Being an Army wife and former Army Nurse the military uniform has a special place in my heart. My husband has been away from me more often than he has been with me during our 11 year marriage. That means 2 pregnancies pretty much by myself (he was there for the important part) more Christmases than I remember without him....not to mention birthday parties, anniversaries, first days of school...long lonely nights...bla bla bla...same thing so very many other military wives go through, right? For sure, and I am no different. I liked to sew after tucking the kids in bed. It began with quilts, but quickly shifted focus to making "Camp Follower Bags" when I saw that there was an interest.
Ladies send me their husbands uniforms (each bag I have made is custom made for ONE woman from Her husbands uniform) fill out a long answer/order form where they select their fabric and tell me a bit about themselves. Then I sew for them. I look at each order as a piece of commissioned art. I want each bag to reflect both the man and the woman in the relationship. Each bag is handmade and extensively quilted. They are washable and wear incredibly well. I am still using my first bag I made almost 5 years ago! It is ugly, so I have it holding toys in the boys room...but it is strong and very serviceable. My bags have gotten much better over the years....let me point out a few details on this latest set I made for a fine lady on the East coast...
OK, here are 2 of the 4 inside pockets of the largest bag I make the "Stu Tote". Violets, Roses and Sunflowers are important to this couple, so I made a little flower picture on one of the pockets and "wrote" their 3 children's names on the other pocket. In all my heaps of fabric I have nothing with a usable size Sunflower, so I had to get creative and I made my own. I used raw edge applique to give it both texture and personality.
I want each "Stu Tote" to look as much like the uniform top as possible so unit patches normally go on the sides and the patches that go on the front of the top remain where they are. I quilt it all up creating a durable and lovely tote bag. These bags are reversible as well. So if you feel like turning your bag inside out it is as lovely on the inside as it is on the out.
This is a date night clutch. Every lady needs that tiny little bag she can feel completely frivolous about. This bag holds only the essentials with a special mad money wallet. I am especially fond of the shaping on this one.
So here they all are...the whole set all ready to mail out. This is a lousy picture due to the time of day, but the bags are lovely. I love August Fields by Amy Butler and I think it looks fantastic with the starched BDU.
Carry them in Health and Happiness!