Old bedding, in addition to sheets, such as blankets and mattress pads can be put to new uses after they are no longer used as bedding. This is a guide about uses for old bedding.
Old wool like blankets make great filler or batting for quilts, especially the scratchy ones.
I knew I couldn't be the only one still using Gran's Depression era quilting tips:)
I'm on the hunt for a plain (no print) duvet cover to use as instant top and backing - I mean to insert the old wool blanket, baste it down, then hand quilt it using a feathers and shell pattern. I know it will take me many happy hours over the next few years to finish and I'm really looking forward to it!
How do you use old bedding? We have a lot of answers for sheets from last years brainstorm but what about blankets, mattress pads and pillows.
Our local S.P.C.A. always needs old sheets, towels, blankets, etc for caring for the animals they have.
Those old recieving blankets that are to small for you growing baby make great all purpose rags when cut up. I use them to wipe noses, clean up messes, wipe messy faces, dry bottoms after cleaning, and much more. I always have them around and they cost me nothing (they were all gifts!).
I run a program in NYC where we ask volunteers to make little comforters for the abandoned, abused and traumatized animals waiting for new homes. We use blankets, old comforters, mattress pads, crib bumpers, etc. to make little beds 12" x 18". These items smell like "love" to these homeless animals and take the institutional smell out of shelters housing more than 500 animals each. The animals take the beds with them if they are lucky enough to be adopted. If not, they are laundered and passed on to another animal at the shelter. Anyone who would like to help with this program can contact me. The shelter is a not-for-profit and I can provide a receipt for tax purposes for donated beds. For more information on the program you can visit my website: http://www.pleasebekind.com.
Aliceone's website for helping the shelter is great. Here's the link with specifications for the cage comforters:
I know there are lots of animal lovers on ThriftyFun. It's a good way to use up extras and help the animals, too.
Susan from ThriftyFun
This is a guide about uses for old sheets. Clean out your linen closet and put those old, worn, or stained sheets to a new use.
I have some lovely sheets that complement my bedroom, but had a center tear (fitted sheet). I like to save those for putting over the box spring. With the regular mattress on top, the tear isn't going anywhere, but it makes for a nice stream lined look. No ugly box spring visible. I've done this in my daughter's room as well, all she has to do is pull up the sheet and comforter and her bed looks awesome.