Still Busy

Now this project took a little longer than I thought it would.pattern filingThat’s me sorting my pattern stash.  I’ve read about a million ideas to keep one’s stash in order; in good condition; and in check.  And I finally did something about it.

I put all the pattern envelopes into plastic sheet covers and then into respective binders, sorting by pattern type.patternsThen all the pattern pieces and the instructions went into manilla envelopes, which are filed numerically.  I wrote the pattern numbers at the top RH corner of the envelopes and  on the top LH horizontal edge.  Mostly because I don’t know which way the envelopes will be filed once I get my sewing space pattern storage set up… after every other possible renovation project in this house is complete…. :/numerical orderFor now, the binders sit on the bottommost rung of a sawed-off bookcase, while the envelopes are stores in boxes and then stuffed into various nooks and crannies in the general sewing vicinity.bindersI did this whilst waiting for restoration to end, and last week went on a cutting spree, piling up ready-to-be-sewn projects alongside my sewing machine until a sewspicious day comes along.  Why didn’t I organize my pattern stash sooner?  This makes choosing and finding what I want a fun experience, not one fraught with an overwhelming sense of being overwhelmed by the patterns themselves.


17 thoughts on “Still Busy

  1. Love it, so organized!! I would probably have an anxiety attack separating my patterns from their envelopes though LOL. Mine are just stored in Ikea boxes and sorted by pattern company 😛

    1. Well, mine were originally languishing in a vintage credenza haphazardly, to you’re way ahead of where I started with your Ikea boxes. I’m super happy with this system – makes pattern “shopping” easier. 😉

  2. Sounds very satisfying! I do something similar, though the last couple rounds of new acquisitions are still waiting to be processed. My pattern envelopes are roughly grouped by type, but not neatly filed in binders. I use the plastic sheets instead for the pattern pieces and the instructions & these go numerically into magazine file boxes. You say toMAIto I say toMAto! 😉 The only regret I have is not being able to integrate the magazine based patterns into this system.

    1. Yeah – the magazines are bit of a world unto themselves, but it makes for fun wasting of time as you try to find that particular one you want in the issue you can’t remember! 😉

  3. Surrounded by patterns! How wonderful. And now you know what you have and where they are. Hooray.

    I hope you get sewing soon …. can’t have piles of cut outs sitting about else you’ll get itchy ;D

  4. I’ve done this and it is an interesting process. However, somewhere along the way I’ve given up on keeping it up. I hope it works better for you!

  5. That is amazing!
    Do you have a catalog somewhere of what you have so that you can easily search without having to go through every envelope?


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