|I was in the local print/copy shop when they were changing paper for the big printer (huge!). They took this very rigid, black, cardboard tube out of the machine and replaced it with a new roll of paper. It looked to be the same width of the pattern pieces (about 36 inches).
Since I had just finished ironing the pattern flat so I could trace off my size, so I was instantly intrigued. I asked if they sold the tubes, they looked at me as if I was insane. The throw them AWAY!
I asked for it and they came out with three more. They told me that any print/copy shop that prints blue-prints would have these tubes and generally throw them away. All you have to do is ask for them – the 36 inch tubes from the paper rolls. They offered to save me as many as I wanted! Four of these tubes are plenty for my small Hot Patterns collection. I will store them on top of the “fabric cabinet.”
The patterns roll up and slide into these “custom” tubes. The tubes are very rigid (my 8 yo ds can stand on one without crushing it) and, best of all, no re-ironing the pattern.