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

A Book Bag Made from an Old PillowcaseOnce your household linens are set to wear out or get replaced, you may be asking yourself what you can do with your old ones. As an alternative to just throwing them out, why not repurpose your old pillowcases into something you can keep on using? There are a lot of fun and creative ways to reuse old pillowcases around your Greensboro rental home. Go over the ideas below to inspire some creativity of your own!

Floor cushion. Pillowcases are the appropriate size to bring about a pleasant floor pillow or chair! Only sew three or four pillowcases together along the long edges, stuff with pillows or other filler, and sew closed. These cushions are ideal for your game room or reading nook, not to mention sleepovers!

Dog bed. Old pillowcases can be a terrific cover for your dog bed, moreover! Dog beds take a lot of abuse and can easily begin to seem torn up over time. Why not put to use old pillowcases to set up a cover for an existing dog bed that you can remove and wash? Or, just employ new stuffing and create a brand new dog bed out of that old pillowcase. Either way, you’ll save money!

Apron. The patterns on quite a lot of older linens can double as charming wearables, as for instance an apron. Both are actually fun and functional, you can use the fabric of a pillowcase to cut and sew your way into a cute apron you’ll use over and over. Aprons come in lots of different sizes and styles, so just choose one that you really like and add your personal touches to give it a custom and personalized aspect!

Laundry bag. The shape of a pillowcase imparts itself evidently to a wide range of creative uses. Surprisingly, you can turn any old pillowcase into a laundry bag only 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. Appropriate for traveling or a small space, a pillowcase laundry bag is a trouble-free and simple DIY anyone can make!

Reusable shopping bag. If you’re prepared to put in a few extra minutes, you could, in addition, repurpose that old pillowcase into a beautiful, reusable shopping bag. There will be a little more cutting and sewing involved to make the handles, nevertheless, if you’re handy with a needle, that should be no problem!

Chair Covers. Another suitable idea for reusing old pillowcases is to create decorative chair covers for your home. If you have a lot of vintage or decorative pillowcases with a pattern you really like, it’s hassle-free to just slip them over the backs of chairs and create a new design. And then simply tie a ribbon or cord around the chair back to keep the covers in place.

Book tote. Why not engage that old pillowcase to help you carry the load – of books, that is! An attractive book tote is a trouble-free, simple project you can bring about in just a few hours. You will need to cut strips off the top of the pillowcase and sew them into handles. Hence, if you can “handle” it, you will have created a fun and functional tote you can take anywhere.

Dress or cute top. On a final note, what can be sweeter than a favorite pillowcase turned into a child’s dress or summer top? You can make use of countless hassle-free, simple patterns to fashion a simple dress, skirt, or top that will be perfect to wear on those warm summer days.

Are you going in search of a new rental home that will help bring out your creative side? Reach out to the professional Greensboro property managers at Real Property Management of the Triad or check out our listings online.

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