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

A Book Bag Made from an Old PillowcaseWhen your household linens get worn out and replaced, what do you 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 a lot of ways you can reuse old pillowcases around your Port Aransas rental home. Here are some ideas to inspire some creativity of your own!

Floor cushion. Floor pillows or chairs can be made from old pillowcases! Simply sew three or four pillowcases together along the long edges, stuff with pillows or other filler, and sew closed. These cushions are perfect for your game room or reading room, and are also great for sleepovers!

Dog bed. You can also repurpose your old pillowcases as a cover for your dog bed! Over time, dog beds can show a lot of signs of abuse. Why not make use of your old pillowcases as a cover for an existing dog bed 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. Older linens have cute patterns that make cute wearables, like an apron. You can cut and sew the fabric of a pillowcase and turn it into a fun and functional apron. Since aprons come in different sizes and styles, you can customize them to suit your personal style.

Laundry bag. Because of their shape, pillowcases are easily repurposed into a variety of creative uses. You can turn any old pillowcase into a laundry bag. You can do this by just adding a drawstring around the top opening. You’ll just need to fold the top edge over, sew, and then thread a cord through. A pillowcase laundry bag that is the right size for a small space or for traveling is an easy DIY anyone can make!

Reusable shopping bag. If you can spare a few extra minutes, you can also turn that old pillowcase into a reusable shopping bag. You will have to do more cutting and sewing to make the handles, but if you are good with a needle, that should be no problem!

Chair Covers. Another easy upcycle for old pillowcases is to make 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. Tie a ribbon or cord around the chair back to secure the covers in place and you’re good to go.

Book tote. That old pillowcase can also help you carry your books around! In just a few hours, you can make an easy book tote. 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? There are many easy patterns to create pretty dresses, skirts, or tops that are 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 Port Aransas property managers at Real Property Management Shoreline or browse our listings online.

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