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How to recycle old sheets

How to recycle old sheets? This is a question that many will certainly have asked themselves when deciding to change bedding, perhaps to adopt a more modern style or choose new colors. But even when you find yourself with worn out or torn sheets.

With a view to greater respect for the environment, any old object in the house should not be thrown away, but recycled. With a little imagination and some technique creative recycling, even apparently irrecoverable sheets can find a second life. Here are some useful tips.

Recycle old sheets: household linen

Of all the ideas that can spring to mind when deciding to recycle old sheets, think about the household linen it is certainly the most immediate and sensible solution. On the other hand, the fabric is well suited for this purpose and, with a skilled work of cutting and sewing, it is possible to eliminate worn or torn parts and instead recover those still intact.


From old sheets, fatter new. It is very easy to obtain new pillow cases using the bed linen used, thus giving a new style not only to the bedroom, but also to sofas and armchairs.

First, you need to check the level of consumption of the sheet in its possession. To obtain quality and long-lasting pillowcases, it will be necessary to take advantage of the less worn parts of the fabric. At this point, the measurements of the cushion that you will want to cover. To facilitate this task, you can also take pillowcases already available and in size as a model.

We proceed by cutting the fabric, leaving at least a couple of centimeters in excess on the edges, to facilitate the stitching. Two rectangles or squares of equal size will have to be obtained, which will then be sewn. Turning right to the sewing machinethe two fabric scraps are arranged inside out, so that the seam remains inside.

The two longer sides and one of the side ones will have to be sewn together, the rest will remain open in order to insert the pillow. On the open side, therefore, we are going to create two hems along the ends, then to apply comfortable clip buttons, available in all sewing and DIY stores.

It is also possible to provide classic buttons, but it will be necessary to create the appropriate ones buttonholesThis is not an easy operation for those who are not very familiar with the sewing machine.

American placemats


Another project to recycle old sheets is, as it is easy to guess, to make some American placemats. They are those small cloths, one for each diner, which are used instead of the classic tablecloths.

You start by cutting out rectangles measuring 80 × 30 centimeters from the sheets, leaving about an additional centimeter for the edges. More can also be expected layers of cloth superimposed, depending on the thickness and the ability to absorb the liquids you want for your placemats

At this point all that remains is to sew the edges by machine, with a precaution: the upper and lower layers of the placemat must be opposite, so that the accessory can be used indifferently on both sides.



At home there are always spaces to hide, perhaps with a baby curtain: shelves where groceries are stored, a messy bookcase, a shoe cabinet without a front door. Why not cover them, then, with a comfortable curtain made from old sheets?

Doing it is very simple. First, measure the height and width of the area you want to cover, leaving about an additional centimeter on the sides to be able to create an edge. With the sewing machine, the two vertical sides and the lower one are fixed, while the upper one will have to be folded, sewn horizontally and provide for the open side edges. This will allow you to insert the appropriate cue for hang the curtain on the cabinet to hide.

Recycle old sheets: everyday items

Not only household linen, from the old sheets you can also get many useful items, for daily use. Whether it’s the bathroom or the kitchen, you can get many comfortable tools that will make our days easier.


Pot holders, launder old sheets

Who is not constantly looking for president, when do you find yourself tinkering with pots, pans and stoves? Creating them with DIY is very simple, just by recovering old sheets.

We start by cutting out several scraps of sheet, measuring 40 × 40. Other sizes can also be used, depending on your needs. Then, three squares of fabric will be superimposed, fixing them with a side edge, then repeating the operation for another three copies.

At this point, thewadding, cotton or recycled synthetic sponge: it will form the soft center of the pot holder, preventing the transfer of heat to the hands. The two squares of fabric are then arranged on the sides of the sponge, so that it remains inside. A machine must be made an edge in the seam to fix everything. You can also use a trimming ribbonfor a more elegant final result.

Floor mats

One of the most satisfying, but also most challenging projects, involves turning old linens into woven mats. A perfect solution for the bathroom, for example, as the bed linen fabric is often made of cotton and is very absorbent. For this job we can also recycle old clothes.

You start by cutting out the old bed sheet strips of fabric, choosing a width of about three centimeters and a length of your choice, even if it is better to stay at least about 40 or 60 centimeters per strip. Several cuts will have to be made, until about forty strips are obtained.

Proceeding three strips at a time, you begin to weave the cotton, exactly as you would for the hair. Slowly as you approach the end of the Braidyou begin to insert the subsequent strips, so that they remain firm in the braid itself without having to resort to glues or sewing stitches.

Once you have a sufficiently long braid, at least three meters, you begin to roll it in the center, until you get a round mat. With each turn, it is useful to secure the fabric with gods stitches handmade, so that the shape of the mat remains unchanged. By doing so, in fact, the braid will create overlapping concentric circles, for a beautiful visual effect.

Coatings for jars


Within everyone’s reach, this project requires very little effort and excellent results. The goal is to make a cloth cloth that it can wrap a jar – that of vegetable preserves, for example – so that it remains protected and is more recognizable.

We start by cutting out a piece of fabric sufficient to cover the whole from the sheet jar. Lying upside down on a table, place a jar in the center of the cloth and wrap the fabric around it, and then attach it to the neck of the container with a thread of string or raffia.

Recycle old sheets: solutions for the outdoors

The fabric of the sheets also lends itself well to the creation of objects and tools that can be used outside the home, such as in the garden. From sheets to be placed on the ground up to comfortable curtains, recycling old sheets offers the most varied possibilities.

Picnic towel

Picnic towel, launder old sheets

There is nothing better than indulging in a little relaxation surrounded by nature, perhaps even taking advantage of a frugal lunch. And for a picnic self-respecting, you can not miss a blanket or a towel to spread out on the lawn. Even very creative varieties can be made with old sheets.

It is sufficient to recover some scraps of sheet of different size and color and sew them together, to obtain a splendid one body patchwork to use for your own outings.


For those with a small balcony, or a small space in the garden, it can be difficult to find one tent the right measures. Those on the market have in fact standard dimensions and appear too large or excessive for one’s needs.

By recycling old sheets it is possible to make curtains to measure, perhaps choosing linen from dark colors, so that the sun protection is more effective and the shade guaranteed. Just cut the sheet to the desired size, sew an edge on the vertical and bottom sides, as well as fold the top one over, so you can insert the special fixing rod.


Cut the sheets

Finally, cotton sheets are made from very strong ropes. In a similar way to the mat seen in the previous paragraphs, strips of sheet of variable length, about 3 centimeters wide, are cut out.

Three strips are then intertwined at a time and, once the desired length is reached, the rope is ready. A strong solution for any weight, perfect for hanging heavy pots in the garden, for example.

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