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Posted on: 6/18/14 9:55 PM
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I have several steps for my cut pattern storage. It might not be the easiest or the cheapest, but it works best for me.

I have a lot of patterns, and keeping track of them all was becoming a pain. There are several things I do with a new pattern:

1) I scan the front and back cover and print it out. If I need to bring along the information to, say, a fabric store, I bring this copy.

2) I iron the pattern flat, then I iron the pattern to freezer paper (butcher's paper - NOT wax paper). If I decide to make something, I trace a copy off the "master pattern".

3) I roll the pattern pieces (except the very small ones) and slip them into mailer tubes (the type with plastic caps). I buy the 3' tubes, and cut them down as needed (so I can use the extra tubes for small patterns). (3'x2" mailer tubes, 50 count with plastic caps, $45 at Amazon.)

4) I label the mailer tubes with the pattern brand, #, size and photo.

5) I store the tubes in those plastic bins made for wrapping paper (they're covered, so the patterns are further protected). $15 each at The Container Store. Eventually, I'll have one container per brand (or more as needed). I have a few patterns that are taller than the wrapping paper container. I store those in an uncovered bin. (I have pets, and I like how these keep the dog and cat hair out of my patterns!)

6) I put the original envelope, instructions, and any small pieces into a manila envelope, which I file in a file box. Here I can add any information such as if I've made it, what size, for whom, what fabric, etc.

It all may seem a bit overkill, but it's what is working best for me. :)

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almost said...
Your method looks really great. But I was amazed that you can iron a pattern onto freezer paper?? Does it permanently bond to the freezer paper? Does the freezer paper produce sticky goo that ends up on the bottom of your iron??
6/24/14 9:47 PM
Barbara3 said...
Terrific system! Now you've got me thinking.
6/21/14 11:06 AM
Gilberta said...
Very nice idea--I'm always looking for a better method! Thanks~
6/20/14 12:32 PM
mamacita said...
A great idea! I have "cut" patterns floating all around my sewing room. I have to get some mailer tubes. thanks
6/19/14 2:41 PM
persevering said...
Thanks for sharing ... great idea!
6/19/14 9:01 AM
petro said...
Impressive organisation!Thanks for sharing.
6/19/14 1:13 AM
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