Organize Your Sewing Patterns with Binderscomments (7) January 3rd, 2009
Happy New Year! I don't know about you, but this past year left my craft room in such a state. Floss all over the place, patterns in boxes and baskets all over the house, pins and needles everywhere (watch where you step!). . . This place needs to get organized! And what a great time to do it. . . new year. . . fresh start. . . let's do it!
First, let's revisit my post of organizing your embroidery floss. Working on five projects at a time this Christmas turned my clever organization system into a pile of floss and baggies. Time to file all the floss away again! Now, onto the patterns. . .
It seems my patterns were everywhere: boxes in the living room, my craft room, under my bed. It's so hard to find the one I want when I want it. More often than not, I end up drawing the pattern again only to find it the next day sitting in a box that I forgot about. Well, no more! This simple project centralizes all my patterns in clear, concise catagories. It's super organized and super awesome!
Wanna follow my lead? Here's what you'll need:
- Binders (I bought the design-your-own-cover kind)
- Decorative paper and labels
- Clear page protectors
- Page dividers
First, collect all your patterns to figure out how many binders you'll need.
I bought one for my embroidery patterns and one for sewing patterns and used dividers to separate by type or design. For the sewing patterns, I broke it down to Tops, Skirts & Pants, Dresses, Suits, Coats & Jackets, Formal Dresses, and Purses & Accessories. For the embroidery patterns, I categorized by Flowers, Animals, Portraits, Robots, and Miscellaneous.
Break it down in the way it works best for you. Lots of sewing patterns? Use a binder for each type. Tons of embroidery transfer patterns? Separate by designer. Your way is the best way!
Now that my floss is all sorted and my patterns are contained, all I need to do is find all those pins and needles!
Better get that magnet out. . .