Old Pillowcases: Ten Ways To Turn Their Fate Around

Since the economic depression first announced itself in 2007, more and more people are turning back to clever, cost-cutting activities. The craft-making industry is booming and recycling every day items like bottles and plastic are the norm. Yard sales, vegetable plots and the humble bicycle as a viable mode of transport are a return to fifties-style living. Most households are reluctant to discard anything that might be reusable and we're generally more conscious about saving our pennies (or cents). This revolutionized domesticity has rekindled the old adage; necessity is the mother of invention.
However, household bedding is something we tend to stuff behind the back of the immersion heater. Who hasn't got a stockpile of unused pillowcases that have never seen the light of day, let alone graced a goose-feathered headrest? Here's ten ways to revamp those lonesome linens and bring them out of the closet once and for all.

1 - Lingerie and laundry

Pillowcases make excellent laundry baskets, especially when it comes to those delicate items that need to be hand washed, or whites that need to done separately on a special washing machine setting. They can be dickied up with hand sewn labels clearly marking what goes where. You can open one of the hems and pull a drawstring of elastic through to seal the top, which saves you the trouble of time-wasting sorting and searching. It also keeps dirty clothes out of view which lends to a cleaner and more spacious living area to relax in. Encourage the kids to follow suit. They're more likely to make use a personalized pillow case than a large, chunky basket that's stuck in a corner. Embroider their names on the pillowcase and leave it at the end of the bed.

2 - Homemade hot packs

What family member doesn't fall through the door with aches and pains after a hard day at work or school? Don't run to the nearest store and purchase an expensive shoulder wrap. Root out an old pillowcase and cut it into three strips (length ways). Get out your old sewing box (every house has at least one) and sew up the bottom and both sides so you have three tubular-shaped parcels. Using the open end, fill them to the brim with long-grain cooking rice. Leave a few inches for the tube to breath and then sew up the top. Heat in the microwave for sixty seconds, (or more, depending on your wattage)and check it's at the required temperature. Be careful not to overheat. These inexpensive muscle massagers also make excellent birthday and Christmas gifts.
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