We are passionate about reusing, reducing and recycling here at Magnolia Organics and what better way to celebrate your new organic, toxic-free sheets and towels than putting your old ones to good use. There’s something comforting about turning something old into something new without harming the environment.
Here are some great ideas you can use throughout your home:
Window treatments. Fold over six inches of the uppermost edge of the bed sheet and sew. Run a tension rod through the new loop and secure above the windows. Makes a bright, vivid panel.
Chair upholstery. For much-trafficked uses (chairs, sofas, etc.), make sure to double up fabric before upholstering. Many chair cushions from inexpensive furniture can be easily removed; pull bedding tightly over the cushion and secure with a staple gun.
Ironing board cover. A staple gun comes in handy again—secure bedding to underside of an ironing board. If it’s particularly colorful/stylish, keep the ironing board in plain view in the laundry/mudroom.
Pet bed lining. A particularly cute idea if you also have scraps to make small pet pillows or toys.
Bulletin board cover. Purchase a bulletin board at any office supplies store and cut bedding so it fills the whole sheet of cork, edge to edge. Secure with glue or staple gun. This is great for cards, invites and shopping lists.
Artwork. If you’ve got a pretty design on your bedding, buy three blank canvases (any size square or rectangle works) at an art supplies store. Wrap each in sheets and secure on the backside; the DIY triptych will brighten up any space that needs a punch.
Cleaning Rags. Hey, this is something our mothers and grandmothers always did and it worked fine for them. This is probably the easiest way to reuse old towels. All you have to do is cut them up!
Picnic Blanket. Who doesn’t love a picnic in the park or at the beach? Old towels can be sewn together to make a huge picnic blanket. Take four to six bigger bath towels, and then using a sewing machine or an old-fashioned needle and thread, create a blanket two towels wide by three towels deep. Now all you need to do is go on a picnic.
Dishtowels. Your old towels can transition from drying you to drying your dishes. Cut them into dishtowel sizes, and hem the edges. They really soak up the water when you’re drying dishes.
Spa Slippers. Ok, so you need a bit more creativity on this one, but it’s worth it. You also get to revive an old pair of slippers or flip flops that were destined for the trashcan. By tracing around the slippers and doing some careful sewing, you’ll get a great pair of spa slippers for almost nothing.
Ironing Board Pads and Covers. Hands up who hates their old, stained, ripped ironing board cover? Where do those stains come from anyway? You can easily make a new ironing board cover by using towels and an old bed sheet. Cut the towels to size, then cut the sheet larger than the board so you have extra space to wrap around and create a drawstring pouch. It takes basic sewing skills and a little time, and it’s way cheaper than buying a new cover.
Why don’t you tell us what you are going to turn your old towels and sheets into? Share with us on our Facebook Page @ https://www.facebook.com/magnoliaorganics