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Countdown Calendars
24 stitched projects to celebrate any date
Author: Susanne Woods, Copyright @ 2011

This title features 24 delightful countdown calendar projects to make your favourite occasions even more special. Make your favourite occasions even more special. Today's top designers share their ideas and techniques on how to commemorate life's special events. Equal parts inspiration and how-to, this collection of custom-crafted countdown calendars is packed with creative ways to say '3...2...1...it's here'! It features 24 original projects for celebrating everything from Christmas to the first day of school, and even a new baby. Countdown Calendars also includes expert advice on sewing and embellishing techniques.


Deploy That Fabric
23 sewing projects use military uniforms in everyday life
Author: Jen Eskridge, Copyright @ 2011

Show your pride in our troops every day! All members of the Armed Forces have to buy multiple uniforms, some of which become decommissioned. Learn how to recycle these uniforms and blend in some cheerful, contemporary fabrics to create useful family treasures with one-of-a-kind style. Even if you don't have a service member in your life, you can make these cool projects using camouflage fabrics or uniforms purchased from surplus stores.



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Websites - How to make a...

Camouflage detour diaper bag (MakeBabyStuff.com)
http://www.make-baby-stuff.com/camouflage-detour-diaper-bag.html
Tips to create a camouflage diaper bag.

Canvas wall quote tutorial (Next to Heaven)
http://fey-next2heaven.blogspot.com/2011/08/canva-wall-quote-tutorial.html
Instructions to make a canvas wall quote ~ "Where you go, I will go... and where you stay...I will stay," Ruth 1:16.

Child's backpack (Sew, Mama, Sew!)
http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/2010/08/back-to-school-free-let%e2%80%99s-go-backpack-pattern-tutorial/
Back to School Let's Go! backpack pattern and tutorial ~ substitute camo material.

Deployment chalkboard countdown (Glued to My Crafts)
http://gluedtomycrafts.blogspot.jp/2013/05/diy-deployment-chalkboard-countdown.html
Instructions to make a DIY deployment chalkboard countdown.

Deployment countdown blocks (Love from Home)
http://www.lovefromhomeblog.com/2012/07/counting-down.html
If you would like to make your own deployment countdown, visit this blog!

Deployment homecoming banner (Lipstick & Leathernecks)
http://www.lipstickandleathernecks.com/p/homecoming-banners-101.html
Step by step directions to make your own homecoming banner.

Deployment junk journal, mini album (Emora Designs)
http://emoradesigns.blogspot.com/2011/06/men-we-love-papercraft-star-blog-hop.html
Video tutorial to make a deployment journal from a military uniform.

Deployment monogram wreath (United We Stand: A Military Wife's Journey)
http://unitedwestand2012.blogspot.com/2012/06/deployment-crafts-monogram-flag.html
How to make your own Deployment American Monogram Wreath.

Embroidered Home Sweet Home wall decor (Kojo Designs)
http://www.littlemissmomma.com/2011/10/diy-embroidered-wall-decor-kojo-designs.html
A tutorial to highlight the places that are special to you.

Fallen Soldier uniform pendant (Sweater Surgery)
http://sweatersurgery.blogspot.com/2011/05/how-to-make-fallen-soldier-uniform.html
How to create a pendant made with scraps from a fallen Soldier's uniform.

Home of the Brave quilt (Home of the Brave Quilts)
http://www.homeofthebravequilts.com/resources/QuiltInstructions.pdf
Directions to make a Civil War US Replica Sanitary Commission quilt.

Laptop sleeve (Instructables)
http://www.instructables.com/id/Laptop-Sleeve-made-out-of-some-used-military-fabri/
Instructions to make a laptop sleeve from military fabrics.

Military flag memorial case (Instructables)
http://www.instructables.com/id/Military-Flag-Memorial-Case/

http://www.instructables.com/id/Display-Case-for-a-Military-Honors-Flag/step1/Take-dimensions/

Military themed picture (Instructables)
http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Military-Themed-Picture-Frame/
Create a picture frame using old rank insignia, distinctive unit insignia, decorations, patches...

Military tribute photo frame (Love and Laundry)
http://www.loveandlaundry.com/2012/06/patrioticmilitary-tribute-photo-frame.html
Create your own Patriotic/Military Tribute Photo Frame with this tutorial. Land of the Free Because of the Brave.

Military uniform apron for American Girl doll
http://www.strictly-homemade.com/2012/08/free-18-doll-apron-tutorial.html
We used this pattern to make an ACU apron for my daughter's American Girl doll. LINK to photo

Military uniform gun case (HongKongChic)
http://hkchic.blogspot.com/2012/02/upcycled-military-uniform-gun-case.html
Tutorial to make a Military Uniform Gun Case.

Military uniform overnight bag (HongKongChic)
http://hkchic.blogspot.com/2012/02/upcycled-military-uniform-overnight-bag.html
Tutorial to make a Military Uniform Overnight Bag.

Military uniform tote (Sew Like My Mom)
http://sewlikemymom.com/military-uniform-tote/
Tutorial to make a Military Uniform Tote.

Military uniform wreath (MissBer's Creativities)
http://missberscreativities.blogspot.com/2011/06/military-heart-wreath.html
Tutorial to make a heart-shaped ACU wreath.

Military uniform wreath (The Crafty Cupcake)
http://luvmyarmyboy.blogspot.com/2011/02/acu-deployment-wreath.html
Tutorial to create your own ACU deployment wreath.

Military uniform wreath (Wyoming Girl Turned Coastie Wife)
http://www.wyominggirlcoastiewife.com/2011/01/how-to-make-a-fabric-wreath.html
How to make a fabric wreath using military uniforms.

Nametape bracelet (Marine Wife Videos)
http://www.popscreen.com/v/65b54/Marine-WifeGF-How-to-make-a-name-tape-bracelet
Video instructions to make a military nametape bracelet.

Nametape bracelet (Military SOS)
http://www.militarysos.com/forum/hobby-lobby/528976-diy-name-tape-bracelet.html
How to make a military nametape bracelet.

Nametape (paracord) bracelet (Running Army Wife)
http://runnerarmywife.blogspot.com/2012/07/diy-paracord-nametape-bracelet.html
Instructions to make your own paracord nametape bracelet.

Nametape (skinny, button) bracelet (Everything I Want and Nothing I Don't)
http://everythingiwantandnothingidont.blogspot.com/2012/06/easy-military-skinny-nametape-button.html
How to make an easy military skinny nametape button bracelet. 

Old door - coffee table - Family Military Shadow Box
http://www.instructables.com/id/Old-DoorCoffee-TableFamily-Military-Shadowbox/?ALLSTEPS
Create a shadowbox coffee table with family military history.

Paracord bracelet
An online search for paracord bracelet instructions will produce countless instructions and videos. Here are few links:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Paracord/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPO19rXgaIo

Rag quilt tutorial (The Adventures of an Air Force Family)
http://airforcefamilyadventures.blogspot.com/2011/09/rag-quilt-tutorial.html
Tutorial to make a Rag Quilt out of military uniforms.

Signs - "Land of the Free Because of the Brave" Wall Art (And That's What {Che} Said)
http://www.thatswhatchesaid.net/2012/06/28/4th-of-july-wall-art/
Instructions to make patriotic wall art with chevron.

Signs - "Land of the Free Because of the Brave" (The V Spot)
http://www.thevspotblog.com/2012/07/land-of-free-because-of-brave-more.html
A tutorial for easy, patriotic typographic artwork.

Signs - "Places We've Lived" Boards (Family Brings Joy)
http://blog.familybringsjoy.com/memory-project-places-weve-lived-boards/
Tutorial to make your own Places We've Lived memory boards.

Subway art tutorials (perfect for military!)
http://www.iammommahearmeroar.net/2011/07/diy-subway-art-for-under-7.html

http://lilmoptop.blogspot.com/2011/06/family-tree-subway-art-tutorial.html

http://www.classyclutter.net/2011/11/how-to-make-subway-art-sign.html

T-shirt ~ We Serve Too! for military children (We Serve Too!)
https://www.weservetoo.com/Color_Sing_Create.html
Download complete instructions and images to print, cut-out and iron onto your own We Serve Too! t-shirt using inkjet transfer paper you buy at your local craft or fabric store.e

Vietnam service beads
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YY-yuKp-yw&list=UUO7zzjNEHukYGY_UpJFxP3w&index=4&feature=plcp
Tutorial to create Vietnam service beads.

Vintage military button rings (Instructables)
http://www.instructables.com/id/Vintage-Milatary-Button-Rings/
Create rings with brass or silver military buttons.

Welcome Home banner (The Crafty Cupcake)
http://luvmyarmyboy.blogspot.com/search/label/tutorials?updated-max=2011-08-09T12:02:00%2B02:00&max-results=20
​Instructions to make your own pennant Welcome Home banner.




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Patterns, kits (Reanna Lily Designs)
http://reannalilydesigns.com/category/shop/patterns/military-uniform-patterns/
Sells patterns for recycled military uniforms.

http://reannalilydesigns.com/category/shop/kits/
Also sells kits for recycled military uniform projects.
Military crafts and sewing
A "how to" listing for paracord bracelets, military uniform projects, and more...
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