But if you're smart you can give them another lease of life. It's very simple, though it does need a sewing machine (unless you have very good, and fast, hand stitching).
Simply cut the sheet all the way down the middle.
Now reverse each half, so that what was the outside hem is running down the middle, and the threadbare bits are down the outside. Stitch the seam together and voila! An almost good as new sheet!
(It helps if you unpick the outside hems first, so you don't end up with a rigid seam down the middle.)
This works with blankets too.
Other uses of holey or threadbare sheets - if they're good quality cotton:
- If you're canny, you can make pillow cases out of the bits that aren't holey.
- Reuse parts for tea towels or napkins.
- Use for lining baskets or bags.