I wish I could take credit for this idea, but alas I can't, as I picked it up from some of the ladies I've been stitching with in my new hometown.
They're just plastic, saran wrap like bowl covers!!! Absolutely brilliant!
Of course I had to go buy some. I checked at my grocery store...no luck. Went to Target where the one lady said she gets them...they were out. I had to go to the evil of all places retail the other day (yes, that would be WalMart) and low & behold they had some there.
They come in multiple sizes, as you can see from the photo, so they're great for a variety of projects. I've taken some pics of some of mine.
This one is a project I have in a 8x8 Q-snap. And yes, that IS a hair clip I'm using to hold my extra fabric.
This is a project I have in a 12" hoop. If you look at the bottom right corner of the photo you can see the shine of the plastic, as this looks like there's nothing even covering it.
And this one will show you the back side and how they fit around.
Not only will they protect the front side of your piece, but you can also tuck your pattern right in there with it. I also have a couple of my projects with a separate little baggie that has my floss and misc. stuff I've been tucking in the front also. Now that really only works if you're toting a couple colors around with you at a time for a small project and not something large.
Anyway, I'm trilled with my $1.98 purchase that will now help keep my stitching clean when I'm not working on it. I hope some of you find this useful also.