Once you accumulate a few patterns, you quickly realize you need a place to store them. First, I’ll show you how I store my patterns and then list some other great storage ideas.
I store my patterns flat using $1 display boards from the dollar store. Once I am done with a pattern, I clip the pieces together using paper clips or binding clips and lay them flat inside the board, or fold them up if they are too big. I make sure the pieces with the pattern name are facing up so I can quickly see what pattern it is when I’m shuffling through them. You can also write a list of the patterns contained inside to make finding patterns easier. This method works well for me since I have limited sewing space and can slide the patterns under the sofa and no one knows they’re there (especially the little hands!).
Here are some more great options:
- 6×9 or 9×12 envelopes: Fold the patterns to fit inside and glue a picture of the pattern with the pattern name (usually the first page in a PDF pattern) to the front. I prefer the look of the white ones but some people also like the clear poly envelopes too.
- Large Binders: Patterns are folded and then stored inside plastic sheet protectors or poly envelopes inside large binders. Keep in mind that the sheet protectors may not expand enough for larger patterns or ones with a lot of pieces. Keep a list of patterns on the front of each binder for easy reference.
- Hang Patterns: Using either traditional pattern hooks or pants hangers. This way allows you to easily look through all your patterns but requires the most space.
- File Hangers: If you have a filing cabinet in your sewing space, this is a great way to store patterns.
When I have more space, I will use either the envelope or binder method as those are a bit easier to look through than what I currently do.
Have more pattern storage ideas? Let me know in the comments or tag me on Instagram!
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