- A growing fabric stash that we don't seem to use;
- Organisation of said fabric stash so we remember what we have, how much of it we bought, and if we've already washed it;
- Keeping our sewing rooms or areas neat;
- UFOs (otherswise known as Unfinished Objects);
- Organising our patterns!
I would pull everything out until I found what I wanted, and if I wasn't in a hurry I would put them back in the same haphazard manner. If I was in a hurry they would stay in a pile on the floor.
And if you've been reading my blog for a little while you will know that I have been in a bit of a hurry recently, so pretty much all my patterns were in a pile on the floor. Obviously this is not ideal for me or the patterns... So I put my thinking cap on and came up with an idea.
I went and purchased 40 of these:
I think I was kidding myself when I thought 40 would be enough...
Your new word for today, readers, is Doculope. A doculope is a sturdy plastic envelope that closes with a press stud, in which you can store documents. Document + Envelope = Doculope!
The good thing about these babies is:
- I can store the adjusted pattern pieces I make in with the original pieces
- I don't have to fold things up tiny again to attempt to get them back into the pattern envelope
- If I buy buttons or zips or something that I particularly want to use with a pattern I can put it in the doculope too
- They are a uniform size so sit together neatly.
Oh, and while I was at it I photographed (with my fancy new ipad!) the back and the front of the pattern envelope so I can make an record of what I own so I don't buy it twice! This also gives me the added benefit of giving me easy access to the amount of fabric and what notions etc I need when I'm out and about.
Then I put them into two plastic document filing tubs that I purchased. So my new pattern storage system looks like this:
My next little job is to sort them into styles - so all the wiggle dresses together, all the skirts together etc.
Then I just need to find somewhere in my sewing room to store the tubs. Hmmmmm...
So - what do you think of my storage solution? Is it similar to yours? How do you store your patterns?