Deploy That Fabric ~ Free Project

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Jen Eskridge of ReannaLily Designs has a new book out, Deploy That Fabric: 23 Sewing Projects Use Military Uniforms in Everyday Life, and we’re one of the blog tour stops today!

Jen’s husband was with the US Air Force for 10 years and is currently on Active Duty in the Air National Guard; Jen’s book shows you how to upcycle decommissioned military uniforms to celebrate service members and to make special projects for your family. The book includes 23 projects ranging from baby items and fashion accessories to holiday decor, totes, quilts and more. Jen shows you how to incorporate both uniforms or camouflage fabrics with contemporary fabrics, and all of the projects can also be made exclusively with your favorite prints. You can mix and match to make something special with Jen’s instructions.

Your comment today enters you to win a copy of Deploy That Fabric or a Camo Quilt—Eco Messenger Bag from Stash Books! Be sure to stop by Gen X Quilters for another chance to win today too. (Stash Books notes that this giveaway is open to US addresses only for the physical book. International winners can receive an eBook.)

Everyone wins because we also have a free PDF project download for you from Deploy That Fabric! Jen’s Passport Cover is an easy scrap project designed to fit a standard U.S. passport. Download your Passport Cover PDF Pattern today, then comment to win a copy of the book or a new bag!

There are still more stops on the tour! Visit these sites for more chances to learn about Deploy That Fabric and to WIN!:

October 11: Gen X Quilters
October 12: Amy’s Creative Side
October 13: Keepsake Quilting Blog
October 14: True Up

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165 Responses to Deploy That Fabric ~ Free Project

  1. […] Deploy That Fabric ~ Winner: Charissa (godfrey) […]

  2. Pam says:

    What a wonderful way to honor our troops.

  3. emilia says:

    ultimate upcycle!

  4. sangeetha says:

    Nice – thanks

  5. Joan Rodriguez says:

    My son served in Iraq and has lots of uniforms in the old army and new digital camo print. Thnaks for the chance to win! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Indianna says:

    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!

  7. Carmen says:

    very beautiful quilt! Thanks for the chance to win!

  8. Janet says:

    Love the idea and would love the book. Thanks for the give-away!

  9. Dominique says:

    I LOVE this! What a great way to show support. My boyfriend just surrendered one of his ACU uniforms (that was too small) to me so that I can craft it up!

  10. Katie says:

    Fantastic book. I would love a copy!

  11. Kerry says:

    I have lots of old uniforms in my closet waiting to be used up!

  12. jessica w. says:

    this book looks awesome!

  13. Rose says:

    Thank you for the passport holder pattern. Would love to win the book or bag.

  14. Stephanie C. says:

    Looks like a great book!

  15. Cary says:

    Hmmm… I’ll be using my passport this summer. This would certainly make a pretty cover!

  16. turtle says:

    awe, so wish these fabrics were out when hubby was still enlisted! (he/ lol=we did 15 years) Off to make the passport cover, thank you! He is now DOD and we travel for his work all the time. Will be handy.

  17. Lee says:

    What a great project and giveaway! thanks!

  18. VickiT says:

    This looks like a great book to add to anyone’s sewing library. I love the Messenger Bag. And the Passport Cover is a great project as well; thank you for the instructions.

  19. Toni Morgan says:

    Being military-married-to-military, this book would definitely come in handy at my house! I have so many uniforms (even some from when I was in basic training) that need to be recycled as we downside for upcoming moves. I love the author’s reuse * recycle * remember slogan. Absolutely love it!

    Another use for old uniforms can be found at They turn old uniforms into paper used in therapeutic art projects for vets.

  20. Sally says:

    Such a cool book with some great ideas.

  21. Anne says:

    Looks like a really nice book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  22. Suzanne Rosser says:

    What a great idea! I’ve been wondering what to do with all the uniforms we have collected for my husband and children! Can’t wait to get started on a project! God bless you and your family for your service to this country!

  23. Christina G. says:

    Great idea, looks like a fantastic book.

  24. Tiffany Briggs says:

    What a great stash buster idea!

  25. Alicia says:

    So cool. I am looking for things to keep myself busy. My family is adopting a little girl from Honduras and we are looking at taking our first trip to get her hopefully late winter. This will be a very practical project and looks like fun. Thanks for the idea! It will be great to help organize each of my families passports to travel.

  26. Blossom says:

    Would love to win – thanks for the giveaway!

  27. Jayne says:

    Love the giveaway! Some great ideas in the book!

  28. njeri says:

    Put me in the running for the E book please. I can’t wait to get my hands on the projects.

  29. Beth T says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book; I’d like to find a pattern to make something for my niece when her dad is deployed.

  30. Pamela says:

    Love any idea that reuses things!!

  31. bonnie says:

    I don’t have a passport, but was thinking I could cover my little project book I carry in my purse…

  32. Loretta T says:

    What a wonderful way to repurpose for a great use.

  33. Peggy Grow says:

    Such a great use for military fabric. I love it! My hubby is a vet, along with my dad, father in law and cousin. Great ideas – thanks.

  34. Charissa G says:

    Love this, my hubby is military, so we’re bound to have lots of uniforms to use!

  35. Jodi Guerrero says:

    My Dad served more than 20 years on the Air Force and my son is currently serving in the Marine Corps. (being deployed to Afghanistan next year) Having a few uniforms, I could use this book. It’s nice that there is a section that shows you how to break down the uniforms.

    Thanks for the cute passport cover and giveaway.


  36. Jen says:

    What a great idea – fun that people can still think up new niches for books

  37. Jennyroo says:

    This looks so great! I can always find camoflauge gear for sale at our local army/navy surplus store!

  38. Ashley Williams says:

    I need a passport now just for that cute little holder!

  39. lisa says:

    i so would love the book. i love to recycle and need new ideas!!

  40. Amanda says:

    Looks like some great ideas! My husband just finished his military career!

  41. Heidi Anderson says:

    I love the shoulder bag. Thanks for the chance to win!

  42. Ginny says:

    What a wonderful way to honor those who have fought for our freedom!

  43. Jamie says:

    Touching use of military material. What a great idea. Thanks for chance to win.

  44. Mary P says:

    What a fun book. I love the concept!

  45. Janelle says:

    New ideas for re-purposing are always appreciated!

  46. Penny says:

    My nephew is in the navy and I would love to make some camo items for his home. Thank you for a chance to win.

  47. krista says:

    I live right by a base and we have lots of army surplus stores so how perfect is this book and what a great excuse to stop by and browse! hope it’s not too late to win one of those fabulous books!

  48. Angela says:

    Great giveaway! Would love a copy of this book to make some manly things for the guys in my life…also to maybe get a certain someone I know to try sewing ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for the chance to win!

  49. isabel f. says:

    Thanks for the free pattern! I would love to win either. :))

  50. Sherry J says:

    such an interesting book and concept. thanks for the free project!

  51. Karen says:

    Man! I have a whole closet for of old uniforms-mine and his-that I was sure I could do *something* with. Now I know what!

  52. April says:

    What a great idea for military fabrics. Thanks for the free pattern!

  53. Suzanne says:

    There are so many people with loved ones deployed. I would love a copy of this book. Thank you for the review and giveaway.

  54. Mamima says:

    It’s a lovely project, we recently covered the school books and the notebooks of our 6 year old daughter with fabric in a similar way. The result was fantastic as you can see here in our blog, but we never thought to apply this kind of covers to our passports. It’s realy great idea since we’re going to travel on Christmas.

  55. Christine says:

    Thanks for the pattern. I would love to win.

  56. Jill A says:

    What a great idea to honor people who have served.

  57. The book sounds awesome! I am an Army wife soon to be soldier and this would be a great guide to help my husband and I save the good times from uniforms and anything military related.

  58. Anne Marie says:

    Sounds like a book I would really love – love the passport cover idea.

  59. Judi says:

    Love this idea. My son is in the US Air Force so this book would definitely be put to use ๐Ÿ™‚

  60. Denise V. says:

    What a lovely passport cover. And what a great book! Always looking for fun ideas for sewing and this looks quick and easy. Thanks for sharing!

  61. Henria O. says:

    Thanks for the chance to win this awesome book!

  62. Francisca R. says:

    What a great idea! As a stepmother of a son in the military and also an aunt to an airforce member I would like to participate in this giveaway!
    Thanks for the passportcover!

  63. Brittney B says:

    what a great idea. Also that tote is so cute.

  64. Ashley G. says:

    I’m a proud Army wife and I make bags, stockings, and hair accessories with my ACU fabric. I would LOVE to see how the uniforms are incorporated into other projects ๐Ÿ™‚

  65. Susan says:

    My son and future SIL are in the Army and I’d love to have this to make things for my daughter out of her hubby’s old uniforms!

  66. Loullabelle says:

    I love the look of this book, thanks for the giveaway!

  67. Gina C. says:

    This book looks great! And I’m looking forward to making a passport cover.

  68. Christine says:

    What a great giveaway! I would love to win either.

  69. Becca says:

    I’m an Air Force wife with a sewing machine and a stack of old uniforms…I’d love a copy of this book!

  70. Sarah A says:

    I have a loved one scheduled to deploy after Chrismas… would put this book to great use! Thanks for the pattern!

  71. Mariana says:

    Wonderful way to honour them!

  72. Sandy says:

    What a great idea for a book! Thanks for a chance to win.

  73. Jane says:


  74. Samantha says:

    So neat!

  75. stephanie says:

    This looks like a great giveaway!

  76. Bionic Jaime says:

    I love the idea for this book! Such a beautiful tribute. Plus, there is something soooo cool about mixing in camo.

  77. Kylie C says:

    I love this book- look at that amazing uniform and pink fabric quilt. It’s just perfect for a little girl missing her dad.

  78. katie says:

    What a great book!

  79. Danielle D. says:

    This is great! My husband has so many uniforms boxed up that would be great for this!

  80. Renae says:

    Love this idea as we know a number of military families.
    I’m always up for re- or upcycling of fabric.

  81. Rebecca Read says:

    How resourceful–so cool.

  82. Fran says:

    What an intriguing book !
    Thanks for the free pattern
    & a great introduction to the book.

  83. Drea says:

    What a wonderful book idea! Thank you!

  84. Charlotte Lund Rasmussen says:

    Thanks for the free pattern – my dad is gonna love it for his birthday coming up. Wouldn’t hurt to win the book as well ๐Ÿ˜€

  85. Susan says:

    i sew inspired! Thanks for the free pattern too.

  86. Jeanne says:

    I have to have this book win or buy. I have a cousin who has done deployment so many times since 9-11 I can’t remember the number 6 or 7 times for sure. He goes without complaint or fear, it is his job. He has been in harms way so many times but has managed to come home to us whole each and every time. I have gather some of his camo and desert camo and have been waiting for enlightenment, I believe this book will be the light I have been waiting on. Thanks for the chance to win. BooHaah Brian

  87. Ooooh, just repinned your pin of the tutorial! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of what looks like a fabulous book!

  88. Taysha Riggs says:

    what an awesome giveaway!

  89. Sarah Festa says:

    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.

  90. Jennie says:

    I have so much camo that needs to be re-used. Count me in please!

  91. Katrina H says:

    I like how she shows how to combine with cute modern prints!

  92. Alli says:

    The passport cover looks cute! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the chance to win!

  93. domestic diva says:

    This looks great! Thanks for the chance.

  94. Carla G says:

    Thanks for a cool pattern! And this book looks great as I love to repurpose! Thanks for a chance to win! ๐Ÿ™‚

  95. My hubby is a navy guy, so I am loving this idea!

  96. Beth miller says:

    I love these project ideas, so cool!!

  97. Pat Upton says:

    Great giveaway! I love the idea of repurposing! Thanks so much!

  98. jen says:

    would love the book or the bag!

  99. Kate says:

    Thanks for the passport cover – great idea! What a great idea for a book.

  100. Samina says:

    What a creative idea for a book!

  101. rwebb says:

    so original and inspiring!

  102. Jasmin Almosadder says:

    These projects would make wonderful gift for our men and women in uniform. What a great way to honor our them.

  103. Westin's Mom says:

    Just a special thank you to all the wives of our service men! I love this book and the inspirational ideas!

  104. Mary Sue says:

    My son just completed his military contract. What a wonderful way to add to his memories of his service time.

  105. Patty says:

    Thanks for the cool Passport cover pattern – super cute!

  106. Ranch Wife says:

    I love this idea! What a great way to honor our servicemen and women. Our son is a Marine and I told him to please keep his old cammies and send them home. His sister would love a tote for college with fabric from his cammies and a quilt would be nice to keep close when he is away. Thank you for offering this wonderful giveaway!

  107. Joelle Lambert says:

    What a great idea for a book and projects. Love the little passport cover!

  108. Lisa Readman says:

    What a fun idea! This would make such a great gift!

  109. Heather says:

    Thanks for the free pattern – downloading it as we speak! Also for the giveaway. ๐Ÿ™‚

  110. BethAnn says:

    Thank you for honoring this book which honors our military! So proud of this extraordinary book!

  111. Jen Galan says:

    This would be PERFECT for us–I cannot shake a stick without hitting some uniform.

  112. Angela says:

    What a wonderful way to celebrate our service members!

  113. Tez says:

    what a smart idea for a book! Love it.

  114. Lori Walke says:

    These projects are amazing! I can’t imagine how meaningful they would be to people who wore those uniforms and/or to the people who love them.

  115. Jessica H says:

    This looks like such a fun book. Thanks!

  116. Diana says:

    I love the idea of repurposing fabric! Great Idea!

  117. Tabitha O. says:

    I just checked this out of our library and am anxiously awaiting a moment today when I can peruse it thoroughly….thanks for the review!

  118. Mama Lusco says:

    I’d love to win this book! Thank you.

  119. Jenny says:

    I’d love to win!!! Here’s trying! – Jenny

  120. Cammie says:

    Fun! My hubby was in the Marine Corps and we have a bunch of cammies in boxes. This would be so fun for us!

  121. Bethany says:

    That is very cute idea. My dad was in the service for 22 years while I was a kid and this would be a good way to keep the memories. Thanks for the chance!

  122. Elaine says:

    What a terrific giveaway! I’d love to win this book ๐Ÿ™‚

  123. jeanne reynen says:

    This looks like the book for me! Thanks!

  124. Dayna says:

    What a fun concept!

  125. shawna pryor says:

    I love the theme of your book – what a wonderful way to honor and remember those who so willingly serve for our freedom! Thanks for putting your ideas in book form for all of us to share and try!!!

  126. Oh me oh my! I never knew anyone else would think of this! I need this! I have a few and would love to actually get them out of my stash!

  127. Suzi says:

    That is an awesome way to keep uniforms and memories of time served. Love it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  128. Rebecca says:

    what a great idea! I am always looking for creative ways to recycle fabric and there is an army/navy surplus not far from me that could provide some interesting options. Sounds like it would also offer some ways to love our service men and women who are currently deployed as well.

  129. Mary Lou says:

    Looks like a neat book.

  130. Heather says:

    What an amazing idea! I can’t wait to see the book!

  131. Sarah K says:

    What a great book. I would love to win. I have TON of my Dad’s old camo that just sits in a closet collecting dust. This would be such a better way to have it as a memory item and keepsake. I had never thought to reuse the camo in a quilt!

  132. Katharina says:

    Wow, that seems to be a good inspiration on using all the pieces of fabric i have gathered round the apartment the last years!

    thanks, Katharina

  133. Melanie T says:

    That messenger bag is awesome! Thanks for the chance.

  134. Heather says:

    I would love the book! I have tons of my husband’s uniforms that I could do things with. Thanks!

  135. Missy says:

    What a great giveaway, I could use this for my husband’s old military stuff he refuses to giveaway!

  136. Kimberly says:

    My husband has been in the Army long enough that some of his uniforms are starting to wear out. I need this book!

  137. Evelyn says:

    This is such a fun little book — I picked up a copy at Book Expo in June.
    I hope the winner enjoys it as much as I have.

  138. Donnie says:

    I mostly have Coast Guard Blues but the fabric is very durable. Looks like a fun book to own.

  139. Heather says:

    Oh do I ever need this book! I have a huge box of my husbands old uniforms and need more ideas to use them up.

  140. meghann says:

    What a neat idea! I’ll have to check this book outรขโ‚ฌยฆone way or the otherรขโ‚ฌยฆ ๐Ÿ˜‰ xo

  141. Kristy says:

    I think this book looks amazing! Thanks for the free download!

  142. Shelly says:

    I cannot wait to get my hands on this book! It’d be even more of a thrill to WIN a copy ๐Ÿ˜‰

  143. Anya says:

    Looks great! Thanks for the chance!

  144. Cindy says:

    What a great idea! I’d love to have a copy of the book. Thanks.

  145. Mary Smith says:

    That book looks awesome! I need to make the messenger bag from hy husband’s fire gear. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  146. That’s a beautiful quilt!

  147. Mhairi says:

    Love the passport cover, could use it for so many different purposes. Thanks for sharing

  148. Cindy says:

    What a fabulous book! I would love to win ๐Ÿ™‚

  149. jenny says:

    thanks for the PDF! what a great Christmas gift for my army friends!

  150. interesting concept for a book! look forward to seeing more.

  151. This book looks so interesting. Thanks for sharing.

  152. Mieneke says:

    No military fabrics here but enough alternatives in my stash :-). There are some very nice bag patters in there.

  153. lisa says:

    love the passport cover pattern. know how it is to be in the military. loved it. take care! keep quilting and enjoy.

  154. kaholly says:

    What an ingenious idea for a book!! Thanks for the download.

  155. Tezzcan says:

    I would love to use some of my Hubby’s old RAF uniforms.

  156. CJ says:

    Very cool! I’m definitely interested, and I’m following Gen X Quilters as well. Thanks for the opportunity to win this great giveaway!! Good luck everyone. ๐Ÿ™‚

  157. liz says:

    That is such a sweet/serious blanket! lesson.. if you use some pretty fabric, camo will actually be camouflage itself! thanks for the giveaway!

  158. Amy says:

    I’ve been looking for creative ideas for reusing/recycling my husband’s Navy uniforms. The previews look fabulous.

  159. Genevieve says:

    What a great idea!


  160. Melissa says:

    I am so looking forward to this book! My husbands old uniforms are just sitting there, staring at me with puppy dog eyes, begging to be used!

  161. Erica says:

    Oooh, I would LOVE this for my BFF – her husband is in the army and she always has extra uniforms for fabric!

  162. Andrea says:

    I’d love to win. Thank you.

  163. Melissa says:

    Well, this is nice. I wonder if the standard size of an American passport is similar to my passport size. Probably is. On the other hand, this would make a lovely covering for my family passports ๐Ÿ˜€

  164. Leigh Anne says:

    What a super fun idea all wrapped up into a book! Thanks for the free pattern ๐Ÿ™‚

  165. What a lovely book idea! Thanks for sharing the passport cover. Very creative use of military fabrics.

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