A pillowcase with a bold printed image is much more than bedding, it’s a soft piece of cotton with contemporary style. Unlike bolts of regular fabric with repeating patterns, many pillowcases have asymmetric designs with artsy composition. The cloth also tears nicely, for a shabby chic, hand-made effect. Try these tricks to turn an ordinary pillowcase into decorating crafts that are inexpensive and easy!
Need a simple storage solution with a polished look? Then line a wicker basket with a modern pillowcase! Lay the pillow cover in the basket and bring the edges up and over the sides. Tie a satin bow at each corner to hold the material in place. Fill the lined bin with hand towels and washcloths, or use it to store hats and scarves in your dressing area.
Cover a bulletin board with a lovely pillowcase, and your daily memos will go from blah to ooh-la-la! Choose a sham with a large single design. Measure the cork surface and cut the pillowcase to fit. Glue the edges with Fabri-Tac, then tack on a border of ribbon using Steam-A-Seam. (Why didn’t we use spray adhesive, you ask? It would gum up our pushpins!)
Give a plain lampshade artistic flair with playful strips of colorful fabric. Rip a pillowcase into a few dozen two-inch wide lengths. Wrap each one around the lampshade and tie in a knot. You can arrange the knots at the center of the shade to make funky pleats, or move them to the bottom to create fringe. Who would have guessed it was made with a pillowcase?