Got a W.i.P. Tracker?

by Nicole

Have you been trying to figure out how to keep track of all your work in progress (w.i.p.)?  I know I have!

This weekend I faced up to all my w.i.p.s. I raided my closets, drawers, boxes and bins and pulled them all out.

I got a sheet of paper and a marker and wrote down the name of each project and where each was in the process. Did I finish cutting all the fabric? Did I piece the top? Did it need quilting? Did it need binding? How about a sleeve to hang it?

I jotted down notes and then thought: there’s got to be a better way to keep track of these W.i.P.s.

I gave it some more thought and came up with this tracker.

For each project, I created a column for each major step of the quilting/sewing process:

  • Cutting
  • Piecing
  • Backing
  • Quilting
  • Binding
  • Making a sleeve

If you’re looking for a way to organize and keep track of your W.i.P.s., check out my tracker by clicking here.

I’ve made the tracker into a fillable pdf so you can type in information and keep a digital copy and/or print a hardcopy. Just download it first and then fill it in using your computer. Of course, you can also print a hardcopy and then fill it in by hand.

Regularly review your table and decide which w.i.p. will get your attention. Tackle them one step at a time and you’ll be on your way to finishing up those projects!

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Happy sewing to you!

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Katy Cameron July 30, 2013 - 10:46 pm

Oh my, there's organised! I have a whiteboard, it kind of helps me to hide things I want to forget if it doesn't fit in my immediate plans ;o)

Marjorie's Busy Corner July 30, 2013 - 10:54 pm

Great idea!!

Judy July 30, 2013 - 11:31 pm

I am not ready to make The WIP commitment yet. Best of luck!

Venus de Hilo July 31, 2013 - 1:18 am

I have something similar set up as an Excel sheet… might be useful if it had been updated anytime in, oh, the past couple of years. One of these days I'll get to it, maybe.

Heather July 31, 2013 - 1:23 am

Great idea! I am going to draw up my own but need to add a couple more columns I would need – 'basted' and 'label'.

ann July 31, 2013 - 3:16 am

What a terrific idea. This may be just the ticket to get some of my WIPs whipped into completion. Thanks ever so much Nicole.

ann July 31, 2013 - 3:17 am

What a terrific idea. This may be just the ticket to get some of my WIPs whipped into completion. Thanks ever so much Nicole.

Books_Bound July 31, 2013 - 4:35 am

Taryn at Pixels to Patchwork has some cute project sheets too:

Bless you ladies who are organized and talented enough to not only keep yourselves organized, but to share your methods with us!

wish2stitch July 31, 2013 - 10:39 am

Thanks for sharing your wonderful idea. I am off to a quilting weekend in two weeks where you can work on any of your WIP's. I was laying in bed last night thinking to myself "What will I take?" and lots of different projects that have been hidden away came to mind. This is just what I need to get organised and make some decisions.

mefutch July 31, 2013 - 1:25 pm

Love it! I've done something similar using Excel when working on multiple projects, like for Christmas or Store Samples I make. I also include: Date Started/Date Finished, Who the item was for, etc. Thanks for sharing.

Gramma July 31, 2013 - 3:14 pm

Wonderful idea! Thanks for sharing the document!

Lou July 31, 2013 - 3:54 pm

Great idea!!! Kinda afraid to fill it out though:) haha!!!!

Donna July 31, 2013 - 4:39 pm

Your WIP Tracker is way more detailed than my usual sheet of notebook paper pinned to a cork board. My projects tend to languish there so I'm giving your system a go. So nice of you to share!

cyndiofthevortex July 31, 2013 - 4:57 pm

I use something similar but keep forgetting to add all of those projects I keep starting but never finish!

Gertie Pye July 31, 2013 - 8:27 pm

As an admin geek I live this! My WIPs are in a little notebook with a page for each project. I am in danger of spending too much time managing my WIP rather than actually doing the sewing because I am still finding it tricky to sew with Miss Stickybeak Toddler tootling around looking for pins and mischief. However my notebook definitely stops me from starting any more WIPs until one is finished!

pandchintz July 31, 2013 - 10:27 pm

Oh you are a clever girl! Thank you!! Now….is there enough paper to print out the number of pages I'll need???!!

Antique Rose Designs August 1, 2013 - 11:40 am

love this idea but I will have to add to mine list "fabrics bought" and insert that before fabrics cut because I have about 20 bundles of fabrics for 20 different quilts which I haven't even looked at. Mum's quilt, dad's quilt, brothers quilt, sisters quilt, hubby's quilt, son's quilt, daughters quilt, friends quilt, another friends quilt, another friends quilt and so on and on and on. omg I am a crazy fabric hoarder.

Jessica Hadden August 2, 2013 - 9:59 am

What a great tool! Thanks!

MaterialGirlQuilts August 2, 2013 - 1:25 pm

Love your tracker Nichole! I have been working off of my own WIP chart with the same categories (except for hanging sleeve…great idea!).

Carla February 3, 2014 - 8:22 pm

I just started a list of WIP's but I love all the status columns you created. I'm gonna have to make one like yours. thanks for sharing this.

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