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Posted on: 10/27/11 8:39 PM
Review Rating: Helpful by 7 people   Very Helpful by 10 people   

Ziploc freezer bags are a convenient and organized way to store regular and large patterns. To do this, you will need the gallon and quart sizes.

These bags are convenient for two reasons. First, they are transparent. Secondly, several quart sizes can separately hold the various views of the pattern, pattern pieces that all views have in common and the pattern directions. Fold each pattern piece so that the printed identification is clearly visible. That way, you will not have to unfold the pattern to piece to know what it is. Mark the Ziploc bags accordingly.

The patterns can be organized and stored quite easily. Just slip all the smaller bags into a larger gallon size bag. Make certain that the pattern envelope faces the unprinted side. This will allow you to clearly see which pattern you are holding.

Finally, store the packaged patterns up right or on their sides in cardboard or fancy boxes. You can even place them between book holders. Either way, a lid or covering is not needed.

Since Ziploc bags are readily available at the supermarket and sometimes at the dollar store, I find this system very convenient and inexpensive

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Sashalanda said...
I do this also but also can use clothespins and attach to wire hangers. The ones with multiple rods for slacks is best as it holds a bunch in a smaller place either in a closet or rod hung from ceiling. If you have a craft room, make a hanging rod from ceiling that is relatively high and goes across room. PVC pipe works good for this. Can use those hanging shelves etc that you can use on normal closet rod. Makes so many more "cheaper", storage options.
1/29/12 8:04 PM
NJcowgirl said...
Thanks! Great idea.
10/29/11 1:42 PM
tatica said...
I've used Ziplocs as pattern storage for years but I like the idea of incorporating smaller ones for the pattern pieces that go together. Great tip.
10/28/11 11:36 AM
LynnG said...
Great idea. I will give it a try.
10/28/11 9:03 AM
LynnG said...
Great idea. I will give it a try.
10/28/11 9:03 AM
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