10 Uses for Zip-Up Sheet, Bedding, Comforter Plastic Bags

I love buying new bedding...from new sheets to a new mattress pad.  There's something about the crispness of new bed linens that brings me joy.  It's the little things sometimes.  And, what comes with the purchase of new bedding is a new zippered plastic bag!  What can I put in this one?  These bags are ideal for storing so many items because not only can you see what's in the bag, but you can also push and shove into a space to make it fit in a closet, a drawer, your trunk, wherever.  So, I've come up with a list of uses for these bags...if you have ideas, please comment below...
  1. CRAFTING ITEMS - the smaller pillowcase-sized bags are perfect for pencils, crayons, markers, paintbrushes, glue, duct tape and so much more.  Fabric, yarn, lace and more fit into the larger bags for your sewing, knitting, crochet, quilting and needlepoint projects.  I have a plethora of fabric scraps which I keep in a sheet-set-sized bag 'cause I can pile the fabric in and still see what's in there.
  2. CLOTHING - store your seasonal clothes in these bags - hosiery, sweaters, ski clothes, and more.  And, if you have small children, toss one of these bags in your trunk filled up with a clean change of clothes for that just-in-case surprise!  Change your child into the clean clothes and put the soiled clothes in the bag to take home and wash.  Later, you can then wash the bag or just wipe down with a Lysol wipe.
  3. PICNIC TABLE TABLECLOTHS - the photo above is of my collection of picnic table tablecloths.  Whenever there's a family picnic, I bring along my bag.  A quick wipe-down of the tablecloths, let dry, fold 'em up and put back in the bag.  I store these in our garage, and, since they're zipped up, nospiders!  They also don't get that garage dust on them.
  4. BEACH & SWIM GEAR - throw the swim toys in to carry to and fro as well as all the wet stuff on your way home.  My cousin puts her wetsuit in one of these bags...what a GREAT idea!!!  Throw in those swim fins and snorkeling gear too.
  5. GIFT-GIVING ESSENTIALS - toss in bows, ribbons and even gift bags.  Have to wrap a gift in a hurry?  Just grab your bag and wrapping that gift is acinch.  If you want to be uber-organized, toss in a roll of tape, scissors and gift cards as well.
  6. TOYS - do you have Legos everywhere at your house?  Throw them in the bag.  Puzzles, dolls and so many other toys.  One word of CAUTION:  plastic bags can suffocate your child if put over his/her head.  Be sure to watch your child with these bags around...this is not the time for you to take a shower.
  7. HOLIDAY DECOR - I use about 5 of these bags for our Christmas decorations, from kitchen towels to bathroom towels to stockings that hang by the fire to our Christmas tree skirt and so much more.  Again, put in the bag, zip it up and get all the air out and just shove in the box and throw the lid on super fast...well, at least that's what I do.
  8. TRAVELING - throw your shoes in one of these bags to keep the rest of your stuff clean.  Toss your soiled items in the bag to keep away from your clean items.
  9. SMALL KITCHEN APPLIANCES - I don't know about you, but I don't use my rice cooker everyday.  In fact, I leave it on a shelf in our garage just adjacent to our kitchen.  Needless to say, leaving in the garage in the open air leaves the appliance vulnerable to garage dust...the gross film that tends to collect over time.  So, I put my small kitchen appliances in a sheet-set-sized plastic bag.  And, while you're at it, you can toss in the instruction manual in case you're like me and forget how to work the darn thing.
  10. 1st AID KIT - I received a Wamsutta terry sarong...love it, but the bag is even better...it has a handle! As with so many of my other bags, I took the paper label that came with the bag detailing its contents, turned it over and listed the contents of MY bag.  This 1st Aid kit sits in our closet and contains Band-Aids, Ace bandages, splints, disposable gloves and so much more.  You can put together  smaller versions for your car and for traveling.
Uses for these bags are endless.  What do you use these bags for?  I'm always looking for new ideas.

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Susan Johnston
Susan Johnston

I’m going to show this post to my family; my love of zip-up bedding bags is well known around these parts! I knew you and I were kindred spirits.

Blog looks great & I’m cheering you on!