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10 Surprising Ways To Give Old Linens A Second Life

by Grace Eire
Grace plays in a band and is the mother to a black cat named Fitzhugh.

Linens have a way of mysteriously multiplying to the point where it’s a risk to open up the closet for fear of being attacked by overflowing sheets and pillowcases.

It can be hard to get rid of items sometimes, especially if they have sentimental value, like your kid’s first set of dinosaur sheets. It’s also hard to give up something when you have that feeling in the back of your mind that one day you will need an entire mountain of gently used sheets for some incredibly important and completely valid reason.

What if you could repurpose some of those old linens in your own linen closet?

These 10 ways to recycle, repurpose, or reuse old linens are totally genius.

Can you think of anything else to do with all of the things you no longer use in your closet? Comment and let us know!

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1. Turn Them Into Placemats

1. Turn Them Into Placemats

If you take gently used, small pillow shams, give them a wash, and set them on the table, you’re already done with the project! No sewing required with this repurposing, and you won’t even have to use a tablecloth because the shams are on the larger side. If you are feeling ambitious, though, you can always use your kid’s old pillowcase to create a cute placemat too.

2. Reupholster A Chair Seat

2. Reupholster A Chair Seat

Use one of the tablecloths hidden away at the bottom of your drawer to reupholster a chair seat. They are usually tough enough to withstand the wear and tear that a chair seat gets. All you need to do is cut the cloth to size, wrap it around the seat, staple it in place with a staple gun, and pop the seat back into its place.

3. Make A Picnic Blanket

3. Make A Picnic Blanket

Again, “make” is a bit of a stretch, because all you have to do is take your old sheet and keep it in the back of your car in case you decide to have a spur-of-the-moment picnic one day.

4. Sew A Gift Bag

4. Sew A Gift Bag

Instead of overpaying for the paper gift bags you see at the store, why not sew up a quick little bag for your smaller presents? The best part is that you can cut whatever size you’d like for your specific gift!

5. Line Your Clothes

5. Line Your Clothes

If you pride yourself on your sewing abilities, try relining one of your old jackets. You can even use your old linens to practice lining a jacket before you use expensive fabrics on your favorite old blazer.

6. Donate To A Shelter

6. Donate To A Shelter

Animal shelters are almost always short on linens of all kinds. Bath towels, old sheets, pillow cases, bath rugs. Essentially anything that can be used to line a cage or clean up a mess, your animal shelter needs. If you want to do a good deed while cleaning out your linen closet at the same time, this is a wonderful option, especially when there are colder months ahead!

7. Reupholster A Headboard

7. Reupholster A Headboard

This one simple project will change your entire bedroom for the better. Just grab an old quilt or tablecloth that you love and use it as your fabric. Measure four extra inches on each side and upholster away!

8. Create A Children's Smock

8. Create A Children's Smock

Cut arm holes and a head hole in the closed end of a large pillowcase and you’ve got yourself a free smock to keep your kiddo’s clothes clean while she paints her masterpieces.

9. Braid A Rug

9. Braid A Rug

Braid together strands of old sheets to make a beautiful area rug for any room of your home. The best part? You get to pick your own colors and patterns!

10. Cover A Photo Album

10. Cover A Photo Album

To add some flair to an old photo album, or any binder, really, grab an old napkin you still love but don’t have room for. The only other things you’ll need are glue and ribbon.

Cut the fabric a bit bigger than the book you’re covering and glue the edges on the inside of the covers. Conceal any slight errors with a ribbon where the fabric meets the cover, and voila! If you’re feeling fancy, add some extra details on the front.

Do you think you’ll recycle your linens in any of these ways?

If you want to have a bit of fun with your old linens instead, you could always try the classic tablecloth trick. Check out the video below to see just how easy it is, and please SHARE with family and friends on Facebook!

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