Is your sewing room a little disorganized? Is that an understatement? Do you have patterns stashed here and there? It seems every quilter ends up with a load of patterns that they just haven’t gotten to yet. How do you store those? Let’s talk about pattern organization.
Diamonds Binders Are a Girl’s Best Friend
Binders are your friends. Maybe not your best friend (that’s your sewing machine, right?) but still, binders are in your friend group. Buy some binders and use those sweet little inventions to store patterns!! Binders can be easily stacked in a corner or aligned nice and neat on a bookshelf. Buy clear 3-ring page protectors to go inside each binder. You can easily slide any pattern right into the protector.
Magazines – Ugh! They’re everywhere!
Are you storing a ton of pattern magazines and don’t even remember why? Magazines take up a lot of room. A great option is to thumb through each magazine and tear out any patterns that you would like to make one day. Take the pages you have saved and slide them into those page protectors. Throw the rest of the magazine away.
Patterns Saved on Your Computer?
Do you have a lot of bookmarked patterns saved on your computer? Or perhaps you’re following a sew-along but don’t have time to make the blocks each week? Go ahead and print those pdf’s. Then, you guessed it, slide them into those page protectors.
Don’t Forget to Label Everything!
You could label your binders by source (online patterns, purchased patterns, etc), by designer (MSQC patterns, Moda patterns, etc) or by purpose (Christmas patterns, baby patterns, etc). Pick whichever method makes the most sense for you. Set yourself up to easily find what you know, that one day, you will be looking for. These labels found here are perfect for this and they are super cute!
Don’t Freak Out… but the Trash Can is Your Friend!
If you saved a pattern years ago and it no longer appeals to you, pitch it into the trash. It is okay to throw things away! When your sewing room is less cluttered, you’ll be happy you did. Besides, it’s not like there aren’t hundreds more patterns out there waiting to take it’s place on your shelf.
Decluttering Makes Room for Creativity!
Taking a few minutes (or hours) to tidy up your sewing room and organize your patterns will clear room for the creativity in your head to take over. Watch out world, you are inspired and ready to sew again!