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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A Recent Bit Of Organizing Foolishness

I am not sure how many of you know this about me but....I have what is refered to as "racing thoughts"  It's fairly obvious actually but this is my excuse (as if I needed one) to my need to be as organized as possible.  At least that is my reasoning on the subject. 

Last week I replaced my ugly and marginally useful dry erase board with this bit of joy you see at left.  The problem with the dry erase, was that I was constantly having to erase and shift projects by order of priority.  Sometimes the project would get moved over to Peg's side of the board, then it would be back on my side, and I still needed to keep track mentally of the next step in the process.  So it struck if by lightning that the solution to my project organization was a card filing system that would allow me to 1) list the steps in the project  and 2) move them around the board.   3) Be cute! and visually pleasing within the context of my studio environment.  When something grabs me visually it takes me out of the moment.  It inturrupts my process...not good. I need all the help focusing I can get.

A close up of the my new filing system reveals a lovely twill cotton stripe by Moda and purchased at Sew Smart(sale corner) SCORE!  Deep pleats create the file pockets and clear plastic rectangles make for excellent name/place holders.  Stability is acheived by using Peltex a fusible stiffner which worked really well for this project.  It is hung in place by applying velcro to the 4 corners and then using those fabulous removable picture hangers by Command.

I am loving my new organizing tool.  Now you may not have this many sewing projects to organize, or maybe you do...but any ideas on what else this filing system could be used for?  You can make it up in a day, reduce clutter in your sewing room, office, kitchen, etc and give yourself something cute to look at.

Stay tuned for the new fall teaching schedule with project pictures:)


  1. Great idea and nice board! I'm always looking for ways to be better organized - I'm going to remember this one. :)

  2. Great idea!
    At the moment I'm relying on a ringbinder with plastic sleeves for the pattern swatch and notions. Not half as nice or inspiring as yours is.
    Think I'll have to clear some wall space....!


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