The pattern storage solution 

simple pattern storage and declutterI love making clothes, but for the longest time, storing the pattern pieces in a way that made sense baffled me. I tried rolling. I tried keeping them flat. And I always misplaced the instructions. It seemed like they just took up a ton of room, and going back to reuse one was a long process of digging and hoping I got all the pieces. Simple tips for organizing your sewing patterns

Thankfully, I’ve found the perfect solution for storing my sewing pattern pieces. I found these metal pattern hooks on Amazon. If you’ve gone to design school or worked with a designer perhaps you’ve seen them. Simple tips for organizing your sewing patterns

They hold up to 5lb each, and are so handy! They can hold paper or plastic patterns as long as there’s a hole. The top hook is just like a hanger and the bottom you would put through a hole you punch in your pattern piece. Each one can easily hold several patterns, but I do like having just one or two on each so I can find the pattern in looking for quickly. 

I purchased the pack of 144 so I wouldn’t need to reorder, but it also comes in smaller packsSimple tips for organizing your sewing patterns

I also streamlined how I stored my PDF pattern instructions. I bought two binders from Target, one for adult garments and the other for kids’. Simple tips for organizing your sewing patterns

Each one is divided by category and organized by pattern company so I can find what I’m looking for quickly. 

I know a lot of people dislike PDF patterns, but I love them. I like being able to print as many copies as I need and also having the opportunity to make my project right away. Finding an efficient and space saving way to store them makes them even greater in my book.

I hope this little how-to has been helpful. Let me know if you try it out!

-Meredith

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