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Thread: Organizing UFOs?

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    Super Member Belfrybat's Avatar
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    Organizing UFOs?

    For the second time in two months, I've ended up using a piece of fabric that was earmarked for a UFO. In order to prevent this from happening again, I would like some ideas on how folks organize their UFOs to keep everything together and separate from other projects. I have been keeping them stacked on a shelf, but when I'm looking for a particular fabric, will sometimes forget what the stacks are for. I'm thinking about buying totes, but they take up storage space. Just intrested in how others handle this dilemma. I know I will several UFOs going at a time, and/or put a project away that I've become frustrated with. Suggestions, anyone?

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    I have a plastic 3 drawer unit on wheels from Walmart. I put my UFO's in it and the drawers are large enough to put in the yardage that goes with them. If there is no more room, I make myself finish up a UFO.

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    Super Member helou's Avatar
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    I put mine in tote bags apart from my other stash. When it bugs me to see them I work to finish them

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    I put larger UFO's in their separate plastic box I get for Walmart [$5 with 2 snaps that lock about a 12x12 size]
    I also use the plastic containers that have zippers that you get sheets, etc in. These are all on one side of my double sewing closet that have those large sliding doors [I use the doors for my design walls.]
    Jennifer: Organized in my dreams.
    🌷RIP dear Tigger....you are missed! 🌷

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    Super Member Lori S's Avatar
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    Depending on the project I use large zip lock bags. You can buy really really big ones and most grocery stores. Sometimes... I separate components of a UFO into smaller zip bags or small boxes, but they all go into one zip lock that contains all of it. I even use a piece of copy paper to list the contents.. and put it face up so I can read it. That part has saved me from buying additional supply's because I forgot I had one for the project. If I use a backing or batting out of the bag I cross it off .

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    Junior Member SusanErler's Avatar
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    I used to have piles and did the same thing. I bought some of the reusable cloth/mesh grocery bags and put each project in a separate bag. They are cheap enough at $1.00 or so, and I don't have to worry about the fabric not being able to "breathe." (I heard that storing in closed plastic bags wasn't a good idea...)

    I lay the bags back on the shelf, but I suppose you could hang them if you want.

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    Senior Member Quercus Rubra's Avatar
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    I place mine into gallon, 1.5 or 2 gallon ziplock bags. Making them up like kits. It keeps all the pieces together and I can put the pattern in with it, even if it's a copy of the first page from a book with needed info. written on it. I can stack them on shelves, in totes, etc. without fear of pilferring the fabric that is in a sealed bag but can still see what each package is. You can even tape the top if you think you might still pull out pieces. The bags even prevent any pieces that might already be cut out from escaping. And you will have the peace of mind to know that at any given time you can grab a bag and sit down with it ready to go.

    Currently working on a "Flat Curtis" Quilt with boy child .

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    Super Member Gramie bj's Avatar
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    My UFO's are stored in plastic boxes with all the fabric need to finish it, front and back If it takes a special thread that goes in the box too with the pattern. If I am collecting fabric for a future planned project I keep it in my fabric cabinet stacked together with pattern and tied with Christmas ribbon, If I run out of room for my project boxes, I know I have got to finish something! LOL Each of my grand's have there own project box in there

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    Simple answer---- where ever they fit in my limited stuffed storage.

    I have a large pizza box for orphan blocks, extra left over blocks. Once or twice a year when the mood strikes me I will go to it and do something from contents.

    I put small pieces in baggies, then put withrest of project so I do not loose them/

    I've found bags slip & slide & get lost so Ufos in boxes labeled. Shoe boxes work very well.

    Future projects in labeled boxes, stacked around my sewing room.

    Scraps ha ve their own homes by sizes.

    After holidays, I want to totally reorganize my sewing studio, I have way to much wasted space.

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    Super Member quiltsRfun's Avatar
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    I also use the gallon size ziplock bags. I don't zip all the way shut so they can breathe a little.

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