How to Organize Sewing Patterns

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The silence over here has been killing me! It’s been a crazy couple of weeks around our house. Chris got the renovation bug not too long ago and we’ve been working our tails off on ...

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    1. Noreen says:

      Super tips! Thank you :)

    2. Kristin H says:

      That’s how I store mine. Unless they are store bought, then they go in the pattern drawers of my sewing center. But to be real, I have a shipping box full of pattern pieces that I was too lazy to neatly put away when I was cleaning up for my parents. That’s going to be fun to sort through later……

    3. Maike says:

      I’m in the happy position of owning huge paper drawers which are perfect for pdf patterns, store bought patterns are in simple boxes.
      But I like the idea of putting the traced patterns in binders!

    4. Lady ID says:

      Oh my gosh!! This is great. Usually I put mine in 10-11″ envelopes with a description/sketch on the front. Lately I have been too lazy to do that for things like tank tops so this idea works!!

      Funny this is I just unpacked some folders and clear sleeves yesterday.

    5. Marie says:

      For money saving purposes I usually draft and transfer patterns on old newspapers. It’s SO difficult to distinguish between the different patterns. Especially with 10 different baby tops in different sizes each.
      Right now the patterns are just scattered everywhere collecting dust.
      I WILL definitely organize them in a binder!
      This looks so cute and much easier to sort through

    6. Brigid says:

      Ooohh! This is a GREAT idea for storing patterns! Currently I store mine in White Manila envelopes with a picture of the pattern on the front, and all those are stored in a vintage suitcase at the moment. I am going to have to try this method though!

    7. Heidi Lassila says:

      My sewing patterns are all stuffed in a tiny little cardboard box, far from ideal. I was thinking about putting them into a filing cabinet but I think I like the binder idea even better.

    8. Sarah Helene says:

      BEING ORGANIZED is the way to go! THANKS for this tutorial on How to Organize My Sewing Patterns. Sarah Helene in Minneapolis

    9. Susan says:

      Ha. I saw this post and I was like holy crap. Duh. I currently have all my sewing patterns in big binders like these but I’ve always been like hmm, how could I make these easier to look through? I never even though about separating by top, bottom, etc. Seems so obvious! Thanks so much for posting about it!

    Silhouette Promotion: Print and Cut feature

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    So. . . Exciting news for anyone who makes artwork in illustrator and cuts with Silhouette.¬†Silhouette has a plug-in for that. Now you can cut directly from Illustrator or Corel Draw using Silhouette Connect! It’s ...

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    1. Love your honest review! Still makes me want one. You should whip up some cute labels for mason jar storage or something à la spring cleaning & organizing!

    2. M-Bee says:

      wow those are awesome. I want one !

    Sewing: Comfy Sweater Raglan with Kangaroo Pocket

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    A long-sleeve raglan tee is a favorite wardrobe staple of mine that I’ve longed to make for the last several months. It took me so long to finally get around to making one for the ...

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    1. Tara McNeill says:

      Looks gorgeous!!
      Thank you so much for posting this! I have been looking for a raglan shirt pattern for so long and this one is perfect! Heading over to purchase now!

    2. Aello says:

      That top is so cute! I love the fabric you chose. I’m definitely going to buy the pattern and try to make a couple of my own. :)

    3. Kara says:

      I was just looking at this pattern this morning and puzzling over the sizing. Yours looks great!

    4. Alysa says:

      You look SO put together and classy. You also posted this on ‘Sweatshirt Thursday’ (a regular tradition over here). Perfect timing.

    5. kristin says:

      oh it looks so awesome on you! i want a sweater like this. been meaning to pick up the lane raglan when i’m ready to sew tops for myself again (which should be soonish…?). love that fabric.

    6. Erin R. says:

      That looks fabulous on you. Great choice.

    7. Sarah Helene says:

      SPOT ON . . . you look TERRIFIC in your newly-sewn sweater, a black and white print with plain black fabric detailing. So versatile for many occasions! I always like the comfy fit of raglan sleeves, don’t you? Sarah in Minneapolis

    8. Like the top! the fit looks good, and it’s a pattern where you could choose to add the pocket or not, making it versatile!

    Off My Creative Game

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    I’ve been off my creative game lately. I’ll blame it on the fact that life is just getting exponentially busier. I’m not complaining, but making more of an effort to carve out creative time seems ...

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    1. Kristin H says:

      I totally relate! I made Evie a quick skirt the night before, but didn’t do anything else. All those mini celebrations wear me out – I’d rather just make something little and spend time with my kids. Love the heart design!

    2. Melissa says:

      This feeling seems to be going around lately, which stinks! Being a mom is such hard work, but so worth it. I just have to remind myself of that every now and then. xoxo

    3. allison says:

      I thinks celebrating all those holidays is over rated. Love the shirt you made! I need to get my creative side back. Maybe some warm spring weather will reenergize me.

    4. Heidi Lassila says:

      I love how the heart turned out. And her reaction is so precious!

    Let’s Start a “Dear Abby” Type Meme

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    I haven’t gotten around to sewing this week. I’m going crazy without it! I traced a really cool pattern, now I need to just cut it out and figure out how to do the funky ...

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    1. maddie says:

      Melissa, I loved seeing your sketches! You are a talented illustrator. Also, I haven’t heard of Pattern Anthony. It’s just another example of our community working together. It’s somewhat similar to Pattern Parcel.

    2. Melissa says:

      Those sketches are darling! Part computer and part handwritten, right?

    3. Tash says:

      Thanks so much, Melissa! Thinking the shirt’s the way to go – it’s absolutely brilliant!

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