Ways to Re-purpose Old Pillow Cases
Posted on Friday, January 25th, 2013 at 7:00 am
January is a great time to replace the bedding that your family is using. This is the month when the “White Sales” happen and linen and bedding go on sale. It’s always nice to get brand new sheets, pillows, and comforters. What will you do with your old pillowcases? Here’s a few ideas about how to repurpose them.
How to Re-purpose Pillow Cases
Wash Stuffed Animals
The stuffed animals that are the most loved by your children are the ones that have the most dirt on them! It is an unavoidable result that happens when your child takes his or her “stuffie” along wherever they go. Throw that stuffed animal into a pillowcase, and tie it shut. Put the whole thing into your washing machine. You will probably need to hang the stuffed animal up to dry.
Trash Can Liner
Here’s a really “green” way to collect trash. Instead of putting a plastic bag into the small trash can that sits in your bedroom or bathroom, use an old pillowcase instead. Empty it into a bigger trash bag when it gets full. Throw the pillowcase into the wash, and re-use it. It will hold just as much as a small plastic bag will. Does your city have a plastic bag ban? Use a pillowcase for small trash cans instead of buying box after box of plastic bags.
Your old pillowcases can start a new life as a cloth napkin. This might work best with pillowcases that have a decorative pattern on them. Simply cut the pillowcase into large squares. Use these repurposed cloth napkins instead of paper ones, (or paper towels, or paper napkins from the last fast food place your family visited). Toss them into the wash as needed, and use them over and over again.
Who couldn’t use more cloths to remove dust with? Stick your hand inside an old pillowcase, and then rub it over the blades of a ceiling fan. Do the same technique to wipe the dust off the blades in your window blinds. Or, you can cut an old pillowcase into smaller pieces, and create several new dust cloths. Throw the used ones into the wash with your next load of whites. You will never run out of these!
Bibs for Babies
The Spun & Knit by VERDANDE blog has a quick guide for how to turn an old pillowcase into some soft bibs for your baby. Follow along with the photos on the blog. It doesn’t look difficult, especially if you like to sew. Parents of babies can always use another clean bib, (no matter what color or pattern decorates it).