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#1 of 17 Old 05-22-2008, 08:59 AM - Thread Starter
 
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old pillowcases? I have basically zero sewing ability, no sewing machine, and probably not even a sewing kit :
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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.
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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...
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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.

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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.
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I rip ´em and use ´em as strainers when I make fresh cheese.......do I get extra crunchy points now :
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I just keep them on hand for when extra people come to stay.
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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!
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I like them as rags as well.

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what about as wrapping paper?

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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.

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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

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I like the drawstring bag idea, thanks for that Something I might try is sewing a few together to create a toy hammock!
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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.
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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

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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
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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!
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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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