I store my sewing patterns in a recycled shoebox because it is the width of a sewing pattern envelope.
Also, with a husband who is a long distance runner, I can get a replacement shoe box when I need it on the regular.
It worked for awhile - until it didn’t.
As I’ve done more costuming work, my pattern envelopes are in all shapes and sizes. On more than one occasion I plopped the whole pattern into a gallon size zipper baggie because the pattern pieces won’t fold to fit back into its envelope. I try to store my sewing patterns by category but they quickly return to their natural disorganized state – a pile busting out of its shoe box(es.)
This is not working. I need to find a better way to store and organize my sewing patterns that fits in a small, limited craft room space.
A did a reader poll on the Condo Blues Facebook page here and got some good suggestions. Someone suggested a binder with sheet protector pockets like this one. (Disclosure: I am including affiliate links for your convenience.) This would work if all of my sewing patterns were the same shape and size. Another good suggestion was to store my odd size sewing boxes in banker boxes like these. Unfortunately bankers boxes won’t quite fit the space and based on my shoebox sewing pattern storage solution, I know that it will eventually turn into an unorganized pile of patterns in a bigger box.
If I don’t have a system that makes the item easy to put away, even with the best of intentions of saying this time will be different, I plunk the item on a table, shelf, and say I will put it away later. Eventually it turns into a pile because Later never comes.
Hey, at least I’m honest with myself.
After marinating on the problem for awhile, I came up with quick and easy sewing pattern organization and storage solution – these exact magazine file holders!
Instead of pawing through a box of sewing patterns to find the one, two, or more patterns I want to combine to make an item (for example, adding pockets to thwart the pattern designer who thinks women don’t need pockets) I quickly find those related patterns in the category I am sewing. When I’m done, I can
shove gently and lovingly place the sewing patterns in their proper magazine holder and on their storage shelf quickly and easily.
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