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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. Instead of throwing them out, you can repurpose your old pillowcases into something useful! There are many fun and creative ways to reuse old pillowcases around your Key Largo rental home. Here are some ideas to inspire some creativity of your own!

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. Use these cushions in your game room or reading nook, and during sleepovers!

Dog bed. Old pillowcases work great as dog bed covers, too! Dog beds can look old and really worn out over time. Why not give your old pillowcases a new purpose as dog bed covers that you can remove and wash? Or, why not go ahead and make a new dog bed by putting new stuffing into an old pillowcase? Doing either of these is a great way to save money!

Apron. Older linens usually have pretty patterns that look cute on 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 have a few extra minutes, you can turn 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 really easy way to reuse old pillowcases is to use them 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. You can also use that old pillowcase to help you carry your books. A pretty book tote is an easy project that will only take 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? You can look up many easy patterns for making simple dresses, skirts, or tops that are great for those warm summer days.

Are you looking for a new rental home that will help bring out your creative side? Reach out to the professional Key Largo property managers at Real Property Management Genesis or browse our listings online.

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