Add to GuideAsk a Question

Organizing Craft Projects

Category Crafts
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.
Ad

Solutions

Share on ThriftyFunThis guide contains the following solutions. Have something to add? Please share your solution!

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.)

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 Harris from Birmingham, AL

Comment Was this helpful? 11

By 3 found this helpful
February 6, 2018

Dollar stores are great, aren't they? I rely on them to help keep me organized, particularly when it comes to handicraft projects (of which I always have several on the go). If you like to crochet, embroider, sew, and perhaps make or repair jewellery or knit or ...; In short, if you enjoy variety in your creative endeavours, you might like to keep projects and supplies organized by using the large plastic trays from your local dollar store. One tray, one project; it is easy to move from the storage area to wherever you best like to work, and easy to put away when done for the day.

Smaller containers on the tray might hold supplies in addition to tools and also help keep things sorted; blue beads separate from silver, for example.

Dollar stores can also be great places to find crafting supplies. Thankfully, being thrifty does not mean doing without pretty things (nor should it)! Over the last few months I spotted, at different times, a few skeins of black eyelash yarn for $1.00 each. I wasn't sure what I'd do with it, but couldn't resist. Another time? A lovely ball of sequined thread. Just the one, mind you, but I knew it would be useful at some point. Lastly? A large roll of silver thread, too heavy for sewing and even too thick for beading (even though the label specified jewellery making). Who can resist bling? Not me.

It's cold up here in Canada. We wear scarves with our coats in the winter. And when we go out for the evening, the dressy coat needs a dressy scarf. Fortunately the eyelash and sequin yarns plus the silver thread easily became a beautiful, dressy scarf. And I had the fun of making it. My work tray helped keep the threads from tangling! If you're ever in a position of working with two or more different types of yarn, keep this in mind? And if you have several projects on the go, try using trays.

(The pictures don't do justice to the finished project: it's soft and cuddly, thanks to the eyelash yarn, the sequins sparkle, but subtly, and the silver thread adds just a touch of elegance without being too much.)

Ad


Comment Pin it! Was this helpful? 3

By 4 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.

Comment Was this helpful? 4
Read More...

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.

Comment Was this helpful? 3
Read More...

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.

Comment Was this helpful? 2
Read More...

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.

Ad

When going out, I can pull the bag out with project, pattern, and hook or needles.

Comment Was this helpful? 4
Read More...

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.

Comment Was this helpful? 1
Read More...

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.

Comment Was this helpful? 3

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.

Ad

Those are great for organizing your craft supplies.

Comment Was this helpful? Yes
Read More...

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.

Comment Was this helpful? Yes
Read More...

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.

Comment Was this helpful? Yes
Read More...

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.

Comment Was this helpful? Yes
Read More...

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.

Comment Was this helpful? Yes
Read More...

Questions

Ask a QuestionHere are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community or ask a new question.

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.?

Ad



Brenda from Muncie, IN

Answers

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!

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
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!

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
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.

Ad

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?

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
By boots (Guest Post)
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.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
By MARILYN (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.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
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.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
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

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
January 23, 20180 found this helpful

I have done a few craft show and when I am finished with a project I put it in a plastic grocery bag tie it with yarn to keep it clean then from big lots I bought a large plastic container and that where I keep my finished projects I have several for different projects I take sticky
labels
from office depot and write what is inside

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
April 24, 20180 found this helpful

i have partiipated at a craft show and i use a large plastic container from big lots i also put each item in a plastic grocery bag and tie them my item stays clean and i also use the plastic container to transport my items to the craft fair

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Answer this Question...

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

Answers

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.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
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.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Answer this Question...
Related Content
In This Guide
Categories
Organizing CraftsMay 8, 2012
Guides
More
😎
Summer Ideas!
🐛
Pest Control
🎆
Fourth of July Ideas!
🌻
Gardening
👔
Father's Day Ideas!
Facebook
Pinterest
YouTube
Instagram
Contests!
Newsletters
Ask a Question
Share a Post
Categories
Better LivingBudget & FinanceBusiness and LegalComputersConsumer AdviceCraftsEducationEntertainmentFood and RecipesHealth & BeautyHolidays and PartiesHome and GardenMake Your OwnOrganizingParentingPetsPhotosTravel and RecreationWeddings
Desktop Page | View Mobile

Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Contact Us

© 1997-2018 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Published by ThriftyFun.

Generated 2018/06/11 00:15:01 in 3 secs. ⛅️️ ⚡️
Loading Something Awesome!