Any good uses for old bed sheets or tablecloths?

hankies I made - The hankies I made out of a bed sheet
@shaggin (36314)
United States
March 13, 2011 2:04pm CST
When my tableclothes or bed sheets get stained or worn out I will cut them up and make them into either napkins or hankies. They work really good as hankies if they are a little worn because then they are soft and feel wonderful against your nose but arent so thin that your fingers get wet when you blow your nose. I made about 18 hankies today out of a bed sheet that my daughter had a nose bleed all over. Hankies cost about 50 cents each so by making my own to use at home I saved about $9. Have you ever made any use of an old bed sheet or tablecloth? Sometimes I will take the old tablecloths and use to lay down on the ground when my kids and I have a picnic outside.
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@zoey7879 (3104)
• United States
13 Mar 11
When I had a car, I'd always keep a couple of older sheets or blankets in the trunk.. good for a lot of things.. breakdowns, to provide ground cover if roadside repairs became a necessity. Hankies. Blankets for dolls. Doll/barbie clothes. They can also be fashioned into lightweight tops to wear around the house during hot summers. Pillowcases. Pillowstuffing. Animal bedding.
@shaggin (36314)
• United States
13 Mar 11
That actually would have been a good idea if I could work my sewing machine without having to ask my mom how to thread it. I could had made pillowcases out of the bed sheets since it was only a certain spot where they were blood that got all over it. I have a ton of pillow cases anyway so cutting it up for hankies worked good anyway. Sounds like you have thought of a lot of uses for old sheets thats awesome.
@zoey7879 (3104)
• United States
13 Mar 11
Hand sew. I sure as heck don't know how to use a sewing machine and I've made all kinds of things :)
@shaggin (36314)
• United States
14 Mar 11
Wow that is hard to imagine for me that you have made all those things even lightweight tops for yourself but have never used a sewing machine. That is so much work and takes a lot of patience and time. Thats awesome that you are willing to do that. I am by far to lazy to sew much by hand. I will get a shirt that will have the seam split and I will set it in a sewing pile for about a year before I actually sit down and bother to sew the darn thing lol.
@peavey (16341)
• United States
13 Mar 11
I use mine for a lot of things. I use only cloth napkins and mostly cloth handkerchiefs, so there's always that. I have cut out the good parts and made dish towels and other kitchen cloths from them. If they have a design, they can sometimes make nice potholders. Placemats are another use. You could quilt sheets with a worn blanket as batting, although I've never done it. Rag rugs, dresser scarves, curtains for small windows... the uses are unlimited.
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@shaggin (36314)
• United States
14 Mar 11
Wow you came up with a lot of uses to. I remember when I worked with the elderly residents at a local hospital someone brought in strips of old shirts I think it was and the residents were supposed to braid the strips and make rugs out of them. I would imagine that doing this with old sheets would work as well to. Those rugs are really neat but I imagine they would be hard to wash and since the mats in front of our doors where we walk in and take our shoes off get so dirty so fast I have to wash them pretty often.
@peavey (16341)
• United States
14 Mar 11
I don't think I would put a braided rug at a door since they take so much time and effort to make, I wouldn't want to wear them out by washing them. They make great bedside rugs, though, and for the bathroom and to put in front of the sink in the kitchen. I have knitted with strips cut from old cloth and that makes nice, springy rugs, too, that feel good to walk on.
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@apsara60 (6612)
• Israel
14 Mar 11
Hello Shaggin, Nice to see that you are making use of every bit of cloth. Shows good creative quality of your character.Besides Napkins and hankies,I think you can use them to make aprons.....which are always required in the kitchen. Aprons get wet very soon and if you have some spare ones, then you can change to new one and meanwhile the wet one gets time to dry ..... Also from big table cloth, you can make a small table cloths by adding some fancy and colorful lace on the ends......this you can also use to cover plates, if you want to save snacks from flies..... so enjoy your sewing.......nice discussion. Have a nice day.
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@shaggin (36314)
• United States
14 Mar 11
Back about 8 years ago when I worked at the hospital my boss was telling us how women always wore aprons and used them for everything. I only wear aprons once in a great while when I am cooking things like cookies and flour might get all over my clothes. I almost never use them so I have gotten rid of most of them and only have two aprons now I think.
@dismalgrin (2470)
• United States
14 Mar 11
You can also use old bedsheets as a table cloth. Another thing I've done with cute bedsheets is make clothes with them. Of course they aren't the big flowery bedsheets that I use for that, but if you have a dark sheet you can make some lightweight shorts to wear around the house during the summer. My mom used to use the big flowery kind to make bloomer for my sisters and I. Basically a short pair of shorts with elastic in the legs to wear under dresses so we didn't show it all to the world when we got a little less than lady like.
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@shaggin (36314)
• United States
14 Mar 11
My daughter used to wear bloomers under her dresses when she was little. I loved that her diaper or undies wouldnt show but they dont make them over a certain size and she is 6 now so they dont have ones big enough for her to wear. I thought they were adorable. The idea for making light weight shorts out of them is actually a great idea you could make a really comfortable light weight pair of shorts to lounge around the house or for bed in the summer time.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
14 Mar 11
I have kept them and used them to cover furniture etc when I paint....right now my old shower curtain liner is also being used in a painting project. Old table cloths are wonderful for many things like you suggested...napkins and my old ones go out to our camper for the picnic table.
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@shaggin (36314)
• United States
14 Mar 11
I've kept old tablecloths to lay down for my outdoor cats to lay on the porch in the sunlight. I've used them in vehicles to cover seats that I knew were going to get really dirty that day. Speaking of shower curtains my parents had a thomas the tank engine shower curtain because my nephew is in love with thomas the tank engine. In school the kids have to cover their school books with something to keep the covers protected. My mom cut up the shower curtain and used that for his book cover. That was the sturdiest book cover ever lol. It was a plastic shower curtain so it was easy to clean as well. Now why she cut up the shower curtain to begin with I am not really sure lol.
@agrim94 (3811)
• India
14 Mar 11
Hi shaggin, It is so nice to know that you donot throw anything away and you are creative to make things like hankies from used table clothes. No i havent dont anything like this , though when i was kid we were thought to make things from old things like newspapers and remaining papers of ols notebooks and things like that in to something like cards and some wall hangings.
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• United States
31 Mar 11
My living room curtians are a blue sheet I sewed into curtians. I will try to make those napkins next. I will buy one to use as a sample.
@shaggin (36314)
• United States
1 Apr 11
When my husband and I had our jack and jill bridal shower my husbands aunt made us a tablecloth and matching napkins. She got us a really nice salad bowl and measuring cups things like that and really creatively she tied the tablecloth around the salad bowl and things inside and made it look so neat. I had that tablecloth for years. I still have a few of the napkins but I think I threw the tablecloth away as it got to stained.
@jazel_juan (15767)
• Philippines
14 Mar 11
wow that is quite innovative of you. Maybe i will try that..but i wonder what i will do with so many handkerchiefs? but then again, my hankys always got lost..in that case i have many on hand!
@shaggin (36314)
• United States
14 Mar 11
I have a drawer that I keep my handkerchiefs in. We got through them fast especially when we have colds. I've been using the new hankies that I made from the bed sheets and wow they work great. They are so soft and so much more absorbant then the cotton ones I've bought. They take up more room in your pocket though then the thin cotton ones I bought.
@Tina30219 (32899)
• Onaway, Michigan
13 Mar 11
Have not done anything with mine just toss them. I am not to creative when it comes to thinking of things like this. When me and my daughter layout outside we take one of her comforters out and lay on it.
@shaggin (36314)
• United States
13 Mar 11
Hmm well if you take the comforter outside to lay on it.. it could get grass stains on it. If you had room to store it you could keep a seperate blanket somewhere just to use outside where it wont matter if it gets a little stain on it. I always try to think of ways to reuse things I hate throwing out things that might be able to be used again. I dont save garbage and reuse it but things like hankies I always use so having more is always good.
• Philippines
26 Mar 11
you can use the following for old bed sheets: 1. handkerchief 2. hand towel 3. shopping bag 4. new table napkins 5. scarf - this would look better if the bed sheets have solid,loud prints. for tablecloth 1. dress - Dolce and Gabbana's latest collection is made of dresses from table cloth.if Stefano didn't said it,I wouldn't have known that one of the dresses I like from their collection is made of table cloth. 2. table napkins 3. place mat 4. shrug or body wrap you can use
@jesssp (2742)
• Canada
21 Mar 11
The only thing we really use them for is drop cloths for painting and other messy things. Once sheets are no longer fit for the bed they get shipped downstairs to the utility room until something needs to be covered up, I think the last time we used them was when we did some drywall. My mom also uses them to cover up her flowers in the spring/fall when it goes below freezing at night.
• India
14 Mar 11
when I was a kid my mom usually made curtains out of some good bedsheets ,while the ones much cheaper she used to make napkins & rest was left in car as dad used it clean the car..
• Philippines
14 Mar 11
that's great for picnic... and for pets.. and in my place, you can hand it down to the ones who are not so fortunate to have one, in the remotest provinces... don't forget to wash them up first : )
@mermaidivy (15417)
• United States
14 Mar 11
We use the old clothes or tablecloths as rags. My husband put all the old cloth or clothes in the shed and use it when working on the car, he wipe his greasy hand on it.
@moondancer (7434)
• United States
13 Mar 11
I have used bedsheets for curtains and pillowcases, for small tops for the little ones, or under shorts, rags around the house. I'm sure I have used them for other things I just can't think of them all now.