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Posted on: 3/17/05 10:46 AM
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This is tip is not about sewing but about storing all of those patterns. I collect patterns and they were taking over my life (not to mention my sewing room) until I started filing them. I started with simple plastic drawers (the big ones you get at Wal-mart) I just used the drawer part and made dividers out of cereal box cardboard labeling what is behind them (women's tops, girls dresses, etc.) then I got a new computer. Now I had to get more sophisticated. Plus I was getting tired of buying patterns only to find out I already had them. I scanned in the front of each pattern envelope. Then I edited them in Digital Image 9 (or other photo editing program) I cropped the picture so just the pattern front showed ( I cropped out all the extra space the scanner puts in). I imported each photo into Print Shop and made a poster with 5 patterns on each page. I only need the front but you could also scan the back and have all the pattern information at your fingertips. I put each poster (regular paper size) in clear sheet protectors divided by index dividers labeled with the category of the patterns (men's, dresses, etc.) into a binder) I still store the patterns themselves in plastic drawers but it is easier to buy patterns when I can take my binder with me and figure out what I have. It also makes it easier to find the correct pattern for a project. Or to get inspired to make something new when I can see all my patterns and fabric at the same time. My friends and my mom like to come over and search through my book too to see if there is something they want to make or borrow.

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sewmumma said...
Have been pondering on doing something like this for a long while. Thanks...will have to get started more excuses
3/18/05 1:35 PM
mermaids said...
since my computer printer is also a photocopier, i photocopied the front & back of my pattern envelopes. i like having the information from the back of the envelope in my binder so i can quickly check yardage requirements.
3/19/05 6:39 PM
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