How to reuse an old saree in 18 different ways

by Namrata Nautiyal
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I am taking no credits for this post. I recently started telling my folks, friends, family, friends of friends and close friends about my wedding blog. To be honest, my blog now feels legit to me. Don’t get me wrong, it was always special but getting that validation from someone else, someone who matters, its a feeling I cannot express.

Tapaswini aunty is my mums very close friend. We have been family friends for decades now. So when she heard about my blog few days back, she went through quite a few blog posts. Then my mum called and told me, that aunty has a special request.Β How to reuse an old saree?!!!

The minute I heard it, I knew I had to write something about it. We all have beautiful sarees locked up somewhere in our closet that we don’t see for years to come. Wouldn’t it be nice to revive it in a fashionable manner, something that will get a lot of praises may be?

Well, after some crazy number of research hours, here are 18 different ways to reuse saree. Aunty, this ones for you πŸ™‚

P.S. Some of the pictures are not saree pictures, so don’t come screaming to kill me. I am suggesting ideas here, that can be implemented to give a similar effect.


#1 Table Runner

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On my recent trip to Lajpat, I saw these everywhere. They cost upwards 400 bucks for the basic ones, and that’s when I thought why not make one yourself, with some fabric more beautiful in possession already? Its a fancy decor idea which you can do when guests come over. Looks really really elegant.


#2 Lamp Shade

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Now, before you jump and tell me this is not a saree…I agree. But the point is, the same can be done using a saree fabric. All you need is a good looking fabric and a glue gun. That’s it. Lampshades cost a bomb if you buy from malls and premium home decor stores, so this is a good way to spice up an old lampshade. Just buy one from the flea market and jazz it up.


#3 Palazzo Pants

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Seen all those printed palazzos in stores? Well, now you can up it a notch by cutting out a gorgeous old silk saree into a pair of palazzos. Team it up with a nice kurti and you will have one hell of a ethnic wear.


#4 Tapestry

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This is one of the harder options to implement with sarees. But nevertheless it can be done. If you have a silk saree in Kantha, or something which has a elaborate story design on it, then you can cut it out to be a rectangle and add additional borders and make a corner of your room look super pretty.


#5 Decorative Potli

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Have some old brocade saree in your closet? Now, you know exactly what to do with it. Add some latkans to the strings for added awesomeness.


#6 Reuse Saree as a dupatta

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This ones easy, and is one of the best ways to reuse saree’s. You can team it up with any regular outfit and it will instantly lift up the look.


#7 Place Mats

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Good Earth

Fancy guests coming over? This is what you got to decorate your table with. Guaranteed its going to be one hell of a conversation starter.


#8 Fabric Wall Painting

This is one of my favourites from this list. Why buy expensive paintings when you can spruce up your home decor with reused saree cuttings instead? Comment if you love this idea.


#9 Lehenga

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If you have a good tailor/designer in your contact, then giving your old saree and turning it into a gorgeous flared lehenga is the best option to go for. Not only will you have a one of a kind piece, you will actually want to reuse saree after the transformation.


#10 Bed Cover

Now, this might require a fair amount of stitching expertise, but nonetheless it makes for a great reusable option. Bed covers are so expensive, and getting a high quality looking one is even more steep in its pricing. Next time you wish to throw out a saree, think about this option.


#11 Curtains

Best thing to do with grandmas old cotton saree. These are easy to maintain, are summer light and look amazing in Indian home decor.


#12 A long jacket

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If you are worried about cutting down the saree into a million pieces, this is a good alternative to go for. This way, your saree to an extent stays intact, and you get yourself a new look as well.


#13 Revamping the Upholstery

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Whether it is the foot stool or the ottoman, using a silk fabric to redo the upholstery will not only bring a fresh taste to the home decor, it will also be a one of a kind statement piece.


#14 Anarkali/ Kurti/ Suit Set/ Stylish Wedding Guest Ethnic Wear Outfit

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Try something out of the ordinary. That’s the key.


#15 Stationary – Notepads, phone cases, Laptop/Kindle sleeves

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Etsy,, notonthehighstreet

Love custom stationaries? Then this is something you have to try out. There are a zillion things you can use this idea with, whether it is bookmarks, phone cases or gift boxes even. Creativity is the key.


#16 Table Cover

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Banarasi Designs

Have a really fancy saree, and don’t know how best to show it off? Try the table cover route. Looks pretty jazzed up when guests cover over, and all you got to do is add a transparent sheet over it.


#17 Crop Top Skirt

I am in love with this brocade trend that’s going on currently. The stiff fabric is great to reuse as a goofy skirt with a fitted crop top.


#18 Cushions

By far, the best way to use old beautiful colourful sarees. Cushions are a great home decor piece to spruce up any decor. If you have an Indian theme going on in your house, this is the best thing to do with your old saree.


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Bhawna sharma July 25, 2017 - 10:47 am

Bahut hi sunder ideas h…thanx:)

Namrata Nautiyal July 25, 2017 - 10:53 am

Thank you Bhawna. I am glad you liked it πŸ™‚

Chrissi Matusevics July 26, 2017 - 6:14 pm

wonderful ideas- a lot of my pretty modern ones are Georgette as well as cotton or silk though and as I am now a wee bit moti to wear them and look good, I would like ides for them as well as I think Georgette might be too delicate for making kurtis and shalwar kameeze with and I think I would not suit the modern style lehangar suits

Namrata Nautiyal July 27, 2017 - 9:05 am

Hi Chrissi,
Thank you for reaching out. I am glad you liked the ideas on the blog post.

While silk is easy to reuse in a number of ways, georgette is a bit tricky like you said. My mother in law just tried out a new trick which worked beautifully. You can make different sized wooden trays and coasters by cutting out the saree piece and making the base of the tray out of it. Just put a transparent glass on top so that the pattern shows. It’s cheaper, and you can gift it out as well.

Also, because georgette has a nice fabric in general, you can maybe cut it out to make a nice cape style jacket…those flowy kinds. Everyone is wearing one here in India..those are really in. If you’re slightly conscious of your weight and look, a long cape is a good way of hide and seek.

You can also make different storage boxes with the georgette saree covering it up. However, for this you might need a skilled person who can do a good work. If you can get it done, you can place the storage box as a decor piece in your living hall, or as a statement bedroom decor piece.

Let me know if any of these ideas might help, or may be I can think and dig deeper to come up with something more πŸ™‚

Sabnam August 26, 2017 - 11:40 pm

amazing ideas….now I’ll just have to gather the courage to actually cut up a saree

BhumiBabe September 8, 2017 - 12:50 am

What a great post! These ideas are pretty awesome. I agree with post above, cutting up a saree takes a bit of courage.

L Bhatt September 21, 2017 - 2:21 pm

Wonderful ideas!!

Shalini September 21, 2017 - 8:10 pm

Very nice idea

Namrata Nautiyal September 22, 2017 - 8:39 am

Thanks Shalini. Glad you liked them.

sonali September 22, 2017 - 2:40 pm


Ravinder September 22, 2017 - 10:33 am

Just one word…… Wow

patu Mehta September 30, 2017 - 10:26 am

excellent ideas to reuse old sarees

Neha jain October 1, 2017 - 5:21 pm

Very nice ideas….

Vrushali October 1, 2017 - 5:23 pm

Khup mst l love it

Namrata Nautiyal October 2, 2017 - 11:30 am

Hehe, Thank you Vrushali πŸ™‚

Manjulaa October 2, 2017 - 7:24 am

Hi Namrata, fantastic post.
Loved the ideas especially the ones for home decor and Kurtis. Thanks for sharing…

Namrata Nautiyal October 2, 2017 - 11:29 am

Hi Manjulaa,
I am glad you liked the post. Let me know if there is any topic of your interest you would like to see on the blog πŸ™‚

Amita October 6, 2017 - 7:02 pm

Superb n very innovative ideas. Thanks so much. Will surely try one of these

Bhavna Harshey October 13, 2017 - 5:00 pm

Nice ideas!

Anjali October 20, 2017 - 5:57 pm

Excellent ideas!

asmita October 31, 2017 - 7:07 am

Awesome ideas, will surely try few of them.

Namrata Nautiyal November 9, 2017 - 10:57 am

I am glad. Do share photos whenever possible. Would love to share with everyone πŸ™‚

Kavita November 9, 2017 - 8:19 am

Wow Thanks Namrata for sharing these Brilliant ideas.

the beauty of an Indian saree will add so much of class and style to anything it touches.

Namrata Nautiyal November 9, 2017 - 10:55 am

Hey Kavita,
My thoughts exactly. Saree is so beautiful, and everyone has a unique one of a kind piece with them. To make use of them in different ways can uplift any one’s home decor instantly.

Indu bala November 27, 2017 - 10:24 pm

Hi dear, must say fantastic ideas.

Namrata Nautiyal December 4, 2017 - 2:17 pm

Hi Indu,
Thanks! Appreciate the positive comment πŸ™‚

Sushma November 28, 2017 - 12:48 pm

It’s a very good post ,thank u for the ideas,they are really worth trying.

Namrata Nautiyal December 4, 2017 - 2:16 pm

Hi Sushma,
Thank you so much. I am glad you liked the post !

Raja rajeswari December 22, 2017 - 10:39 pm

Very beautiful and money saving ideas.some times we Γ§ant digest giving away such beautiful and costly sarees which we bought covetedly .

Namrata Nautiyal January 10, 2018 - 10:56 am

I completely agree with you. That’s the biggest dilemma on its own. To cut the saree, it breaks the heart.

saraswati January 7, 2018 - 6:31 am

very interesting and beautiful…

Namrata Nautiyal January 10, 2018 - 10:48 am

Thank you so much. Glad you like it πŸ™‚

Aishwarya January 11, 2018 - 11:12 pm

Very nice design and ideas also

Krishna January 13, 2018 - 7:47 am

Good idea I use all my old sari to make new dress and my old dress for my daughteroutfit …. creative mind and creative people

Namrata Nautiyal January 15, 2018 - 12:33 pm

Hehe, that sounds perfect. Do share pictures once you create something new from the saree. Would love to have a look.

Merin February 3, 2018 - 2:51 pm

The idea of making frames is awesome

Rupinder Kaur February 3, 2018 - 8:30 pm

Awesome ideas

Siddhi Modi February 8, 2018 - 11:40 am

Nice ideas.. But all this will look good in silk and banarsi fabrics. What about chiffon and georgets??

Chelvakee February 9, 2018 - 11:47 am

Great ideas dear! Beautiful too.Tq for all your ideas! Love it

Farzana February 9, 2018 - 9:11 pm

Thank you . Excellent ideas. Going to try some out .

Durdana Ali Malik February 13, 2018 - 2:20 pm

Every other year I get new blouses stitched because I refuse to give upon my sarees. Love them all.
So now what can I do with a million blouses?!

Amulya February 23, 2018 - 11:52 pm

Very nice…I love it…even i got some ideas from this..I’m a fashion desginer too..

Revati February 28, 2018 - 9:13 pm


Nivedita Sengupta March 23, 2018 - 9:18 pm

Wonderful ideas …

Roopa March 25, 2018 - 1:43 pm

Very nice and usefull

Renu March 29, 2018 - 6:45 am

Very beautiful love your ideas

Namrata Nautiyal April 18, 2018 - 11:05 am

Thanks Renu πŸ™‚

Rihana Mohammed September 17, 2018 - 4:32 pm

Such beautiful ideas ….continue to share.

Padmaja August 7, 2019 - 7:10 pm

Wow. You really have given us ideas. Now all it takes is a little rummaging through the wardrobe for transformation. Thanks again for the idea.

Sujata February 27, 2020 - 12:14 pm

Awesome ideas Namrata. Thanks for sharing. Now can dare to cut the sarees.

Abhishek Tiwari April 21, 2020 - 11:45 am

Really Amazing Ideas…going to try all the ideas that you have given without any hasitation
Thanks for sharing the ideas Namrata..

shivam August 27, 2020 - 8:41 am

hi mam i liked your ideas very much. those were too good . but i didn’t got the exact solution for my problem. let me tell you about my problem . we have a clothing store we had a lot of out dated stock with us . so i need a idea how to just sell them in a ,manner that can be used by someone else and can be use full to a person . we have a lot of cotton sares. in our locality they are known as “suti sarees” hoping for an early reply.


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