Ideas for Repurposing or Reusing Blankets and Comforters

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Many types of outdated or worn linens can be repurposed or reused for crafts and other household needs. This is a page about ideas for repurposing or reusing blankets and comforters.


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I have been able to find baby blankets for Buddy at the 99 cent store. They are just the right size for him. In cool weather, I use them to cover his little beds and keep a couple in the car in case we need to take him to the vet.

Buddy on a baby blanket

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An old blanket, though still offering warmth and comfort, can certainly show signs of it's age and former life! But buy a set of colorful sheets, preferably at a Thrift Shop and make a duvet cover out of the sheets for the vintage blanket. Measure carefully and make what is, essentially, a huge pillowcase shaped cover. Working on the floor, put the blanket inside the new cover. Spread it inside and smooth it out ell. Measure and mark many spots to tie off (a quilting term, I believe) or tack the three layers of fabric.


Use yarn or crochet cotton in a large-eyed needle. At each mark, go through the 3 layer in a relatively small stitch, then triple tie the two ends of the 'thread' to secure it. Finish off the open end of the sheet bag by hand. Your quilt will not only have a second life, but you'll have come up with an attractive new item of bedding.

By Janet Hounsell

Editor's Note: Also, if you decide to send it off, take it to a homeless shelter or animal shelter.

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Many animal shelters and veterinarians will take your old blankets and towels to use for their animal bedding. Just make sure it is clean and you have given a gift that many animals will enjoy for a long time.

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October 6, 2004

Buy cotton baby blankets whenever you see them at yard sales or wherever. Cut them into squares and use as lint free cleaning cloths. By Lisa

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June 8, 2014

I'm a blanket and comforter hoarder. I need something to do with them. Any ideas on reusing and maybe selling them? Some have bad places on them, but still quite a bit left to reuse. Help me please. Thanks


By Angie


June 9, 20140 found this helpful

There are lots of things you can do with them. You could reuse them as pet blankets, sell some at a yard sale, give to charity, cover a sofa or chair, or cut several up that are not in top condition and make a quilt or two. Keep one in the trunk of your car for emergencies, designate one as a picnic blanket or if they are in really bad shape, cut into wash cloth size pieces and use as rags for cleaning. Hope these ideas help!

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January 26, 20150 found this helpful

One cute and cozy way to cut them up for potholders or in 3"X3"for "mug rugs" aka "coasters". Cover them wth repuposed clothing and use tie to quilt type method of quilting for quick, very cool potholders or "mug rugs".


Yeah! Not just crafty and frugal, but E-Z breezy as well!

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November 4, 20150 found this helpful

I use old blankets as the inner lining of my quilts instead of batting. The quilt blocks can have transfers ironed on them, then your daughter can use fabric pens, paint, or even learn to hand sew along design lines. Get a flat sheet for the quilt backing and voila a new quilt to give to grandma for Christmas.

by Grandma

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November 4, 20151 found this helpful

I use old blankets as batting for quilt projects, then use flat sheets for backing. Your daughter could color each quilt square using iron on transfers and fabric paint or pens.

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October 4, 20170 found this helpful

I keep a couple of old comforters spread across the back seat of my car. No one ever sits there, but if someone wanted to, I would just stuff them in my trunk.


Meanwhile, they are not taking up any space in my trunk so I have plenty of room for groceries etc. and they are available if we get caught on the road in a blizzard!

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May 31, 2012

This page is about uses for baby blankets. Once those babies no longer need all those blankets, there are a number of ways they can be re-purposed.

Uses for Baby Blankets

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