Monday, January 11, 2010

Pattern Storage

I am in the process of setting up my sewing room at my new apartment. I have A LOT of patterns, like 300 or so, and many of them are vintage so I needed to devise a way to store and organize that wouldn't put too much stress on the patterns or my pocketbook.

After a few false starts, I finally figured out that I can fit 30-45 patterns, including the larger vintage Vogue patterns, in the large Sterlite Show-off bins. These bins are made for hanging file folders, but they are 10" wide and 15.5" tall so they work great! I got mine at Target for $4.99 each. I am sure there are other brands that will work just as well, you just have to be sure they are at least 8" wide for the larger pattern envelopes.

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Maria Stahl said...

That's a good plan. Do you put the patterns inside anything before putting them in the bins? I'm concerned about nonarchival storage materials for mine. I ended up buying a bunch of comic book board-and-bags and putting mine in that. The envelope goes on one side of the board, the instructions and tissues go behind the board.

Then they're all in a big old enamel refrigerator drawer. Turquoise. Couldn't resist the color. :o)

Tart Deco said...

Maria- I put them inside plastic baggies with the tops cut off (so they don't catch on the envelopes). If the pattern is particularly fragile I will but a piece of cardboard in the baggie and use a larger baggie that will fold over on the top.

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