Sewing Pattern Reorganization

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Why is it that I can’t seem to ever put away my sewing patterns?  I mean, I even wrote a huge blog post about organizing your sewing patterns.  You’d think I’d have this Sewing Room Organization thing under control.  No such luck.

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I have turquoise binders,

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pink binders,

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and some more pink binders.

Did you count all the pattern binders?  Yep…there’s 18 of them! 5 Turquoise binders and 13 Hot Pink binders.

And that’s it.  I’m not buying anymore binders.  The bookcase where I keep my sewing pattern binders has 3 shelves which neatly fit 6 binders each…I’m maxed out at 18 binders.  There simple isn’t anymore room for patterns.

And I’m not buying anymore sewing patterns either.  Seriously…I rarely use any of them.  I buy them to read the construction details.  I’m always looking for a quicker way to do a sewing technique, etc.  Tell the truth—you do it, too, right?

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I had dozens and dozens of patterns, some old, some new, laying around all over my sewing room.  It was time to finally reorganize and try to consolidate my pattern collection.  I was able to part with a whole box of patterns and will give them away on my local Freecycle website.

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I used my Silhouette SD Electronic Cutter to make some vinyl labels for the pattern binders.  How cute!

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I was tempted to paint my ugly old faux wood bookcase, but I’ll have to save that for another day (or year).

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I keep the patterns I use most often on professional pattern hooks for easy access.  They hang from the basement rafters next to the sewing pattern bookcase.

I feel so much better now that I’ve reorganized my sewing patterns.  Only problem now is my fabric pile of shame.  Don’t laugh…you have one of those, too!

Happy Sewing!

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Comments

  1. *giggle giggle* actually, except for the stacks of scraps I’m plowing through, my area are all tidy right now. See? I have time to sit around and read blogs, heehee.

  2. I love the organize excellant

  3. Dear Lisa – how reassuring it is to know that sewists at all levels deal with similar issues! I’m a returning to sewing advanced-beginner. When my son was little and I had no room for sewing, I took all available space in spare closets and never really had a grasp of what I had – stash and patterns. Now that I have a room dedicated to sewing I’m “trying” to reform and keep a tight reign on my fabric and patterns. Your examples of organization will be very helpful!
    Cheers,
    Jen

  4. Congratulations. It looks like you accomplished a lot. Good luck with the fabric now.

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