Who is ready to get organized? (Raise your hand!) I'm going to do my part to help you organize your sewing, quilting, and crafting projects this year with these printable monthly project planners. Stay on track all year long!
Like many of you, I sat down at the start of the year to “get organized”. I've been a little off track the last few months and have started to develop a plan to “right the ship”, for lack of a better term.
How I plan my year
As I planned the designs and projects I wanted to share here over the coming year, I began to build a set of project planners.
First, I broke down what I wanted to accomplish by month, then I started making a list of what I should be doing.
We offered a set of planner pages like this last year, and they were so popular that we decided to create a 2024 version of the pages!
The 2024 version includes NEW cover art and updated calendars. It's FREE with any purchase over $5 in our store! There are THREE ways to get the planner this year!
- Buy it from the store for $5
- Get it FREE with any in-store purchase of $5 or more.
- Join our Patreon block of the month
NOTE: Some images in this blog post feature our 2020 or 2021 calendar artwork, but all downloads will contain the updated 2024 artwork.
Why a separate quilters planner?
I have a traditional paper planner. I keep it at my desk and use it to track deadlines and major events; I don't like using it as a project planner. For me, I think it's better to keep this separate.
For my projects, I prefer to use large notebooks. I like having lots of space to write and draw. Since they are so big, I don't want to take them with me.
I've found that traditional planners are usually too small and don't have enough “free” space for notes and sketches.
About the 2024 Monthly Project Planning Pages
Recently, those big notebooks haven't worked well for me as they've become notebooks filled with random notes and unorganized scribbles; for this reason, I moved to a more project-based system.
SO…. Since I was designing a set of project planners for myself in the new year, I thought I might as well share them with you too!
These project planning pages are specially designed to help you plan, manage and complete your sewing, crafting and quilting projects throughout the year.
What exactly do printable monthly project planners contain?
This is the system I use for myself. Through my work, I have a lot of experience planning and executing projects on a schedule.
I constantly have to complete projects within deadlines and have learned to “get things done” over the years. I share with you the knowledge I gained from doing this.
The idea behind these planning pages is that you print ONE set per month. Each month has 7 pages. You can print as many or as few of each specific page as you wish. It all depends on what you're working on that month.
NOTE: January 2024 has a different cover (photo is from 2021)
- Page title
- Monthly calendar pages dated 2024
- Project planning sheet
- Project-Specific Supplies List
- Monthly To-Do List
- Notes and sketches page
- Shopping list
Each of the title pages includes an exclusive cover design! All covers feature graphics from my upcoming Tulip Cottage fabric collection!
New in 2024!
This year, I added a little card to the cover of our monthly pages. This way you can also jot down some thoughts on the cover. I plan to use it to write down my “big” projects for the month so they're always top of mind.
On the printable monthly calendar, there is a place at the bottom for you to indicate your monthly intention.
How to transform loose pages into a diary?
You have a few options; you can:
- Print them out and put them in a 3-ring binder.
- Staple the pages together
- Keep the pages pressed together and put them in a notebook with pockets.
- Store them loose in a plastic envelope.
- Sew the pages together to create a “binding.”
- Take them to a copy store and have them spiral bound. You can also mix and match them with lined loose-leaf paper or graph paper.
NOTE: Some images feature our 2020 calendar artwork, but all downloads will contain the updated 2024 artwork.
My favorite way to keep them organized is to use these transparent document envelopes. I have twelve, one for each month.
Why I like the envelope method
- I can add other items to the envelope, such as pattern pieces or fabric samples.
- If I take notes in another notebook, I can slip them into the envelope.
- If I start another project, I need to print another “Project Page” and add it to the envelope.
- I can organize my receipts by month.
- If I have to take the schedule with me, it is protected.
If you take the pages to a copy shop and have them bound, I recommend using heavy cardstock on the front and back pages to make them sturdier.
My favorite method is to sew the pages together. I mean, you have a sewing machine, right? Why not use it?
Simply set your machine to a longer stitch length (like 3.5) and sew to the side. I use binder clips to hold my pages together while I sew.
How to get planner pages
There are three options.
Option One: Get the Polka Dot Stitch Society for free on Patreon
This year the annual Block of the Month Quilt will be hosted on Patreon (go up there to see the quilt)! I think you will really love this change! The planner is our January Upload in the Polka Dot Stitch Society!
- I can upload a video for each block model.
- International quilters can participate.
- PDF block templates uploaded to Pateron – log in and get the file!
- Weekly Q&A sessions if you get stuck sewing your blocks.
- Prices at months 6 and 12.
Second option: free with purchase
You can Get the planner pages FREE with any sewing or quilting pattern purchase from our store for OVER $5.
You do NOT need any code. The reduction is AUTOMATIC! At checkout, the price will be $0 as long as you have $5 or more of other items in your cart.
Third option: single purchase
This is not a COMPLETE planner. As I mentioned before, I have a traditional planner (I like Emily Ley's Simplified Planner) which I use separately. I prefer the weekly version.
Outside the United States?
You can purchase through our Etsy store if you are outside the United States. (or join the Patreon for a month then cancel). There is no way to automatically add planner pages to purchases over $5; send us a message (on Etsy) after you complete your purchase, and we will email you the planner pages.
More ways to get organized this year:
How to organize your fabric stash
How to Create Printable Stickers for Your Planner
Roll-up Sewing Machine Mat Organizer Tutorial