BDU shirts have 4 patch pockets with flap closures. My designs always use the two breast pockets on the exteriors of the Thyme, Marjoram and Pansy and I use the lower pockets in the interior of the bag. Since the Coast Guard utility uniform only has 2 pockets instead of 4 like the DOD service uniforms, I made interior pockets from the patches on the arms which I am assuming are there for reinforcement.
The Basil is a kid-sized backpack made from the combat uniform. The straps can be made from the waistband as it is depicted in the Bug version or from a thin strip of uniform fabric backed and quilted with the coordinating fabric as is shown in the Frog version.
I am a quilter, fiber artist, textile architect. I specialize in incorporating your favorite textiles into useful art whether it is a uniform redesigned into a purse or your favorite shirts recycled into a quilt. I also depict homes in pictoral quilts.
Why the name Rosemary Remembers? Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a symbol of remembrance. Ingesting it is supposed to help one’s memory. Visual stimuli can also trigger memories. T-shirt quilts are great for young adults who live away from home for the first time. A college student wouldn’t be seen in a high school activity shirt on the university campus but that same shirt incorporated into a quilt is suddenly acceptable. For military family members whose spouses are deployed afar, a bag made from the servicemember’s uniform is a visible reminder of the sacrifices they are making.