Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Salvaged and Repurposed Pillow Cases

I have a hard time passing up old linens when I find them at a yard sale or flea market.  It usually doesn't matter to me if they're worn out, stained, or full of holes.  There's always some part of these old beauties that can be salvaged and turned into something new again.

Last week I was searching for some muslin to use in a lampshade project, and look what I found lurking at the bottom of that drawer.....

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Eight salvaged pillow cases already cut and pinned.  Somewhere back in my cluttered mind, I recall stashing them away with the intent to finish them the next time I pulled out my sewing machine.  Out of sight, out of mind.

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I love quickie projects, so out came my sewing machine.

They're definitely not a "fall inspired" project, but if I closed the drawer on them again they'd probably never see the light of day.

These sweet birds flying in opposite directions are my favorites.

This one looks a little fall-like.

I think wire hangers work best for these because they don't look bulky.  I always use white wire hangers, but I didn't have any "hanging around" and I really, really wanted to get these finished.  Hmm, there's always spray paint.

To see the full tutorial on how I made these, you can check out my post from July 2011:
New Life for Tired Old Linens.

What have you created with tired old linens?

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40 comments:

  1. What a cute idea and way to recycle old linens. I always like to have hangers that will keep my narrow strap tops from slipping off.

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  2. I'm so glad you discovered these and then finished them up for us to see! They're lovely!!
    It's always fun to see what can be done to bring new life to something old and unused.

    Last year I filled some hoops with pieces of worn linens. Instant "artwork" for the walls!!

    Thanks for sharing Betsy!

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  3. Okay, first I have to laugh at the fact that you can even dig out stuff to repurpose in your own stash! ;)

    What a great idea; I have never done anything with linens - but those hanger covers are so cute! Brilliant!

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  4. Those look great! Would be nice displayed on a wall as is!

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  5. These are all so sweet and really are nice for hanging lightweight things. I love the sweet birds. I've made pillowcase out of old sheets but never done anything with old pillowcases. I won't pass them up again if the have pretty embroidery! Hugs!

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  6. Stunning-would have never thought of this. I always love old linens but just use them clustered on things. Can't stand the thought of cutting them up.Wish I could get past that!

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  7. QUE CAPRICHO BETSY,ADOREI.FELIZ QUARTA PARA TI.BEIJO.VALÉRIA.

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  8. I collect old linens, too. I used to grab up doilies like they were going out of style. And linen napkins, too. Can't tell you the last time we used linen napkins:) I also pick u white tablecloths and sheets for projects. I'm not talented enough to make the hangar covers, I hate to sew! Too bad you don't live nearby, we have so many white hangars, we keep the corner dry cleaner in business!

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  9. Love these! I have made a few myself over the years and they are favorite hangers to use because the clothes don't slip off.
    People must be dry cleaning less (I know I am!) because wire hangers seem like they are getting harder to come by. U used platic hangers for the last ones I made and didn't like them nearly as much. I'll have to try some with the wooden dry-cleaner hangers and see how that works out. Those still seem to be "hanging around" - hehehe

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  10. These are beautiful and I love the idea of repurposing them!

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  11. This would be the cutest gift idea and a great way to use damaged linens, too! Thanks for sharing, Betsy!

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  12. Great idea! Perfect way to extend the life of an article someone put so much work/time in to.

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  13. So pretty, you should get your machine out more often! I justify buying old linens with the fact that we just don't spend the time making them like our foremothers. (what, that's not a word?!) But projects like yours extend the life of those we have.

    Hope your back keeps improving, you're getting more done than me and I have no excuse. I've got a half finished project just sitting there waiting but I'm seriously lacking some motivation today.
    Susanne.

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  14. Sooo pretty! Glad your cluttered mind lost them, then found them for a super fast project. Where in my cluttered mind are my half-finished things?

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  15. Oh, I love the ones with the birds.
    Fab idea, Betsy.

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  16. These are lovely!! And so very pretty! :) Have a great day Betsy! xo Holly

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  17. What a great idea! I love the old linens but what to do with them...this is perfect. Oh those little birds are so sweet!

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  18. Hi! I just came across your blog and smiled because I made some patio chair covers this summer using vintage pillow cases! So easy! I love your idea using the hangers. I will be making some! New follower too!
    Blessings, Diane

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  19. Brilliant use of vintage pillowcase linens. I adore Hanger Covers. Creative Bliss Dear...

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  20. Oh Betsy, what a great idea!! I have a bunch of old pillow cases where the embroidery is ok, but the rest is ruined...I am soooo doing this!

    Carol

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  21. Those old linens are so sweet and saving them to be useful again is a wonderful idea. Imagine the work and care that went into all that embroidery. It's a lost art.

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  22. I have a box full of "cutter" linens that I need to use. This is a great idea to bring life back to those old pillowcases.

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  23. Oh these brought back memories! I used to embroider these very same type pillowcases, and so did my mom and grandmother. I'm 66... so think back to the 50's and a little girl learning to embroider from her mom. I probably did those exact little birds! How fun it was to go to the "dime" store and get the pre-stamped pillow cases with the little designs on them... and get some colorful embroidery thread!

    I think I may have one pair left that I saved from my childhood and I cherish those. Thank you for bringing back some wonderful memories, and yes, it would be hard for me to cut them up!

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  24. They are so pretty! Bet you were glad to find this project and get it completed.
    KC

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  25. Oh, I love these! What a sweet way to bring new life to old pillowcases! Thanks for sharing this idea - these would make charming gifts. xo

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  26. The beauty of embroidery! I seriously wanted something like this for my closet. Another greatness showcases here Betsy!

    Have a great weekend!

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  27. You've done a beautiful job repurposing your old embroidered pillowcases! I'd love to make some for gifts. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Visiting from Cozy Little House.

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  28. I have hard time passing up the embroidered linens. So much time went into those pieces and the work is so lovely.

    I appreciate how you manage to give those old pieces new life.

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  29. Oh, the little birds are my favorites, too!

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  30. Will these be working their way into your Etsy shop?? I love them!!

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  31. gosh! i love these. so pretty! nice way to repurpose!

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  32. SO cute!! Love their vintage charm :)
    Susan

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  33. Oh those are so pretty Betsy! I have done the same thing myself.I buy...buy...buy.Then I clean and discover all the things that I buy...LOL!
    xx
    Anne

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  34. Betsy ... Just love how you re-purposed those lovely pillow cases. Great idea. Would make nice gifts too.
    Thanks for visiting Timeless Treasures and for the nice comment.
    Blessings
    Audrey Z.

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  35. Lovely, Betsy! Me too, that's why I prefer tattered linens and lace, then I don't feel so bad, LOL

    xoxo

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  36. These are lovely Betsy!! You are so good to just make them right away...wish I was better about that!!

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  37. Oh, Aren't these sweet! Love finding those almost done projects - these linens are gorgeous!
    I am so delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  38. I love vintage pillowcases too. Can't get enough of them. I keep some, sell some. This is a great idea for those that are too stained to use.

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  39. What a beatiful hangers!!!
    I love vintage old linens!
    Visiting you from Throwback Thursday.
    Greetings from Italy,
    Roberta

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