Sorting Your Jigsaw Puzzles - A How to Guide

Jigsaw puzzles are a timeless way to pass the time. They are great for people of all ages and can be done alone or with others. Jigsaw puzzles can be as small as 20 pieces or as large as 40,000 pieces. But no matter the size, eventually, every puzzle will need to be sorted. Here is a guide on how to sort your jigsaw puzzles so you can get back to the fun part- putting them together!

The first step in sorting your jigsaw puzzle is to dump all the pieces onto a flat surface. Make sure you have enough space to spread out all the pieces. Once they are all dumped out, it is time to start grouping them by color and/or edges

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Gather Your Materials

You will need a large, flat surface on which to work and a place to store your sorted pieces. A table is ideal, but the floor will work in a pinch if you don't have one available. You will also need something to sort your pieces into-zippered plastic bags work well for this purpose. You may also want a handy pen and paper to label your bags as you go.

Dump Out the Pieces

Spread all the pieces on your surface to see them all at once. This will make it easier to find matches and sort them into groups.

Start With the Edges

One of the easiest ways to sort a jigsaw puzzle is by starting with the edge pieces. These pieces have only one smooth side-the other three sides will have jagged edges that fit into the rest of the puzzle. Look for the edge pieces and set them aside in their pile.

Group the Pieces by Color

Once you have all of the edge pieces set aside, start grouping the rest of the pieces by color. This will make finding matches easier and putting the puzzle together later. As you group the pieces, you can also start to look for patterns or other images that will help you put the puzzle together. When you find a piece that fits into multiple groups, put it in the group that shares the most colors.

Label Your Bags

As you sort the pieces into groups, label your bags so you can easily find the pieces you need later. You can label them by color, edge, or any other system that makes sense to you.

Get Started

Once you have sorted all of your pieces, it's time to start. Choose a spot to work on your well-lit puzzle with a flat surface. If you're working on a large puzzle, you may want to invest in a jigsaw puzzle mat so you can easily move the pieces around.

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