Last Updated on June 24, 2019 by Ellen Christian
As I declutter my home, I am realizing just how many things I’ve saved as memories from when the kids were little. I have teeth they’ve lost, old Halloween costumes I made for them, pictures they drew for me at school and t-shirts from sports teams, scouting and camp. As I gather all of these memories into one spot, I am overwhelmed by just how many I held onto.
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Upcycled T-Shirt Quilt
It can get a bit bulky to store all of the kids’ t-shirts and there isn’t really any way for me to easily display them so they are just sitting there in the blanket box. I really wanted to find a way to display them so I could enjoy the memories I had of them. I briefly (very) considered making them into something but honestly, I don’t have time. The last thing I wanted was to cut them up and then never end up actually completing the project. There’s just a time you need to call in the experts.
Did you know that in 1980, almost all of our t-shirts were made in the United States? Thousands of textile jobs have gone overseas and Project Repat is working on bring them back. Repat stands for repatriate which means to return to the country of origin. Right now, 5% of the trash on Earth is used textiles. The average American throws away 65 pounds of clothing per year. That’s a scary figure.
Project Repat works with you to upcycle your t-shirts into a variety of different sized quilts. A Project Repat quilt is carefully crafted by designers, cutters and sewers earning a fair wage right here in the United States. The quilt backs are made with Polar Tec fleece made out of recycled plastic bottles. Each yard of fleece recycles 23 plastic bottles that would otherwise end up in a landfill.
I recently had the opportunity to have several of the kids’ t-shirts turned into an upcycled t-shirt quilt by Project Repat. I simply sent them the shirts and then they did their magic, turning them into a memory quilt that I can enjoy for many years. The kids loved seeing their special shirts displayed this way. Check out this video for a look behind the scenes of the process they use.
This is such an amazing way to preserve your special memories. Project Repat offers the best price on the planet for this kind of product! I’m so glad I had the opportunity to order my own.
Ellen is a busy mom of a 24-year-old son and 29-year-old daughter. She owns six blogs and is addicted to social media. She believes that it doesn’t have to be difficult to lead a healthy life. She shares simple healthy living tips to show busy women how to lead fulfilling lives. If you’d like to work together, email firstname.lastname@example.org to chat.