New uses for old sheets

BY SARA NOEL Published: October 11, 2010
Lone sheets take up much-needed storage space. You probably have a sheet or two that you rarely use but haven't thrown away. You know you might need it for something someday, such as a toga party or quick ghost or mummy costume, right? Instead of hanging onto it with the best of intentions, put it to good use now.

Here are a few ideas that will make you look for sheets to use at garage sales or thrift stores, if you don't have a handy spare at home.

PICNIC CLOTH: Use it in a park or at the beach. It's larger than a beach towel and lighter than a blanket. Makes a great tablecloth on a picnic table, a protective drop cloth in the trunk of your car, a seat cover for after the beach or bedding for camping.

CURTAINS: A flat sheet is easy to use as a curtain. Slide a rod through the top hem. This works well for shower curtains, sliding glass doors and closets that have the doors removed. Or make simple valances. In a child's room, you can make a curtain and suspend it from a tension rod hung in a doorway (or a swing door closet) to make a puppet theater, too.

RAG RUGS: Cut sheets into strips and crochet, knit or braid into rag rugs. They make beautiful handmade gifts.

CRIB SHEET: Part of your sheet might be worn, but you might be able to salvage a smaller section. Sew a crib sheet for someone you know who can always use a spare. Directions can be found at Along the same lines, if you have spare flat sheets that you seldom use, you can make them into fitted sheets. They work well as quilt squares, batting or backing, too.

PILLOWCASES: Use one of your pillowcases as a pattern and make more from your flat sheets. You can get six standard pillowcases from a large sheet. Add trim for a finishing touch. APRONS: If you sew, sheets can be made into aprons. These make great gifts. A little chef would love one.

PETS: Use them to make pet beds, or call the Humane Society and see if they need any.

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