We all have them, linens that we haven’t used in forever. Or our favorites that we use all the time and the wear is starting to show. Instead of tossing them in the garbage, here are 5 creative ways to recycle your old linens to give them a new life.

  1. Cut them up and use them for cleaning

    You can never have too many cleaning towels. Cut your unneeded sheets into squares or rectangles and store them with your cleaning supplies to use instead of paper towels. It’ll save you money and help the planet at the same time.

  2. Make a DIY placemat

    This is a blow-your-mind easy project. Take your gently used, small pillow shams. Wash them. Set them on the table. Done! No sewing required and it’s a perfect way to keep your kiddos lunchtime messes contained. I now see pillow shams in a whole new way.

  3. Donate to an animal shelter

    Animal shelters are always looking for linens. They need old sheets, towels, pillowcases and so on. Anything that can be used to line a cage or clean up messes, they’ll be happy to take off your hands.

  4. Make a braided rug or a braided pet toy

    Use old sheets, blankets or other unused linens to make a fun area rug for your home. Here’s an easy tutorial from The Spruce Crafts to try. Or you could turn recycle those linens into a braided pet toy. Here’s a quick tutorial from Instructables to get you started.

  5. Make a craft smock for your kiddos

    This simple way to recycle old pillowcases will keep your kids’ clothes from getting paint or glue all over them. Just cut head and arm holes in the closed part of a pillowcase and you’re done. Quick and easy craft smock. Let the creativity begin!

There are so many ways you can keep those old, unused linens out of the landfill. Check out How Can You Recycle Fabrics? to find out more.