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Recycling Old Sheets – Weekend Project

by Tiffany in Recycle, Sewing

While cleaning up my linen closet I found a fitted sheet that had ripped awhile back. I stuffed it in the back of the closet until I figured out what to do with it and that day came today when I had a hard time rounding up four king size pillow cases for my bed. Some people lose socks, we seem to lose pillow cases! I think my oldest son may be stealing them actually. Sooo…I decided to turn that ripped sheet into 3 king size pillow cases.

I used an existing pillow case as my template and I cut around it, leaving some space to be able to turn and sew. I thought about cutting the elastic off but figured if I left it on, that was just one side I wouldn’t have to sew….I am all about easy. After cutting I turned it inside out and started sewing, reinforcing the edges and corners as I went. Then I flipped it right side out and I had a pillow case! This was a great recycling project that only took about 20 minutes from start to finish for all the pillow cases.

pillowcase pattern

pillowcase made from old sheets

Pillowcase Finished


Sunday, September 21st, 2008



    That’s a great tip. I usually give old and tattered sheets to my pig to use as bedding. She can only use so much.

  • rebecca

    I LOVE the elastic opening! I have an 8 YR quilt (been working on it that long) that I am using torn sheets as material (it’s a basic 4 patch). I’m so going to make shams with the fitted sheet – probably in about year 10 of having it shoved in the closet.

  • Carla

    I can never have enough pillow cases in my house. We use about two pillows each throughout the week and I like to use two cases per pillow (to protect the pillow from drool, facial cream, etc) so this is definitely a great idea for me.

  • Crystal

    That is a great idea. I make hankies out of mine to give as gifts.

  • Shannon

    What a great idea! I too seem to lose pillow cases. I also have a “few” sheets in the linen closet that are just taking up space. My to-do list grows ever longer lol

  • michelle

    i made a body pillow pillowcase for my daughter from a flat sheet. it turned out great, too!

  • Lisa

    Thanks for the tip. I like both the pillow case and the quilting idea. I know this may sound disgusting but does anyone know what to do with soiled underwear or underwear that is so old it’s falling apart? I can’t stand the thought of throwing them away just to sit in a landfill! Thanks for any suggestions (I know it’s gross..would never give away)

    • MrsFlynnstone

      Use to apply shoe polish to shoes. 

  • Sarah

    Great use for old sheets. :) I need to learn how to sew. There are so many things you can do with old stuff laying around the house. I also have so many buttons. I would love to make something with them. I have some really pretty ones too.

  • Amber

    Such a great idea! I’m always tucking things away with grand plans of re-purposing them in the future.