Works For Me Wednesday - Storing Cut Sewing Patterns

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I have a confession to make - I have no patience.  Not at all.  I don't like tedious work, I don't like taking my time, I want it done NOW!   I have been working on it, but let's face it I've been this way for over thirty years, I don't think I am going to be able to make a drastic change any time soon. 

My lack of patience really gets to me when I have a cut pattern.  There is no way that I can fold up that pattern and put it back in that nice envelope.  It just isn't going to happen for me.  I know some of you can do it but not me.

I have seen several great ways of storing cut patterns in the past, some much bettter than mine.  Everyone has a different way of doing it but I store mine in ziploc bags.  I stick the envelope in the front of the bag with the picture facing out, that way I can easily identify it, and put the pattern pieces behind the envelope. 

I really like this method.  They are easy to store, and I don't have to worry about losing my pattern pieces. 


  1. Great idea! I seem to have a problem storing them neatly as well! Thanks!

  2. I've stored patterns this way, too! You can also put your thread, bobbin and other notions in the bag so they are all ready for you.

    You know why you can't get the pattern back into the envelope? Well, this is how they get it in there in the first place: the envelope is opened flat, they lay the folded up pieces on top, then they fold and glue the envelope around the pattern pieces. They don't actually 'stuff' it. I don't think anyone could do that!

    BTW, when you are cutting your patterns apart, try using electric scissors. It makes the job go much, much faster.

  3. Electric scissors are on my wish list. They are only $20 to $30, and I have no idea why I haven't bought them yet, I just haven't. For patterns with a lot of straight lines I use my rotary cutter, but for patterns that are more tedious I cut them the old fashioned way.


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