Disclaimer: I received a discount from Project Repat towards my t-shirt blanket for this review; however, all opinions are my own.
Yay! The sorority shirts I wanted made into a t-shirt blanket have been mailed, sewn, and made into something snuggly thanks to Project Repat!
I had just enough shirts to have a lap quilt made. Nearly all my shirts had a backside I wanted included so before I could mail my shirts to Project Repat, I had to cut them into two separate pieces so they’d know to include both sides. Project Repat gives you the option of creating the layout of your quilt yourself; all you have to do is set it up and take a picture of it to send with your shirts. I didn’t want to agonize over the perfect layout, so I let them use their creativity.
What I find brilliant is that Project Repat uses PolarTec fleece for the backs of their quilts. There’s no need for batting, which was something I wasn’t looking forward to working with when I got the chance to make the quilt myself. Plus with fleece you know the blanket will be nice and warm, which is perfect because we’re looking the daily high temperatures to be in the twenties later this week!
They had six colors to choose from: magenta, light blue, navy blue, gray, red, and black. I wanted something girly, so I chose magenta, although it doesn’t really look it in the picture.
When you place your order, Project Repat will email you a form to include with your chosen shirts. They suggest making sure your shirts are clean, so I decided to wash them before I shipped them off since they’d been stored away for several years. Then I cut the shirts in two, put them in a box with my form and took it to the post office. It cost me about $17 to mail — it will vary depending on your shipping method and how big your order is. I received an email when they received my shirts a couple days later and another one when they shipped my quilt, about one week later. I only experienced one minor hiccup and that was my fault; the gift card I used to pay for my overage on the blanket was declined because I didn’t check the balance on it beforehand. I received a nice email letting me know I needed to update it so Project Repat could send me my blanket (they don’t charge your credit card until your blanket is ready to ship). I updated my payment info that night and my blanket was mailed the next day.
My Project Repat Pros:
- Someone else made the blanket for me.
- It’s warm!
- I didn’t have to agonize over the layout.
- I no longer have to worry about what a waste of space the majority of my sorority shirts were becoming. They’ve been upcycled into something I’ll use a long, long time!
- You can turn nearly any type of fabric into a quilt (they don’t take leather or jean).
My Project Repat Cons:
- My lettered shirts got cut off. I sort of expected this (they do warn you that if the design on the shirt is larger than a certain size it may be cut off). I might have been able to avoid this had I made the blanket myself, but see point number one under pros. I haven’t had the time to do any quilt making!
- The fleece colors were limited. I’d have liked to have seen a few more girly colors to choose from, but that’s what I tend to gravitate towards.
I’d definitely use Project Repat again. If sewing isn’t your thing or you’re like me and just don’t have the time to make one yourself, I think this is a good way to go if you’ve been wanting a t-shirt quilt of your own.