From old patterns to newly purchased ones, unless you have them organized, they often go unused. I draft many of my patterns and even they require a system! I enjoy using Wild Ginger Software as well, and once I have a pattern printed, I need to file it for the future as too. I use the same system on everything. FYI, I put my knitting patterns in a notebook just like they do at the yarn stores.
Keep it Simple! Many blogs and websites offer suggestions...
Find the one that suits your needs.
There are many organizing methods available. I am a traditionalist when it comes to organizing many things. I decided years ago, the method employed by the large pattern companies works best for me. All of us have been "trained" to use it. How long ago was that for me? The pattern above tells the story as it is old, frayed, and thankfully preserved in a page protector with the front and back easily readable. I know it is not fancy, but it is so quick and easy to do. Simply stated: use the numbers on the pattern. If a pattern does not have a number, give it one. The one below is 002. And I use 6" x 9" white envelopes and put the patterns themselves in each envelope with the pattern number on the top right corner of the envelope. Consider which direction you are storing the envelopes in before you start numbering. My system is kept horizontally to accommodate the container that I keep on my shelf. I actually fold the glue tab in prior to stuffing them as I simply slide in my patterns. You could use larger envelopes if it works better for you. I have a small template like I use in fabric folding for the patterns to keep them fitting nicely. Not surprised by that, right?
Patterns come in all different formats now. If it is a PDF (downloaded pattern), I print the pattern and store it in the same fashion and I recommend keeping a USB with the back up files with the related book
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Above is a Simplicity pattern that I cut up, re-taped and inserted in a sleeve, plus the envelope I made for it. I added some additional description, but the pattern number is all that you really need. The envelope goes in the plastic container on my shelf. The topics are ones I can relate to: Crafts, Women's Tops & Bottoms, Women's Dresses, Women's Jackets & Vests, Kids, etc. I do sound like the catalogs in the stores. However, I do not separate by pattern lines.
Note, not all notebooks are created equal. I use these fun binder label clips that slip onto the spine easily and a Brother label maker.
Steps in a nutshell: Find all your patterns!
Place pattern cover in sleeve or other photo of finished item sized or taped to paper, if needed.
Place pattern in white envelope and add the pattern number on top right corner.
Put envelopes in numerical order at the location you plan to store them in.
Create categories for the notebook and put the "filled sleeves" into the book and do not be concerned with numerical order in the book.
There are variations to the above on many blogs. The important thing is to organize things so YOU can find them easily and that it is simple for YOU to keep up with.
Reminder Tip: If you are overwhelmed or short of time for the task of overhauling the sewing room, I recommend a professional organizer. I can't speak highly enough of Michelle Cooper of Put-it-there.com and the time she has saved me is priceless!
Good news for ASG friends in Atlanta, Michelle will now be the guest speaker at the upcoming Common Threads meeting on October 20. Learn more about this meeting you shouldn't miss...
It is Saturday, take this upcoming week to organize your patterns. It can be fun and you will be inspired to sew, but do not pull that pattern from your book until you are ready to sew it! LOL! ~Cookie