One of my 2011 resolutions is to rearrange my sewing patterns (not that many to begin with) into some sort of a working system.
When I started sewing and quilting about 2 years back, I compiled a number of free tutorials available on the net or copied down from crafting books from the library, thinking that I'll try each and every one of them soon. I have tried many and discarded many as well and bookmarked some for future projects, but they are all over the place.. Every time I need a pattern, I'll be going through the whole lot as I do not label them or have a proper cabinet or box to store them in.
Here's how my sewing patterns have evolved:
1. they appeared as measurement only, every time I'd have to measure and cut my fabric
2. big paper templates - loose pieces under the table or chair and everywhere
3. paper templates (fold in half) - most used patterns have been laminated stored in clear plastic sleeves without labellings
I found this superb portable storage solution at Tokyu Hands, it looks like the boring steel accordion-like filing cabinets you find in most offices, but it comes in various funky colours and did I mention it is portable? *grin*
At the moment I just insert all my patterns into different slots in one file. I hope to further improve by separating them according to categories i.e big bags, medium sized bags, clutch and purses, etc. If you have lots more you could have one different colour folder for each category.. yummm!!!
To get more inspiration on how to organise your sewing library, read The Domestic Diva.
How do you store your patterns..??