Army purses for Army Wives

Christine - posted on 04/29/2010 ( 27 moms have responded )

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I was wondering if any of you have the "Army Wife" ACU/BDU style purse? If so, did you make it yourself or purchase one? I want to make an army purse out of an old uniform of my husband's, but am not sure how to go about it... Any suggestions?

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Angel - posted on 05/22/2010

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I am making my own army purse right now! Its very very hard lol buy one unless you want to make an original. I have made two queen size quilts and pillows etc this by far is the hardest thing i have done yet!

Andi - posted on 05/04/2010

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I make tote/messenger bags and have also made a few smaller bags for our kids and nephews out of old BDU's. The blouses are great for making a bag with plenty of outside pockets! I even turned an old pair of pants into a laundry clip holder for my girlfriend. The fabric is great and because the BDU's have been discontined, they make a great way of showing a new way to wear an old uniform. I have never used a pattern, I am sure they are out there, but look at the fabric and let it inspire the way in which to cut it and make the bag look once finished.

Carrie - posted on 04/30/2010

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Mine was made out of fabric not the real uniform. But yeah I have heard of people making it out of the uniform.

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Theresa - posted on 08/28/2014

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I have two bags that were made, awesome quality work and you help design it. Please check it out.

Patricia - posted on 03/11/2012

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I am trying to make an army purse for my daughter. I started it yesterday and now i am stuck. Can anyone who has made one tell me how you put the pleats in it. My pattern says to sew the bottom and sides together then do the pleats. How? I am confused. I have torn this apart twice already. A project i thought would be easy turned out harder than i thought. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Casey - posted on 08/08/2011

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I am wanting to make an army purse too. I love my husband so much and having the uniform with me is like having him with me.... deployments are rough on both sides of it and I dont think so much its a way of showing rank but showing your pride as well. and recycleing his old uniforms is fantastic, I hate to see them rot away. my hubby is a mechanic so its not like they can be re used... I am having an issue finding the right pattern..

Amy - posted on 05/11/2011

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I have an army purse made from my husbands ACU's that he wore in Iraq, and I am wanting another one made from this deployment.. any one know of a person doing army purses here in Hawaii please give them my email address amy.lu922@gmail.com

Christine - posted on 06/08/2010

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Thanks Ladies for all of your suggestions! I ordered some ACU fabric online today and it should be here in the next week! Next I have to get the right thread, zipper/magnets/closures and some backing fabric to match! Oh... and a pattern! Any suggestions on patterns for army purses....?

Andi - posted on 06/07/2010

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Just to be clear...I only use the name tapes, which come in handy for when I go somewhere and grab the right bag. I also think it would be disrectful to think it appropriate to use the rank in any manner other then on the uniform it was intended for. I do love the PT shirts though, they make comfy outfitting for yard work and are great for sleeping.

Christine - posted on 06/07/2010

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@Abby - I'm not planning on putting a rank patch on, i just really liked the purse and wanted to put our name & Mommy or something on there. Not trying to be offensive - It's just something i saw and thought was nifty.

Crystal - posted on 06/07/2010

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i dont have any of that on mine i have army wife i think they shouldnt be aloud to put their husband rank either most woman like to wear their husband rank as their own which is wrong i dont see wat wrong with sleep in his shirt all wives sleep in their husband shirts i have one of his pt shirts i sleep in alone because i bought to many of them last yr so he gave it to me to sleep in

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I hate these army purses... I don't know if its the fact that I've worn the uniform (BDU) but having your husband's rank, patches n'such on a purse is a bit offensive to me... it ranks with women that wear their husband's patrol cap or parts of the PT uniform with pajama pants... just seems disrespectful to me...

Ivy - posted on 06/03/2010

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i am an army mom and former army wife does anyone know if they sell the bags online

Crystal - posted on 06/02/2010

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i have one i bought i paid way to much for it all u need to do is go to a fabric store or walmart and buy a pattern i am going to learn how to make them this weekend and dress' to my mom is coming ot visit so she is going to teach me

Melissa - posted on 05/21/2010

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my friend makes army wife purses... campfollowerbags.com they are fabulous!!! i have made some, basicly you need one pants leg of the cammies for the outside, fabric for the inside the same size and your handles.... have fun :)

Ashley - posted on 05/05/2010

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my husbands last place had a get together with alot of the wives or whom ever wanted to come and they sat down and made the purses out of their husbands old uniforms

Karin - posted on 05/02/2010

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I used a tote bag pattern and changed it to fit my needs or how i wanted the bag to look. Theyre available at all craft stores and online. Ive seen a couple women up here with them and i loved the idea of reusing an old uniform of his. I want to make a blanket or teddy bear for my son as well

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go on fb and look up pink beret designs... she uses the uniforms of the hubbys... i got 2 diaper bags she will ship it to ya and everything... these bags are amazing to say the least!!

Tammie - posted on 04/30/2010

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I would love to have an army purse myself, I am an Army Mom and would love to support my son by carrying one. What kind of pattern did you use?

C. - posted on 04/30/2010

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I always thought that destroying a uniform was illegal unless you had a license to do so.. Could be wrong, though.. But maybe something you'd want to check into just to be on the safe side..

Carrie - posted on 04/29/2010

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I have an Army Wife purse. My mother-in-law got it from an sewing place @ Ft. Campbell.

Karin - posted on 04/29/2010

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I made one out of my husbands uniform. I purchased a pattern from the store and tried a bunch of different ways to get it to fit. It was too small but i was able to make it work by changing it a lil. All i have to do is sew on the straps. I would suggest if you dont have one already to get a sewing machine and to practice before you start on the purse to get a feel for it. Some go for under 100 dollars. And id also suggest getting a sewing kit. I found one at walmart for around 5 dollars that had needles, measuring tape, pins/cushion, thread picker etc. It was difficult trying to put it together with a one year old all over me so i had to work on it while he was sleeping. Good luck and let me know how it goes or if youwant any help

Casey - posted on 08/08/2011

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I am wanting to make an army purse too. I love my husband so much and having the uniform with me is like having him with me.... deployments are rough on both sides of it and I dont think so much its a way of showing rank but showing your pride as well. and recycleing his old uniforms is fantastic, I hate to see them rot away. my hubby is a mechanic so its not like they can be re used... I am having an issue finding the right pattern..

Amy - posted on 05/11/2011

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I have an army purse made from my husbands ACU's that he wore in Iraq, and I am wanting another one made from this deployment.. any one know of a person doing army purses here in Hawaii please give them my email address amy.lu922@gmail.com

Christine - posted on 06/08/2010

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Thanks Ladies for all of your suggestions! I ordered some ACU fabric online today and it should be here in the next week! Next I have to get the right thread, zipper/magnets/closures and some backing fabric to match! Oh... and a pattern! Any suggestions on patterns for army purses....?

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I hate these army purses... I don't know if its the fact that I've worn the uniform (BDU) but having your husband's rank, patches n'such on a purse is a bit offensive to me... it ranks with women that wear their husband's patrol cap or parts of the PT uniform with pajama pants... just seems disrespectful to me...

Melissa - posted on 05/21/2010

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my friend makes army wife purses... campfollowerbags.com they are fabulous!!! i have made some, basicly you need one pants leg of the cammies for the outside, fabric for the inside the same size and your handles.... have fun :)

Tammie - posted on 04/30/2010

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I would love to have an army purse myself, I am an Army Mom and would love to support my son by carrying one. What kind of pattern did you use?

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