunch of different places and so I have worn different unit patches on my shoulder. I want to create something that will be like a showcase of this. I thought of maybe sewing my patches and name tapes onto either a bolt of camouflage fabric or actually cutting up one of my uniforms. I have a bunch of uniforms and other things, and I have had such an interesting ten years, I want something to remember without having to store everything in a bin in the attic. I'm looking for ideas, inspiration, anecdotes, anything! Maybe something quilt-ish? I don't know, but I'm open to anything. Thanks!  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2006 02:24:52 PM »

Hello I'm wondering the same thing I get out of the Navy in about 6 months. But I've only been in for about 4 years so I'm sure you have more memorabilia then me.
I think a memory quilt would be awesome. You could put your unit patches and different photos from while you were in on plain fabric and the border could be in camouflage fabric.
Also with your medals, ribbons and you name tag you could make a shadow box. At Michaels they have these really nice scrapbook embellishments for the different services.
With your uniform pants(I did this with one of my old uniforms) they make a really cool purse/messenger bag. For the strap I used an old belt.
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« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2006 08:15:07 PM »

Congratulations on the new chapter in your life, I'm pretty terrified, lol.. The people I work for a great and are putting together a box with my medals. I like the idea of bordering with camou. It feels so weird, the getting ready to be "normal" again.
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« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2006 08:47:51 PM »

i would glue the patches, name tags, rank etc on a store bought photo album with E6000 glue.  another idea for the uniforms could be braid or crochet them into a rug. it would be very durable-a quilt might be too heavy unless you are only making a throw.  brown and gray tees also look awesome crocheted. my husband just started his terminal leave last week and we are at disney world for his retirement vacation!!!
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« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2006 02:37:05 PM »

i went to walmart, got a 5.95 box and glued the patches to the back, memorbila in the front of them. My dad was in the navy for 8 years
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