Can’t find your pattern, magazine article, or that sheet of instructions you got from sewing club when you want to make a project? I’ll show you how to organize them so you can find what you need when you need it!
Today, we’re going to talk about pattern organization and also how to keep track of all those leaflets and magazine articles you get or something you happen to find on the internet.
Many years ago I started realizing I was getting more and more patterns to the point that I couldn't find what I had purchased. Now I can find what I need, when I need it.
I’ve used this system for many years. It's not glamorous but it works and I’m sure you could pretty it up. I found an old dresser and while my patterns would not fit vertically in the drawers, like they do in the fabric store, they would fit horizontally.
If you don't have a dresser that would work, plastic and cardboard boxes come in all shapes and sizes. You could even cover them with fabric if you want. Whatever kind of box you go with, I highly recommend that you find a box size that works for your patterns and stick with the same size and same color so that you have some continuity in your room and it looks a little bit tidier.
I gathered all of my patterns and put them on my my cutting table, then divided and conquered. I separated the men's patterns into one pile, children's patterns in another pile, and baby or infant patterns into a third. The fourth pile, ladies, was the biggest, I'll admit.
Then I started subdividing into smaller piles following categories you would see in pattern catalogs. Within the ladies pile, I have shirts, jackets, skirts or pants. Standard file folders, that I easily cut down to fit, serve as dividers. Printed labels are color coded by category.
Often, it is impossible to fit pattern pieces back into the envelope, especially if they have been traced. In that case, I use a plastic zip bag. Put the pattern facing front and include folded pieces behind.
Magazines, Handouts, and Printouts
How do you handle magazines or all of those handouts that you get at clubs and retreats or printouts you find on the internet? They can get out of control really quickly. I got myself several big binders to store mine. I’m probably a little excessive on this but I used to help teach clubs so I was always hunting for project ideas.
I put the projects in plastic sleeves so that I can keep them neat and tidy. I kept binders all the same color and labeled them in categories by sorting them just as I did with the patterns. You can use dividers within the binders to separate categories.
If a magazine article interests me, I'll just rip out those pages, put them in a plastic sleeve, and put them in the proper category of my three-ring binder.
I have a friend who scans magazine pages and instructions and keeps everything on her computer. She has no paper mess anywhere.
How do you keep track of your patterns and project sheets?
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