We often spend a lot of money on buying new curtains, bed sheets and linens for the house. When it gets old, most of the time we either throw it out or cut it into small pieces. Instead of throwing it or shredding it to pieces, you can in fact reuse the same sheets by making them as good as new. Before we get down to a few ideas on how we can do this, let us look at the basic things that one should consider.
Preparing your old sheet
When you want to give a new look to your old bed sheets or linen, the first thing you have to do is give it a new color. Also, make sure that there are no holes or torn spots. In case there are, you can always find a way to hide small spots, for the larger one’s there are workarounds that you can use.
If the color has faded, you can dye the fabric with any color that you want so that it gets a new look. For those who do not want to go with chemical based dyes, the next option is to use fabric paints and dilute it accordingly so that it spreads evenly. You also have the choice of going for natural stuff like turmeric powder or natural dyes that are freely available in the market. To give it a multi colored look, use a twine or thread and tie the bed sheet accordingly.
Different ways to give your bed sheet or curtain a new look
Now that the first step is completed, the next thing you need to consider is what you plan to do with your old bed sheet. You can either choose to convert to a pillowcase or cover, a tablecloth, a curtain or a wall hanging. Get pending on where you plan to use your old bed sheet cut the size accordingly.
Tips to convert your old bed sheet into curtains
If you plan to use your old bed sheet as a curtain then one of the best ways to do this is by taking into consideration the length that you need. Just in case the bed sheet is smaller, you can consider using lace on net towards the bottom end. The upper portion of the bed sheet should have enough of space so that you can project comfortably into the curtain rod without compromising on the design. Block printing and motive painting is a perfect example of how you can design your new curtain.
Converting an old bed sheet into a table cloth
Handicraft items and patchwork are some of the best ways to convert your bed sheet into a tablecloth. Depending on the size of the table, you can choose to design your bed sheet accordingly so that it fits in perfectly. If you do not want to decorate the entire bed sheet, you can consider a big sized motif on the centre with a nice thick border the compliment it. Another useful option is to have small motives printed painted randomly.
Making a pillow cover of pillow case out of your own bed sheet
When considering this option you can surely get your hands on some nice embroidery. Since this is smallest size, embroidery work will give your old bed sheet a very beautiful touch. You can enhance the look by adding pom poms, frills, and lace on the borders, small sized mirrors and even beads or pearls.
Making cushion or cushion covers from old bed sheets
If you plan to make cushions using your old bed sheets then you are at the liberty of choosing the size that you want. For the stuffing, you can consider beans or organic fillings. For the covers, the best way to go about is to leave out the edges of the bed sheet and use the original print if the color has not faded very badly. In case you have used fabric dye, then you can consider nice embroidery or even design it with handicraft items. For the borders, use the bead strings, tussles etc.
Making a wall hanging
When you are planning to make a wall hanging, you have to ensure that you have a solid support behind. Using cardboard paper is one of the best options that you can consider. If you do not want it to be seen, then you can cover the cardboard sheet with a nice plain cloth.