The more projects you do the more important it is to organize your patterns. I don’t know about you but I can never get the paper patterns back in the envelope that I purchased them in. Try as I may I end up ripping the envelope. In my frustration in what to do I did a search on Youtube to see if someone had a better solution to the problem. There is actually a large amount of ideas.
Originally I had started putting my patterns in clear bins with lids so I could see that the bins that had patterns I could see them. In my chaos, I had a bin here and one over there and never could find a pattern I knew that I had. Not very efficient.
The idea I chose to go with was to put the patterns in a large envelope that fits into the boxes you get at the office supply store for storing files. I used a (size) envelope. I put the front and back of the original envelope on the front of the larger envelope. This way I can see what I put inside. I put the pattern number and company because I am creating a spreadsheet of all the patterns so I can look there first for a pattern.
Now a slight problem I ran into while doing this, was what kind of glue. I started with a glue stick and that did not last long and I had to re-do those that I had used the glue stick. I am currently using Elmer’s glue. Not sure how this will hold up in the long run.
Once I get all my hundreds of patterns in the boxes, I plan on organizing the patterns by box. For example box 1 would have shirts. Box 2 pants, box 3 skirts, box 4 jackets, box 4 costumes, box 5 interior design and so on. I will also be covering all the boxes with matching fabric so it will look nice in the studio.
Almost done with the patterns. Searching for the right fabric to cover them. I will post that later as I cover them. Later…