If you are like alot of sewers, stuff tends to get put in a "safe place" somewhere that you will never find again. And you spend hours and hours trying to find just that one article, only to find lots of other things you forgot about in the process.
Well, I have a solution for all of the "paper" stuff that goes along with sewing.
I use binders for all of my "paper" related sewing items.
For my patterns, I photocopy the front and back of the pattern envelope and put the photocopy in a clear plastic sheet protector and then file it in one of my pattern binders (according to what the garment is - jacket, pant, dress, etc). The actual pattern itself, gets filed into a pattern box according to manufacturer and number. Then, when I want to make a dress, I can just grab my binder and flip thru all of the photocopies of the dress patterns that I have and select one. Then, go to the appropriate pattern box, pull out the pattern and voila! Alot of time saved!
|Some of the photocopied patterns in my binders|
|Burda patterns in their binder|
Other items I keep in binders:
- Class samples with their instructions. Usually in sheet protectors.
- Knitting instructions
- Embroidery ideas
- Sewing articles I've torn out of magazines. Again - organized by their category for easy reference.
- Clothing styles I'd like to copy in the future
- Scrapbooking layouts I'd like to use in the future
- Cooking recipes
The possibilities for binders is endless!
I hope this tip will help tame some of your paper madness in the future. Stay tuned tomorrow for a simple way to organize those fabric scraps.