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I made my first T-shirt blanket in 2003. Although it wasn’t “A Thread of Green” just yet, it is how I came up with the concept.

The idea first entered my head when I was in college, cleaning out my closet, and wondering what to do with the massive amount of old t-shirts
I had accumulated over the years. Going through them was like re-living old memories – shirts given out at track meets I had won in high school, every concert I had ever attended, and of course, all those ridiculous “slogan” shirts that were funny only at the time.

Each was a memory - but also took up a lot of bulk in my closet! I hated to take them to a thrift store, as most are already overflowing with old clothes. This is when I decided to reuse them – take something old and make it new again…

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  • Joined August 19, 2009

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Recycled fabric including shirts and or t shirts, recycled buttons, flannel, and polar fleece

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About

I made my first T-shirt blanket in 2003. Although it wasn’t “A Thread of Green” just yet, it is how I came up with the concept.

The idea first entered my head when I was in college, cleaning out my closet, and wondering what to do with the massive amount of old t-shirts
I had accumulated over the years. Going through them was like re-living old memories – shirts given out at track meets I had won in high school, every concert I had ever attended, and of course, all those ridiculous “slogan” shirts that were funny only at the time.

Each was a memory - but also took up a lot of bulk in my closet! I hated to take them to a thrift store, as most are already overflowing with old clothes. This is when I decided to reuse them – take something old and make it new again.

I started to cut them up into squares and sew them together. At the time, I didn’t even own a sewing machine. My first blanket was done completely by hand.

I made a few blankets and started to give them away as gifts for my family and friends. A blanket for a friend who just had a baby, another
for my sister right after her divorce. I started to realize – not only was I recycling, I was giving a gift that truly kept on giving. There’s nothing better then a warm, cozy blanket after a long day.

I continued to make a few blankets here and there for five years until I decided to officially start A Thread of Green in 2008. Once again, I was trying to get rid of old clothes. My husband and I were cleaning out all of the closets of the house. Bags of clothes sat in the garage for days, and then weeks, waiting for one of us to muster up the energy to take them to the local thrift store.

After staring at the bags for yet another day in a row, I finally took matters into my own hands – literally!

All of my blankets are made from recycled shirts, either collected from friends and family or from garage sales. The backing on each blanket is either flannel or polar fleece and each square of material includes a button at each corner that has been hand-sewn on. Each blanket is unique, with its own one-of-a-kind color scheme. No two are alike.

These blankets have become a passion for me. I love knowing I am part of the “green” movement and slowly making a difference by saving the landfills and over-stuffed thrift stores with old unwanted shirts. Each blanket is a beautifully unique creation that is handmade and carefully thought out.

A Thread of Green is expanding!!!!

Fall of 2009 I made a ballet bag for my daughter; her ballet bag was the first of my new line. From that moment on I have have added handbags/clutches/purses/messenger bags to my collection. I am very excited to start selling my variety of bags; these bags, just like my blankets, are one of kind and made from recycled clothing/fabric keeping them green and eco-friendly.

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