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

A Book Bag Made from an Old PillowcaseWhen replacing your old household linens, you might be thinking about what to do with your old ones. Instead of simply throwing them away, you can repurpose your old pillowcases! There are a lot of ways you can reuse old pillowcases around your Kendall rental home. Be inspired by the ideas below and get creative yourself!

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. Old pillowcases work great as dog bed covers, too! Dog beds can start to look torn up over time. These old pillowcases can become a pretty dog bed cover that you can remove and wash. Or get some new stuffing and make a new dog bed out of an old pillowcase. Either way, you get to save money!

Apron. Patterns on older linen often look adorable as wearables, like an apron. Cut and sew the fabric of an old pillowcase and make yourself a fun and functional apron you can actually use. 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. One of the simplest is to turn an old pillowcase into a laundry bag just by adding a drawstring around the top opening. You’ll just need to fold the top edge over, sew, and then thread a cord through. This pillowcase laundry bag is a perfect companion for traveling or for any small space.

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. You can also use 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. Do you carry books around? That old pillowcase can be of help! In just a few hours, you can make an easy book tote. You just need to cut strips off the top of the pillowcase and turn them into handles, then sew them on. You will have created a fun and functional tote to 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 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 Kendall property managers at Real Property Management Dade or browse our listings online.

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