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Have you got a bunch of T-shirts laying around that you can't bear to part with? (read more)
Maybe they're yours, one from each vacation you've taken over the years. One from that time you went to Pearl Harbor, one from the year you visited the USS Constitution, a few from Disney, and even one that proudly tells the world, "my son is an Omega!"
Perhaps they're your kid's sports jerseys, shirts showcasing high-school functions, the track team, ski team, glee club, class of (insert your year here). My point is, many of us have shirts that hold very special memories. Shirts we'll never be able to get again, shirts our kids won't be able to get again, and tossing those shirts out...
Well, it just feels wrong, you know?
But what do you do with them? They take up a ton of space, and if you've ever dealt with silverfish or moths, you know how much damage those little things can do when you've had something in long term storage.
What better way to keep those memories fresh in your mind than by having them made into a blanket you'll use all the time?
Who among us doesn't have a blanket draped over some piece of furniture in the house? I've got a quilt hanging over a chair in my bedroom, there is always (and I mean always) a blanket draped over the back of the couch, and my kids have enough blankets in their room at any given time to put the most savvy blanket fort builder to shame.
Blankets are always useful, they just are.
Now, imagine curling up on the couch with a soft, minky backed blanket that has a top made entirely of the T-shirts you love so much.
"Oh, look, we had that shirt made the year we went to Disney and did The Ultimate Day Of Thrills. That one's from little Reginald's first year at summer camp. Gah, the Charleston Navy Yard, I completely forgot about that one! Why did I get a small? That thing never fit..."
You get the idea.
T-shirt quilts are a great idea, but where do you get one? It's all well and good if you know someone who quilts, but even then, I've offered to make T-shirt quilts for a VERY small number of friends (four people, to be exact), and while I do have one box of T-shirts waiting on quilting, it's got to wait until after the wedding quilt for my husband's cousin, and after the quilt I'm making for my dad, so it'll be six months.
Thankfully there are a lot of people out there today who will happily make you a T-shirt quilt without making you wait a year, and without breaking the bank.
Check out Memory Stitch
I've grabbed a few pictures from their website so you can see what they're all about, but let me give you the gist of how they work:
1. Pick a size - You can choose: LAP - 16 shirts, TWIN - 24 shirts, FULL - 30 shirts, QUEEN - 49 shirts, KING - 64 shirts
2. Choose your backing color - Black, Blue, Gray, Navy Blue, Purple, Red, Sage
3. Cut your shirts in half, you'll send in only the sides you want included in the quilt.
Once you've placed your order, you'll receive a confirmation email from Memory Stitch that will include instructions on how to send in your shirts. You'll get an email when they receive your shirts and another email when your quilt is shipped back out to you.
You might worry about sending all of those shirts off, but fear not, Memory Stitch is very highly rated.
That's it! They make your quilt and ship it back to you for free approximately two weeks after they get your shirts.
And, if you click on the links in this post or the one over there on the right side, you can get an additional 20% off. Just be sure to enter FUN20 on checkout.
The links you see are my affiliate links, and while they cost you nothing extra to use, it will send a bit my way to help keep me in quilting material.
I hope you love your T-shirt quilt!
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