11 Ways to Repurpose Old Blankets and Bedding
Repurposing presents abundant possibilities when it comes to old blankets and used bedding. These sizable fabric pieces hold immense potential for creative crafting ventures. Even for individuals who may not consider themselves crafters, these blankets and bedding can be imaginatively repurposed as is, finding practical applications in various endeavors. We have listed 12 ways shown below how to repurpose old blankets and bedding.
1. Homeless Shelters
When we find ourselves discarding perfectly good bedding or blankets due to a change in bedroom decor or simply a desire for something new, we encourage considering a donation to homeless and emergency shelters. These establishments can make excellent use of bedding and comforters in good condition.
2. Animal Beds
For bedding that has seen better days, another alternative is to donate them to animal shelters or even to our beloved pets at home. Animals are far less particular than humans when it comes to seeking comfort and warmth, so an old blanket with holes will serve them just fine.
3. Protective Coverings
Old bedding proves to be versatile assets within our households, especially for those with a penchant for DIY projects. They can be transformed into reliable, reusable drop cloths for activities like painting, patching, or potting plants, effectively safeguarding surfaces indoors and outdoors from messy mishaps.
4. Crafters' Delight
Likewise, when engaging in painting or other DIY endeavors, repurposed old bedding can be fashioned into practical smocks, ensuring cleanliness of clothing. A simple cutout hole in an old fleece or exploring more imaginative and fun smock designs allows for personalized crafting attire.
Torn-up old t-shirts are not the sole source of cleaning rags. An old sheet possesses vast potential for supplying an array of shop rags, cleaning cloths, and similar practical uses. In this case, the condition of the bedding matters less, as even the most tattered pieces can be employed. There's no need for any of us to purchase a box of shop rags from a home improvement store when we can constantly produce them by repurposing old clothing—both human and bed-related.
6. Versitile Necessities
There are moments in life when having a blanket readily available becomes essential—such as changing a tire while wearing nice clothes or stumbling upon a perfect picnic spot. Having a tattered comforter or flannel sheet in the trunk of a car can prove invaluable during such situations. Folding up an old comforter and including it in an automotive emergency kit ensures preparedness. Additionally, a blanket can come to the rescue in unforeseen circumstances like being stranded in a snowstorm.
7. Creative Curtains
For individuals inclined towards crafting, transforming bedding into curtains is a relatively simple practice. Although it may not align with the timing of replacing bedding, it's worth considering, given our initial choice of pattern and colors. Thrift stores offer a wide availability of inexpensive bedding for those who frequently engage in repurposing ventures.
8. Sustainable Bags
Expanding our sewing horizons, bedding and blankets serve as ideal materials for creating reusable bags. These versatile bags can be used for shopping, carrying vegetables, bulk items, laundry, and various other purposes. Folding a strip of cloth in half, sewing up the sides, and adding a drawstring at the top is all it takes to fashion these eco-friendly bags.
9. Temperature Therapy
One of the more unique applications for bags made from old bedding involves creating heating or cooling pads. Shaping the bag according to preference, filling it with white rice, and permanently sewing it shut result in a practical tool. These pads can be heated in the microwave or cooled in the freezer, providing soothing relief when needed.
10. Imaginative Playthings
Rather than subjecting newer, functional bedding to potential damage during indoor clubhouse construction, it may be worthwhile to keep a few older sets specifically for such purposes. Moreover, children can invent numerous imaginative games using these repurposed toys.
11. Eco-Conscious Shower Curtains
For those seeking alternatives to plastic, finding a replacement for a shower curtain can be challenging. While
At Thread Talk, we are deeply committed to making a positive impact on society. One of the ways we strive to achieve this is by consistently encouraging the repurposing of blankets. We firmly believe that blankets hold immense potential beyond their initial use, and by repurposing them, we can contribute to the greater good of society.