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Posted on: 6/13/09 0:01 AM
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I have several pattern pieces that I found here and there over the years. I fold them up and collect them promising I will never let this happen again. I must have 200 patterns (btw- I was a profession patternmaker once upon a time).
I finally decided, rather than throwing them out as I was tempted to do, I would put them in sleeves in a binder with the numbers showing so that if I ever made that pattern again and a piece or two was missing, I'd be able to find it rather than having to redraft it. I have to get more organized but it's my nature to do too many things at one time...maybe one day.

On occasion, when there is time, I will look up the pattern number online to see what the pattern looks like so I can more easily find the envelope it belongs in.

I now have far too many pieces and the binder is embarassingly thick...
I have now taken to putting them in a large manila envelope and writing down the pattern number and company on front!
YIKES! Time to slow down!

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EleanorSews said... (6/14/09 8:24 PM) Reply
This seems to be a universal problem, but not until your tip was there an organized way to save the piece so that it would be available when the pattern turned up. Thanks for a most timely and helpful tip.
beginagain said... (6/14/09 3:01 PM) Reply
I have spare pieces too and I didn't even think to look them up them up online. Thanks for the great idea.
Elaine Dougan said... (6/14/09 10:25 AM) Reply
I am going to go out and get a binder to store all my pattern envelopes. Thanks for the tip. I store my pattern pieces rolled up on a shelf after they have been taken out of the envelope.
Sweetiebop said... (6/13/09 4:24 PM) Reply
Thanks for the tip. Right now I have 8 patterns cut and in use and 4 cut laying around it's going to be disaster if I don't straighten up soon.
NanJones said... (6/13/09 0:36 AM) Reply
Thanks for this. I just recently straightened all my patterns out and found 2 pieces that didn't belong to any pattern I have or think I have. Looking them up on Pattern Review is exacely what I will do. Thanks again for the idea.
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