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Old 05-18-2015, 07:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Jo Belmont View Post
First of all, I place all my cut pieces flat on an inexpensive paper plate with the piece ID written on the outer edge of the plate. I can then stack them and put them into a clean produce-size plastic bag and when returning to the project, I'm able to take out from the stack only those pieces needed at that time.
i like this idea, too
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Old 05-18-2015, 07:18 AM
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[QUOTE=Jo Belmont;7199107]First of all, I place all my cut pieces flat on an inexpensive paper plate with the piece ID written on the outer edge of the plate. I can then stack them and put them into a clean produce-size plastic bag and when returning to the project, I'm able to take out from the stack only those pieces needed at that time.

I use inexpensive generic coffee filters if the pieces fit closely enough. Then I put the each project together in one bag, box, or just folded together in my cabinet. Now I even put a post-it with what the project is or the pattern ... especially important if it is just the fabric. [I once found fabric for a project but without a note or pattern. So, it became part of my stash.]

I've used coffee filters at sew-ins for holding cut threads and such.
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Old 05-18-2015, 07:46 AM
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I use the ziploc style bags for things I've cut out but if I've started piecing sections I use pizza boxes so they can stay flat. Most local pizza shops will sell them for $1 or $2 each. It's also not hard to make your own project bags and there lots of free patterns. Once you have the basics down you can make them any size even adding a zipper isn't all that hard.
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Old 05-18-2015, 07:56 AM
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I make bags out of orphan blocks and masking tape outside for a short description, so that I don't have to open the bag to know what is in it.
these bags can always be used for something else if I don't need them: grocery shopping etc
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Old 05-18-2015, 07:58 AM
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Thanks for the tips so far. This is great!
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Originally Posted by carla m View Post
...then I put all the separate pieces in a small plastic box.
Where do you get these boxes? Excuse my naivety, but I cannot picture them.

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Originally Posted by mermaid View Post
There are 1 gallon bags that zip and hold an entire project I think maybe 5 to a box at the store where nothing costs more than $1.00. I use them for all the cuts that are ready to be pieced..I make my own ''kit''.
Great idea! I will check this out today when I'm out.

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Originally Posted by tessagin View Post
Don't know what the mesh is about...
tessagin, the bags look like this:

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It is kind of odd, but they do the trick...they are just more expensive than I'd like. I like them because they are semi clear so I can put my picture/pattern in the front and still see whats in it. It is a 12" x 16" made by Alvin. These are $4.19 as an Amazon addon item . http://www.amazon.com/Vinyl-Mesh-Bag...dp/B000HFWGL4/

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Originally Posted by SuziSew View Post
...It's also not hard to make your own project bags and there lots of free patterns. Once you have the basics down you can make them any size even adding a zipper isn't all that hard.
I have made simple stitched bags before, but they end up taking more time/money than the quick zip solutions. I do use them when I am traveling because they look nice.

[HR][/HR]Thanks for the great ideas as always! What other solutions do you guys use?
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Old 05-18-2015, 08:23 AM
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Quilt in a Day has great project bags. I stock up when there is a sale.
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Old 05-18-2015, 10:14 AM
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I tend to used gallon and sandwich ziplocs in combination with some type of basket/box. I store my fabrics on the comic boards and like to keep the uncut extra with the cut pieces...usually that works in some of the larger shoe/boot boxes. But those are only for current projects that I know will be done pretty quickly.
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Old 05-18-2015, 10:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Barb in Louisiana View Post
I use the 2 gallon zip lock bags. I think they come in a box of 4 or 5 for about 4 or 5 dollars, so about $1 each. I can usually fit fabric and pattern for up to a king size top in each one. Throws can go in a gallon zip lock.

I do love the idea of the paper plates as a way to separate the pieces you are working on, but I usually use the 1 gallon bags, a paper clip and a postit note to tell me what the parts are. I do some paper piecing and most of it is Judy Niemeyer. She is the champion of using different bags for different parts of a project.
Exactly! I posted above mistakenly-1 gal, wwhen I meant 2 gal size. If you have a "everything's a Dollar store in your area, a box costs a dollar. Everything costs a dollar as the name says...from food items to ---well, you name it!
My error above--we all know of the 1 gal zip lock bags, and boy was I wrong. The brand is Boulder Twin Lock & 10 of them in a box!! Sorry about my memory lapse.
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Old 05-18-2015, 11:14 AM
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I have always saved the plastic zipper bags that sheets, draperies, etc come in. I use them for traveling, when we moved, quilt storage & projects.
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Old 05-18-2015, 11:36 AM
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I use ziploc bags for piece storage, but for a whole project, I prefer the ArtBin satchels (usually bought them when they were 1/2 price at JoAnns) or clear totes for a larger project.

I have also bought the project bags from OldMade quilts (http://oldmadequilts.com/products/vinyl-bags.html). They work well.
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