I’ve meant to write a Project Repat Quilt Review for months…maybe years. I have several running race t-shirt quilts. I’ve run hundreds of races, and while I don’t keep every t-shirt, I do keep a lot. Once I’m done wearing them, I’m like, what should I do with all of them?
Common questions I get:
- What do you do with all of your running race shirts?
- What can I do with old t-shirts?
- How can I store my race memories without filling up the drawers?
About Project Repat:
The story of Project Repat story began in Nairobi, Kenya, where the co-founder Ross Lohr was doing non-profit education work. He was sitting in traffic for 2 hours. The cause of the traffic jam? An overturned vegetable truck was pushed by a man wearing a t-shirt that said: “I Danced My Ass Off at Josh’s Bar Mitzvah.”
He was amazed at all of the t-shirts sold and sent overseas by non-profit companies in the US. He began working with local Kenyan artists to create new products out of castaway t-shirts in America. The products were repatriated (returned to the country of origin) back to the US and then sold to raise money for non-profits in East Africa.
When returning back to the US and trying to sell upcycled products in Boston, they discovered the difference between a good idea and business. Customers like the idea of a t-shirt bag but not enough to buy it. They later discovered customers did love the idea of their own personalized t-shirt quilts.
About the Project Repat Quilt:
Project Repat t-shirt quilts are the most affordable t-shirt quilts in the world. They are cut and sewn in the US and back by soft fleece. There are several sizing choices, including lap up to queen. They also have several different colors that you can choose for the back of your quilt. I am a fan of navy blue because it hides my cat’s fur.
Ordering is easy:
- Choose your size
- Cut up and send your t-shirts. There is a detailed video of how to do it.
- They’ll create and send it back.
My Experience with Project Repat Quilts:
I believe I’ve made 5-6 over the years of Project Repat Quilts. I prefer the full size and typically wait until I have enough t-shirts to make that size.
Cutting up the t-shirts:
Cutting the t-shirts for the Project Repat Quilt can be daunting. What if you mess up? Project Repat basically wants you to cut the front from the back and determine which side of the t-shirt you want on the quilt. Using both sides is also an option. If you cut too much, they’ll determine the shirt isn’t big enough and add blank quilt piece.
You can use all sorts of t-shirts from regular cotton, long sleeve, short sleeve, tanks, hoodies, and even tech jackets. I’ve used all types to make my Project Repat Quilt and never had a bad experience.
After sending your t-shirts in, it does take anywhere from 4-6 weeks to make. More at the holidays! You can always choose rush shipping if that is your thing. You’ll have a quilt made from your memories when the quilt comes back.
Depending on the size of t-shirt quilt you want, Project Repat Quilts range in price from $75-$200. Project Repat Quilts are almost always cheaper than other competitors, and the quilts are high quality.
Project Repat Overall Thoughts:
I like my Project Repat Quilts and so do my cats. I’ll continue making quilts out of t-shirts and using them. I have no complaints, and they do great work and are cheaper than other brands.
You can purchase Project Repat Quilts here and see all reviews here.
Questions for you:
Have you tried a Project Repat T-shirt Quilt?
What do you do with old t-shirts?
I’ve made a couple quilts with Project Repat and love it! It was a great way to have my favorite memory t-shirts together. I had a lot from college and then some from high school and before that I made into a large quilt. More recently I made a smaller throw blanket size because that was the amount of t-shirts I had. I love how the quilt can tell a story with the shirts you use.
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