Saturday, January 4, 2020

Housework and Pattern Storage

That's an odd combination isn't it, housework and pattern storage?  Let's see what I mean!


We awoke to rain and temps in the 60's, not a good day to do anything outside so I got busy doing my usual housework and laundry.  Housework is not my favorite thing to do, but I do like having a clean house.


Okay, that takes care of the housework part, but what about pattern storage?


I'm doing the 52-week Sewing Challenge this year and this first week our assignment is to organize our sewing spaces.  This is where my pattern storage comes in, I needed to finish organizing my patterns as part of getting my sewing space organized.





I store the envelope only of the pattern in a clear sleeve in a notebook/binder.  When I am deciding what to make, I can thumb through the notebook and choose.  (I used this pattern to make the pants to the doll dress I shared about in this post.)  It was easy to locate and I didn't have to juggle a lot of patterns to find it.  I keep my notebook on a book shelf ready to pull out and 'window shop!'




The actual pattern pieces and instructions are put into a manila envelope.  I write the initial for the pattern company (in this case the pattern is a Simplicity) then the number of the pattern.



Then the envelopes are filed in a filing cabinet.  When I've decided on a pattern, I just go to the filing cabinet, locate the pattern number and pull out the rest of it.  I'm then ready to get to work on my project.  

I have tried several systems but this one works best for me.  Do you have a pattern storage system that works for you?


Until the next time … 

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14 comments:

  1. What a great way to store your patterns - I really like it!

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  2. Your pattern storage is a genius idea. Is it as overly wet there as it is here? There is nowhere for all this water to go after so much rain over the last few weeks. We have a lot of wind tonight which is keeping me praying that none of our trees uproot.

    We went Walmart looking for clearance deals today. We picked up gift boxes and bags for 75 percent off. We also found basic sets of tools reduced and picked up two for gifts for our 10 and 11 year old grandsons. My husband remembers our boys 'borrowing' and losing his tools starting that age so we thought it would be a good gift to start them on their own.

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    1. Lana, it is wet here and the wind is blowing really hard tonight. I hope our trees stay upright too! We've been hitting some of the clearance sales and buying for next Christmas too. It just makes sense and saves a lot of money. I think the tool idea for tween boys is an excellent idea! Stay safe!

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  3. I use the same system to store my patterns.

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    1. nszookeeper, it's a good system isn't it!!!

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  4. That sounds like a great organized way to store your patterns! Nancy

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  5. I use the same system as you with one change. I cut the pattern envelope, discarding all the unnecessary parts, and tape it to a piece of cardstock. That way I can see the front and back of the envelope at one glance. Then I 3-hole punch the cardstock and put it in a binder.

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    1. Brenda, that works too! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. slinking off with my head down......I just got all my patterns in a box. Lol What a ingenious idea. They are such a pain and the get messy and take on a life of their own.

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    1. mdoe37, I agree, my patterns were the same way before I found this method.

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  7. Organization like this makes me happy! Great idea!

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    1. Marlana, thank you! It sure makes choosing and finding patterns easier.

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