I love that “saving money” no longer has the negative connotation that it did when I was growing up in the 80’s. Back then, it wasn’t considered cool to shop at thrift stores or to repurpose furniture. We could never have imagined that drinking from recycled Mason jars while sitting in mismatched chairs at a table that used to be somebody’s barn door would EVER be something to be proud of.
When our family shifted from 2 incomes to 1 a little over 20 years ago, I became a money saver out of necessity. I guess you could say I was a trend setter, ’cause our family was doing the whole “reduce, reuse, recycle” thing long before it became a catch-phrase!
It didn’t take me long to learn that small changes can make a huge difference in our budget. Something as simple as leaving the paper napkins on the store shelf in lieu of cloth napkins that were purchased on clearance or, better yet, made by hand can save loads of bucks each year. Swapping store-bought diapers for homemade, cloth diapers…well, you can just imagine how much money we saved there!
I’ve also learned that many household items that would normally be thrown away can be used for other purposes. Old towels make perfect dust rags. And old sheets are great for a kids’ craft-day table cloth. And, thanks to my mom, I learned that old clothes make beautiful quilts.
Recently I found several great blogs sharing easy ways to creatively repurpose old linens. I was definitely inspired and I couldn’t resist sharing them with y’all.
1. Reusable paper towels!
Amy from Our Sew Good Life shares an easy-to-follow tutorial for making “unpaper” towels. These can be made using old towels or terry cloth you have left over from other projects as the absorbent layer. Flannel or cotton fabric (think old sheets!) can be used as the decorative top layer.
2. Bowl Covers!
Nicole from Going Green shows us how to turn old tablecloths into bowl covers. Eureka! The thought of no longer fighting with a sanity-testing roll of plastic wrap makes my day. 🙂 This post also links to other great ideas for reusing those old tablecloths.
3. A Rug!
Brooke from Artistic Endeavors 101 teaches us how to use old sheets, either ours or thrift store finds, to make a cute-as-a-button rug. Granted, this process does look a bit involved, but I think it would be worth every bit of effort.
4. Bath Mat!
Buzzmills shares an easy way to make a super absorbent, washable bath mat using old towels.
5. Home Decor!
We recently shared this easy-peasy fall wreath. The beauty of this project is that it can be made for any season depending on your color choices. You can use old sheets or even clothes that the kids have outgrown. Lots of possibilities!
5+. Learn a new skill!
How ’bout using them in a cozy, comfy quilt? Don’t know how? Well, Craftsy has lots of classes you can take to learn online… Get started here!