I only discovered the indie sewing pattern world last year.
And since then I’ve been building up my little collection of digital sewing patterns. I went a little crazy with the Black Friday pattern sales last year, and now I have so many patterns that I was forced to get more organized.
In this blog post I’m going to share with you how I organize my printed sewing patterns. In a future post I will share how I organize my sewing patterns digitally in Trello.
This method of storing my printed patterns has been a time, space and life saver!
I usually have my digital patterns printed at a copy shop. Prior to the lockdown, this is pretty much what I did, I’d have the A0 version printed at a copy shop because I’m not a huge fan of taping A4’s together. But for now that’s my only option.
I use a glue stick, these brown C4 envelopes that are slightly bigger than A4, and my paper scissors.
The first thing I do is lay out my A0 sheets.
Then, I roughly cut around each pattern piece. I save the cutting out of the correct size later on, because that’s a bit more time-consuming. At this point my aim is to get this huge roll of paper into an envelope.
I then fold each piece in a way that the main details are in view. That way when I go to work on this pattern it’s easy for me to identify each pattern piece.
I fold these until they’re small enough to fit inside the envelope.
I then go to my Sewing Patterns Trello board and I print out the cover of the instruction booklet. As mentioned before, I will do a post in future where I show you how I organize my patterns digitally.
Fresh off the printer.
Finally, I use my glue stick to paste the cover onto the envelope and voila! I’m all done.
Something else I’ve been doing recently is add little tabs labelled with the pattern name at the top of each envelope. That way I can paw through my patterns without having to pull out each one individually. I store my patterns in alphabetical order by pattern name – like a real filing system!
This method of storing my printed patterns has been a time, space and life saver and I hope this post has inspired you to get your sewing patterns organized too.
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