|I am forever trying to keep my cutting/work table clear of extraneous "stuff"...unsuccessfully. One thing that I almost always need nearby is my pattern magazine or instruction sheets but they take up so much space on my table. And finding an open surface nearby? Yeah, right. Sewing is messy, cluttery business...at least in my world.
I have an old metal music stand that I've repurposed as a pattern holder. I can butt it right up to my cutting table (or where ever I might need it) without losing precious flat-surface real estate. It's absolutely perfect for magazines like Burda or Ottobre or if I'm working with US pattern instruction sheets, I simply use clothespins, binder clips, or hanger clips to clip them to the upper crossbars of the stand.
Not only is this a spacesaver, it's so much easier to read since the instructions are vertical and at eye-level. And the stands typically fold up to not much more than the size of a ruler for easy storage.
If you don't have an old one from your beloved high school band class laying around somewhere, there are scores (pun intended) of them selling for just a few dollars on eBay. It's my favorite new "surprise" notion!