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wip project organiser

Sometimes an idea is so simple you can’t believe it never occurred to you before – and this is one of them.

I have a system for organising my crochet WIPs (works in progress): each project gets its own zip-lock bag or plastic tub, and the yarn, hook, swatches or prototypes, completed pieces, and any other project bits all stay together until the project is finished. But I have a lot of designs on the go these days, and the WIP bags and boxes were piling up all over my office. Furniture here is expensive, so I couldn’t just run out to buy an inexpensive storage solution as I would have in Canada. Then, inspiration struck!

wip project organiser

I bought this canvas hanging closet organiser when we first moved to South Africa and our temporary apartment had no storage areas except for the built-in closets. Once we moved into our house and all our clothes arrived, we needed all our hanging space for clothes, so the organiser was forgotten, until today.

A minute with the Dremel and a tiny drill bit, a couple of white screw-in cup hooks and an offcut of rope, and voilà: an instant WIP organiser. I’ve hung it in the wasted space just beyond the door in my office – and there’s actually room to add a 2nd one next to it, if my number of projects expands further…

Each project is still contained in its bag or box, but now I have a place to store them all together for easy access. The bottom shelf is reserved for items waiting to be photographed – I had to remove several amigurumi before snapping this pic, as they aren’t quite ready to show their faces in public yet πŸ˜‰

It doesn’t look bad, and it cost nothing as I already had everything I needed. Obviously, this wouldn’t be sturdy enough for heavy storage, but a canvas organiser is perfect for yarn projects. I can already tell that I’m going to love being able to see all my WIP designs at a glance and not have to hunt to find the appropriate project bag when I need it!

10 Comments »

  1. Claire said

    That is genius. I have a similar problem with WIPs and I’ve literally just put one of these organisers in the charity bag. Might have to retrieve it…

  2. SilverMoon said

    I have a smaller shoe sized one with 12 shelves for my yarn, so I can store it by colour. I was shocked at how much black and white I had, since I’m forever “running out” of those two colours and buying more!

  3. sue said

    Brilliant idea you can keep track of everything really easily in that!

  4. NΓΊr said

    What a great idea!!!! πŸ™‚ This is what I bought for my WIPs! As it has wheels I can take it around the house and sew wherever I want (I have my own craftsroom, but I enjoy much more sewing in the living-room…).

  5. pam said

    What Carina said! You ARE a genius! What a great solution to a perennial problem. And it can be as permanent or temporary as the assortment of projects!

  6. Cindy G. said

    This couldn’t have come at a more perfect time! If I showed you the state of the closet in my guest room, you’d be shocked. I have several WIPs in large plastic Ziploc bags, piled up in the closet and on the shelf. It makes it a challenge to pull out a project to work on.

    I’m heading to the store, and I’m adding these to my list. I’ll start with 4 and see how far I get…

    Brilliant idea! Thanks for sharing it!

  7. It is amazing how ideas come to you, when you least expect them to! Thanks so much for sharing! I will have to use this idea as well, since I’m running low on places to stash stuff πŸ˜‰ Even hanging them in my craft closet would be good too! πŸ˜€ Thanks June, I agree, you’re a genius!

  8. Ana said

    Funny! I use the same sort of storage but for my yarn!
    I wish I was so organised as you are, one day… πŸ˜‰

  9. Carina said

    Yup. You’re a genius. πŸ™‚

    • June said

      Haha! I must admit, though, I’m feeling pretty pleased with myself right now πŸ˜€

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