Saturday, 6 September 2014

Hey!

In the area where I live, we have several wheelie bins.  A green one for general rubbish, a brown one for garden waste (or, in my case, rabbit poo) and a grey-lidded one for recyclables such as bottles, glass, paper and card.  To save going outside every time we finish a milk bottle, we had a canvas M&S bag in the corner.  It was gross.  Things had spilled in there, I'm pretty sure something had crawled in there to die... it was filthy.  A replacement was needed.  No photo of the filthy one as, quite frankly, I'm ashamed of myself (though I am exaggerating a little).



Laminate plastic tablecloth type fabric (not designer, I'm not made of money, it is a bin), cheapy black poly-cotton, a few hours of swearing and a recycling bin is born.



The laminate is on the inside for easy wipe-cleaning and I stitched up the four sides to try to give it structure as I'd failed to interface it.  That didn't work, but it's fine when it's full.  The swearing was not down to sewing with laminate, that wasn't a problem.  It was down to my inability to do the most basic of maths.  The first one turned out very wide and very short, that got unpicked, the second was too thin and too tall, that got thrown in a corner.



Now, we all have hay all over our kitchen floor don't we?  Also in our hair and all over our clothes, but there's nothing I can do about that.  But the kitchen floor annoys me.  I sweep, 2 seconds later it's covered in hay again.  Something needed to be done.  Where's that tall, skinny failure of a recycling bag?



Ta dah!  This has the laminate on the outside as it gets taken outside and put on the floor so the outer needs to be wipe-clean rather than the inside.  It's lined with the black polycotton. The hanging tag is so I can hang it on the door, once I've sorted out a second set of hooks.



The perfect solution for everyone's spilt hay issues.  Feel free to copy as I hate to think of you all sitting there with your hay-covered kitchens.

I can't believe I nearly forgot!  This is also my second 2014 FAL Q3 finish for the quarter!  Yay me.

Finish Along 2014 
See my goal setting post here.

12 comments:

Rachel said...

Yay indeed. I must say that hay isn't one of the more common problems in this household, but I'm sure other uses could be made of it..!

Sarah in Stitches said...

LOL - our "hay-covered kitchens." :D That might be purely a pet-owners problem. I love your solutions, they look fabulous!

Sandra :) said...

HAHA cute and useful - that's a win/win :D I haven't found stray hay in my kitchen (or house) yet, although I have thread from one end to the other, and oddly, high heel shaped holes and dents appear randomly in my kitchen floor, when I have no high heels. I think perhaps I need to check hubby's or DS2's closets ... ;)

We keep a mini blue box under a kitchen counter - we fill it up with the recycling we produce during the day, and empty it into the big blue bins when necessary. We have a mini compost bin under the kitchen sink, and dump it in the green bin in the garage when full. We're not FANCY like you crafters apprenticeseseses ;)

SuperMomNoCape said...

What a cool solution! I love that you used a tablecloth rather than yardage which can be so expensive.

Fiona said...

those bags are certainly a lot more cheerful than hay on the floor!
Hugz

Jane Galley said...

Great idea, that hay gets everywhere :)

Ella and Nesta said...

I haven't got hay but I have toys all over the place! This is a great idea. You didn't use any interfacing then? It just stays up by itself or is it the contents that makes it stand up?

margaret said...

good idea like you I do not like kitchen bins but put things in plastic bag, the recycle goes into a plastic waste bin as it is all washed prior to disposing off fortunately I do not have poo of any sort to include in my bins!

my way of... said...

It looks great. A simple solution for a very common problem

pennydog said...

Laughing at the hay :D

I have a bag for exactly the same reason that I got from a craft trade exhibition (I think it's a Korbond one) that when things spill in there, I just chuck in the washing machine. There's a basket for the interim period if necessary, no laminate sewing for me!

Jo Ferguson said...

Doesn't everyone have hay on their floors? Mine is from the neighbour's horse. He's not actually walked in my home but I've walked in his and I always end up bringing hay, home. Now I have a solution.

Katy Cameron said...

Congrats on your finishes!

As for hay, alas, my kitchen floor is currently being littered, on a daily basis, with dead wasps...