If you are like me, you’ve run a lot of races over the years and you have a lot of race shirts just hanging around.
Race shirts have evolved over the years, going from unisex crew neck cotton shirts to tech shirts, to women & men’s specific tech and some super soft cotton. But the majority have one thing in common. What’s that? They are sitting in a drawer or are in a Rubbermaid container in my garage.
So when the nice people at Project Repat contacted me, I was intrigued. I could take my old race shirts that I never wear and make them into a quilt? How cool is that?
So how does Project Repat work?
It’s so easy, first you go online, choose your panel size, quilt size and the color of fleece you want on the back.
Once you’ve placed your order, Project Repat will send you and email with instructions on how to send your shirts, you ship them and then in a few weeks you receive a beautiful quilt!
I selected the standard 12×12 panel size, 24 panel twin size quilt with a light blue fleece backing.
Then came the hard part, deciding which of my many race shirts to use.
I immediately headed to the garage and started going through the shirts that have been in containers since I moved last year (or longer for some). At first I was worried I wouldn’t have enough shirts to even make a small quilt, but I soon found out I had more than enough.
There is a bit of additional work that you need to do prior to sending off your shirts. If your shirts have graphics on both sides you need to pick which side you want them to use by cutting the shirt.
I think I ended up cutting 95% of the shirts I sent because the majority of them have sponsors, etc. on the back. Although there were a few shirts that the back looked nicer than the front.
Once I had them all cut up, I recounted to make sure I had 24 panels and then they sat for a few days, ok, a few weeks, while we traveled around the world, and I was able to print out the paperwork to send with my package.
Once I was ready, I took all my shirts, packed them in a medium flat rate priority mail box from USPS and headed to the post office. Since you pay for shipping your shirts, I found a flat rate box worked perfectly for me. Especially since I was shipping my shirts to the east coast.
Project Repat was great about keeping me in the loop, I received a bunch of emails keeping me up to date on the status. First when they received my shirts, then when my quilt was shipped, another when it was out for delivery and a final one once it was delivered.
The final product is so much nicer than I could have imagined. At first I didn’t want to use it because it was so nice, but then once day I was sitting on the couch freezing and it was next to me so I wrapped myself up. It’s surprisingly warm. And shocker here 😉 the kitties love it too!
Sean was super impressed as well, we might even need to get another one with his race shirts!
Want one for yourself or the runner in your life? There is still time to get one for the holidays. Head over to www.projectrepat.com to save 15% and order yours today!
*I received a twin size 24 panel quilt from Project Repat in exchange for this review, of which all opinions are my own. There are referral links in this post.*