8 Alternate Decorative Uses for Pretty Extra Linens


Inevitably in our busy households, we tend to end up with a ton of extra textiles in our linen closets -- tablecloths, tea towels, sheets, etc. Rather than let them pile up, it's time to come up with some alternative uses for these pretty pieces.

Tablecloth as Bassinet Canopy

This lovely baby bassinet is a family heirloom from the 1970s, found via katisworld. Love the look of the colorful canopy and it would be a snap for any amateur seamstress to recreate from a pretty vintage or vintage-inspired tablecloth. Wow!

What else can we do with our pretty extras?


Marimekko tea towel

Tea Towel as Art

Anna at Door Sixteen framed a gorgeous Marimekko tea towel. Now it's lovely artwork.

file folders vintage sheets

Vintage Sheets as File Folder Covers

Spiff up your boring file folders something wonderful by using vintage sheets and a spray adhesive. Tutorial on Design*Sponge.

table setting napkins tea towels

Tea Towels as Napkins

Sarah of Remodelista uses inexpensive tea towels for napkins in her high-style, low-cost outdoor dining table.

tea towel placemat

Tea Towel as Placemat

Your favorite tea towel can make a pretty placemat.

vintage dishware sheet

Vintage Sheet as Beach Blanket

Eren San Pedro of Vintage Chica used a pretty vintage sheet as a blanket for her beach picnic

tea towel twig flowie

Tea Towels as Curtains

I bought this Curtain Wire with Clips ($5.99), and now I'm searching for the perfect tea towels to make super-simple curtains for my kitchen. Loving the Twig Tea Towel ($22) above but more than anything, looking forward to changing my curtains regularly.

tea towel gift wrap

Tea Towel as Gift Wrap

Roll up a bottle of wine or bouquet in a cute tea towel for a perfect hostess gift or use a nice reusable tea towel to wrap up any small gift.

Lots of fun ideas. And between you and me, all these DIY inspirations make for a great excuse to BUY some pretty "extras" too.

Which idea for your pretty extras do you like best?

Images via katisworld/Flickr, Door Sixteen, Design*Sponge, Remodelista, Didricks,  Vintage Chica, Design Public, and Studiopatro.

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