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

A Book Bag Made from an Old PillowcaseWhenever your household linens begin to wear out or get replaced, you may question 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 countless fun and creative ways to reuse old pillowcases around your Beech Grove rental home. Try the ideas below to inspire some creativity of your own!

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

Dog bed. Old pillowcases make a really nice cover for your dog bed, additionally! Dog beds take a lot of abuse and can start to appear torn up over time. Why not make use of old pillowcases to produce a cover for an existing dog bed that you can remove and wash? Or, just utilize new stuffing and form a brand new dog bed out of that old pillowcase. Either way, you’ll save money!

Apron. The patterns on various older linens can double as lovely wearables, namely an apron. Both amusing and functional, you can actually use the fabric of a pillowcase to cut and sew your way into a cute apron you’ll use time and again. Aprons come in a lot of different sizes and styles, so select one that you want and add your personal touches to give it a custom appearance!

Laundry bag. The shape of a pillowcase gives itself certainly to a wide range of creative uses. Strange as it may seem, you can turn any old pillowcase into a laundry bag just 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. Ideal for traveling or a small space, a pillowcase laundry bag is an effortless DIY anyone can make!

Reusable shopping bag. If you’re ready to put in a few extra minutes, you could then repurpose that old pillowcase into a pretty, reusable shopping bag. There will be a little bit more cutting and sewing involved to make the handles, however, if you’re handy with a needle, that should be no trouble!

Chair Covers. Another ideal idea for reusing old pillowcases is to prepare decorative chair covers for your home. If you have a sort of vintage or decorative pillowcases with a pattern you want, it’s manageable to just slip them over the backs of chairs and bring about a new style. Merely tie a ribbon or cord around the chair back to keep the covers securely in place.

Book tote. Why not put to use that old pillowcase to help you carry a load – of books, that is! A charming book tote is an effortless project you can carry about in just a few hours. You have to cut strips off the top of the pillowcase and sew them into handles. Nevertheless, if you can “handle” it, you will have created a fun and functional tote you can take anywhere.

Dress or cute top. One last note, what may be sweeter than a favorite pillowcase turned into a child’s dress or summer top? You can use multiple simple patterns to fashion a simple dress, skirt, or top that will be perfect to wear on those warm summer days.

Are you searching for a new rental home that will help bring out your creative side? Reach out to the professional Beech Grove property managers at Real Property Management Indianapolis Edge or browse our listings online.

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