5 easy ways to turn old sarees into beautiful home decor


Be it silk, cotton, velvet or chiffon, most Indian homes possess a precious collection of sarees that cannot be worn nor discarded because of their sentimental value. Having been passed on from one generation to the next, these heirlooms may have lost their sheen over the years, the fabric may have weakened or the embroidery has come apart. So instead of piling up old sarees in your wardrobe, here are a few ways to upcycle sarees and turn them into a beautiful part of your home decor.

1. Use old sarees to make a set of curtains

Since a saree is six meters long, you can use the length of the saree to make beautiful curtains. One can mix and match sarees to create a curtain set for any room and use net sarees for the sheer curtains. We recommended you add a layer of fabric under the saree to enhance the strength of the curtains. Old cotton sarees are perfect for creating window blinds for the bedroom.

Anoushka Shankar made creative use of an old saree, turning it into a trim for a pair of curtains.

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2. Turn sarees into table linen

Use an old saree to create a table cover and instantly transform your dining space. Measure the exact size of the dining table and cut the saree as per the required dimensions. Silk sarees can liven up the table on festive occasions. Don’t forget to protect the table cloth with a transparent plastic cover.

You can also use old silk sarees and borders to make table runners or a set of coasters. Stitch tassels on the corners to complete the look.

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3. Stitch cushion covers for the living room

The beautiful patterns, prints and colors of Indian sarees make them perfect for cushions. Stitch old sarees into cushion covers and enhance their look with tassels, laces and pompoms to give them a more formal look. Silk or cotton sarees can also be used to make floor cushions. Stitch vintage sarees into sofa seat covers to decorate your home during festivals. Make sure that the colors of the sarees blend or contrast with the existing upholstery and color palette of the space.

4. Make bedspreads

Covert beautiful silk and velvet sarees with borders into elegant bedspreads and embellish them with embroidery. Use contrasting colored sarees for the cushions and pillow set. Cotton sarees can be converted into a bedspread for daily use. Make an heirloom patchwork quilt from brocade and velvet sarees that can be used during the winter season.

Because of their easy drape, sarees can also be used to create a unique canopy over a four-poster bed. Additionally, printed sarees are a great way to refurbish the seat of an ottoman or stool.

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