Section image jenelle montilone

I want to live in a world where we embrace our individuality. I want to live in a world where we are encouraged to innovate- to seek new solutions to every day problems that will ultimately affect our future generations.

Hi! I'm Jenelle. Though these days I am most frequently referred to as Mommy, I used to hold such titles as President, Waitress, College Student, Mud Bog Racer, and I even donned a big furry cat suit in high school as Suzy Stateliner- the school mascot! Between crushing cars with Monster Jam trucks, judging silly dance contests, and those other less fun household chores... I rescue clothing and textiles from our landfills.

I am a recycling and repurposing revolutionary. I am here to not only encourage and inspire you to consume less and recycle more but to transform discarded materials into wearable, practical, fun, personalized and stylish works of art. I began designing solutions for textile waste in 2010 with my clothing line, TrashN2Tees. Transforming unwanted clothing (trash) into new tees. That's where Trash N2 Tees was born. Since then my whimsical original, hand cut designs, and custom raw edge applique clothing have been sold around the world. 

In 2015 my first book, The Upcycled T-shirt was published with Stash Books. I continue to inspire others to with sustainable designed sewing patterns, embroidery designs, and pass on the art of sewing through seminars and workshops.

Clothing Recycling

79k7vppswca4r9pkjhs4 trashn2tees lifecycle

TrashN2Tees Clothing Recycling Program 

Textile/clothing waste makes up for nearly 6% of municipal waste and 95% of the that material can be recycled! I think 100% can be creatively reused.

It all started in 2010 when I offered incentives to my own customers with a mail in recycling program called TrashN2Cash- that helped to divert more than 2.5 tons of clothing from the landfills. That's no small feat.

In 2012 I established TrashN2Tees Clothing Recycling program that service my direct community in Central Kentucky. We grew to service 5 states in the Midwest and Northeast USA.  Here we are in 2014, I'm excited to announce that TrashN2Tees has partnered with USAgain to offer textile recycling nationwide. To date we've diverted more than 50 tons of clothing from our waste streams and continue to keep approximately 7,000 tshirts from landfills every month!

What happens to materials donated?  

Due to the amazing support of our local communities TrashN2Tees collections have outgrown the storage space. While some of the clothing collected will be repurposed and used in TrashN2Tees designs- the majority of textiles collected at dropbox locations and events are transported to a facility where it is sorted into different grades: including usable/non-usable, cotton scrap, cotton blend scrap and synthetics. The materials are later sold for reuse as clothing, linens, etc or to emerging markets that turn materials into wiping rags, fiber for car seats and insulation. Items collected may also be repurposed and used in TrashN2Tees designs.  

 We've set up numerous programs locally with eco designers and educational institutions to creatively reuse materials. Additionally requests nationwide for similar outlets lead to my need to seek out a larger firm to help collect and process textiles. They, USAgain, are responsible for keeping more than 601,266,000 items from our landfills. Together we are offering our communities a convenient and eco-friendly option to rid themselves of excess clothing. 



TrashN2Tees has received some amazing support and been featured in a variety of publications online worldwide. Jenelle has been recognized as a 2012 Leading Mom in Business by Startup Nation and has sat on an international panel discussing recycling/social ent for The Guardian. Jenelle is a project designer for Pellon® and resident sewing expert for Bernina USA on We All Sew. In October 2013 Trashn2Tees was awarded The Best in Green Practice Small Business Award by The NYER.

BHG Do It Yourself Magazine Feature 2015 
Alpha Woman Gives New Life to Discarded T-shirts // The Express-Times

2014 Martha Stewart American Made Style Finalist

September 2014 Small Business Opportunities Magazine Feature; Eco-Prenuering

March 2014 Gold Winner Best Company for Leadership – Green Business - Regional IAIR Awards

March 2014 Named 1 of 50 Creative Women Who Inspired and Inform //Oh My!

December 2013 The Morning Call// Lehigh Valley Company News

December 2013 TrashN2Tees Lumberjack Kit named Best of Etsy's Gifts by Lucky Magazine

November/ December Issue of The NYER features TrashN2Tees as one of "8 Innovators to Watch"

November 2013 Panelist at The Sustainable Textile Summit

October 2013 Press Release: NYER Best In Green Business Winner

September 2013 Sustainable Sewing Article published in Through The Needle Online Magazine

August 2013 Press Release: Bernina USA Adds 4 New Experts to We All Sew

June 2013 Published in Kids Crafts 1-2-3

May 2013 Luri & Wilma Magazine Feature Girl On The Up

April 2013 The Easton Irregular// An Even Brighter Green by Erin McGuirk

August 2012 Woman With Passion: Jenelle Montilone

Named 2012, 2013, 2014 Leading Mom in Business by Start Up Nation and Web.com





Work With Me

9npnlta7trstxuofp0z0 dude. you guys thanks for all the gooey love  encouragement on that last post. im constantly reminded how lucky i am to

I love the chance to connect - you'll find me traveling across the country discussing the value of waste, teaching sewing techniques with BERNINA, collaborating with creatives and makers, designing solutions and supporting creative reuse + recycling initiatives in my own community.

Let's create something amazing together! For information on scheduling a community event, hosting a workshop or lecture; please fill out this inquiry form or contact me directly via email Jenelle @ TrashN2Tees.com I can't wait to meet you. 

Upcoming Events 

BERNINA University July 14, 15 // New Orleans, Louisiana 

Steve's Sewing, Vacuum, and Quilting October 14, 15  // King Of Prussia, Pennslyvania 

Quilter's Quest November 17, 18, 19, 20 // Woodridge, Illinois 

Past Events 
April 18-22 Visit Schools Celebrate Earth Day 

April 23 Earth Day Community Event Lopatcong, NJ 
      The Upcycled T-shirt Book Signing + Make & Take 


Yarn Ball Project

Hkykxyprgy7zqty2qwa3 biggest yarn ball with people web800x800


January 04, 2016

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jenelle Montilone


(859) 753-7024


Jenelle Montilone, author of The Upcycled T-shirt Book, is inviting you to create a world record. Montilone is looking for volunteers to make the world's largest ball of T-shirt yarn. Video instructions and step-by-step tutorials on creating t-shirt yarn from your used and worn out shirts are available at www.TrashN2Tees .com and in The Upcycled T-shirt Book. Completed yarn should be sent to Jenelle Montilone P.O. Box 754 Bloomsbury, NJ 08804  with your name written on it. The deadline for sending the yarn in is October 1st, 2016.

"At the core of everything I do is education & empowerment. This community event (that you're helping make happen) demonstrates two things: how easy & fun it is to upcycle, and what an amazing impact we can have together, " says Montilone.


Later in 2016 a group of volunteers are going to wrap the t-shirt ball in a public & celebrated event where it will be judged by the Guinness Book of World Records. The World Record will be held by everyone who participates. After the World Record is obtained, The Largest Ball of T-shirt Yarn will accompany Montilone on book tour/demo.


"After the tour I want to send out a second challenge to anyone who signs up to participate by returning large balls of t-shirt yarn to bloggers, school clubs, and organizations to see what they will make or come up with.


Ultimately what's important to me is that people get a hands on perspective on simple & creative ways we can reuse. I'm often met with people who claim they're just not creative or they don't have time. This is one easy action that we can do in our communities while drawing together people with an opportunity to talk about reuse and recycling in new ways to form solutions they can take part in," says Montilone.


If you are interested in participating go to www.TrashN2Tees.com for more information. Montilone is available for questions via email at Jenelle@TrashN2Tees.com




Jenelle is a BERNINA Brand Ambassador who works closesly with dealers across the country to help provide content, classes, and events to capture emerging markets and engage existing ones, while showcasing exciting products. Jenelle adds an element of enthusiasm. She thrives on collaboration and continues to grow as an educator and designer. Jenelle is passionate about exploring innovative sewing, serging, embroidey techniques and loves to push the boundaries of traditional techniques in new and unconventional ways.  Available for instore events, booth demos/ make& takes, trunk shows, guild workshops/lectures, and school visits. 

                                  \\ L E C T U R E S // 

REGINITE YOUR PASSION    Reignite your creative passion in this 1 hour lecture.  Jenelle will share her own vulnerable experiences and ask "How do we replenish that creative fire that has been smothered by years of doubt, fears, and neglect?" Discover 5 techniques that will help you spark your passion and get
you back to creating the work you love.

ALL WASTE HAS VALUE      Mind boggling statistics tell a story of over-consumption and waste in our communities. Let's rewrite the way our
generation is remembered! In this 1 hour lecture she will introduce you to her favorite industry brands and resources focused on sustainable sewing and demonstrate new techniques that will have you reimagine creative ways
to use clothing you no longer want or need.

                           \\W O R K S H O P S//

Reimagine the way you sew with jersey knit fabrics- they are not just for t-shirts! Learn how manipulate fabric beyond ruffles and gathers to create gorgeous texture that will add interest to your quilts, pillows, bags, and so much more. With Jenelle's guidance your students will walk away with the skills and confidence to conquer all types of knit sewing without ever touching a serger.

MODERN T-SHIRT QUILTS         Step away from the traditional boxed &

sashed t-shirt quilts we've been accustomed to. Choose between the Modern T-shirt Knits quilt or Ida's Garden raw edge applique made with Jenelle's line of Eco-Knit fabrics. This is a comprehensive class that explores the value in choosing the proper supplies and executing the best techniques for a gorgeous everyday throw.

* SERGER STITCHES FOR AN ECO HOME           Create a beautiful, healthy, and sustainable home that reflects who you are, no matter how small your budget or space. From veggie keep sacks to reimagining waste- discover the many ways a serger can maximize your eco-impact and impress your friends. Join Jenelle for a
comprehensive guide to serger stitches for an eco home learn how to create a blind overlock hem, basic coverstitch, and how to create a blanket stitch with a serger while creating projects that save time, money, and energy. *Customization available depending on skill level.

REPURPOSED A La Cart           Choose 2 repurposed projects for a full day event. Discover how to maximize fabrics from found objects and excersize your mind to envison new ways to use them. These options are designed to promote feet and accessories that elevate your upcycling efforts from bag lady to chic for polished finished products. Student favorites are the Pox Pillow, Reusable Produce Bags, T-shirt Rope Bowls.

Workshops are available as they are described. Custom designed

workshops and tailored events are welcome, please contact me directly

for availability.

Full Day Workshop 6 Hours $650

Half Day Workshop 3 Hours $400

Lecture & Trunk Show 1 Hour $350

All Kit Fees Are Additional

Minimum of a Full Day Required for any events booked outside of a 60 mile radius from Phillipsburg, New Jersey 08865

Additional Information:

Booking organization is responsible for all travel, lodging, and meal costs

which are further outlined in contact format.

*Indicates Best Selling Class 



Upcoming Events

Xh3m30v3q3of4sgwlfiw depths tshirtquilting

November 6th 10am-1pm

Serging Into An Eco Home Workshop

7 Tree Farm Road 
Pennington, New Jersey 08634 

November 18, 19, 20, 21 
Special Event 


7440 Woodward Ave. Suite M 

Woodridge, Illinois 60517



TrashN2Tees 2015


I can't wait to hear from you!

What's + ?





Share this site