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Posted on: 12/15/03 10:27 PM
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I don't know if this will be useful to anyone, but after storing patterns on hangers, I had a 'duh' moment when I thought of this. (after I hit 100 patterns the hanger idea was no longer practical!)
I store my patterns in manila envelopes. I label each one with the pattern number, company (b/c sometimes different companies will have the same pattern numbers), and brief description. I then put them into copier paper boxes in numerical order. The envelope the pattern came in goes into a clear plastic Sterilite Show-Off box, sorted by type (fall/winter, spring/summer, purses, home dec, kids, etc.)

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sessi said... (9/18/04 6:26 PM) Reply
This storage idea is great. Mucch faster to go throu your patterns, because the fronts only takes less space.
elfieodette said... (8/16/04 9:19 AM) Reply
I take this a little further (as I have probably over a thousand patterns). I sort my patterns in the folders by company & then in numerical order and store them in crates. As candyo does, I put my pattern envelopes in sheet protectors. But instead of putting those in boxes, I put them in 3in binders, seperated by type (dress, coordinates, costumes, etc) then by company, then by number. I have my own personal pattern catalog! As I've reacher higher numbers of patterns (I've got 3 3in binders and they're all full!), I've started pulling out my favorite/often used or basic patterns into a smaller folder; reserving the large binders for my more unusual/one-time-use patterns.
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