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Posted on: 9/22/08 8:19 AM
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With four boys, I have many T-shirts from various sports teams or clubs that they have belonged to, most with our last name printed on the back, that are too small.
I have not wanted to depart with these shirts for sentimental reasons, and the fact that I don't want to donate something with out last name plastered on the back side. Last week, I came up with a solution. I cut the t-shirt ribbing from the shirts, to use on future t-shirts that I am/will be making. It's all very nice quality, and now I have a selection of colors to coordinate with many fabrics that I have in my stash.
For the imprinted last name, I've used that to hand sew inside tote bags, gym bags for easier identification. I feel great about reusing the ribbing, and my new t-shirt reminds me of that soccer team that one of them played on in fifth grade. All of those old t-shirts are being put to good use, and the closets are much cleaner without the clutter!

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ryansmumAria said... (10/11/08 6:26 PM) Reply
I think it's so sweet how sentimental you are over your kids...
sewtime said... (9/26/08 0:30 AM) Reply
Love your idea!
MargotG said... (9/24/08 10:31 PM) Reply
that's creative!
marec said... (9/23/08 0:30 AM) Reply
Great idea about the name tags!!
Susan M said... (9/22/08 12:55 PM) Reply
That is so clever and you aren't the only one with the memories. Your boys might have fond memories when they look at the name tags. Good for you to find such a clever solution.
Mary Stiefer said... (9/22/08 10:13 AM) Reply
Great Idea.
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