Saturday, October 16, 2010

Organizing your Projects

First on the List of Sewing Scrappy. Organize ourselves.

I have several of these boxes. They are 12x12 storage boxes I bought in the scrapbooking department of our local craft store a few years ago. I keep most of my on-going projects in these boxes. Including my Scrappy Projects.
Projects in the Works

Here is a 12x12 plastic box that I found at JoAnn's last week. Not as sturdy as the ones above, but less money and will do just fine. I paid $5 for it.
Project Keeper

What I think is great about this size of a box;
I can fit more then one on a shelf, They're large enough to accommodate up to a 12" quilt block. They're somewhat clear which allows me to see a bit of the project inside. And they have label holders.

I put the blocks in progress, finished blocks, fabric and pattern for the project, in the box. (sometimes thread too, especially if it's a color I don't use that often).
Organizing Projects
When I'm in the mood to work on a project, I just pull the box from the shelf, pop off the lid and everything's ready for me to sew, right where I left off.

Now this doesn't mean you have to run out and buy some 12x12 containers. Heavens. Use what you have, to start off with.
Shoe Box?
Document Box?

The Box your latest Internet order came in?

It's always good to try something out when Organizing, if possible, before you spend a bunch of money. Because what works for one person, may not work for another.

I have a closet with lots of shelving, so I have plenty of space and just the right set up, for these boxes.

Although they may not work for you
, and perhaps something like this, might work better for you. I see these all over and I've even seen them at Yard Sales and Thrift Stores. If you don't have shelving in your sewing space, this would be ideal I think. I found this one on Amazon HERE.

For our Sew Scrap Along, I would suggest you grab a couple boxes or containers you're not using and set them aside for your Scrappy Projects. Find a home for them. Some place they're easily accessible.

Scrappy Projects are almost always on-going projects. And personally I think in order to finish them someday. They need to be easily accessible and ready to work on when the mood strikes.

I would love to see, and I'm sure others would love to see too, how YOU organize your on-going projects. So head over to my new Flickr Group and post some photos of the way you organize your projects!


Anina said...

OK, now I'm going to have to go think about this...
And my sewing room is a total mess right now. Maybe it's a hint that I should clean up a bit.

Patchwork and Play said...

Great idea! Time to go shopping I expect! I have used shoe boxes for storage- my Mariner's Compass project has lived in one while I've worked on it this year! Thanks Jodi.

"Lois Grebowski" said...

I confess, I'm a zip lock bag user. I buy the gallon size ones and put my fabric groupings in them. Then I stuff them into a plastic bin and forget about them...

hahahahaha... I need help.

Sequana said...

I love that multi-colored set of drawers that rolls around; altho I keep my scrapbooking supplies in it.

I don't have "projects" so much as scraps divided by color in zip lock bags, and those in a large grocery bag right now.

I have one set of scraps cut like a jelly roll and a project in the "Scrapbasket Surprises" book awaiting.

I also have a dozen or so string blocks made from ages ago. I think I'll get those out and maybe add to them while I sew with you.

A Girl said...

I am highly unorganized when it comes to things like this. I use whatever I have on hand, plastic bins, photo boxes, baskets, and even an empty draw or two around the house.

Madame Samm said...

Ohh cool..of course I love the coloured one...Now I need to come up with a trolley that will lift things to the ceiling for storage lol
blessings msamm

Dora, the Quilter said...

I love how colorful the multi-drawer unit is. A fellow teacher had one of these, and it was constantly getting off-square and shifting sideways. I thought if her husband would cut metal straps, she could fasten them in an X-shape across the back to keep it square.
The other issue with that whatever the drawers contain must be very, very light weight, because over the course of several weeks, the center sides of the drawers pull inward and the drawers then don't fit the tracks properly--fall down, etc.
Just saying from experience.....

badlandsquilts said...

Love the boxes, so far I'm using pizza boxes. One of my first quilts had 15" blocks and that was all I could find!

Becky said...

Jodi, you so shmart! I use gallon size freezer bags for sewing projects. I cut out the garment and put all the notions and pattern in til I'm ready to sew. And yes, there are baggies that I filled years and years ago!

Gari said...

I, too, have similar boxes for ongoing projects. But I have so many that I am going to have to get a couple more for the scrappy projects. How many did you say you are going to start? I am getting ready to move my fabric off a shelving unit so I think I will keep these boxes on there so I can see them quickly. I also keep all completed BOM blocks filed in one box so I can find them to put up on the wall every once in a while. I love storage stuff.

Trisha said...

My husband made me a wonderful sewing center that we designed together. It is like a big buffet table and has 12 drawers. The drawers used to hold my projects but now some hold my scraps. But I am not sold on this and wondering if I should make them project drawers again...

Thimbleanna said...

You're always so organized! I need all those boxes in my sewing room -- I have a mess everywhere. And we're getting a new furnace soon which means it's all going to have to move. I need a nap just thinking about it!

Carrie P. said...

Awesome ideas! I like those boxes.

Leslie said...

thanks for the great ideas! I have some of those clear boxes from teaching at a scrapbook store, now I can use them for my fabric projects and/or scraps! thanks! I am loving this!

snippetsandyarns said...

I put my current projects into containers the way you described. But I found some of those canvas drawer / basket type - with my beloved butterflies on them! }i{

They were too perfect for me to pass up, so I bought four. That also helps me limit my current WIP list. I'm not supposed to start a new project, until I have emptied a bin for it!

~ Meagan


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