Creative Ways to Use Your Old Sheets

Bed sheets are one of the many necessary household items that wear down over time as you use them. When you want to—or need to—replace them, you may wonder how you can reuse old sheets around the house. Even if the fabric is worn and faded, it is still perfectly good fabric that has many uses left, depending on the project. We have a helpful list of many of the ways you can reuse your bed sheets instead of throwing them out.

Reuse Bed Sheets in the Bedroom

Though your old sheets may not be on the bed anymore, you can most definitely use them elsewhere. You can still keep them in the bedroom, just give them a new purpose. Here are a few ways you can use your old bed sheets in your bedroom.


A quick and easy way to repurpose bed sheets is to make a curtain out of them. All you have to do is make an opening on the top so that a curtain rod can slide through.

Pajama Pants

You can also make pajama pants out of your old sheets. Because the fabric is so lightweight and breathable, these make great pajama pants for the warmer months. Not to mention, maybe it will be easier to get out of bed in the mornings when you get to take the old sheet with you!

Fitted Sheet

If you have a king or queen sized sheet and need smaller ones, you can easily use old bed sheets to make a new fitted sheet. It does take some sewing skills, but all you have to do it sew elastic around the edges of the sheet.

Bed Skirt

A great way to make your bed look better is to add a bed skirt, and you can easily make one with your old sheets. (This can also hide what you are storing under the bed!)


Cut your sheets into squares to use them for a quilt. You can use a variety of old sheets, whether they be floral, plain colors, or designed with neat shapes and characters. You can also use a sheet for the backing of the quilt.

Pet Bed

You can also use old bed sheets to make a bed for your pets! You can either make one and stuff it or just use the sheets as a cover for the bed they already have. If it still smells like you, odds are they will love it even more.

Reuse Bed Sheets in the Kitchen

You can find ways to use old sheets all over the house, not just in the bedroom. Here are our ideas for you.


Cooking can be a messy affair sometimes, and aprons are a must-have in any kitchen. You can easily make yourself an apron out of an old sheet. This way, you can protect your clothes and save money on fabric.

Placemats and Napkins

Bed sheets can also make great placemats. You can even make them double-sided if you want. You can match the placemats with some homemade napkins too! Not only will it look cute, but it will get rid of the need for disposable napkins. All you would have to do is toss your homemade ones in the clothes washer.

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Reuse Bed Sheets in the Bathroom

There are even ways you can reuse your old sheets in the bathroom. The possibilities are endless, and we have not even scratched the surface!

Shower Curtain

You can easily make a shower curtain out of bed sheets. Just like with making a regular curtain, you just have to adjust the top of the sheet so it will slide across the curtain rod.

Cleaning Rags

This is one of the easiest ways to reuse old sheets. To make some quick cleaning rags, just cut the sheet into pieces. You can use these rags for particularly messy cleanups, especially ones that will stain your regular cleaning towels.


By either braiding or crocheting, you can easily make a rug for your bathroom (or anywhere else in the house). Just cut the old sheet into strips and begin!

Other Ways to Reuse Old Sheets

There are still so many ways to use old sheets, and some of them you do not even use at home. Here are just a few ideas.

Reusable Shopping Bags

Reusable shopping bags are much more environmentally friendly than the plastic shopping bags you find at the store. (Some companies are even charging their customers if they opt to use plastic bags!) You can also use these as tote bags for a trip to the pool or running errands.

Painting Drop Cloth

Plastic drop cloths can be a pain when you are trying to paint a room. They are also not very environmentally friendly. Instead, you can use an old bed sheet on the ground. It is much better for the environment, easier to use, and can easily be folded up and stored for the next time you paint.

Sleeping Bag Liner

People use sleeping bags on camping trips, as well as in hotels to provide an extra barrier incase the bed is not as clean. To make sure the inside of your sleeping bag stays clean, you can make a sleeping bag liner out of an old sheet. Just fold in half and sew up two of the edges. 

Picnic Blanket

Create a picturesque picnic this summer just by using your old bed sheet as a picnic blanket. Not to mention, this is extremely easy because you already have the sheet and its fun designs will be fun as you eat with your friends and family.

Pet Toys

By cutting old sheets into strips and braiding several of them together, you can make a quick and effective toy for your pet. It will be sturdy enough to withstand pulling and their claws and teeth. It is cheap too because you made it yourself!

What Kind of Sheets Do We Recommend?

If you are in the market for new bed sheets, we have some great ideas for you. Here at Green and Growing, we have reviewed several kinds of bamboo bed sheets and found great ones for you to try. There are several different kinds, so you will need to learn about them before you ditch your go-to cotton bedding. Bamboo sheets come with great benefits, but definitely need more care to keep them in good shape. Once you have your new bed sheets, you can try out some of the ways to use old sheets around your home.

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