Crafty Q and A,  Taming Craft Room Chaos

How do you store your work-in-progress sewing projects?

Question: how do you store your work-in-progress sewing projects (WIPs)?

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I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that I sometimes take on more projects than I should at the same time.  I often have many sewing projects on the go, working on them in short bursts when my whim hits.  Sometimes I want to quilt!  Sometimes I want to sew clothes!  Sometimes I want to just cut into the fabrics and sew another time – that’s fine too!  This leads me to have quite a few projects on the go in various stages of completion.

I try to keep my work in progress pile contained to a single box, lest things get a wee bit out of hand.  Of course, some projects, like a queen sized quilt, won’t fit in the box, so I do allow myself some leeway.  I “file” my work-in-progress projects in a pretty banker box as pictured below.  I keep each project separate in plastic Ziplock-style bags with their pattern/project info, then drop each of those bags into the banker box’s file folders for safe keeping until I want to work on them again.

Work in Progress Storage Box Solution

Right now, my box is bursting; I have seven projects in the box, plus three quilts outside of the box.  Shh!

Are you the type of person who works on one project until it’s done?  Or are you like me and like to have a lot on the go?  Let me know how you store your projects in the comments!


  • Chris Wells

    I have 2 gallon bags I bought and that is really handy to get the bulk of the project in. Then I store them in a dresser drawer so I can find them easy. What ever plan works for you is great. The 2 gallon size can hols almost a completed kings size top. Chris

  • France Nadeau

    I also have many projects on the go. Like yourself, I cannot restrict myself to only one. 🙂 I also use ziploc bacs for the little pieces. The bigger pieces get stacked on a shelf.

  • Barbara Marrin

    I’m a quilter, a home sewer, a crocheter and general ‘crafter’. I have two quilts in progress, a quilt wallhanging, three crochet projects and at least 7 ‘crafting’ projects currently waiting to be finished. I recently relocated my sewing room (after having 3 bedrooms painted) and HAD to downsize a few things, not much, but the ziplock bags of ‘in progress projects’ keep tumbling over in the corner looking messy. Because I have so much a bankers box won’t be large enough to house all of it, so I bought a large plastic storage box on Amazon and will borrow your ‘filing’ idea to keep them tidy.

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