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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. While some just throw them out, you can repurpose your old pillowcases into items that you can still reuse. Your old pillowcases can still be reused creatively around your Liberty Lake rental home. Be inspired by the ideas below and get creative yourself!

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. These cushions are perfect for your game room or reading room, and are also great for sleepovers!

Dog bed. Old pillowcases work great as dog bed covers, too! Over time, dog beds can show a lot of signs of abuse. Why not give your old pillowcases a new purpose as dog bed covers that you can remove and wash? You can also just use new stuffing and turn that old pillowcase into a new dog bed. These tips will save you some money!

Apron. Older linens have cute patterns that make cute wearables, like an apron. Being both fun and functional, the fabric of a pillowcase can be cut and sewn into a cute apron you can use again and again. With the different sizes and styles of aprons, you can easily pick one that suits your personality!

Laundry bag. Because of their shape, pillowcases are easily repurposed into a variety of creative uses. 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. 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 pretty ribbon or cord around the chair back to secure the covers in place.

Book tote. That old pillowcase can also help you carry your books around! A cute book tote can easily be made within a few hours. You just need to cut strips off the top of the pillowcase and turn them into handles, then sew them on. Your fun and the functional tote are now ready to tag along with you anywhere you go.

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 Liberty Lake property managers at Real Property Management Spokane County or browse our listings online.

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