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

A Book Bag Made from an Old PillowcaseWhen replacing your worn-out household linens, do you wonder what to do with your old ones? Most just throw them out, but why not repurpose your old pillowcases into something that can serve a different purpose. There are so many creative ways to reuse old pillowcases around your Redbank rental home. Below are some ideas to inspire your own creativity!

Floor cushion. Pillowcases make comfortable floor pillows or chairs! Simply sew three or four pillowcases together along the long edges, stuff with pillows or other filler, and sew closed. Use these cushions for your next sleepovers or use them in your game room or reading nook.

Dog bed. Make your dog bed look extra nice with a cover made of old pillowcases! Dog beds get worn out over time. These old pillowcases can become a pretty dog bed cover that you can remove and wash. You can also just use new stuffing and turn that old pillowcase into a new dog bed. Either way, you get to save money!

Apron. Patterns on older linen often look adorable as wearables, like an apron. Both fun and functional, you can use the scrap fabric of a pillowcase to cut and sew into an apron you can wear. Pick and choose from the many different sizes and styles of aprons!

Laundry bag. The pillowcase’s shape makes it ideal to turn into many different items. In fact, just by adding a drawstring around the top opening, you can convert any old pillowcase into a laundry bag. You’ll just need to fold the top edge over, sew, and then thread a cord through. Take this easy DIY pillowcase laundry bag when you travel or use it in small spaces.

Reusable shopping bag. If you have a few extra minutes to spare, you can transform that old pillowcase into a cute, reusable shopping bag. With basic sewing skills, you can handle the extra cutting and sewing needed to make the handles.

Chair Covers. You can also use old pillowcases as decorative chair covers for your home. If you have an old set of vintage or decorative pillowcases with an attractive pattern, simply slip them over the backs of your chairs for a whole new look. Tie a pretty ribbon or cord around the chair back to secure the covers in place.

Book tote. You can also make that old pillowcase into a book tote. In just a few hours, you can make an easy and cute book tote. You simply need to cut strips off the top of the pillowcase and sew them into handles. This fun and the functional tote is something you can bring anywhere.

Dress or cute top. Finally, what could be sweeter than a favorite pillowcase turned into a child’s dress or summer top? There are a lot of easy patterns to craft a simple dress, skirt, or top you can wear during the warm summer days.

Are you looking for a new rental home that will help bring out your creative side? Reach out to the professional Redbank property managers at Real Property Management Your Home or browse our listings online.

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