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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
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    Question What to do with reject sheets

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    What do you do with older sheets??

    I have two sets of sheets (queen size) that we have used for a few years that, frankly, I'm tired of dealing with. One set has a dead elastic on the fitted sheet, the other is mismatched: king fitted, queen top.

    Should I donate them? Toss them? We really don't need another "drop cloth for painting.". They are clean and in decent shape, they just have issues.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Some animal shelters appreciate them as animal bedding. I probably wouldn't donate them to a people charity, as someone would encounter the same frustrations you have.

    Another idea is to freecycle them with an accurate description. Someone might cut them up to sew into something else....
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Uncanny Valley
    I've read (and verified with my local Goodwill) that they do recycle unusable textiles for the fibers. So that's a fallback.

    If they're flannel or jersey, they might be good for cleaning/polishing rags. Percale could be cloth napkins for everyday use, if you have the patience to hem them.

    If they're not taking too much space that you need, I think it's always handy to have old bed linens around to cover furniture when you're away and tender plants when the temperature dips.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Folsom CA
    Last year we tore old sheets into strips to tie our runaway tomato vines to support cages.

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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Boise Idaho
    your LBS always needs rags
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    I use them for drop cloths and to cut into rags when working on my bikes.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    around Seattle, WA

    great minds think alike

    I was going to post the same question. I have sheets that have been used to death - fabric is so thin it tears easily.

    I'll check with my local shelter. I also have towels to re-home.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Katy, Texas
    also check with local elder groups who may or may not be doing quilting for charities like the Linus Project. They often need largish pieces of plain fabric to use for backing and filling of baby and crib blankets. May your local quilting group or fabric store can guide you.

    Towels are a definite for vets offices and shelters.

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  9. #9
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Maybe check with a bird rescue? My mom uses all of our old sheets to cover her cockatoo's cage. Since Lucy will pull pieces of the sheets in and shred them when she's bored, Mom likes to have a few back-ups.

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  10. #10
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    +1 on Freecycle. Lots of people need things for sewing/craft projects.



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