Since there really hasn’t been a ton of sewing going on around these parts lately, I thought I’d share a few things I’ve finally gotten around to doing to keep my sewing patterns in order.
Sure, it can be really simple at first when you start sewing from patterns, keeping them organized isn’t too big of a problem. But if you’re like me, sewing just kind of sneaks up on you and before you know it you’ve got a full-fledged hobby on your hands. And with that hobby comes lots of things that need to be kept – including patterns.
I used to try and stuff my patterns back into the envelopes they came in. They’re like maps, somehow once you’ve unfolded them, you just can’t seem to quite get them folded back up the way they were. I also acquired quite a few tracings for each pattern. I have a gigantic roll of paper that I used to trace almost all my patterns onto before I cut them out, that way the original pattern stays intact.
So I decided to keep each pattern in a standard size mailing envelope (I believe it’s called a catalog envlope, fits standard letter size paper laying flat). That way the tracings, directions, original pattern envelope, and original pattern pieces would all stay neatly tucked into the envelope.
Each pattern is labeled (not so fancy – maybe someday they will be) with the basic pattern information: pattern name, type, sizes, etc.
For now they all fit quite nicely in my little storage box. You’re really going to laugh when you read this next part, but at one point in time (not all that long ago) all my sewing things fit inside this little box – with the lid on! Crazy, huh?
I also have my digital patterns stored into separate folders on my computer. On my desktop I have one Sewing folder and in that folder I have four sub-folders: Purchased Patterns, Free Tutorials, Inspiration Pics, and Book Patterns. I think it’s nice to keep them divided, that way I know which patterns I should really try and make something from (the Purchased Patterns folder). Also, I do scan in a lot of patterns from sewing books I check out from our library. I scan the pattern pieces and directions of the projects I’m most interested in and keep them ready and waiting.
Hope that’s not information overload here, just thought I’d share a way that has been working for me. How do you keep your patterns organized? I’d love to hear any tips, and I’m sure other readers would enjoy reading them!
And just when we thought it was going to stay all nice and springy here, we got a major dumping of snow yesterday, over 6 inches! Rae
, did you send this my way?! At any rate, it was the first time I’ve ever built snowmen in April, nuts.