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

A Book Bag Made from an Old PillowcaseAs soon as your household linens appear to wear out or get replaced, you may think about what to do with your old ones. Instead of just throwing them out, why not repurpose your old pillowcases into something you can keep on using? There are various fun and creative ways to reuse old pillowcases around your Mount Prospect rental home. Consider the ideas below to inspire some creativity of your own!

Floor cushion. Pillowcases are the right size to make an easy 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 appropriate for your game room or reading nook, not to mention sleepovers!

Dog bed. Old pillowcases produce the best cover for your dog bed, likewise! Dog beds take a lot of abuse and can start to seem torn up over time. Why not just use old pillowcases to put together a cover for an existing dog bed that you can remove and wash? Or, just put in new stuffing and have a brand new dog bed out of that old pillowcase. Either way, you’ll save money!

Apron. The patterns on countless older linens can double as pretty wearables, particularly an apron. Both pleasant and functional, you can make use of the fabric of a pillowcase to cut and sew your way into a cute apron you’ll use time and time again. Aprons come in quite a lot of different sizes and styles, so choose one that you enjoy and add your personal touches to give it a custom look!

Laundry bag. The shape of a pillowcase endows itself rather naturally to a wide range of creative uses. Incredibly, you can turn any old pillowcase into a laundry bag just by adding a drawstring around the top opening. You’ll just have to fold the top edge over, sew, and then thread a cord through. Very suitable for traveling or a small space, a pillowcase laundry bag is a manageable DIY anyone can make!

Reusable shopping bag. If you’re inclined to put in a few extra minutes, you could additionally repurpose that old pillowcase into a lovely, reusable shopping bag. There will be some more cutting and sewing involved to make the handles, although if you’re handy with a needle, that should be a piece of cake!

Chair Covers. Another really great idea for reusing old pillowcases is to form decorative chair covers for your home. If you have a different vintage or decorative pillowcases with a pattern you enjoy, it’s effortless and pretty simple to slip them over the backs of chairs and create a modern design. Tie a ribbon or cord around the chair back to keep the covers in place.

Book tote. Why not apply that old pillowcase to help you carry the load – of books, that is! A beautiful book tote is a very manageable project you can achieve in just a few hours. You really just have to cut strips off the top of the pillowcase and sew them into handles. Though if you can “handle” it, you will have definitely created a fun and functional tote you can take anywhere.

Dress or cute top. One final matter, what can possibly be sweeter than a favorite pillowcase turned into a child’s dress or summer top? You can use and follow numerous effortless patterns to fashion a simple dress, skirt, or top that will be perfect to wear on those warm summer days.

Are you in search of a new rental home that will help bring out your creative side? Reach out to the professional Mount Prospect property managers at Real Property Management Northwest Chicago Suburbs or freely check out our listings online.

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