Hey there! It has been ages since I blogged on my bag blog. I finished this set of Hero bags and felt they needed to be shared on this space.
I made this set of Hero Bags for the Mother and sister of SSG Robb Rolfing. He was killed in Iraq on 30 June 2007.
I made a Stu tote, with quite a few customizations from the blouse of Robb's ACU uniform to create this design. I tried my best to fit in all that Robb's mom wanted to have included. I lined the bag with one of his shirts.
She also wanted some gold paisley fabric to be used.
Robb's Special Forces unit patch is on the back of the bag.
This bag has a tiny gold star on one of the straps with his name on the other strap.
I quilted in another gold star on the closure.
The inside of the bag has 5 pockets and the outside of the bag has 2.
I sourced some special magnetic closures for this set of bags that I think work really well.
The bag I made for Robb's Sister is an oversized Cather bag. I used one of the legs from Robb's ACU pants to create this design. This bag also has a heart magnetic closure.
The lower leg pocket is on the back of the bag.
His Name is quilted into the strap of the bag.
The sides are improv pieced with scraps from his uniform, leftover bits of his green button down shirt and some Parson Grey fabric.
The inside of this bag has 4 pockets and is lined with one of Robb's shirts.
So, I haven't made any of my Camp Follower Bags / Hero bags for quite some time. I forgot how much of an honor it is to sew with the actual uniforms of men who have answered the call of their nation and sacrificed their lives for our freedom and so that our way of life can continue without oppression. This order took me forever to make. I am ashamed to admit. I was going through my own mourning after my husband retired from the Army. I know it is NOTHING like what Robb's family is going through, but to me it was pretty big. I have been in the Army all my life and I was so sad to not be part of it anymore. After coming to terms with retirement and realizing what a dork I was being I was able to return to my bag making. I still love doing it. Margie, I pray these bags give you some comfort. I still have 2 more duffle type bags to make. I need to design the pattern first of course since I have never made a duffle bag.