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post #1 of 17
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old pillowcases? I have basically zero sewing ability, no sewing machine, and probably not even a sewing kit :
post #2 of 17
I've repurposed some as drawstring bags, Just fold down a bit at the open end and sew (or glue) it down to make a channel for a string. Actually I use some as bags without the string too.

I store off season clothes/blankets in them in the wardrobe.
I use them as extra laundry bags, or take them to use when we travel.
Have sack races in them.
Freecycle them
We used a couple of pillowcases as sheet for the moses basket when DD was small.
post #3 of 17
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Originally Posted by LaughingHyena View Post

I store off season clothes/blankets in them in the wardrobe.
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This is a good idea! I'm always trying to combat the under-the-bed dust. Thanks!

And, where the heck do all these excess pillowcases come from??? I mean, don't they normally come in sets with sheets? Where are the sheets? It's bizarre...
post #4 of 17
Cut them into squares for cleaning rags/family cloth, I'd use some to cover my kombucha, craft storage bags, scrap cloth for patching old clothes.

That's all I can think of, not full of ideas today.
post #5 of 17
My mom always handed us pillow cases for trick or treat...worked much better than those dinky plastic pumpkins. I bet your kids could come up with a million uses for them.
post #6 of 17
I rip ´em and use ´em as strainers when I make fresh cheese.......do I get extra crunchy points now :
post #7 of 17
I just keep them on hand for when extra people come to stay.
post #8 of 17
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I rip ´em and use ´em as strainers when I make fresh cheese.......do I get extra crunchy points now :
Ok, so tell me how to make fresh cheese! I get WIC, which means I get, oh, 9 gallons of milk a month None of are big milk drinkers, and there's only so much yogurt and rice pudding we can eat and make! But cheese...yum!
post #9 of 17
I like them as rags as well.
post #10 of 17
what about as wrapping paper?
post #11 of 17
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And, where the heck do all these excess pillowcases come from??? I mean, don't they normally come in sets with sheets? Where are the sheets? It's bizarre...
I would like an answer to this, too! DH and I are always cracking up over how many pillowcases we have.
post #12 of 17
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what about as wrapping paper?

That's a good idea Here is a site that has instructions on how to wrap with cloth- http://furoshiki.com/techniques.php
post #13 of 17
I like the drawstring bag idea, thanks for that Something I might try is sewing a few together to create a toy hammock!
post #14 of 17
Cut eye-holes in them and let your kids be ghosts.

Keep a couple in your car to collect toys to store spare clothes (the main things that get strewn all over my car).

Let the kids decorate them for halloween candy bags.
post #15 of 17
cut them into squares and make a quilt...

my mother makes quilts out of old stuff all the time..

there are jean pocket quilts

tube sock (just the calf/leg part not the foot part) striped quilts

tshirt quilts

...

I am waiting for a rooster kitchen towel quilt but that is just because dp and GREATLY disagree on roosters in the house- so I can hand him the quilt when he needs to "go sleep on the couch" hehe
post #16 of 17
Once a DC is big enough, you can cut a head hole and arm holes and it can be dress-up!

Also, you can buy some stuff called stitch witchery(?) that makes fabric stick together by ironing - no sew for any sewing need!
post #17 of 17
some great ideas here!

I only have one to add that I haven't seen here--I usually put two pillowcases on everybody's pillow. If a kiddo gets a bloody nose, or somebody drools (we have a lot of droolers in our family including DH ) or just somebody drags his pillow around the house and gets dog hair on it I can peel off the outside pillowcase and they have a nice clean pillow the next night, and it's ok if I don't wash the other one that day. (I usually do laundry 1-2 days a week, and I really hate those emergency must-wash-this-today situations.)
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