Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Military Uniform Recycle Projects - Part 2

Part 2 of my Military Uniform Recycle Projects!!
To see "Part 1" click here

I always have so much fun transforming these old uniforms into a usable tribute using the Service Members uniform and the chosen fabrics of the one honoring them.  I hope you enjoy a peek at a few more of the bags I have created!!  Thanks for stopping by to look :D

This particular tote was the first of it's kind.  I only used the trousers of this uniform.  It was a bit of a challenge because of all the curves.  But what I came up with is one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE bags.  The owner of the tote had used the trousers for a "dining out" and they still had a bit of bling she used on the side pockets so there is an extra bit of memory for her in this bag :D

This diaper bag tote was my first time working with the ABU's.  

I'm loving the fabric combinations of this particular tote!!

If you look closely at the bottom left hand picture, you will see I have made a special pocket for a concealed carry handgun.  It was the very first one of this kind.  The owner of this tote has two small children so we decided the pocket needed to be contained WITHIN the bag and not accessible from the outside.  

Upon first examination this looks like two separate purses.  Actually this is ONE purse that is completely reversible.  The purse was a gift from this young ladies parents.  The BDU and zebra were part of her Mom's uniform.  The DCU and pink were part of her Dad's uniform.  

This little shoulder bag was created using one of the leftover pockets from a flight suit.  

This tote is a work in progress!!!  It was made for my own Moma last year to honor all of our family members that served in the US Armed Forces.  There are a LOT of us!!  lol  I am still waiting to receive name tapes and other items from several of my relatives.  

Thank you for stopping by to look at my creations!!  I still have more projects that I have not listed, so stay tuned!!  If you are interested in having one of these bags created you can contact me at or you can check out my facebook page and private message me there.

Be Blessed!!
Amy B

Monday, June 9, 2014

Military Uniform Recycle Projects - Part 1

About two years ago I was approached by a co-worker asking if I would be willing to take one of her husbands old USAF flight suits and transform it into a tote bag for her.  She showed me some pictures of ones she had seen on-line and I told her that I would  take some of MY old uniforms and see what I could come up with. Below is my first attempt.

The straps ended up being a bit short, so I took the button tabs off of the cuffs and lengthened the straps just enough so that I could wear the tote over my shoulder. There were only two tabs on this shirt, the pic below shows what I came up with using the button cuffs and a couple of D-rings.

While I was waiting for said woman to find the PERFECT fabric for her tote, I made ANOTHER tote using the patches from my former USAF Reserve Unit to select the fabric.  This was (and continues to be) my favorite bag to carry!!

Before I knew it, the special fabric was selected and I had begun work dissecting the first flight suit.  I must say I was pretty pleased with the outcome!!

Easter was upon us and the owner of the flight suit tote asked if I could use this pattern she had found to make her daughter a small purse to match her tote for an Easter Purse.  Of course, I said YES!!!  It turned out ADORABLE!!!

This idea started a little bit of a trend......

Many more totes and purses have been made since these....but FAR too many to highlight in just one blog post. So Stay TUNED for the next update for the Military Uniform Recycle Projects!!!

Be Blessed!!
Amy B

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Granny Square Memories!!

I was going through pictures tonight and came across this picture of the first blanket I made when I was pregnant with my first child.  That was more than 24 years ago!!  I had learned to make the Granny Square as a teenager and had the pattern memorized.  So in my spare time I chose this simple pattern that had been ingrained in my memory for many years.  

Last summer as we were packing up the house and putting everything into storage I came across the box that contained this first "hole blanket" as CL affectionately called it.  He also has a matching pillow that you may (or may not) be able to see in the box the blanket is draped over.  

Below is a pattern for the Basic Granny Square so you can learn to make your own. And check out my blog entry here as I went through my "stash busting" project, using up spare yarn and making different afghans using the Granny Square.  


Rnd 1:  Ch 4, working in 4th ch from hook, 2 dc, ch 3, [3 dc, ch 3] 3 times.  Sl st in top of beg ch 4 to join.  

Rnd 2: Ch 3, turn.  (2 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in first ch 3 sp.  Skip next 3 dc, working in next ch 3 sp [3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc] 3 times.  Sl st in top of beg ch 3 to join. 

Rnd 3:  Ch 3, turn.  2 dc in sp below beg ch 3.  *Skip next 3 dc, (3 dc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next ch 3 sp **.  Skip next 3 dc, 3 dc in next sp.  Repeat from * two more times.  Repeat one more time ending at **.  Finish off  (or if you want a larger Granny Square, just keep going on in the same format). 

Be Blessed!!
Amy B

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Stitching in the Garden.....Crocheted Sugar-Pumpkin Hammocks

Several years ago I had the idea to turn my backyard garden VERTICAL!!  We had wonderful weather that year and I had a bumper crop of ALMOST EVERYTHING that I had planted!! And because my mind is always at work on things stitched, I figured out a way to grow my sugar-pumpkins vertically on tee-pees, making crocheted "hammocks" for them to rest in as they got heavier.

I added the Tee-pees after the vines started to grow and then the tendrils would reach out grab hold....sometimes with a little help from me.  So my pumpkins grew to the SKY!!

I used 100% cotton to make the hammocks.  The "bed" of it is crocheted and I just added cotton strings so that I could adjust the length of the ties easier. 

Sometimes the weight of the sugar-pumpkin would pull the hammock down slightly.  It was usually not a problem, but I kept extra cotton yarn in my garden apron in case I needed to secure the hammock a bit better.
As you can see by the dying vines underneath, some of my sugar-pumpkins were about ready to harvest!!!  They were so pretty and I did not lose a single one to rot from sitting on the ground :-)

Click here to get a pdf version of the pattern which includes the symbol pattern as well as the written one.


MATERIALS: Sugar’n Cream, 100% USA grown cotton, 30 yards.
·         Size H crochet hook
SIZE: 15” X 10” X 10”  not including ties
GAUGE:  First two rows = 1 ½”

Row 1: Ch 5, dc in 5th ch from hook
Row 2: Ch 5, dc in same st, ch 2, (dc, ch 2, dc) in 3rd ch of beg ch 5 of previous row.
Row 3-10: Ch 5, dc in same st, *ch 2, dc in top of next dc. Repeat from * across. (dc, ch 2, dc) in 3rd ch of beg ch 5 of previous row. 

Finish off at end of row 10. No need to weave in ends.  Cut three 24 inch pieces of cotton yarn.  Tie one to each corner of the pumpkin hammock. These are used for tying your hammock to the tee-pee.

Be Blessed!!
Amy B