Blog Tour: Deploy That Fabric

Welcome to the second to last blog tour stop for Deploy That Fabric, by Jen Eskridge of ReannaLily Designs. Today we are sharing the chance to win your very own copy of the book (see below for details), as well as a tote bag. Jen Eskridge has been sewing her whole life and holds a degree in apparel design. She publishes quilt and sewing patterns through her company, ReannaLily Designs, located in Andover, Kansas. Her husband was with the US Air Force for 10 years and is currently on Active Duty in the KS Air National Guard.

Deploy That Fabric Book Cover

We love that Jen starts off her book by thanking our military service members. Her book includes many tips and tricks for recycling military uniforms into 23 different projects, including accesories, home decor, as well as holiday and baby items. This is an idea that we have featured on our blog before; one of our KQ employees made a quilt and tote out of her husband’s military uniforms. Jen does mention one key aspect in her introduction—to make sure you ask your service member first before sneaking garments! If you are wary about cutting into their uniforms, or perhaps need more ‘fabric,’ look around at area thrift stores.

Deploy That Fabric Quilt

Deploy That Fabric shows you how to combine the military uniforms with both camouflage fabrics as well as your favorite fabric styles (bright and bold, contemporary or traditional)! Jen also includes tip for deconstructing uniforms, dealing with different weights of fabric,  washing and pressing, as well as sewing and quilting techniques. With Jen’s help, you’ll be able to make something to commemmorate a service member’s dedication to our country.

Would you like to win your own copy of Deploy That Fabric and a Camo Quilt-Eco Messenger Bag? Post a comment below, and you’ll be entered! Be sure to check out the last stop on the blog tour (True-Up) tomorrow for another chance to win! We will choose our winner Wednesday afternoon, so comment before then to enter!

**Update: We have chosen our winner, and will let you know this afternoon who won a copy of Deploy That Fabric!

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133 thoughts on “Blog Tour: Deploy That Fabric

  1. made a cuppa so I could sit and read the blog, love the messenger bag. Great ideas, there are so many creative people that inspire me.

  2. Being an army mom I just love this idea. Washed 5 duffle bags full of uniforms when my son returned from Afghanistan last Sept. and was thinking some of those must be around retirement age about now, so, could really use that book 🙂

  3. I’d love to win the book and the bag. I love your facebook page.
    Working hard on projects for a quilt show and one category I’m entering is “recycled”

  4. What a wonderful idea! Give me some new ideas about other types of uniforms I could use in similar projects. Very inspiring!

  5. I remember seeing a quilt in the McCall’s Quilting magazine made with camo fabric from a family members uniforms – What a great idea!

  6. I have a daughter in the Navy stationed in Kuwait. She would love a bag out of her uniforms. Please pick Me. I am so proud of my Daughter. This is her 5th year. Thanks Deb

  7. I LOVE this idea. I have made a uniform and flannel quilt, but this goes way beyond what I dreamed for using uniforms! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  8. First of all I want to thank her for her family and the fact that they give so much so we can all be free! You are all a true blessing.
    I would love to try my hand at these patterns. I think it would spark some people into being more patriotic!
    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    God Bless.

  9. What an absolutely great idea! the ultimate recycle for those willing to part with them-great for VA quilts and family too! Koodos!

  10. This looks like a great book! I’d love to try some of what is shown- a fitting tribute to those who served and those who love them!

  11. Love tributes to the military! My dad was a WWII vet, and I am so proud of all who are serving now, who have served, and who have given their lives for our freedom. I love creativity and innovative ideas as outlined in the blog!

  12. What an awesome idea. I would also love to read this and have the tote! AND use the ideas to make some special things…

  13. Great ideas. Have a military family of both active and retired service men and women.
    Thanks for fresh ideas. Love the messenger bag.

  14. i’m a big fan of recycling materials in all sorts of sewing projects – great to see a book that incorporates using uniforms. some of the woolen uniforms make wonderful textiles to reuse.

  15. It never ceases to amaze me how clever and creative some people are. So good for people like me who are not, I love being able to copy clever ideas.

  16. Making keepsakes out of military uniforms is truly wonderful! My son is in the Army and this book would inspire me to create a treasured keepsake for his now 6 month old son…something that he can hold close whenever his daddy is far away defending his freedom.

  17. this would be an amazing book to have. what treasures could be made out of my uncle’s uniforms – keepsakes for all of the family now that he is gone!

  18. Just found this–wow, very interesting. I have two children that are West Point grads and active military. I’d love to put some of their old uniforms, t-shirts, etc. to good loving use. Great idea!

  19. With my Dad’s (Army) uniforms and 2 kids in the military(Marine Corp/Navy) I would have vast resources at the ready to make good use of this book. The bag, what a bonus, could carry my projects with….plus have some wonderful momentos to embelish it to make it my own! My fingers are crossed! Thanks

  20. I have two nieces who dress in old uniforms usually camo so this is a great idea of a way for me to make them quilts they would like!!! Please enter me to win a copy of the book!

  21. What a great idea, recycling military uniforms. I recently made a quilt out of my 41 yr old son’s old t-shirts, some dating back to high school. I don’t have access to any military uniforms but I know someone who does.

  22. What a GREAT way to give wonderful ideas on how to incorporate the fabric!!! It would be awesome to have this, as it would help with holidays (we live in a military town and have many military friends!). Crossing my fingers 😀

  23. what an interesting and creative use of camo fabrics. i would have never thought to do that in any quilt………… cute is that stocking????????

  24. If I did win the book, I would dedicate it to my friend who’s son just arrived in Irag 3 days ago. She is so proud of him but very afraid as with all the parents of these young boys. These young men and women give up their freedom to preserve ours. What a great acknowledgement from you. Hope it does go to a military’s family member. How fitting.

  25. My son deplys this week to Afghanistan. This book would be perfect to make him things…so he can have a piece of hime with him!

  26. What a wonderful idea and very beautiful also! I am a military veteran and my husband is still currently an active military member. I love to see people thinking of those who have fought for our freedoms! Thank you for such artistic beauty!

  27. I love the mix of uniform fabric & more traditional fabrics! I will be hitting my sis-in-law up for some of her old uniforms!

  28. My husband is active duty Navy (33 years next month) and our son is a Marine (1 year) and I love the idea of this book, I have often wanted to do something with my husband’s old uniforms as a keepsake for him but didn’t know what to do! I would love to win this book to take with us to Japan to our new duty station where I hope to have lots of time on my hands to do many quilting projects while he is at sea once again. Thanks to Jen for the great ideas!

  29. This book is wonderful, how amazing for you to take the idea of reusing military uniforms for quilts. I think if I don’t win the free copy I will buy it and make some quilts for Quilts of Valour project in Canada.


    1. Wow! Donating the military quilts to Quilts of Valor would be such a great idea. The soldiers would certainly appreciate the use of old military uniforms!

  30. Love the idea of reusing military uniforms.
    That is the most memorable cover I’ve seen on a quilt book in a very long time!

  31. My husband was in the Army, his Dad lied about his age and was in World War I and II in the Army Infantly, my Dad served in World War II and my grandson, Ryan, is now serving in the Marines. I would love the book! God Bless You all men and women you gave up family and career, or lives, for all of us.

  32. What a great idea to use the military uniform fabric into useful and memorable projects to enjoy and use for years to come and be thankful for the work and sacrifice our troops do for our country.

  33. I think this is such a good idea. It connects military members and their story with their family members and friends. It puts reality to their srevice for our country into our daily lives. Would love a copy. Have already started tinking of ideas for friends.

  34. What wonderful inspiration, and a trip down memory lane, sort of. In the late 60’s/early 70’s, we’d shop at military surplus stores and resale shops near bases to purchase used military clothing to wear, or re-fashion. Now it’s come around again, with a great book to kick things into high gear. Looking forward to the book.
    Thank you.

  35. wow, i LOVE this idea! my husband just got out of the army, and i’ve been trying to figure out what to do with all of his uniforms. i would love love love to win this book! <3

  36. Wow! both my hubby and I could use one of those bags. The book is very interesting also keep up the good work all you quilter’s.

  37. When I first saw the book cover in a catalog I was unimpressed, but the pictures of more projects in your blog post has made me change my mind. Before I was a quilter I ironed my husbands uniform collars incorrectly, so although I would say I have 19 years of ironing experience, I can happily say he mostly irons his own uniforms! 🙂

  38. This book looks like it has some great ideas, especially since my son is deployed in Afghanistan right now. Thanks for a chance to win it!

  39. What a wonderful way to honor a serviceman. Recycling clothing into useful items seems to have nearly disappeared.

  40. I love this idea. I grew up a bona fide “army brat” – born overseas, lived in Germany for eight years, grandfater was a WWII & Korean War vet, father put in 30 years & is a Vietnam vet, married a United States Marine, and the aunt to 3 active duty service people and 1 Air Force vet. I would love to win this!!

  41. My husbands parents were both in the military and very proud of serving. I know if I were to show her the book she might have some hidden treasure from my father-in-laws past that might make a great to-do project. We lost Pop two years ago and it would be something nice to do to memorialize him. Always into recycling…..

  42. Love this book and have loved this hop. My Dad was retired Air Force and now I have a son currently serving in the Marine Corps. and set to deploy to Afghanistan next year. I love that we Americans are showing support for our military men and women and using old uniforms and showing them off is just another way to do that. My Dad has passed away and I have always planned on doing something with an old uniform I have of his for my Mom, my sister and I. Definitely I want to do something with my sons’s old uniform for his wife, son and me.

    Thank you, Stash Books and all the blogs involved for the giveaways and the chances to win. I’ve really enjoyed it!


  43. My dad spent 24 years in the military…so I am a true “military brat!” I’d love some ideas on incorporating military inspiration into a repurposed project for my dad!

  44. I would love a copy of this book. I have a son in the military and make items to send in care packages to our troops overseas. It would be wonderful to get new ideas for them.

  45. Wow, why didn’t anyone think of this before? I am a proud mother of a career Air Force son and my brother is about to be a Lt. Colonel. This would be fantastic to make gifts for them!

  46. My brother is a brand-new Army private. I’d like to make something for his daughter to have if/when he is deployed. Thanks for the giveaway.

  47. This book looks so fun and full of great ideas. I have lots of my hubby’s uniforms laying around and I am always looking for new ideas of things to make with them.

  48. I so want to win this book! My son is in the Air Force, and this would be a great way to keep connected, and perfect for the future grandkids!! I even still have an old uniform my Dad wore back in the late 50’s!!

  49. I’ve enjoyed this book review blog hop. I’ve discovered a book that I want and can put to great use as my Granddaddy served in the Air Force and brother is currently serving in the Marine Corps.

    Thank you for the giveaway and a chance to win.


  50. Would love to win a copy of this book. My son-in-law is currently deployed in Afhganistan, and he left behind his wife (my dughter) and his 1 month old baby girl.
    My heart goes out to people that show tribute and honor to our troops. May God Bless them all for a safe return!

  51. This is a great idea, not only does it get rid of uniforms, but I was recently given a bunch of cloths of my grandmothers, and this will be a great way to use her cloths and have her with me always

  52. I am the mum of two members of the Canadian military–and this book is a wonderful idea—incorporating the fabric from the uniforms into a lasting keepsake. Fantastic!!!

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

  54. I love this blog, and the book looks fantastic. I love quilting and making bags. What a great idea! We are a military family, a number of deployments, and lots of quilts made and shipped all over! I work at a VA medical center, and would love to have a bag to carry to work to show my military pride! Thank you for the chance to win!
    Kathie 🙂

  55. What a great idea! I like the stocking alot! And I love the idea of going to the military surplus to buy uniforms there to use instead of using one that might have sentimental value to a soldier. This messenger bag looks like a great way to travel with a project!!!

  56. This looks like a terrific book. My husband has served 20+ yrs now (and still serving) and we have lots of old uniforms. I’ve made a few items in the past using recycled uniforms, but to have a whole book with ideas would be great!! I will have to order a copy if I don’t win! 🙂

  57. I have a son in the Army. I would love to make one of his uniforms into something memorial. We are so proud of him!

  58. What a great idea! I haven’t seen this book yet, so I don’t know if you have thought of making quilts from the uniforms of those who die in service as a way to memorialize and honor them. I am a therapist that specializes in grief and I think such a quilt could be very meaningful and healing for military family members.

  59. Thanks for your review of Deploy That Fabric. I enjoyed thisz stop on the book blog tour and please enter me into the drawing.

  60. 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!

  61. I have many uniforms laying around in the basement after my husbands retirement 16 years ago. Now I can put them to use.

  62. oooOOOOOOooooo!!! I would LOVE to get that book! I married to active duty soldier and have always wanted to learn ways to incorporate his old uniforms into my sewing. This book is bound to be awesome!!


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