"This one is for my soccer nut of a kid! He's played soccer since age 5 and I just knew someday we'd use all those shirts. Project Repat is a great way to still have your favorite shirts in a useful way"
It turned out to be a hit!
The second was made of all race tees from years of dedication;
The last is to give to her mom on Christmas;
"I had a small blanket made for my mother out of favorite shirts that belonged to my dad. He passed away last year and this blanket will be a gift to her this Christmas. Having a blanket made with shirts that were his favorite is going to be like getting a hug from him every time she uses it"
We are so happy we get the chance to bring memories and joy to so many customers during the Holiday season.
Mugsy Reynolds had a Project Repat t-shirt quilt created for her daughter that turned out to be much more than just a blanket. Her daughter, Carmen Reynolds, graduated from University of Michigan last spring and has since moved from Ohio to Sweden to continue her professional basketball career.
"Project Repat did an awesome job of taking Carmen's University of Michigan practice T-shirts and gear from her four years of women's basketball there and created this wonderful comfy soft quilt! Her time at U of M was filled with incredible memories that she will never forget. My daughter now plays professional basketball overseas and I plan to ship her the quilt at Christmas. She will get chills when she opens the package because of all the college basketball memories that will come crashing back. I know she will also get chills when she sees the tag attached to the quilt that tells her "my T-shirts were upcycled by Project Repat and made responsibly in the U.S.A." She loves her Alma Mater and, she loves America! Honestly, I don't think I could have possibly come up with a more meaningful gift to send to my daughter at Christmas. THANK YOU Project Repat!"
Mugsy hopes Carmen's blanket will always remind of her successes and her roots while she goes on to accomplish even more.
Kyle Fossey sent us the story of how his Project Repat t-shirt quilt came to be the best napping blanket in his home;
"I had never heard or Project Repat, but when I came across a Repat t-shirt blanket at a charity event where I was supporting a friend, I knew it was an awesome idea! Especially as a solution to the two bins of old t-shirts my girlfriend Erin and I had stuffed under our bed. We (mostly I mean me) have an incredibly hard time getting rid of old shirts. Project Repat was the perfect way to get these shirts out from under the bed and not only showcase them but enjoy the cozy blanket.
The blanket is a mix of both mine and Erin's shirts comprised of teams we played on (high school and college), teams we support, races, and a few in there that we just couldn't get rid of. I am extremely happy to have found Project Repat to recycle the shirts that would have otherwise just taken up space under my bed and to be able to support locally made products"
"The picture I snapped, while nowhere near glamorous, not only captured what we love about the t-shirts but what we also appreciate about the functionality of this recycled product. While I tried to take some photos of us posing with the blanket, I couldn't help but send the one I secretly snapped while everyone was sleeping. In the photo Erin, Maddie (Black Mouth Cur), and Timmy (Flame point Siamese) are all curled up together with the blanket on a chilly night in November"
Memories from years of dedicated work as vice-president of athletics at Belmont University and principal at Montgomery Bell Academy came together in the t-shirt quilt Sharon Tillman had made with her husbands treasured tees.
"The t-shirts were just being stored in a closet and now we enjoy keeping warm under our tshirt blanket. And each shirt brings back a special memory.Everything about this project has been first class. I love the quilt! The correspondence has been perfect--ordering through receiving it. Thanks so much for a memorable quilt that we will cherish!"
Sarah Muse had her Project Repat t-shirt quilt made so she could constantly be reminded of the music that inspires her and the great times she has had rocking out to it! T-shirts from Journey, Metallica, Chicago, Paul McCartney and even 'NSync are just some of the awesome shows she gets to relive.
"So happy to see all my concert t-shirts come to life again, instead of just hanging in my closet. The blanket is very well made and I love it!" - Sarah
Some of Hayley Kellinger's favorite memories are from college and her sorority. She knew she could never get rid of her Zeta Tau Alpha t-shirts and letters from being White Rose Sweetheart of Sigma Tau Gamma.
Her Project Repat t-shirt quilt was a dream come true, "I am beyond happy with my t-shirt blanket and Im happy I didn't spend a fortune on it. I am glad I got the fleece on the inside too. Project Repat made everything super easy and it turned out great. My lovely ZTA blanket is one of my favorite purchases ever. I am extremely happy one of my sisters suggest Project Repat to me. THANKS!"
"The t-shirt blanket was meant to be a gift for my daughter for Christmas but once I saw it I knew I couldn't wait 2 months to give it to her. She is currently a freshman in college and has been missing her friends and high school terribly! This blanket was made from all her t-shirts from high school. She absolutely loved it! She's now bringing a piece of her high school memories back to college with her. Two years from now I will do the same for my younger daughter!!!"
Leanna told us how a Project Repat blanket was the perfect way to represent a lifetime of memories and a story of identity. “Tee Shirts have always been a major part of my life. I consider myself a jeans/sweats and a tee shirt kind of gal. Over the years I would want a tee shirt to show what I like or what I have done. These memories have included dance and drama competitions, travel destinations, and sports gear (GO Boston!) I have to thank my mother for being a tee shirt hoarder because without her, I probably would not have saved most of my tee shirts. With Project Repat I was able to create not one, but two gorgeous blankets that show the stages of my life”
In her first Project Repat blanket, Leanna represented her roots with an homage to her hometown Brockton, MA, “ The first blanket included dance and drama tee shirts, tee-ball tee shirts, kindergarten, elementary and high school tees. There are even shirts from my first long term job, selling t-shirts(how appropriate!) for the Brockton Rox local baseball team for five seasons”
After receiving her quilt, Leanna immediately knew what to do with the rest of her shirts. Leanna loves Boston and her shirt collection shows it, “My Boston quilt included all my Boston sports team shirts as well as BU and Harvard tees that reflect my adult life. Near the center of my quilt I included a tee shirt that my godmother (who passed away 11 years ago) helped me make when I was a child as a way to remember her. I also included 2 Lakers and 1 Dodgers tee, much to my father's chagrin, in honor of my godfather who lives in California”
Leanna ordered her blanket just before the Boston Marathon Bombings and anxiously awaited its arrival, feeling connected to her city more deeply than ever. She was touched to find that feeling returned, “One of the best parts of opening the package for my Boston blanket was a note that I am assuming one of the blanket creators left me. It was quite simple and was written on a scrap piece of paper. It said, "Hey Leanna! Stay Boston Strong!" It was a very simple sentence but it carried a lot of weight and meant a lot to me. I'm sure anyone from Boston would share my sentiments”
“All in all I love both my quilts and am so pleased and thankful for Project Repat. I am constantly showing off my blankets and recommending Project Repat to friends and family. Thanks to my mom and all the other tee shirt hoarders out there, I think Project Repat will be in business for a long time”
It’s a common problem: dressers stuffed to capacity with keepsake T-shirts from teams, alma maters, and epic rock shows that are 2 Cool + 2 Be = 4 Gotten. Sure, they’re all great reminders of ragers gone by, but how many of these shmatas do those who hoard them actually wear?
The answer is most assuredly, “not many.” Which is why a T-shirt quilt is such a great gift idea. When the logos from all those old shirts are removed and stitched together with a comfy backing, the result is like a cozy repurposed scrap book your pal can cuddle up under while dreaming about how to fill all her newly freed-up drawers.
For the craftily inclined, there are plenty of online T-shirt quilt tutorials that’ll have you stitching up a storm in no time. But for Secret Santas and Hanukah Harrys like me who would rather buy than DIY, there’s Project Repat—a service that will take as many T-shirts as you can dish out and will do all the cutting, arranging, and sewing for you.Prices range from $69.99 for a 12-shirt lap blanket to $249.99 for a gigant-o 8x8 king-size masterpiece made from 64 shirts.
And for those who think it would be the perfect gift but don’t want the ultimate responsibility of deciding which of their beloved’s threads are destined for greatness, they’ve got The Repat Quilt In a Box. It’s like a gift certificate, but includes a large pre-paid envelope the recipient can use to ship out up to 30 shirts. That was the option I was offered when I ran into the Repat folks at a holiday gift show in N.Y.C. and they invited me to try their service out. I took home the envelope, filled it with goth-y wonders from the collections of both my boyfriend and myself, and quick as a whistle they sent me back the most evil bedspread to ever grace an Ikea mattress. (See photo evidence of our Hot Topic-style malevolence above.)
Do you have a similarly genius gift idea that repurposes something old into something surprisingly new? Then leave your master plan in the comments!
All too often people are faced with the difficult task of parting ways with their favorite T-shirts, which is why one local company has stepped up to stitch the nostalgic rags together.Founded last year, Project Repat recycles surplus T-shirts by turning them into one-of-a-kind quilts. Co-founders Nathan Rothstein and Ross Lohr point to the sentimentality of their customers as a driving force behind the company.“Shirts are so personal for us. They really tell stories. A lot of people have a hard time giving them away or throwing them out,” said Lohr.
In order to create the blankets, workers remove 12 square inches of the shirts then sew them together to form a quilt. To insulate it, they attach PolarTec fleece.
The company recently broke $1 million in revenue, having created more than 12,000 quilts since 2012.
It may be a cliché, but many of their customers are women who have had it with their man’s over-stuffed closets.
“It’s a mixture of people giving the quilts as gifts, or just wanting them for themselves,” said Lohr. “But a big one for us is a wife or girlfriend who takes her husband or boyfriend’s T-shirts that have been cluttering up the drawers for years, and turns them over to us. Sometimes it’s to his dismay, but he ends up with a quilt.”
With this year’s World Series win, the pair expects a lot of orders from Red Sox fans, who, like most sports enthusiasts, tend to have more merch than they can handle.
“A T-shirt is like the adult’s form of a trophy,” said Rothstein. “They’re not going to wear their Red Sox shirt all the time, but they want to be able to commemorate (the win), or turn the memories into a holiday gift. It’s awesome to see the different sports T-shirts from the 80’s and 90’s that people have kept. I don’t know what they were waiting for, but they obviously wanted to hold onto them.”
About 25 Massachusetts textile workers do the stitching in Fall River, Lowell and Lawrence, according to Lohr, who said that a major motivation in founding the company was to create jobs for local workers.
“Most of the shirts and clothing we wear are made by someone who was making less than a fair living wage in other parts of the world,” he said. “Being able to pay people what we think they deserve is definitely a primary focus of our company.”
Project Repat By the numbers:
Small “Lap” quilt requires 12 shirts / costs $70
A Queen costs $200, and can be made out of as many as 64 shirts.
The company has made over 12,000 t-shirt quilts this year
20 employees in Lawrence, Lowell and Fall River stitch the blankets
For this Veterans Day, we wanted to share with you the story of Sgt. Ashley Marie Carey , whose mother is one of our customers.
Here is what she wrote to us after receiving a quilt made from her daughters clothes.
I was at home for lunch and lucky for me I was there when the package was delivered!! I’m soooooooo grateful to you and the folks at your Company for making this quilt!!
I have a quilt that was made for me with Ashley’s uniforms, printed pics of her, and fabrics with dog paw prints, for her beloved, German Shepard, Sadie, my Grand Dog, and and fabric of wild horses, which was the song to be played at her wedding, she was engaged to a wonderful man, which I consider “my son,” who is a Sgt. Major in the Army, and is still serving.
That quilt is displayed on my head board of my bed, and I’m scared of getting it dirty because it also has blank squares for people to write anything they want inside of them.
But this quilt I will be able to wrap myself in and think of her. As a matter of fact, I have a story I’d like to tell you. When I was given the horrible news of her passing, I immediately flew out to North Carolina and four days later, I was sitting in a packed Chapel for her Memorial Service in Ft. Bragg. The Chaplin advised me of the upcoming ceremony called Last Roll Call, where they call a couple of Soldiers names as they do in the actual Roll Call and they answer, but when they come to Ashley’s name, they say it three times, Sgt. Carey, Sgt. Ashley Carey, Sgt. Ashley Marie Carey, then the Color Guard shoots off three rounds outside w/their weapons. Well I was hyper vigilant during the Ceremony and I was prepared for that. As soon as it was stated that Last Roll Call was being called, I had a physical feeling of a blanket or arms being wrapped around me. I kid you not. And I’ll never forget that feeling as long as I live. Like the moment I was able to watch Ashley jump into the arms of Graham, that was dressed in a pink bunny suit, and he’s over six feet tall and an Army Ranger mind you that rides a Harley, when Ashley returned home from her tour in Iraq.
Kelly Shanley had a Project Repat t-shirt blanket made for her son, Alex's, high-school graduation. She told us they couldn't be happier with their upcycled Pirates keepsakes!
"I saw a friends posted picture of the quilt she had made from her daughter's tees. She gave me a code for a % off and I ordered right away! I just received the quilt from my son's tees and we love it, I am already saving more tees to make another!!"
Denise incorporated tees from high school and college in her blanket, that's eight years of memories all wrapped into one quilt!
"Thank you Project Repat! My T-shirt blanket looks absolutely amazing and will always remind me of all the wonderful memories I had throughout high school and college! The quality of the blanket is exceptional and the warm polar fleece makes it perfect to cuddle up in! This truly is the perfect gift for a friend or family member and will be something they can always treasure through the years!"
Have a birthday coming up? Asher's mom told us this t-shirt blanket gift was a hit!
"We ordered a blanket for our son's 11th birthday. He had so many old t-shirts that didn't fit anymore. It turned out BEAUTIFUL! Very well made and the fleece on the back is super cozy. I can tell they took time to make sure each square was cut perfectly and done with care.Thank you so much Project Repat!"
Customer Hannah Faiguenbaum wrote to us, "My Project Repat t-shirt quilt is a combination of different events and activities I was involved in throughout my life. I am so glad I now have this wonderful personalized keepsake. Thank you!"