National Organizational Month: Shoe Hanger to Project Storage

This week’s tip is a great one. Everyone seems to have an old plastic shoe hanger laying around. Shoe hangers are one of those household products that always seem like a good idea at the time, but then when you get home and try it out, it proves to be more trouble than it’s worth. Especially if you buy the cheapest kind that has the clear plastic on the front. The good news is: if you are one of the people who have tried and failed to make your shoe hanger work, there’s an alternative use for it that works so well for organizing your quilt projects!

Tip: Use a shoe hanger to store all of the different pieces for your WIPs.

Once I read this tip, I immediately ran to my closet and dusted off the shoe hanger that I had just collecting dust on the shelf. If you don’t already have one, you can buy one at almost any department store for between $5-10 dollars. If you do have to buy one, I suggest that you look for the shoe hangers that have the clear plastic fronts so that you can see the contents of each pocket.

This is SUCH a great way to keep all of the pieces of your project together in one neat and tidy space. I placed the quilt top, threads, binding and pattern all in their own pockets, and by storing each project’s pieces on the same row, I am able to keep track of everything I have.

We liked this project so much that we are now using it in our office’s sewing space too!


  1. Camille - January 30, 2013

    It may be a problem in my browser but I do not see the images.

  2. ruth shelton - January 30, 2013

    I have two of these on the front and back of my doors in my sewing room. I have more scraps arranged on there by color so when I want to get a wuick project down, I just
    pull the scraps.

  3. Janet - January 30, 2013

    I cannot see the images either, so it may be more than two of us who are also affected by this. Thanks!

  4. Leandra Walker - January 30, 2013

    I cannot see the images. I am on an iPad

  5. Nancy White - January 30, 2013

    Made me think about those sweater closet hangers for folded fabrics, although need space in a closet not just a door.
    Chaumont, NY

  6. Annette - January 30, 2013

    Unable to view the the information.

  7. Linda Christianson - January 30, 2013

    My mess would never work for a shoe bag and then I would need a wall.

  8. joanne bootsman - January 30, 2013

    I am on an iPad, and I can see the images just fine!

  9. AmyH - January 30, 2013

    This is such a good idea! I am doing some spring cleaning of my craft room and will give this idea a try. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Pam - January 30, 2013

    I cannot see the images

  11. Alisha - January 30, 2013

    Sorry everyone, I’m not sure why the images aren’t showing up for you, but my IT department is looking into it!

  12. Charlotte - January 30, 2013

    Also I found the plastic Gift Bag Holders are ideal for holding your rulers. I simply any it on the door of my quilting space. Get space because it is two sided and takes up very little space. I found it at the Container store, cheap!

  13. Alisha - January 30, 2013

    We found the problem and it should be resolved now. So sorry about the inconvenience.

  14. Jo - January 30, 2013

    I have been using one on the back of my bathroom door for years for all the “stuff” that you can’t find. Also a safe place to keep your meds out of the reach of little ones. Enjoy Us over 70 still have a lot to share

  15. Nadine - January 30, 2013

    In regards to needing a wall to hang up the shoe storage/quilting storage, I hung the hooks on mine over the back of the door. Hides it as well as helping store my stash.

  16. Bobbie - January 31, 2013

    I’ve been using one for all my various rolls of embroidery stabilizers, and in the bathroom for toiletries. Great ideas everyone! I’ll be getting a few more now. I’m sure my handy hubby can devise a way to hang them on the closet rod for me.

  17. June - January 31, 2013

    I love this idea. I have been looking for a way to store my scraps by color as I enjoy making scrap quilts. This will solve that problem. Same goes for my WIP. I had no clever way of storing them. THANKS>

  18. connie - January 31, 2013

    I have had one for a while. I found one that had tiers of separate pockets running sidewise across the bag and use it for rolls of stabelizers and other things on a roll.

  19. Kathleen - January 31, 2013

    I have a small one with clear plastic pockets on both sides. It is made for jewelry, but I use it for my varigated threads. It works great! Love this idea for all my scraps and tools!

  20. Lori - January 31, 2013

    I think I have to go shopping tonight. I have a cardboard box of UFOs under my sewing table. They would fit wonderfully in a shoe hanger. Thanks for the great idea!

  21. sarah chaffin - February 1, 2013

    this is a great idea for quilting projects.

  22. Joan Ascue - February 13, 2013

    These can be found at garage and estate sales for just a few bucks! I’ve used one for a couple of years for my ribbons, trims, etc. I also have a small one (like one for jewelry or travel)that I use for my Christmas threads. Great organizational tool!