Easy sewing pattern storage tutorial - Following that messy post on two BAD solutions you should not copy when storing patterns, I feel obliged to show you one GOOD solution you WILL want to copy. So, dear readers, this is one of my early 'inventions' to cope with the sewing pattern storage: Nothing fancy, but so USEFUL!! It's a supersized cardboard holder for your sewing patterns. I'll show you how to make it, check it out.
Sewing Pattern Storage - A Diy Version
Want to make a supersized cardboard file for your patterns? To start, let me tell you why I love my diy pattern storage. It's
- zero cost,
- green (recycling old cardboard boxes)
- easy and fast.
And these storage files are huge! They can be used for a number of purposes, like kids art folders. Seriously, these can house even the largest art creations they have brought from the kindergarten!
With that being said, the top value of these diy folders comes from being able to store a wealth of those large patterns that come in huge sheets of paper.
You'll need this:
and two cardboard boxes like this one:
3) Glue them together so the (additional) 'side' of one piece will overlap, as seen in the photo below:
It doesn't look really large in this picture, but let me tell you this is the largest yellow box I have, and it holds nearly half of my stash of knits. But the folder fits right into this box, and this is what makes it PERFECT for me.
Other Ways To Organize Your Sewing Patterns
Here are a few ideas I've collected and think could help organize your sewing patterns:
- Put them in super large plastic bags. Store or hang them by designer, then alphabetical order.
- Get manila envelopes
- Use gallon size zip lock bags
- Put them in sleeve protectors in binders
- Storing in the open space? Get a rod ( cable) and rings like the ones are sold in Ikea , and hang your pattern pieces like that.
- Got really a lot of patterns? You need a big file cabinet!