Re-use Old Pillowcases

I decided today that I was going to stop using the set of sheets on our bed and go buy another set to put in the rotation. These are those tshirt sheets… and besides being a color I despise, they were cheap, so they have stretched so much that the elastic cannot hold them on the bed anymore. I considered buying those snaps for the corners of bed sheets, but they are so stretched that they are staying on the corners and coming up on the sides of the bed! I don’t like the idea of throwing the sheets and the pillowcases away, so I started to look for some ideas. I remember that some of my friends went to catch iguanas one summer, and they used pillowcases to snag them… that’s probably a lot of fun, but not very practical. Here are some things to do with old pillowcases!

I wish I’d thought of this a couple of weeks ago when we cleaned the fan! An old pillowcase is perfect for dusting fan blades!! Just fit the case over the blade and pull off! All the dust bunnies will stay in the pillowcase!

Next time you are cleaning the cobwebs out of the corners in your house, put a pillowcase over the end of the broom so that you don’t scrape your paint!

Use old pillowcases as a changing table cover. It’s much cheaper!

You can use a retired pillowcase to make yourself some cloth napkins. If you’ve got the time, sew a ½ inch hem on each edge.

If you’re worried about the kids spilling stuff on their pillows when on a car trip, layer several pillowcases over their favorite pillow, and when one gets soiled, just peel it off and put it with the dirty clothes.

If you have an odd shaped gift to wrap, like a soccer ball, you can use a pillowcase to wrap the item. Find some nice ribbon and tie it up!

Your winter sweaters will get musty if you store them in plastic bags, so pack them away in an old pillowcase. Their fibers can breathe while stored.

After you have clothes dry-cleaned, take them out of the plastic and put them in a pillowcase so they can breathe while they are stored. Just cut a hole in the top of the pillowcase, slip the hanger through it and pull the case over the clothes.

Store your leather and suede purses in a pillowcase in your closet. This keeps them from getting dusty, which means you won’t have to spend time cleaning them before you use them.

If you tend to just throw your clean linen into the linen closet and you have a bit of a mess in there, try putting matching sheet sets into old pillowcases for storage. This will keep your closet organized so you’ll be ready when surprise visitors show up! (at least, you’ll be able to quickly throw sheets on the spare bed!)

Machine wash your delicate items inside a pillowcase. Toss in your panties and bras, and close the bag with a rubber band.

You can do the same thing with your child’s small stuffed animals. If you put everything into a pillowcase before you put them in the wash, they’ll be less likely to be damaged when they come out. If someone does lose an arm, it will be in the pillowcase, so you can easily find it and re-attach.

An old pillowcase is great to pack when you go on a trip. You can put your dirty clothes in them and keep organized. When you get home, just empty the pillowcase into the washer.

**WEIRD IDEA OF THE DAY** If you have to prepare salad for a really large group of people, place one pillowcase inside another and fill with lettuce leaves. Close both pillowcases with string or a rubber band. Balance the load with a clean towel and run the spin cycle a couple of times. Your leaves are supposed to come out rinsed and dried… If you try it, let me know!!


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  • Kristen says:

    Hi there,
    I love your ideas for the use of an old pillowcase. I was actually looking for some easy sewing ideas, but I probably have 20-30 extra stained or un-matching cases laying around and these are great ideas! Just thought I’d mention that I commonly do a load of whites before colored loads of laundry to allow the bleach to kill some germs. This might apply to the lettuce idea. ;)

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