Just wanted to share an idea with you. I was at our local thrift shop to buy a sheet to re-cover the pads in our dogs cages and I bought a beautiful sheet for a $1.50 and find it's too nice to use in dog beds. Don't know what I will use it for now but got to thinking about all the decorating possibilities sheets have. I know some people are on very tight budgets. This might be an idea that could help.
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I have found that using old sheets when making Duvet covers is a great idea as well. Also I have made shower curtain swags out of them as well as covers for footstools. Lots of times I find fabric at garage sales or Value Village stores here in Canada,and I use that instead of buying material. Some great ideas in the Feedback section. I love this website. GailDarlene
By LITTLE SUZY08/28/2010
Make rag rugs out of them. It may take a few though. Oops! I didn't didn't see the similar post below about rag rugs.
I have sheet curtains in my house. Also pillow cases. I have made throw pillow covers out of them. I made a shower curtain out of one. You can even make a cover for your comforter out of sheets. You are only as limited as your imagination. If it can be made out of fabric, you can make it out of sheets.
Make some simple grocery tote bags using this tutorial
I am making some now, you can use sheets or any other fabric you like.
You can make one in about an hour or less and make them larger or smaller, whatever size you want.I find that 30" for the top and 40-45" for the length makes a good size bag for groceries.The lining is simple,just fold half the bag into itself.Well you'll see when you read the tute!
Yes, just think of sheets as very wide fabric. I've done many of the suggestions here, and made a summer kimono out of one once that was lovely. I think the idea of retro dresses is lovely, you might even be able to squeeze out a mother/daughter sundress set.
Recently I purchased a brand new beautiful fish design cloth shower curtain. It was from JC Penney's Home Store. I bought it at Salvation Army for $1.49.
I saw something recently where somewhere where somebody took an old sheet, a curtain rod, and rubber bands and made an interesting looking valance. With a used piece of material and some rubber bands, it is a practically free decoration for your house. Because it is so inexpensive, most people could afford to change up the color on a whim. I use old blankets over the windows in my living room to insulate against heat (cold in the winter) because I can't find any of those old foil backed drapes to put in my house. My windows are 23 inches wide, a weird size, so I think I will be hunting in thrift stores for a good while. I don't think they make them anymore.
I use them to make aprons as gifts for friends. They also make good table cloths for outdoor/park picnic tables.
I made a rag rug out of old sheets.
Sheets are good for quick curtains. We have a sliding glass patio door that I leave uncovered in cool weather, but in summer its too hot. I make quick curtains out of flat twin size sheets, just put the rod through the wide hem.
Sheets make a good cover for the sofa. Just spread it on and tuck in. Not the prettiest thing, but it keeps your sofa clean. Good when kids and pets are around.
Mine is also a rug craft; I split them into strips (especially flannel sheets) and make braided rugs.
My 22 yr old daughter has been using them to sew beautiful floral retro summer dresses for herself and friends. Women stop her all the time to tell her that they love her dresses. They are one of a kind!
I have a friend that buys old sheets then tears them into strips & using the largest crochet hook you can buy, crochets them into throw rugs. I've used them for curtains, made summer dresses for myself & my granddaughter & I use several dark green sheets as tablecloths at my Saturday Market Booth. They work great because the launder so well & rarely fade. When they get to beat up to use for anything else they make wonderful drip cloths & absorbent rags for cleaning windows & mirrors.
Besides all the other great ideas listed here, I would love to use a pretty sheet as a picnic tablecloth spread out on the ground at the park or beach. Since my best friend of 43 years and her brother are coming to visit in a couple of weeks and we were already planning a picnic I am going to try my luck finding a pretty one at Goodwill on Monday morning. ;-)
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We are looking for all the practical uses for old sheets that are no longer in good enough shape to use.
When I was little and we had very little money my mum used to 'inside-out' the sheets. When they got worn in the middle she would cut them straight up the centre and hem the new edges carefully, then sew the old outside edges together. Done well you hardly notice as the seam in the middle. It can look like it's been folded in the cupboard. It pretty much doubles the life of your sheets and it's not uncomfortable, I never noticed the difference. (08/11/2004)
Use for quilt backing. My husband's favorite quilt is one his great-grandmother made using an old sheet for the backing. All the squares (mostly polyester knit hee hee) were used from worn out clothing. His mother can point to the squares and tell who wore what outfit! ha ha
I use them to take to the park to use for a tablecloth if we are eating on the picnic tables or to lay on the ground to sit on.
We also keep several in our camping containers to have on hand for whatever need may arise.
When I was a kid I remember me and my sister tacking a sheet to the ceiling to divide our room so that we each had our own "private" space. (08/12/2004)
By Megan S.
Use your imagination 12/30/2004)
Great to use when travelling in summer & the air conditioning may be too cool for someone in the car. (12/30/2004)
This suggestion comes from my high school art teacher (oh so long ago). He had us all bring in one old sheet. Then when we brought them to the school he had bought some strips of door trim and thin strips of wood. I guess they would have been about 2" x 4"? It's fairly cheap. Using an ordinary hand saw, he cut them off into paired lengths of many sizes. Stapled, nailed or glued together, the pieces can make frames of all sizes, then are laid down in the middle of the sheets. The sheet is pulled over the wood and taut and stapled to the "up" side. Trim off excess fabric and you now have a kid-friendly, acrylic-friendly painting canvas. I still have the three paintings I made that day, all from one of mom's oldest threadbare sheets. (12/30/2004)
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By Karaof4 from Minnesota
*NOTE: Elastic must be long enough for the finished product to allow your hand (fist) to pass through easily as you insert plastic grocery bags into the fabric tube. (12/30/2004)
By jenny in KY
Sheets are great, both new and used. 1. When purchasing new sheets, buy sheets individually and buy an extra sheet and make your own pillow cases, cheaper and you can get extras.
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