I am not sure how most people go about organizing their patterns but I needed to find a way to organize mine. I decided to go with a crate and envelopes because it gave me the most flexibility when it came to template pieces. I also wanted an additional hard copy back-up in case my computer decided to crash and leave me pattern-less….
After spending a lot of time cutting, highlighting and labeling pieces, I didn’t want to have to do that each time I made something new. So I decided to print off the first sheet of each of my patterns and attach it to the front of an envelope. In each envelope, I put a copy of the pattern along with any corresponding template pieces. Then I printed up a list of the supplies I used for each of my projects and threw that in the envelope too.
I went to JO-ANN’s to pick up a crate and decided to stain it up a little to give it some color. I haven’t decided if I want to shine it up yet or not with polyurethane. I just leave the box out and finger through it each day to see what I might like to make. I look at so many patterns that this helps me quickly see which ones I have purchased. I have made the mistake of buying a pattern more than once. 😦
I planned on spending the weekend getting all my patterns organized and put in the box. It is working so far, but hopefully I won’t fill the box up too soon.