We are in the middle of a move and have unearthed dozens of old pillowcases. My husband asked me whether he should toss them and I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. While we have zero use for them now, I just knew that they must be able to be used for something, or I could at least salvage some of the fabrics for a different project.

I did some digging around and here is a lit of 15 fantastic ways to up cycle an old pillowcase! I will definitely be making many of these soon.

1. Pillowcase Garment Bag– Use pillowcase garment bags as extra closet organizers. Drape pillowcases on hangers over occasional-use items, such as throws, seasonal bedding, and formal dresses. Check it out.

2. Kids Art Smock– Let the kids have fun and don’t worry about ruining their outfit. Turn a pillowcase into an art smock with this simple tutorial.


3. Sleep Mat– Whether you plan on having lots of company and have few beds, or your kids have sleepovers often, these simple sleep mats are just what you need! This simple tutorial shows you how it’s done.

4. Hanger Covers– This project shows you how to make cute covers for old hangers. They are perfect for use with delicate outfits such as knits and dresses.

5. Pillowcase Dresses– What little girl wouldn’t look absolutely adorable in one of these! Check them out here.

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6. Shoe Cleaning Bag– If you have a pair of sneakers that need to be washed, toss them in an old pillowcase and put them in the washing machine for a gentle cycle. The pillowcase protects both the shoe and the laces from any damage.

7. Road Trip Pillow Cases– This is such a cute idea. Turn a regular pillowcase into the perfect pillow tote for all of your travel must haves. Learn more here.

8. Pillowcase Shopping Bag– This pillow case has been cleverly turned into a great reusable bag. Why not try it yourself here!

0999. Pillowcase Adult Skirt– This tutorial looks super simple, and if you pick the right patterned pillowcase you will have yourself a beautiful homemade skirt for nothing!

10. DIY Laundry Hamper– This tutorial shows you how to store your dirty laundry in a beautiful way!

11. Trick or Treat Bag– As a kid I didn’t trick or treat with any fancy Halloween bags, just an old pillowcase. Why? It wasn’t because my parents wouldn’t buy us a themed bag, but it was because they just weren’t big enough to do the trick! Here’s a fun way to dress up an old pillowcase for Halloween.

12. Potato Sack Race– Need an idea for some summer fun with the kids? Grab the old pillowcases and have some potato sack races in the backyard for free!

13. No-sew Pillowcase dress– For those of you with limited sewing skills (like me!) here is a tutorial for a no-sew dress.

Ways 14 &15 coming soon!

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