The Best Way To Upcycle Old T-Shirts + Giveaway

by Jenn

Have you started thinking about graduation gift ideas yet or maybe you are looking for perfect heartfelt gift idea another loved one?  Have you ever thought of upcycling old t-shirts into a blanket?  Whether you have a child graduating, or you’re looking for a heartfelt gift this is the best way to upcycle old t-shirts into blankets!  Seriously, it is super easy Project Repat does most of the work and you get to give your loved one a great gift.  It seriously makes an awesome graduation gift because you can use old high school memories to build their blanket.  Since Catie isn’t graduating until next year I went another direction because I know she has been begging me to give her the baby shirts I have saved for her so she could hang them up.  Of course, I said no because I don’t want her to cut them up or anything I wanted to do something special with them and little did she know that all her baby/toddler shirts were being upcycled into a blanket.

Whether you are searching for the perfect graduation gift or something special for someone Project Repat is a great place to start!

The Best Way To Upcycle Old T-Shirts
The Best Way To Upcycle Old T-Shirts

Gosh, this year has flown by and next year will buy even faster I’m sure.  OMG, and before I know it, Catie will be graduating from high school.  I have done everything I can to help make these last two years extra special for her because I’m so proud of her and how far she has come, the person she is turning out to be, and for thinking about her future at such a young age.  She fell off her path for a tiny bit but jumped back on before anything bad happened and gosh I’m thankful she is that smart because I sure wasn’t.

catie worden and madisyn worden in basket shoppingIt doesn’t seem like Catie is that old already, maybe it’s because she still lets me push her in the basket lol.

The Best Way To Upcycle Old T-Shirts
Oh, she rides tricycles with her younger sister, lol.  Mattie loves it.  Catie is a nut and the thought of her leaving home scares me to death.  I don’t want my kids to grow up.  I think that’s why I hang on to the pictures, notes, shirts, baby shoes, photos and anything else I think they will appreciate later in life.  I can’t wait to give Catie her gift, she’s going to love it.  I used all my daughter’s baby/toddler shirts and upcycled those old shirts at Project Repat into a t-shirt quilt.

I honestly wasn’t sure what I was going to do with all the baby/toddler shirts I saved, but I knew I wanted it to be special.  It wasn’t until this campaign came up that  I realized this was definitely the best way to upcycle old t-shirts I’ve saved.  It’s the best of both worlds – memories & creating something they can use.  I may not have one graduating but I do get all my kids gifts at the end of the year because they are expected to do a lot and they deserve something special for a year of hard work.  I don’t give the kids their end of school year gift until schools over so Catie will not get her t-shirt blanket until then.  I thought about giving it to her early but Mattie thinks the blankets hers and honestly Catie’s is the only one I have right now lol.

My younger children are so easy to buy gifts for but once they hit about 15 or 16 things tend to get a little more difficult, especially when it comes to a heartfelt gift idea.  I was having a hard time deciding what I wanted to get Catie because she is at that age where she is someone responsible, but not quite yet stable enough to give a box full of old baby shirts or old drawings that I have saved over the years.  She is, however, old enough and responsible enough for an awesome t-shirt blanket that she can use to stay cozy or hang it on the wall.  Personally, I hope she hangs it on the wall, but we will have to see.  I’m not giving it to her until May.

t-shirt quiltI almost purchased the twin size t-shirt quilt but decided on the lap size with only 16 panels from Project Repat because I know this gift will be something she will cherish.  I honestly think it’s something she’ll have put up on the wall.  I do however want to make her another larger quilt blanket for her senior year with all the t-shirts she has collected over her high school years – basketball shirts, school spirit shirts, softball shirts, etc.  I know she would love taking something like that for her first year off at college (tears rolling down).

Since Catie isn’t getting this until May and Mattie noticed the blanket laying on the bed, I made her take a few pictures for me so I could share them with you.  Mattie keeps telling everyone about her new blanket lol.  I just tell her it’s not hers, and she laughs about it like I’m joking.  Man, she is going to be upset when Catie gets it.  Gosh, I might just have to do something like this for her too but not with her baby shirts because those I don’t want to give to the kids until they are older and will take care of them.

The Best Way To Upcycle Old T-ShirtsI think Mattie thinks the t-shirt blanket is hers because it’s the lap size she doesn’t understand how Catie will use that for a blanket or why in the world someone would put a blanket on the wall.  However, she did get mad at me because her baby shirts were not on there lol.  Darn kids, right?  I put the blanket up, and I’m hoping she forgets about it before Catie ends up catching on.  Thankfully she knows her little sister is a nut, lol.  Hey, at least, I know Mattie will love her’s just as much.

project repatUsing Project Repat is as easy as one two three and Project Repat takes care of everything else.

  • Order your t-shirt quilt by visiting Project and choose the panel and quilt size as well as the fleece color
  • When you receive an email be sure to follow their detailed directions, so everything is properly prepared and shipped to Project Repat.
  • Just wait, because you’re going to love opening your t-shirt quilt made of special shirts.

Each quilt has a variety of colors of PolarTec fleece backing which is made out of recycled plastic bottles.  Each yard of the fleece recycles about 23 bottles!  That’s 23 bottles that are not in our landfills, and they have been going strong upcycled over a million t-shirts since 2012!
Want to know something else cool about Project Repat?  They create fair wage jobs right here in the USA by helping you hold on to those t-shirt memories by turning them into quilts.  They are too cool.

best way to upcycle old shirts

I just love my t-shirt blanket, it’s well made, looks awesome and most importantly will help Catie hold on to something from her childhood and one day hopefully she can share it with her children.  I honestly can’t think of a better way to upcycle those old t-shirts than with Project Repat!  They make giving a customized and heartfelt gift easy.

Project Repat did an outstanding job and they get things done quick so you have plenty of time to great your t-shirt blanket before graduation.  Your order is typically processed in 3-4 weeks from the time Project Repat receives your shirts.  You can choose to upgrade for an additional $20 if you need it back faster.  To learn more head on over to Project Repat.  You can also follow Project Repat on Facebook and Instagram.

Project Repat Giveaway & Savings Code

If you want to make your own t-shirt blanket, enter to win a $75 discount code that can be used to purchase a lap blanket free, and a 30% saving coupon code CLICK HERE!  All you need is your email address and which blog referred you to enter and get your discount code.  So hurry and enter to win that $75 gift voucher.

What do you think is Project Repat the best way to upcycle old t-shirts?

This is a sponsored post with The Motherhood, all opinions are 100% our own.

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judethomas21 January 7, 2017 - 11:09 pm

The quilt is a brilliant idea. Thanks for sharing it.

Mai T. April 13, 2016 - 1:47 am

I always collect my unused clothes to the local stores if they offer discount coupons for them. Otherwise, the garment collection is also a great way since they’re going to the Red Cross.

Anita April 12, 2016 - 5:37 am

That looks amazing and what a cool way to keep fave t shirts! I knew I was saving them for a reason.

Christy Caldwell April 7, 2016 - 3:11 am

How very cool! We have tons of too small t shirts.

Jenn April 9, 2016 - 4:48 pm

IT’S AWESOME I JUST LOVE LOVE LOVE IT.. I know Catie is going to love it too. Such a great way to hang on to memories.


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