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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 a lot of ways you can reuse old pillowcases around your Frederick rental home. Take inspiration from the ideas below and let your own creativity flow!

Floor cushion. What are perfectly sized to be turned into a floor pillow or chair? Pillowcases! 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. By using your old pillowcases, you can make a cover for an existing dog bed that you can remove and wash. You can also just use new stuffing and turn that old pillowcase into a new dog bed. 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. Pick and choose from the many different sizes and styles of aprons!

Laundry bag. Because of their shape, pillowcases are easily repurposed into a variety of creative uses. A very simple repurpose is to just add a drawstring around the top opening of an old pillowcase and turn it into a laundry bag. 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 have a few extra minutes to spare, you can transform that old pillowcase into a cute, reusable shopping bag. There will be a bit more cutting and sewing involved to make the handles, but it should be no problem for someone who knows how to use a needle.

Chair Covers. Another creative idea is to reuse 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 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! A book tote is something you can finish within a few hours. You will need to cut strips from the top part of the pillowcase and sew them into handles. You will have created a fun and functional tote to take with you 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 Frederick property managers at Real Property Management Prime or browse our listings online.

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