Friday, April 5, 2013

Upcycled Military Uniform Tote {Part 2}

Now that our renovation has slowed, I finally have a bit of time to do other things.  First was to get back into blogging because I have neglected my blog, but I have finally (sorta) gotten my blog the way I wanted, so now it's back to sewing.

I have decided to finish one of my (many) WIPs (work in progress), I chose the Upcycled Military Uniform Tote (Read Part 1  here) that I started a few months ago.

Part 2 will be about tote closure, handles, and putting it all together.

Let's take a look at the finished product!!!!


Now Let's see how I finished it.





First, I have decided on the handles, I have a couple of collars from BDU shirts that I could use as the tote handles.



After careful unstitching the collar




Then, onto the tote closure, I have decided to use a cuff of a BDU shirt.


Separate the buttons and button hole like so


Iron them flat and sew the seams shut.


Now, onto sewing everything together.

First, sew the lining at the sides and bottom, right sides together, then box corner it.


Then I sewed one pocket from a military shirt and the buttons onto the lining right side.


Then sewed the other button onto the tote front


Sewed the button hole part to the tote back


Then sewed the handles onto the tote


Here is the tote (without the lining) after sewing everything on it.


Now sewed the lining onto the tote, I like the lining peeking out a little bit.


TaDa, it is done!!!!!   Tote front

Tote Back


I made this reversible



There you have it, easy project!


65 comments :

  1. What a creative idea! I'm going to ask the Hubby for his uniforms next time he gets new ones :)

    I wanted to invite you to join in our weekly Meet & Greet Blog Hop! It runs from Friday nights till the end of Monday, come link up if you have some time :)

    http://createdbylaurie.blogspot.com/2013/04/weekend-meet-greet-blog-hop-21.html

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    1. Laurie thank you so much! I do hope u creative something awesome and show me!! :)

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  2. a wonderful upcycle project,w ell done! Thank you for sharing at the hop, your participation makes the hop extra special. Big Hugs P.S. the new giveaway posted yesterday!

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  3. Hello, Mandy,
    I saw your comment about nominating my blog for an award - thank you! Unfortunately, when I followed your link, my antivirus blocked it and said it had spyware. I wanted to let you know so you can check it out... I like your blog, although I rarely leave comments. Have a good one!

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  4. What a great project. I love how it turned out.

    Thanks for sharing your favorite post at Raising Imperfection! We feature our favorites on Friday, make sure to come back and check.
    Leslie

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    1. Thank you so much Leslie! I sure will stop by again soon!

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  5. This turned out great!

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

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    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo
    www.raising-reagan.com

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  6. Such a fun and clever project. Thank you for sharing it at Silver Pennies Sundays!

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  7. Hi, new follower from RI hop!

    I'd love it if you can follow me back! :)

    xoxo
    ochibernadas.blogspot.com

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  8. That is such a smart idea, and so cute!

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  9. You are a talented chic! :) Love it! Thanks for sharing on Kammy's Korner.

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    1. i know right?! just a trim makes a big difference! thank you Steph!

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  11. Very cool. I love upcycled bags! Great idea to use a military unifom for this one.

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    1. Thank you! i know you love upcycling too, i have seen your upcycled denim projects, they are super cool!

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  12. Great tutorial and nice to "meet" you! Thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

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  13. Such a great idea to use the collar and cuffs as the handle and closures. Love it!!

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    1. Thank you so much Tonia! I try my best to use every bit of the clothing i can! :)

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  14. Oh my goodness Mandy, what a fun idea. I'm not military but have a ton of friends who are. Will be sharing this with them for sure.

    --Jill

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    1. Jill, I am so glad u liked it, and Please do share with your friends, as i am sure they will want to make their old uniforms into something useful!!!

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  15. Nice upcycle! I love that it's reversible too. Thanks for sharing at The Shady Porch Rock N Share! Blessings, D

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    1. Thank you so much D (again) and thank you for revisiting my blog! i love returning visitors! :)

      One big thing about tote bags is that they dont need to be made so precisely and they are for towing things around, and i like to have MANY tote bags that i can choose which one fits my outfit LOL so reversible makes it even better, two bags in one!

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  16. Simple enough and very trendy!!!! Do come share it at our linky party: http://www.finecraftguild.com/linky-party-time/

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    1. Thank you Rose, i will head over! :)

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  17. I think these turned out great! I'm visiting today from Paula's weekend hop, glad you linked up. :)

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  18. This is such a great idea! I would love to make one for one of my friends who has a military husband! http://pinkgerberdaisies-kady.blogspot.com/

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    1. thank you Kady! you can make one that includes some of her husbands' patches, i made a cross body bag for a friend including her patches and she loves it!

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  19. What an awesome idea!! I love it, and your amazing blog! New GFC, G+ and Facebook follower. I was already following on bloglovin. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week. So thrilled to have you join the party. Have a wonderful weekend. :)
    hugs
    Kathy

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    1. Thank you sooooooooo much Kathy! i am so glad u enjoy my blog (that is my intention for people to enjoy my creations)

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  20. very cute - Thanks for sharing at The Weekly Creative.

    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

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  21. I love your creations! They are so cute and creative.

    Thanks for sharing at Saturday Night Stars.
    ~FringeGirl

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  22. What a wonderful idea! These are so cute. Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us at Transformed Tuesday.

    Hugs,
    Peggy~PJH Designs

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  23. Thank you so much for sharing your tote bag at Pretty Things this week, I hope you are able to join us again tomorrow night!!

    xo, Tanya
    twelveOeight

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  24. What a creative way to recycle old BDU's! Thanks so much for linking up to All My Bloggy Friends!

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  25. I love that lining fabric. My cookie brain sees them as cookies :)

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  26. awesome upcycle!! and what a great use of a BDU, we've plenty of them over here! :) Thanks for linking up to Showy Sunday over at www.leroylime.blogspot.com

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    1. Once again, Thank you so much Dawn!!!!!!

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  27. Mandy, I love these bags! Great way to be resourceful! Thanks for linking up to Talkin' about Thursday! Hope to see you this week!

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  28. Mandy, what a fun idea! My hubby was in the National Guard so we have a few of these hangin around the house. So happy to have you share it with Share Your Cup. Hope to see you often! Now following.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thank you sooo much Jann!!!!!! Do share with me if u made one from ur hubby's uniform!! :)

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  29. What an awesome project, would make a great gift for a military wife! Thanks so much for sharing at our Pinteresting Link Party!

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    1. Liz, thank you so much for your compliment! It really is a great gift for a military family, perfect for a mom, adding the patches would be a nice touch!

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  30. Hi Mandi, Thanks for sharing & linking up at DearCreatives.com You have me wanting to sew. Love the bags! Hope to see you again soon!

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    1. Thank you Theresa! I do hope u start sewing coz it's super fun and it's therapy!! :)

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  31. Mandi....I featured this on my weekend link party. Check it out at The Patriotic Pam. Congrats!

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    1. Thank you so much Pam, it's such an honor!

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  32. So cute! Thank you for linking up at SHOW-licious Craft Showcase! I hope you come back this weekend for another fun party!

    http://sew-licious.blogspot.com
    Marti

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by!!! :)

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