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

A Book Bag Made from an Old PillowcaseWhen you replace your worn-out household linens, you might wonder what to do with your old ones. Instead of throwing them out, you can repurpose your old pillowcases into something useful! There are many fun and creative ways to reuse old pillowcases around your Burlington rental home. Here are some ideas to inspire some creativity of your own!

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 in your game room or reading nook, and during sleepovers!

Dog bed. Old pillowcases work great as dog bed covers, too! Over time, dog beds can show a lot of signs of abuse. These old pillowcases can become a pretty dog bed cover that you can remove and wash. Alternatively, you can use new stuffing and make an entirely new dog bed out of that old pillowcase. Either way, you get to save money!

Apron. The patterns on older linens look cute on 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. Since aprons come in different sizes and styles, you can customize them to suit your personal style.

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. For a few extra minutes, you can also repurpose that old pillowcase into a reusable shopping bag. Although it involves a bit more cutting and sewing to make the handles, it is nothing anyone handy with a needle can’t do.

Chair Covers. Another really easy way to reuse old pillowcases is to use them as decorative chair covers for your home. Slip vintage or decorative pillowcases with pretty patterns over the backs of chairs and achieve a new look. Tie a ribbon or cord around the chair back to secure the covers in place and you’re good to go.

Book tote. You can also use that old pillowcase to help you carry your books. A pretty book tote is an easy project that will only take a few hours. You only need to cut strips off the top of the pillowcase and sew them into handles. You now have a fun and functional tote you can take anywhere.

Dress or cute top. Finally, what could be sweeter than a favorite pillowcase turned into a child’s dress or summer top? You can look up many easy patterns for making simple dresses, skirts, or tops that are great for those warm summer days.

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

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