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Topic: how do you organize/ keep patterns?  (Read 5716 times)
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« Reply #20 on: August 21, 2013 07:12:21 PM »

I use ziplock bags as well. And keep them away from direct sunlight or moisture.
« Reply #21 on: August 22, 2013 05:46:39 PM »

I use patternreview.com as my database, it has really helped me in not buying duplicate patterns. I have my physical patterns in shoeboxes by dresses, skirts, pants, etc.  This works great for me. 
« Reply #22 on: August 27, 2013 08:58:37 AM »

I use large ziploc bags and have a crate that they are stored in. Smiley

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« Reply #23 on: September 02, 2013 11:56:07 AM »

I hoard patterns. Probably more than I hoard fabric. So, I have milk crates with hanging file folders to hold my patterns. Each pattern has its own folder. Each folder hangs in one of 6 (embarrassing) milk crates, separated by pattern type. (All dress and adult woman patterns in one, all baby patterns in one, all apron and costume patterns in one, all bag and misc. patterns in one, all little kid patterns in one, and all my patterns out of books in one.) I put them in alphabetical order according to the pattern maker and then within the pattern maker name, I put them in numerical order.

When I trace a pattern and cut it out in butcher paper, I will then fold the butcher paper up and put it in the folder with the pattern.

If I have the same pattern in multiple sizes, they go in the folder together.
« Reply #24 on: September 07, 2013 07:51:59 PM »

I use the tall sterlite boxes that can be found at Target or Walmart. They hold store bought patterns perfectly and will even hold pattern books. They stack nicely also. Since I tend to hoard patterns I organize them by type and designer. Patterns that I draft myself or with too many small pieces get put in small manila envelopes.

« Reply #25 on: November 17, 2013 02:33:00 PM »

I usually buy bulk amounts of inexpensive lightweight fusible interfacing anytime it's on sale or I have a coupon (I can usually get it for $1 or less a yard!) I iron my pattern pieces onto the interfacing and then cut them out- they are SO much sturdier, easier to work with, last so much longer, and aren't such a hassle to put away because I no longer fear I will destroy them accidentally. It's a little extra work and a tiny bit more money but it's SO WORTH IT!
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