Tuesday, May 1, 2012

How I Store My Patterns


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mimi g.

32 comments:

  1. UGH. LOL My goal before the year is out... put my patterns in numerical order. I keep mine similar but I have them on flicker by pattern type and then stored in a file cabinet by pattern company.

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    1. I tried doing it on flickr but by the time I started organizing them a few years back I didn't have the patience to download the pic and upload the pic to flickr etc. I was being lazy, BWHAHAHA

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  2. Omg I was just googling ways to store patterns lol What a coinkydink ;) Your way is the best I have seen so far. How do you preserve your patterns? For the most part my size usually falls in the middle of the pattern and I normally cut away the rest of the pattern but I hate to do that.

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  3. Oh yes! I've been searching for a good technique. I currently use a file cabinet but I'd rather use that space for something else.

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    1. sweet! glad you found it useful ;-)

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  4. that's brilliant! thanks for sharing! i'm inspired to re-organize! :)

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  5. I do mine the same way and its the best. I love to look through my binders in bed and daydream what I'm going to sew up.

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  6. This is the best system I've seen. I could never jump on board with photocopying front/back of envelopes, too tedious.

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    1. yep, would take too long, too much paper and too much ink, LOL

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  7. I finally got my patterns organized this year. I store mine in a similar manner. However, instead of a notebook, I scan all of my patterns onto my computer, front and back, and store them in Microsoft OneNote. OneNote has apps for the iphone, ipad, etc. So now I am able to access my pattern catalog on my computer, iphone and ipad.

    This way I have access to my patterns when I'm in the fabric store, and making fabric purchases. And I can't tell you how many times it has helped me avoid duplicate pattern purchases.

    BTW, I look forward to reading your blog everyday, and just finished the maxi dress you posted.

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    1. Great idea, thanks for sharing! and thanks for reading ^_^

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  8. Omg I love this. However, I'm short on space. I would love to get a drawer piece in here, however, I spent money on an Armoire piece that will be my 'Craft Armoire' once I refurbish it. I also bought a cabinet as well I will just put long baskets in and do this same system. I'll figure it out. My system I'm using right now is what you suggested a couple weeks ago- which was the manilla envelopes categorized on my bookshelf with the pattern envelope or sketch on the outside. Thanks again
    @ Sandy, great tip. So you scan the pattern first? Or Download the Microsoft One to your computer, and then dl the app on your phone????

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    1. xoxo

      I use the manilla ones and the sketch on the outside for my own patterns that i drafted because I do them on thicker paper and its easier to store in the bigger envelopes. I also have pattern hangers but never use them, LOL

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  9. Awesome! I am LOVING your site. I just started sewing last month, you are really inspirational and fun! Thank you for all the hard work in putting this page together to help others!!! :)

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment! and I am so glad you are enjoying the blog ^_^

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  10. I like this idea.

    Very organized, neat, and simple. I think I'll try this out.

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  11. clever!!!!! Very organized!

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  12. FABULOUS idea!!! I don't have a quarter of the patterns you do yet but I think it may be worth the investment and piece of mind to start a similar system. Thanks Mimi!

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  13. Amazed at your ability to fold the tissue back flat into the envelope! I end up using a bigger envelope just for that reason. Inspired by your "look book" concept. Thanks!!

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  14. Inspired by your "look book" great idea to not have to go through all patterns. Also, amazed by your ability to refold the tissue into small envelopes. I end up using big ones so I don't have to fold as much! HA.

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  15. Thanks for sharing your method for organizing patterns.

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  16. I'm a "big" envelope girl, too, because I can never...EVER...get them folded back into their original configuration!

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  17. Thanks for sharing! I am going to try that for my patterns.

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  18. Which unit from IKEA do you use for the pattern storage? I currently have many shelves full and figure I could consolidate it in one cabinet as I have a smaller sewing room and love the system you use. Wonderful idea and a great inspiration to get back into sewing after having 3 kids and now being on a limited budget. Thank you!

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xoxo
mimi g.