This post has been sponsored by The Motherhood and Project Repat but all opinions are my own.
My husband has always been a music lover. As a teen, he went to an incredible number of rock concerts and at each one invested in a concert t shirt. After years of attending rock concerts, he literally had a suitcase FULL of concert t shirts. Being the music lover that he is, of course, meant there was no way he was ever getting rid of them. For years, those concert t shirts moved from one home to another and lately, he has really wanted to do something creative with them. He asked me if I could make them into a t shirt blanket for him and I quickly reminded him of my intense dislike of sewing needles. Martha Stewart, I am not! So, when The Motherhood approached me about using Project Repat to turn some t shirts into an upcycled t shirt blanket I was thrilled!
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Upcycled T shirt Blanket From Project Repat
According to Project Repat, 5% of trash on Earth is used textiles. The average American trashes 65 pounds of clothing per year! That is crazy! I know that my family has a ton of old t shirts that have sentimental value hidden in our closets. In addition to my husband’s concert t shirts, we have the kids scout, swim team and camp t shirts as well! I can’t imagine the number of t shirts sitting around homes throughout the country! Why not take those old t shirts and make an upcycled t shirt blanket? You can preserve the memories but turn those useless old shirts into something that can actually be used and enjoyed!
Project Repat blankets are created by designers, cutters, and sewers earning a fair and living wage in the United States. The t shirt blanket is backed with PolarTec ﬂeece which is made out of recycled plastic bottles. Each yard recycles 23 plastic bottles that would otherwise end up in landﬁlls! It is incredibly soft and fluffy to the touch…you would honestly never guess that the fleece is made of recycled water bottles! Depending on the number of t shirts you have, you can choose a small lap blanket or twin, full, queen or king sized blankets. You can use just the front of the t shirt or both front and back, depending on your own preferences. Here is a quick look at how you go about turning your favorite t shirt into an upcycled t shirt blanket:
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I can honestly say the my husband was THRILLED with his upcycled t shirt blanket. And the best thing about this upcycled t shirt blanket? I didn’t have to do anything but mail the t shirts to Project Repat! I placed my order online for the size and color blanket my husband wanted and mailed them the shirts. Now, my husband has a wonderful upcycled t shirt blanket to curl up under for his Saturday afternoon naps!
Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.