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How is a T-Shirt Quilt from Project Repat helping me clean out my closet?
Well, I have this box. This giant box full of t-shirts from all of the races I’ve run over the past six or seven years (and a few other random shirts I’ve been saving). It’s been sitting in my closet for a few years and I always knew I wanted to do something with them, but I didn’t know what. I’ve made a few into no-sew reusable bags and hats for my babies, but I was hanging on to my favorites for something special. I had seen t-shirt quilts, but my sewing skills can be classified under “limited to none” and even if I could sew, I don’t really have the time right now to take on a project like this. 🙂 When I had the opportunity to work with Project Repat to try out their service and share my experience, I jumped at the chance! I was so excited to get that box out of my closet and turn my race t-shirts into something beautiful.
Do you have shirts you are proud of, but don’t really wear?
That is how I feel about my race shirts. I don’t really wear them (or have room for them in my dresser), but I am proud of all the hard work I did to earn them. I have a lot of great memories of the races I’ve run, too. I will always remember my very first 5k. It was on Halloween about a million years ago and I dressed as an 80’s aerobics instructor. It took me about 35 minutes, but I didn’t care at all. I ran the entire thing and I was so proud. I have shirts from my first half marathon, when Kevin was injured, but rode his bike to catch up with me where he could on the course to cheer me on (and take my rain-soaked jacket off my hands). I am so happy to be able to snuggle up with those memories with my Project Repat T-Shirt Quilt. 🙂
So how does Project Repat work?
It’s pretty easy, actually!
1.) ORDER YOUR QUILT
This is where you get to choose your panel size, quilt size and fleece backing color. I went with the standard 12″x12″ panel size (good for most t-shirts), a twin-size quilt (24 panels) and a grey fleece backing. I wanted something pretty neutral since my shirts are so colorful. The twin-size quilt is perfect for the couch, which is where we plan to keep this cozy quilt. It is great for snuggling up with the family on the couch and watching movies. 🙂
P.S. – It is probably too late to have your quilt delivered by Christmas, but this would still make a great gift because you can order the quilt now and then let the recipient choose their shirts and send them off after Christmas. Project Repat gives you an extended window of time to get the shirts in to them after you order. Or, you can just order them a gift certificate!
2.) PREPARE & SHIP YOUR SHIRTS
Project Repat will send you an email with detailed instructions to help you get your shirts quilt-ready and get them in the mail. Basically, you have to cut out the “panels” for your quilt. Since I chose a quilt with 24 panels, I needed 24 shirt sides, so for the shirts where there was printing on both sides, I had to cut out a large square and include only the side of the shirt I wanted on the quilt. This was usually the race logo. Now, these were pretty messy squares. They don’t have to be perfect. They just have to be large enough to give them some fabric to work with when making the quilt.
3.) WAIT BY THE MAILBOX
Wait with anticipation for your finished product to arrive! How easy is that? I was so excited when my quilt arrived and we all loved it. Avery usually tries to take it away from me when I want to use it. And I usually let him because, well, look at him. 🙂
Would I recommend Project Repat?
Totally! I would definitely make another quilt when I have some more shirts. You can use more than just race t-shirts, too. If you have fraternity or sorority shirts, school shirts, or team shirts lying around, you could use those to make a quilt. You can even use jerseys, sweatshirts, and tech shirts, too.
Don’t forget, you can click here to get 15% off your quilt!
*I received a twin size 24 panel quilt from Project Repat in exchange for this review. As always, all opinions are my own!