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Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle: Ideas for Your Old Pillowcases

A Book Bag Made from an Old PillowcaseEvery time your household linens start to wear out or get replaced, you may wonder about what to do with your old ones. Rather than just throwing them out, why not repurpose your old pillowcases into something you can keep on using? There are lots of fun and creative ways to reuse old pillowcases around your Fruita rental home. Check out the ideas below to inspire some creativity of your own!

Floor cushion. Pillowcases are a good size to put together a snuggly floor pillow or chair! Merely sew three or four pillowcases together along the long edges, stuff with pillows or other filler, and sew closed. These cushions are best for your game room or reading nook, not to mention sleepovers!

Dog bed. Old pillowcases can make an excellent cover for your dog bed, also! Dog beds take a lot of abuse and can easily become torn up over time. Why not use old pillowcases to form a cover for an existing dog bed that you can remove and wash? Or, just make use of new stuffing and put together a brand new dog bed out of that old pillowcase. Either way, you’ll save money!

Apron. The patterns on plenty of older linens can double as attractive wearables, such as an apron. Both enjoyable and functional, you can utilize the fabric of a pillowcase to cut and sew your way into a cute apron you’ll use repeatedly. Aprons come in numerous different sizes and styles, so decide on one that you like and add your personal touches to give it a custom feature!

Laundry bag. The shape of a pillowcase bestows itself clearly to a wide range of creative uses. Incredible as it seems, you can turn any old pillowcase into a laundry bag merely by adding a drawstring around the top opening. You’ll just need to fold the top edge over, sew, and then thread a cord through. Good for traveling or a small space, a pillowcase laundry bag is an uncomplicated and simple DIY anyone can make!

Reusable shopping bag. If you’re ready to put in a few extra minutes, you could as well repurpose that old pillowcase into an appealing, reusable shopping bag. There may be more cutting and sewing involved to make the handles, nonetheless, if you’re handy with a needle, that should be all right!

Chair Covers. Another very good idea for reusing old pillowcases is to do decorative chair covers for your home. If you have different variations of vintage or decorative pillowcases with a pattern you really like, it’s not difficult to slip them over the backs of chairs and bring on a fresh look. Just simply tie a ribbon or cord around the chair back to keep the covers carefully in place.

Book tote. Why not find a use for that old pillowcase to help you carry the load – of books, that is! An adorable book tote is an uncomplicated project you can complete in just a few hours. You may actually just need to cut strips off the top of the pillowcase and sew them into handles. Moreover, if you can “handle” it, you will have created a fun and functional tote you can take anywhere.

Dress or cute top. One final note, what might be sweeter than a favorite pillowcase turned into a child’s dress or summer top? You can stick to a lot of very easy patterns to fashion a simple dress, skirt, or top that will be perfect to wear on those warm summer days.

Are you seeking a new rental home that will help bring out your creative side? Connect to the professional Fruita property managers at Real Property Management Now or browse our listings online.

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