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Message Board > Patterns and Notions > How to store my pattern stash? ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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How to store my pattern stash?
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Date: 5/11/07 5:14 PM

Hi everyone,
I've got a zillion patterns, and mostly have them stored randomly in bookcases, in paper boxes, shoved here and there. It's very unattractive and my husband and I like a neat home. I've looked through notions sites and adds in threads to see if there is a particular box (maybe even see through) that is made for the purpose of storing the standard size pattern

But of course I knew the best resource for a possible answer to this question was to see what folks here do for storing their patterns, and to see if anyone has any ideas.

Thank you so much in advance@

Tara

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Date: 5/11/07 7:13 PM

If you do a search on the boards you will find several different solutions for pattern storage.

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Date: 5/11/07 8:26 PM

JoAnn's does sell boxes that are designed to hold the big 4 patterns. I have Rubbermaid clear blue containers that are a little roomier. The big 4 patterns and some others fit in them. I bought them at Target. Comic-book boxes can hold patterns, also. My Dh collects comic books, so I discovered how well patterns fit in them.

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Date: 5/11/07 9:46 PM

It probably won't help you, but there was a Joann's closing near me and I bought one of their pattern cabinets.

I hear of Hancock's closing, so maybe that would be an option.

Susan

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Date: 5/11/07 10:11 PM

As someone said above, there have been several discussions abou this, but... I keep mine in manilla folders in banker boxes from the office supply store. They stack easily in the closet. I write the general type of patterns in each box on the front (such as Big4 Women's, Children's, BWOF/KnipMode/SandraMode), but you could of course make a more comprehensive system of filing. Well, saying that, I also keep small half-sheet ring binders of all my patterns so I have an easy reference to what I have without actually opening the boxes.

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Date: 5/11/07 10:23 PM

I use some plastic storage containers from Walmart. I think they are 11 quart size. I separate them into categories, such as babies in one box, children in another, misses tops in another, etc. I have them stacked on shelves in a closet. Works great for kwik sew, mccall's, etc. Larger patterns like Jalie I have stashed in a wooden cabinet with my sewing books. Only have a few Jalie's so no big deal.

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Date: 5/11/07 10:27 PM

Sounds similar to my setup, Kristine. I have the pattern envelopes in their own 8 1/2 x 11-inch sheet protectors in a binder (sorted by date), and the patterns themselves are in manila envelopes (with the pattern company, pattern number, and year written on the envelope) in cardboard boxes on shelves.

The advantage of this system, Tara, is it is easy to browse through the patterns without all the bulk of the tissue. The larger manila envelope makes it easier to store the used patterns (even neatly folding them, they always expand after use!). I also drop a swatch of the fabric in the sheet protector with the envelope once I've made the garment, so I instantly know which pattern made what garment. (You might have perfect recall, but I think I have every button-front shirt dress with princess seams pattern published in 1998, and for some reason I made most of them back then.)

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Date: 5/12/07 0:02 AM

I put all my patterns in a hanging file cabinet sorted by pattern number. I put all the envelopes in a 3 ring binder in 8x11" sheet protectors so I can flip through the patterns and dream.

When I need a pattern, I can easily find it in the cabinet and there is enough room in the hanging folder to put any tracings, etc.

Jen

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Date: 5/12/07 7:02 AM

I have many patterns too--enough to fill four clear plastic boxes from Joann's. They have blue lids with a gray handle and gray flaps that lock the top to the container. They were around $12.99 or something or even less since I KNOW I bought them when they were on sale. Everything fits in them, even the large Vogue patterns and I don't have to worry about acid or whatever from cardboard boxes.

I was about to take my patterns out of their envelopes and make my own catalogue with a three-ring binder but I'm on the computer so much I decided to utilize Yahoo photos for organization. I have an image of the picture or colored drawing and another of the line drawing and then label them with the pattern company, pattern number, what kind of garment it is, features of the garment.

But that's probably just some form of OCD. In any case I had a great time and now I can browse my own personal pattern stash online.

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Date: 5/12/07 8:18 AM

I put my patterns in a large zippered plastic bag with the front of the pattern envelope showing through the bag. I squish as much air as possible out of the bag before closing it so it will take up as little room as possible. I have them stored according to garment type--tops, pants, skirts, jackets, etc. in a cheap two-drawer file cabinet I had left over from when I worked at home. I use the tab portion of a manila folder as a separator with the name of the grouping on the tab portion. Also, to save space, I remove any pattern pieces I know I won't use. For instance, if I know I'll never make the pants included with a jacket pattern, I just throw it away to save space.

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