A Salute to Old Army Blankets and the Veterans Who Used Them

In honor of those in the military who have served their country and returned to tell the tale, I thought I’d write a little post on one of my favorite things they often brought home with them – vintage army blankets!

Now, lately I’ve been seeing a lot of posts on recycled Swiss Army blankets, and I gotta give props to the Swiss for having a striking design, but for me, the drab olive green of a U.S. Army wool blanket will always hold a special place in my heart.

You see, when I was a little girl one of the highlights of the summer was to go on picnics in the park.  My parents would make deviled eggs and tuna fish sandwiches, grab the old Army blanket we kept for such outings, and then pile me and my sister into the families blue Plymouth Fury.  To me, Army Blankets still smell like green grass and cherry Kool-aid.

Sadly, no one else seems to have quite my level of fondness for them, at least in terms of re-purposing them for the home.  I did find a neat article on how to upholster a headboard using an Army blanket, but struck out trying to find much else.

So, dear readers, could you do two things for me?  First, if you know of any interesting items made for the home out of U.S. Army blankets, could you mention them in the comments?  Second, if you know a veteran, take a minute out of your day to say thank you to them.  They deserve it.

One Response to “A Salute to Old Army Blankets and the Veterans Who Used Them”

  1. Norma Favor Says:

    In the late 1940′s, I remember my Dad sewing quilt squares together on an old treadle sewing machine. He then backed the quilt with an army blanket my brother brought home from the war. During the winter when he had no outdoor farm work to do he made quilts from army blankets. These were the warmest quilts. Since four of my brothers served in WWII we had our share of army blankets. One brother died in the Battle of the Bulge. When I lay under that army blanket quilt I would think of him. Loved your article.

Leave a Reply