How to Organize and Store Your Works in Progress
If you’ve been quilting for a few years, you most likely have works in progress (WIPs). These projects may be things you’re actively working on or ones you've hidden away for years, awaiting time and inspiration. Consider these tips for organizing and storing your WIPs.
Find a Container
Store each WIP in its own container. This makes it simple to organize multiple projects and select one when you’re ready to work on it. The type of container is up to you and your space. Some of our favorite storage options are below.
Clear plastic bin. They are stackable, come in a variety of sizes and colors, and allow you to see what’s inside. If the plan is to store a project long-term, make sure to choose a temperature-controlled area out of direct sunlight.
Drawers or trays. When you’re actively working on a project, a removable drawer or large serving tray can keep cut fabric and pieced units organized and is easy to carry from storage area to work station.
Bag or zipper pouch. Corral fabric and supplies for a project in a simple tote that can be transported easily to quilt retreats or stored on shelves or in drawers. This may not be the best choice if your project has smaller units to organize.
Hangers. If you have a finished quilt top, blocks, or rows, hang them from a hanger in your closet to keep wrinkles at bay and free up space on your design wall.
Store your WIP
When you’re organizing a project in your chosen container, include all fabrics, sewn units, the pattern, special templates and rulers, and any specialty threads for piecing or quilting. If you bought backing or binding fabric specifically for this project, include it in the container instead of putting it in your stash so you don’t accidentally use it.
Take Note: If you think you won’t get to a project for a while, it may be helpful to add a note about what step in the pattern you were on, what plans you had for color placement or quilting, and any specific stitches you were using, including the stitch width and length.
Label the Projects
Add a label to each container so you can quickly find what you’re looking for. Include the name of the quilt, the designer, when you started the project, and any other information that may give you a hint of what’s inside as you’re digging through the containers years later.
Free Labels: Download and print adorable labels to make your sewing storage both fashionable and functional!