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15 Ways to Reuse Old Pillowcases

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15 Ways to Reuse Old Pillowcases

Confession: I love crafting with vintage pillowcases! A pillowcase provides the perfect amount of fabric for so many projects, and when you’re cutting into a pillowcase, you don’t have to wrangle yards and yards of fabric.

My favorite pillowcase crafts work with the design of the pillowcase. You’ve got that wide seam around the opening and all of the sturdy, serged side seams, and often instead of cutting apart the whole pillowcase, you can make those already-stitched parts work for you. You’ll see some of this in the selected projects on the next few pages.

If you don’t have vintage or otherwise reclaimed pillowcases in your crafty stash, check the thrift store or yard sales. You’re sure to run across some cute ones! Remember: it’s only upcycling if your materials are second hand or landfill-bound, so a pillowcase you find on sale at Walmart might be cute and work well for these projects, but using a new pillowcase in your craft project isn’t upcycling.

Once you have your pillowcase and are ready to sew, check out these pillowcase craft ideas!

Next>> Pillowcase crafts!

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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6:46AM PDT on Aug 17, 2014

Thank you!

7:57AM PDT on Jul 28, 2014

Interesting article, thank you!

2:17AM PDT on Jul 23, 2014

pregnancy pillow reviewsThank you so much for such a great blog.

12:49AM PDT on Jun 16, 2014

Thanks . Appreciate the ideas!

5:18PM PDT on Apr 29, 2014

I made a pillow for a 2 yr old grand daughter.
Love the hint to put one over fan for winter. I'll
be using this one.

5:06PM PDT on Apr 29, 2014

these are really cute and good ideas, but probably require a bit more 'go' than I have.
I thought I was doing well to use an old pillow case to cover my pedestal fan before I put it away for the winter. :D

4:41PM PDT on Apr 29, 2014

Thank you!

8:57AM PDT on Apr 12, 2014

My 11 year old and I LOVE to upcycle together! Thank you for the ideas!

5:10PM PST on Feb 10, 2014

I like the idea someone posted some time back about putting your salad greens into an old pillowcase to dry it after rinsing. I've used this tip when I've been somewhere without a salad spinner and it works a treat.

1:53PM PST on Feb 7, 2014


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