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Many crafters may be working on multiple projects at the same time or they can only work on their projects when time allows. This is a guide about organizing craft projects.
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By 11 found this helpful
April 26, 2010

When I am pulling fabrics together to make a particular pattern, I place all the fabric, the pattern, any notions, trims, and such in a large Ziploc bag and hang the bag on a pants hanger. (Ready to go.)

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I just hang it in my sewing room closet along with others that are ready. This is especially nice when I go to sew the crazy quilt purses, because there is a lot of piecing as well as a lot of embellishing to do.

By Judy from Birmingham, AL

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By 3 found this helpful
February 21, 2011

For organizing craft projects, I use binders for project ideas with protective sleeves. I also keep a list of items needed to finish a project. So in one sleeve would be the pattern for a cross-stitch project and a list of items for finishing the project. This way, when I get ready to do the project, I know what I need. Then I get out the Ziploc bags to store the items needed to finish the project and place them in binder as well. I will punch holes and use reinforcements or clear nail polish to keep the holes from spreading. I use a large bag to hold the material (Aida cloth). I do about 6 at a time so that when I have all items on hand.

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This saves time, as I then have one list with items to purchase for the things I do not have on hand, I don't need to search all the storage units, but one time, I have all of these in a basket. Then when I go shopping I take a dry eraser and the list in the plastic sleeve and get the items crossed off when I pick them up. I also keep a sleeve in the binder to track what I spent on the purchases, so if I sell them I can have the cost already laid out if questioned.

I also have 2 large white binders that I keep all patterns and ideas in that are stored in a craft organizer with wheels and is stored in closet, along with all my tools. Hope this helps someone out.

I also found a perfect storage unit. If I had the money and space for it I would have gotten it. It's called the original scrapbox at theoriginalscrapbox.com. It is ideal for all crafts and has a work space that folds up. They come in several sizes. This site also has other storage items to purchase

By Carol from Minot, ND

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By 3 found this helpful
October 20, 2010

Pencil boxes and lunch boxes can be turned into "craft boxes" for kids, holding paints, crayons, and other arts and crafts supplies. They are also handy when used to organize sewing notions.

By duckie-do from Cortez, CO

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By 2 found this helpful
May 19, 2013

I have been knitting/crocheting and doing other needlework for over 45 years, so I have lots of patterns and instructions to keep track of. I also love using computers, so I decided to put the two pleasures together and save some space.

I have books of patterns that I have neatly compartmentalized in a tall "tower" shelf, organized by project type. Individual patterns or small leaflets I've picked up, I have scanned into my computer. I have a main folder in my Documents section for Needlework, then I have subfolders for the different project types: scarves, hats, rugs, baby blankets, etc. I used to divide the patterns only by knitting, crocheting, or whatever the technique, but discovered it was too time-consuming to remember where I'd put it. Now, I just look in the subject folder and they're so easy to find.

I have a laptop, a netbook, and a 7 inch tablet computer. I share all my needlework files between these computers, so no matter where I am, I can just look up the instructions - no paper patterns to lose or get ripped up. I can even use my computers to keep track of rows knitted or crocheted!

If you don't have a network set up so you can share your files between computers, there are many "cloud" services that allow you to store a limited number of "bytes" for free. I confess, I take advantage of these, too. That way, I don't worry about backing up my files too often, because they're available to me from 3 different computers, plus whatever cloud service it's on.

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By 4 found this helpful
June 1, 2009

Handy and convenient. I put a plastic grocery bag in a small wastebasket. Set any size skein of yarn in it, for the project I'm working on. When going out, I can pull the bag out with project, pattern, and hook or needles. Tie the handles and go. This keeps your project all together. Also keeps project dry and dust free. A friend laughed but tried it and said "what a great idea."

Source: This idea was by accident. My yarn fell into my clean wastebasket. I left it, smiled, and started working on my project.

By Vemami from Cadillac, MI

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August 10, 20051 found this helpful

Keep a knitting or crocheting project in a bag by the door. Grab it on the way out to the car. If you end up waiting for children or killing time any other way, you can at least get a little bit done on your project.

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By 3 found this helpful
August 17, 2013

I have a hard time reading the size of crochet hook I have! To solve this, I took a flag Post-it note and marked the size and covered it with tape to make it sturdy and then wrapped it around the hook. Also works great with knitting needles.

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July 17, 2007

Do you have a laptop that is not working anymore? Save that case! Especially the type of case that unzips all the way to lay flat, and is lined with a flannel-like material. Those are great for organizing your craft supplies.

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August 2, 2006

I have recently made up my mind that I really need to organize my sewing/crafting room. It looks like a cyclone has gone through it.

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By 0 found this helpful
June 7, 2007

Free standing jewelry armoires make attractive storage units for beads, jewelry findings, and tools. The armoires can be found for reasonable prices at Wal-Mart, thrift stores, and yard sales.

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By 0 found this helpful
May 21, 2012

I do a lot of quilling and card making in quantity. One way I keep my "stuff" organized is to reuse large meat trays. I am always multi-tasking on my projects.

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By 0 found this helpful
July 10, 2006

I purchased a one drawer plastic container (from Wal-mart or a dollar store) and I filed all my patterns for sewing clothes, crafts, projects, plus my quilt patterns.

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By 1 found this helpful
April 24, 2012

I'm a girl who needs to organize, and I'm good and love art. Does anyone have any crafts that can be done to help organize? Also, I would be interested in free crafts. I don't have money to spend right now, the bank of Miss Daphne is broke. =)
Thanks!

By Miss Daphne

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March 27, 20140 found this helpful

I ran across a group online, its called "FreecycleNetwork" they are in almost all cities and you can post what you want and other post what they are giving away. I am an artist and have very good luck in getting free things that people don't want, if its a lot of stuff I always ask if they would like me to make them a little something out of some of it to say thank you. I feel its a way of paying it forward and plus gets me an automatic customer/referral if friends see it and want one, etc.

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March 27, 20140 found this helpful

I ran across a group online, its called "FreecycleNetwork" they are in almost all cities and you can post what you want and other post what they are giving away. I am an artist and have very good luck in getting free things that people don't want, if its a lot of stuff I always ask if they would like me to make them a little something out of some of it to say thank you. I feel its a way of paying it forward and plus gets me an automatic customer/referral if friends see it and want one, etc.

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By 0 found this helpful
October 9, 2007

I haven't actually participated in a craft fair yet, but I'm trying to build up an inventory of my finished craft projects in preparation of a craft show. How does everyone store their finished crafts to keep them clean, etc.?

Brenda from Muncie, IN

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October 9, 20070 found this helpful

hi brenda, i am in the same situation. i too am trying to stock up on my inventory and i havent sold at a craft show yet either. so i would like to know the same thing. good luck in your endeavor!

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October 9, 20070 found this helpful

A lot depends on what I am making - how big it is - etc... Most of my stuff is small - silkscreened items, sewn items, jewelry - so I store it in plastic tubs already priced and sorted out by item. That makes it easy to load the van on the way to the show.

If your stuff is larger - you have a different problem - but large clear plastic bags and shelving set up somewhere are always an easy solution.

Good luck!

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October 9, 20070 found this helpful

Thank you both very, very much for the great tips. About the plastic bags, I make dolls, shelf sitters, country and prim stuff and home decor. I had heard that fabric needs to breathe and should not be placed in air tight containers. Is this correct. This was just for fabric, but wouldn't the same apply for items made with fabric?

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October 10, 20070 found this helpful

Rubbermaid or similar totes. You can get the ones you see through, so that you don't have to open it to see what you have. Or you can write on the top what's inside.

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By guest (Guest Post)
October 13, 20070 found this helpful

Don't use plastic bags. They don't protect your product, and the stuff on the bottom gets squashed.

Dont waste your money on plastic bins. They're heavy, and any fabric items stored in them are subject to mold and moisture, as well as to the smells from outgassing.

Instead, go to the office supply store and buy BANKER'S BOXES. They come in packs of 6 for about $6/pack-- less if you catch a sale. (I do a lot of flea markets, so I like to keep my overhead low.) These boxes are sturdy, but lightweight, and you can collapse them down when you're done, so off-season you're not giving up space to empty containers.

I use a strip of the double-faced red tape to attach a quart-size zip-closing bag to hold my inventory list. If I have a lot of small items I just shoot a picture of them and drop it in the envelope. I never mark the boxes, because then I don't have to figure out how to make new marks over old!

Another thing to consider is weight. Never use a container that is so heavy when it's full that you can't lift it by yourself!

Finally, measure the vehicle you're using to go to shows, and make sure you can load it efficiently. The boxes I use fit four across and two high on my back seat, and two high on the front passenger seat. My cooler and office supplies fit neatly in the passenger footwell. My trunk holds my chair, my umbrella, my tools, and any other odd-shaped supplies.

Out of season, my boxes can be stacked against one wall of my workroom in the house, protected from cold and moisture, and I can still get down boxes when I need to add items.

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May 8, 20080 found this helpful

I like to use those plastic zipper bags that curtains, etc come in. I collect them from friends and family and store them until needed. They keep my projects clean and still allow some air to circulate. I do a lot of plastic canvas and these bags are great.

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Anonymous
February 24, 20170 found this helpful

i bought a large plastic container from big lots that has a top that locks. but first i put my finished projects in large sip lock bags you can get them cheap at big lots

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