Thursday, May 9, 2013

Upcycled Military Uniform Reversible Tote

I don't know about you, but I am a little bit ADD when it comes to my creativity.  When an idea pops into my head, I will immediately go search for fabrics and have them out and start cutting, but then another idea would pop into my head and I start the process again, so I end up having a few WIPs (work in progress) lying around.  This was one of them. 

September of last year, I started cutting out some old military waterproof  pants, and then I stopped.  Then when Mother's Day approaching so quickly, I dug it out and started working on it again.  

Using a pair of hubby's cargo pants, I cut the legs off at the knees.

Separated at the crotch

Turn it inside out (or outside in, whatever haha), then sewed the sides shut (matching crotch to crotch), making it into a square (somewhat like a square, it does not really matter much if it is precise)

Box corner it

Sew straps to it.  I used an old belt that was hardly used

Prepare the military pants just like the cargo pants

I made a Velcro closure for both pieces.  Sew Velcro Hook side onto the waterproof pants' right side.  The hook part is the rough part whereas the loop is the fuzzy part.

Then you will need to make a strap.  sew a hook part on one side of the strap and loop part on the other

Sew the strap together, so one side is hook, one side is loop

Sew the strap onto the waterproof pants, opposite of the hook side like so.

See how it will close?  So make sure you have the right parts together.

Then do the same to the cargo pants.  Sew Velcro loop part onto the cargo pants, right side.  

Now, you are ready to sew everything together.  Sew cargo pants and military pants, wrong sides together

This is great for grocery shopping where mom can put produce inside with the waterproof bag so any water or juices won't leak out

If mom were to use it when it is raining, have the waterproof part on the outside to protect whatever is inside.


  1. It turned out great ... you do a lot of amazing things with camo!

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

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  2. You are so talented! I wish I could make the cool things that you do.

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

  3. Really nice job, Mandy :)
    Can I ask you how can you have so many denim/military pants to ucycle? Just curious!

  4. Wow! Great way to repurpose military pants!
    Thanks for linking up for WW :))


  5. Wow that is really creative idea.


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  7. Those are awesome! Coming from a military family, I especially appreciate this post! Thanks for sharing at Monday Funday!

  8. Love how these came out! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

  9. Mandy, so great! Thanks for the tutorial! Thanks for linking up to our Pattern Party!

  10. What a fun way to recycle military clothes. Thank you for coming by and sharing this on Fluster Buster's Creative Muster Party.

    Fluster Buster

  11. Hey Mandy! This is such a neat idea! Thanks for linking up with us on One Sharendipity Place!

    Sue @

  12. Love these, you did a great job here :)

    Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Mondays, featuring your post this week :)

  13. Super cute! I wish I could sew! LOL Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick

  14. Great job! Love that it's reversible! So delighted you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

  15. Thanks so much for sharing at A Peek Into My Paradise TGIF Link Party! I just wanted to let you know I am featuring you this week. I would love for you to grab my button to add to the post or your sidebar. I would love for you to share your news of being featured on your social media. I can't wait to see what you link up next week!
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  16. Thank you for linking up to Say G'Day Saturday. It's always fun to see what great ideas you come up with-this is brilliant!

    This weekend's party has just started so I hope you can join in again!

    Best wishes for a great weekend,
    Natasha in Oz

  17. Another great project. You are so talented. I'm so glad you joined us at Transformed Tuesday.

    Peggy~PJH Designs

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