Pattern Storage, these are two little words that should roll off my tongue with ease. I mean, let’s face it, as stitcher with a pile of patterns hidden in her stash, I should have this down pat. But to be fair, personal pattern storage has always been a challenge for me.
Once I unfold those commercial tissue paper patterns, I can never (no matter how hard I tried) get them back into that small envelope. That’s right, I would fold them, refold them and try to stuff them into the original envelope and it would almost always end with in a ripped mess.
Over the years I have used several different methods and since these days patterns are made in different forms, I thought it would be fun to explore a few options.
Clockwise from the top left hand corner:
- Hang patterns industry style on metal hooks.
- This file folder idea from Love it Sew Much.
- Love this dish rack remix from Crafty Gemini.
- Love this container project from Simple Simon & Co.
- Sew Couture Transformed their empty paper boxes into storage.
- Check out this antique file cabinet on Sew Retro.
- Simple hanging file box by Stardust Shoes. (perfect for small spaces)
- Magazine holders can double as separators from My Creative Life .
Personally, I store my patterns in clear plastic poly envelopes. They have a snap closure and fit perfectly in my drawers. The bonus for me is that I do not have to worry about folding everything super neat and small. Instead, I can loosely fold them to fit, label the outside and know that they are safe and sound. Sometimes, I even put a picture of the finished garment on the outside and a swatch for a quick reference. The envelopes are super inexpensive (around $1.00 each), come in an array of colors and can be found at any office supply store or big box chain store.
Whenever possible, I keep all versions of a style together. For instance, I made this knit skirt in a several lengths and a variety of waistbands. By keeping them together in one envelope, I can change up my design on the fly while shopping. This eliminates the guess work.
Since I know that you have a secret pile of patterns in your stash, I would love to hear how you handle your pattern storage!