I don't know how to tell you to miter, I do a fake one on quilt bindings but I don't know how to do the type you need.
Have a wonderful time with all your family, our families are so spread out across the country it is very rare for us to get together as a group, I miss that.
wow, it so so great that you are back to sewing & making so much from what you can find. I love that!! I do believe in reusing,etc & love treasure hunting thrift stores/garage sales. We are expecting a great grandson any minute now, I did make him a quilt & hope I can get some burp cloths done tomorrow, they live 9 hrs away but we are driving there Thurs. Plus our youngest daughter is due in Oct. but I keep praying about that, she has had such hard time getting pregnant & keeping pregnant, they adopted the sweetest boy 2.5 years ago, but they live 3000 miles away so don't get to see them as much as I would like. If all goes well that will make 6 grandchildren, 1 great grandson.
I hope all goes well for your husband, when my husband was 62 his company closed his division so he also lost his job, but God works is mysterious ways, once he was out of that job he realized how much stress & unhappiness it was causing & eventually he did find a job he liked better. Now we are both retired.
I've never been able to find the crystals at Walmart, & manager told me they don't carry them. Neither does Home Depot. only garden supply/nursery stores, so since I use so much it was cheaper to buy several pounds at a web store (can't remember which one but they offered no shipping for orders over $35) But I did find them, Moisture Plus brand, in the garden section of a Longs drugstore near my daughter in CA.
You have to use a fabric that will blend in with the military uniforn, so only a desert digital camo (I found that at Joann's) or tan muslim. Sometimes jungle green camo in areas of Afganistan.The commanders will not allow the soliers to be out of uniform when on duty, for one thing it would be dangerous to wear something bright that stood out, they must blend in with their surroundings. Check with your son what is his uniform color & what is allowed.
You should be able to get the Joann's tea dyed muslim thru their web site, Joann.com & be able to ue the coupons, it would be cheaper than driving a distance.
Also a tube turner is great, if you don't have an "offical" one go to a hardware store & buy a length of 1.5 inch diameter PVC pipe, if you get a nice clerk they will cut it for you, have it cut 18 inches long, and buy a dowel rod a few inches longer that will fit thru the pipe. Total cost should only be about $5 & you will have left over tube lengths, use the tube & dowel rod to turn the cool ties tube, takes one second, and then when filling the tube sections with crystals pour them thru the tube to the section, much easier than a funnel.
My sister & I were able to get 6 sets of 4 different size diameters of "tube turners" getting PVC pipe & towel rods at Home Depot for $20.
You can get 4.5 ties from one yd of fabric if you make them 8 in. wide, so when it is on sale or I have a 50% coupon I buy a bolt.
Once you actually start making them some of what I've said will make more sense.
Feel free to ask more questions,
oh, my name is Maire, old Irish for Mary, not Marie
Anna, if you google "cool ties for the military" you find several different patterns. I have made over 600 cool ties so have learned different techniques thru trial & error. Most of the patterns have you cutting the strips 3 or 4 inches wide, but feedback from the troops is that they need them wider for full effect (big men, big necks) so an article in the ASG magazine "Notions" recommends cutting them 8 inches wide, I did the last 100 that way & my husband agrees that wider is better. Also if you google polymer crystals you'll find several sources at varying prices, the crystals come in small, medium & large, you need the medium size for the ties. The Notions article also says to use regulation camouflage fabric but that is almost impossible to find & is way too expensive ($75/yd). My source for sending the ties to the tropps said the tea dyed muslim from Joann's, Walmart or Hancocks is OK to use, just be sure it is 100% cotton & prewash the fabric to get out the sizing.
The cool ties are very much needed & appreciated, let me know if you have more questions.