Photo courtesy of Tader Doodles.
The following is a guest post by Lisa from Chaos Appreciation.
I am a bit of a pack rat. I would call myself a hoarder except I feel that “hoarding” implies a compulsion. I’m not compulsive, I am frugal. If I don’t have time to really think about what I’m decluttering, I can clear a closet pretty fast. If I have time, I end up on the floor in front of the closet googling all the cool things I could make with whatever I’m trying to declutter.
Last week it was sheets. My husband found me in a pile of sheets that lost their elastic or were for bed sizes we no longer owned. I was sitting on the pile with my laptop bookmarking all the creative ways I could turn those old sheets into new treasures. Then I started making a list of all the ideas I came up with on my own. Your linen closet is a great place to find fabric for your sewing projects!
Here are some of my favorites:
Pillowcase Dresses – just add ribbon! There are a ton of tutorials available online.
Curtains – I’ve been known to buy two sets of sheets just so I could make matching curtians.
Shopping Bags – This link on Spider Woman Knits uses pillowcases. But you could easily measure out pillowcase sized rectagles from the sheet and make more!
Linings – Purses, water bottle holders, diaper bags and more; use your sheets as the lining fabric that no one ever sees.
Washable Tissues – Great with flannel sheets…no red noses! Just cut into 6” or 8” squares and serge or hem.
Pajama Pants – Perfect with vintage prints!
You don’t have to be a seamstress to upcycle your bed linens. Old sheets make great picnic blankets or beach blankets. They work great for table cloths and drop cloths when kids are crafting or painting. I would recommend doubling up the sheet if you are painting, so that the paint doesn’t seep through.
This summer I am looking forward to once again clothespinning sheets on our clothesline to make summer tents and hideouts for the kids. Our creative bunch over here love to act and put on shows. One of our planned crafts this summer is to paint backdrops on some of our old flat sheets: castles, fields, barns, oceans and more!
Now I have a clean linen closet and a garbage bag of sheets in my garage just waiting for warmer weather. Upcycling is my favorite way to be frugal. Bed linens are my favorite item to upcycle because of their versatility and availability! If you don’t have any to spare you can always find some at a yard sale or thrift store for a dollar or two.
Have you ever upcycled your sheets? What have you made? You can leave a comment by clicking here.
Lisa is a Christian home educating wife and mother of four chaos makers! She blogs regularly about her life with the Daddy Principal Man, the Princesses and her Lil Man at Chaos Appreciation ; or for giggles and chaos in real time she is TaderDoodles on twitter.