I have a t-shirt collection; do you? I have a couple bins full in my garage. They tell the stories of places I’ve vacationed, musicians I liked, schools, teams, camps, events, and so on. I don’t want to wear them anymore, but they hold sentimental value for me.
Most of us have clothing we’re hanging onto for sentimental reasons. Here are three ways you can do something meaningful with your old clothing items, save space, enjoy the memories, and maybe even get some more use out of them.
1. Make a quilt.
T-shirt quilts are very popular these days. Your local craft store may have a kit, or you can Google “t-shirt quilt” for ideas, patterns, and instructions. You can add other fabrics like denim, corduroy, blankets, or even fabric from old stuffed animals, pillows, hats, scarves… get creative and make an interesting patchwork.
If you don’t sew, you can even send off your fabric and have someone else sew it for you! (Search: “t-shirt quilt” or “custom made t-shirt quilt” for ideas.)
2. Make a scrapbook.
Take a photo of each t-shirt or clothing item, then make a scrapbook from the photos and journal about the memories attached to each item. Or, you can upload your photos to a website like Snapfish or Shutterfly and have a custom book made.
Then you can donate the clothing to charity. And if you’re looking for a really meaningful way to donate, check out the next tip:
3. Donate to a group that gives your clothing a second life.
This is my favorite find of the day. Reteez.com creates products out of used t-shirts. Their product line includes totes, handbags, belts, bibs, even dish scrubbers and dog toys. This is really cool, folks! Even better, $1-$3 per t-shirt you donate will be used to build schools in Mozambique. Go to the donation page for more info.