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. 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 🙂
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
Try something out of the ordinary. That’s the key.
#15 Stationary – Notepads, phone cases, Laptop/Kindle sleeves
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
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.
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.