Fun Friday Show & Tell: Compost Tote

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Just in time, for the ‘day after’ Thanksgiving dinner, some Show & Tell from the creative staff here at the Clothworks home office!  Shown here is something of a clever contraption, which I’m going to call the Compost Hamper.  Instead of having an unsightly plastic compost bucket lying around your kitchen counter collecting your food scraps to be composted, Pat in Accounting & Susan in Order Entry & Customer Service, devised and created this nifty invention to add a little pizzazz to your home decor.

compost bin 2Pat went to Home Depot to gather up all of the PVC piping and joints to create the frame for the ‘hamper’.  Once the frame was constructed, she gave Susan the measurements to draft and sew a fabric bag.  Do you recognize that fabric?  The modern floral from the Lady Bug Blooms collection designed by Anne Bollman, released earlier this year by Clothworks, adds a fun splash of color to Pat’s neutral kitchen decor.

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Susan’s genius idea of constructing the fabric bag with loops that have snaps, allows for 2 purposes.  The first purpose, although not pictured here, is to line the fabric bag with a bio-compost bag to be secured by the snaps when closing the tabs.  That way you can throw in your food scraps without soiling the fabric bag too much.  The second purpose for the tabs makes for easy removal of the fabric bag for laundering.

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And voila!  Hope this nifty idea inspires you in your sewing!  Besides being used to disguise your compost, I could also see this invention used as a bin for fabric scraps in your sewing room.  Hmmm….sounds like the perfect gift idea for a few crafty folks on my Christmas list 🙂

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