Why These Industrial Clips are a Must-Have for Your Craft Space

Work orders, notes and guidelines bundled and clipped to the project table help keep me organized and on track with each project. (photos by Bob Farley)

Nifty, thrifty, fifty clips, please. I am a sucker for the little bright red rubber-dipped metal industrial clips sold in every hardware store’s impulse-buy lane and checkout station. I can’t help myself. I have a whole pile of them. I use them for clipping ideas to the project table and for organizing the fabric samples and guidelines for projects needing my immediate attention. Along with my magnetic inspiration board, the cute little clips help keep my daily tasks on track.

Projects are easy to manage by clipping components together and matching to the work orders.

I forget things if I don’t write them down, and so I break my projects down, develop my own set of instructions, see the steps through in my mind’s eye, do all of the math, and write it all down. If I walk away for a few hours, I am able to pick right back up and continue to work without confusion. I clip the instructions to the project holding table so I don’t have to shuffle around looking for my notes in a stack somewhere.

I like to tear out and clip magazine clippings to the project table to remind me of fun ideas for story quilts.

Hey, and in a pinch (sorry for the pun), the clips are also good for these uses:

1) Hanging clothes on the line to dry

2) Children’s art gallery

3) Clipping snack bags closed

P.S. – Oh, and my photographer husband uses them too, to …

4) Clip filters to lights

5) Pinch ill-fitting clothes of clients in the back so that they appear to be more form fitting

What would you use these clips for in your workshop? If you’re looking for more ways to organize and display kids’ artwork, photos, notes and reminders, check out this project.

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I’m a slipcover maker who refuses to fill the trash with the cutaway bits of designer fabrics, so I strive to make use of every scrap. I live with my ...

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