Deploy That Fabric :: Review & Giveaway

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

By | 2017-02-06T09:18:31+00:00 October 11th, 2011|give away, review|129 Comments


  1. shout4joy October 11, 2011 at 6:09 am

    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. Jan Peoples October 11, 2011 at 6:10 am

    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. Sharon B October 11, 2011 at 6:56 am

    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. Lynette October 11, 2011 at 6:57 am

    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. Garilyn October 11, 2011 at 7:12 am

    What a wonderful thing to recycle and honor those that are in or were in the military at the same time!

  6. Beth October 11, 2011 at 7:17 am

    Very cool fabric! Would love to put some of it together=-)

  7. Ana October 11, 2011 at 7:29 am

    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!

  8. Ranch Wife October 11, 2011 at 7:44 am

    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!

  9. Jennifer Ashford October 11, 2011 at 7:56 am

    How awesome! I’d live to win that book!

  10. Amy October 11, 2011 at 8:12 am

    What a great idea!!! I love it!

  11. Maureen Mangrum October 11, 2011 at 8:17 am

    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 :)

  12. Joy October 11, 2011 at 8:20 am

    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.

  13. Erin Marie October 11, 2011 at 8:20 am

    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.

  14. Cammie October 11, 2011 at 8:25 am

    I would love this! What a great way to use my husbands old USMC cammies.

  15. jeanne October 11, 2011 at 8:32 am

    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.

  16. Gill October 11, 2011 at 8:36 am

    This looks a great book – I would love to win a copy!

  17. Shannon October 11, 2011 at 8:39 am

    I have had my eye on this book and would love to be the lucky winner!

  18. Amy in SC October 11, 2011 at 8:57 am

    I would love this! Plenty of uniforms around here. I hate to get rid of them.


  19. Betsy in MA October 11, 2011 at 9:01 am

    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!

  20. kate October 11, 2011 at 9:05 am

    What a great idea – I would love to make something of all the old uniforms in this house.

  21. Nancy October 11, 2011 at 9:19 am

    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…. :>)

  22. Denise :) October 11, 2011 at 9:25 am

    I would *so* love to win a copy of this! Please do count me in! :)

  23. BethAnn October 11, 2011 at 9:50 am

    So proud of this book, what a novel and extraordinary concept!

  24. dianeY October 11, 2011 at 9:58 am

    This book looks like such fun! What a great idea!

  25. Lisa October 11, 2011 at 10:00 am

    I love this idea. It would be so special to recieve a gift from a loved one’s uniform.

  26. Krystal October 11, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Would love to win this!! I would love to have ideas for all my husbands old uniforms.

  27. Linda October 11, 2011 at 10:09 am


  28. Candy October 11, 2011 at 10:23 am

    What a wonderful way to make a quilt with real meaning!

  29. Caroline C October 11, 2011 at 10:49 am

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

  30. Melissa October 11, 2011 at 11:01 am

    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!

  31. Mom C October 11, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Thanks for the giveaway. I’ve enjoyed the blog hop.

  32. Rhonda aka Quilter in The Gap October 11, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Love the idea behind this book. Would love to see what I can do with its contents. Thanks for sharing.

  33. Mitzi October 11, 2011 at 11:23 am

    What a great idea for a book! Thanks for the giveaway.

  34. Charming's Mama October 11, 2011 at 11:40 am

    That looks like a fun and interesting book. Thanks.

  35. Melissa October 11, 2011 at 11:48 am

    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!

  36. Alicia Merlino October 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    This is a such a great idea. I would love to be able to reuse the husband’s old uniforms!

  37. Terri offindaffer October 11, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Would love this, I have made many jean quilts for our military people….

  38. Jennie October 11, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    This is my first time to your blog, but I have so much camo that needs reusing. Please count me in for the drawing!

  39. Jane Artman October 11, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    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

  40. robin October 11, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Looks like an awesome book!

  41. Heather October 11, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    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.

  42. veerle October 11, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    It seems to be a great book. Would be great to win something; You’d have to send it to Belgium :)

  43. Becky October 11, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    I saw this on Quilt Dad also and just loved it. So creative!

  44. Anne October 11, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    What a super idea and very clever. Cannot wait to see more. Thank you for sharing

  45. Pam October 11, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    I love the idea of this book and would love to add it to my library.

  46. Barbara Cline October 11, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Looks so interesting.

  47. Susan October 11, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    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!

  48. Shannon Wallace October 11, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    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! :)

  49. Sharon Judkins October 11, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    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.

  50. Kirsten N October 11, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    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:)

  51. Joyce Mitchell October 11, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    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.

  52. Suzanne October 11, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    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.

  53. Leah October 11, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    That book looks great – wonderful projects

  54. Angie October 11, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Looks like a great book!!! Would love to win one!!

  55. Tylynn October 11, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    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!

  56. Bailey C October 11, 2011 at 8:18 pm

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

  57. Diane October 11, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    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.

  58. Connie October 11, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    Looks like a great book! Would love to win it. Thanks!

  59. Amy October 11, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Looks like a good one. I love a book with a good mix of projects big and small!

  60. Grace October 11, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Love the idea for this book. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  61. Carla G October 11, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    This book looks inspiring for repurposing! Thanks for a great giveaway! :)

  62. Elisabeth October 12, 2011 at 12:42 am

    Lovely book. Many of my friends live on base and uniforms they no longer need. It would be such fun to make something for them.

  63. Betty October 12, 2011 at 1:38 am

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

  64. Hannele October 12, 2011 at 2:07 am

    Thank you for an international giveaway!

  65. Mystica October 12, 2011 at 5:16 am

    Thank you ever so much for offering so much for this giveaway.

  66. Mystica October 12, 2011 at 5:17 am


  67. karen peachey October 12, 2011 at 5:38 am

    Oh, it looks like a fabulous read!

  68. Cindi October 12, 2011 at 6:04 am

    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.

  69. Allison Gougeon October 12, 2011 at 6:38 am

    I so love that book!! Adorable messenger bag!! fingers crossed xxx

  70. Jennifer Gail October 12, 2011 at 7:12 am

    I would love to win. thanks

  71. Tracie Henkel October 12, 2011 at 7:18 am

    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!

  72. Andrea October 12, 2011 at 8:04 am

    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.

  73. Judi October 12, 2011 at 8:20 am

    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.

  74. Elaine October 12, 2011 at 8:35 am

    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!

  75. Anne October 12, 2011 at 8:50 am

    This book looks very interesting, expecially the purse. Thanks a lot for the giveaway!

  76. Donna Baker October 12, 2011 at 8:59 am

    what a great book! I love that bag & quilt. thanks for the chance to win!

  77. Natalie | FrizzyDizzy October 12, 2011 at 8:59 am

    my sister makes cute bags like these. I think this would be a fun book to use.

  78. Suzanne B October 12, 2011 at 9:15 am

    What a great purse!! Love it!!

  79. Rebecca October 12, 2011 at 9:18 am

    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!

  80. Amber Cook October 12, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Love everything about this idea

  81. Sariah October 12, 2011 at 9:31 am

    Love this.

  82. Sariah October 12, 2011 at 9:33 am

    so cute

  83. Jennifer October 12, 2011 at 9:39 am

    My sister @rebecca would love to do this!

  84. mammafairy October 12, 2011 at 10:06 am

    What a lovely giveaway to be able to do!
    lovely book and lovely bag. How kind.

  85. Jovanna C. October 12, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Quilters are the best recyclers. :-)

  86. Linda V October 12, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Thanks so much for participating in the blog giveaway! I sure would love to get this book. It looks like just what I need!

  87. Angel October 12, 2011 at 11:07 am

    What a great idea and book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  88. Angel October 12, 2011 at 11:09 am

    What a great book and great ideas! Thanks for the giveaway!

  89. Karen S. October 12, 2011 at 11:51 am

    What a great looking book – would love to get my hands on it and make something! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  90. Jeanne October 12, 2011 at 11:53 am

    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.

  91. AMBER October 12, 2011 at 11:55 am

    This is such a great way to announce that you support our troops out there and that we love them so deeply.

  92. Cecilia October 12, 2011 at 12:15 pm

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

  93. ryan w October 12, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    What a grreat book!

  94. Billie K October 12, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Dad and brothers were all in the military. Really like this book tour…

  95. lee October 12, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    What a great looking book – I could use the inspiration! thanks.!

  96. Deb October 12, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    I’d love to be included to win the book. Love the different projects.

  97. Jeanne October 12, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    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.

  98. anne October 12, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    What a great idea to recycle old uniforms and military fabrics!

  99. jdee October 12, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    i love that eco – bag…..

  100. Vanessa B October 12, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Would love to win this as a former US Airman and wife to a current USMC Sergeant.

  101. Elizabeth October 12, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    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.

  102. MarciaW October 12, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    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.

  103. Rose October 12, 2011 at 7:00 pm

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

  104. Kristin M October 12, 2011 at 7:06 pm

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

  105. Pam October 12, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    That looks like such a great book!!!I would love to win!!

  106. Liz October 12, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    My son just joined the army! Love this, like the Quilts of Valor website too.

  107. Shelly R October 12, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    I adore the trend of using uniforms to create something new and useful

  108. Jodi Guerrero October 12, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    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.


  109. Shawna G. October 12, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    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.


  110. Lorelei October 12, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    This book looks like it is full of great ideas. I would love to have a copy of my own!

  111. Shawna G. October 12, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    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.


  112. Jean MN October 13, 2011 at 6:10 am

    A wonderful idea, that I will love being able to use my childs uniforms now that she is retired.

  113. Jean MN October 13, 2011 at 6:11 am

    Yes, I did Tweet this… :D

  114. angelina October 13, 2011 at 6:51 am

    i would love love this!!!

  115. angelina October 13, 2011 at 6:51 am


  116. bonnie October 13, 2011 at 10:42 am

    thank you for a chance to win this book, I am always on the lookout for new projects.

  117. Heather October 13, 2011 at 10:45 am

    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!

  118. Marshall October 13, 2011 at 11:32 am

    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.

  119. kathy harris October 13, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    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.

  120. Indianna October 13, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    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!

  121. leena October 13, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    sister in the army. If I win all her old uniforms will be put to good use right away :)

  122. Elaine October 13, 2011 at 8:12 pm

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

  123. nrnoodle October 13, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    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.

  124. katherine October 14, 2011 at 2:50 am

    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.

  125. Cheryl October 14, 2011 at 9:04 am

    This book is on my wish-list. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  126. patrick October 14, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Would love to try some of these great projects.

  127. Henria O. October 14, 2011 at 2:02 pm

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

  128. Sheila October 14, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    I’d love the chance to win…thanks so much!

  129. Kelley October 15, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    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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