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« on: July 07, 2009 06:05:42 PM »

I'm curious, how do you guys organize your sewing patterns?

I'm currently in the process of making a craft room for my mom and as a part of the surprise, I've been buying tons of super cheap patterns so that she'll also have a ton of different ones to choose from. I bought some of boxes to put them in and was really excited to organize them, thinking I'd be able to do categories like tops, bottoms, dresses, etc...but I totally did not consider that patterns came in mix and match sets! *facepalm*

I was thinking about sorting them into business, casual, formal, etc...but they're much harder to categorize than I thought! So I might photocopy the pattern covers and organize them in a binder with the number of which box it's in, such as how they're organized in stores. It'll be a lot of work though! Any ideas?


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« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2009 07:29:33 AM »

You could maybe just try putting them into the categories that the makers (Butterick, Simplicity, etc.) use for their catalogs.  Or color code them (example:  skirt=red, top=blue) and them throw them into a file with both a red and blue label...Shoot, this IS hard because I just throw my patterns in a draw and dig for them, but if I ever want to organize them I'm going to be in big trouble too.  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2009 11:22:16 PM »

shoeboxes and cut up manila folders. I'm so high tech ;-)

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