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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 many fun and creative ways to reuse old pillowcases around your Essex rental home. Below are some ideas to inspire your own creativity!

Floor cushion. Pillowcases are perfectly sized for a comfortable floor pillow or chair! 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. Old pillowcases work great as dog bed covers, too! Dog beds get worn out over time. Why not give your old pillowcases a new purpose as dog bed covers that you can remove and wash? Alternatively, you can use new stuffing and make an entirely new dog bed out of that old pillowcase. This will save you money, too.

Apron. Older linens usually have pretty patterns that look cute on wearables, like an apron. You can cut and sew the fabric of a pillowcase and turn it into a fun and functional apron. With the different sizes and styles of aprons, you can easily pick one that suits your personality!

Laundry bag. Because pillowcases are shaped the way they are, they can easily transform into different useful 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. This pillowcase laundry bag is perfect for traveling or for small spaces.

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

Chair Covers. Another creative idea is to reuse old pillowcases as decorative chair covers for your home. Vintage or decorative pillowcases with a pattern you love would be great for this. Simply slip them over the backs of chairs to achieve a new look. You can also tie a ribbon or cord around the chair back to keep the covers securely in place.

Book tote. You can also make that old pillowcase into a book tote. A pretty book tote is an easy project that will only take a few hours. 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 many available patterns for a simple dress, skirt, or top that will be perfect to wear on warm summer days.

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

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