The hassle-free way to plan your next DIY (printable)

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Printable craft project planner |  #crafts #DIY #printable #freebie

Who has two dozen WIPs and more to come?

Yeah. Guilty as charged.

The only catch about exploring new ideas and trying new techniques is that sometimes (if there’s no hard deadline) it’s easy for a project to just go on forever. Which isn’t always a bad thing. Some ideas are like wine and need to mature for a while before they can be best put to use. Totally cool!

Problem is when you get back to a project and have no freaking idea what you were using to make it.

This free printable planner is here to fix that. Download, print, and enjoy:

Printable craft project planner |  #crafts #DIY #printable #freebie


Craft project planner by Crafting Fingers

How to get the most out of the planner:

  • Concept: So, what is it? A cosy knit sweater? A show-stopping upcycled centrepiece? An heirloom baby blanket to treasure? What is the soul of this project?
  • Sketch It: Doodle like mad! If you’re a shy sketcher like me, don’t worry: no one else has to see or make sense of it.
  • Start Date/Deadline: If you’re making it for an occasion, birthday, or (way to go!) as a commission, write down the deadline.
  • Materials: What are you using to make it? Get specific about batch numbers and fabric names. It’ll save you a headache down the road!
  • Notes: Is it a new/original design? Take notes of what pattern/tutorial you’re following: what book, blog or magazine is it from? Did you change colour batch half way? Would you make the project differently next time?
  • To do list: Break the idea down and enjoy the satisfaction of ticking off those boxes! Remember to take a pic to remember what you’ve made, too.
  • Last but not least: Tape material labels and scraps to the back. Store in sheet protectors and you’ll have an archive of the materials you’ve used!

Printable craft project planner |  #crafts #DIY #printable #freebie

How do you keep track of your WIPs?

I admit sometimes I’ll find a half-finished project I don’t even remember starting! (Or maybe there’s just a phantom crafter living in this house.)

Happy dreaming, doodling, and making!

Lots of crafty love,


Want to make your own mini farm crate? Tutorial here:
How to make an aged miniature fruit crate from scratch | Crafting Fingers

16 thoughts on “The hassle-free way to plan your next DIY (printable)”

  1. Haha I know what you mean. I have a dedicated drawer for started projects (no they are not unfinished!) and when it gets too full I should really get going on getting some done. It’s a big drawer though. I usually collect supplies for projects I want to start and never do…
    Happy Tuesday, Tobia

    1. Haha! Love that you call them “started”. So true. I have the same problem with buying materials. Some are just too pretty to use!

  2. Cool download, thanks! I tend to just sketch it out on bits of paper and then put it into my blog planner when it’s more planned out. But this will be really useful for the projects where I have a grand idea which I need to buy lots of bits for it! x

    1. Thanks Jennifer! I find I’m more likely to finish a project if there’s a goal in mind, like a birthday or other purpose.

  3. Thanks Anna love this helps to stay on track. All info. In same place for the project will save time looking for scraps of paper I used to write on whenever I had an idea. Make it an app you can use to organize projects and store on your phone

    1. Thanks Lisa! I love the idea of making this into an app, would have never thought of that! You never know when a good idea might pop up.

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