I have a lot of sewing and craft supplies. Not a hoarder-status amount, but definitely a lot. It’s all fairly organized, but I know I could seriously improve the accessibility of everything. I probably don’t know I have some of the things I have because it’s been so long since I’ve used certain items. While the overall improvement of the sewing and craft room is a work in progress, the place I knew I wanted to start was with my sewing patterns.
Before starting this organization project I would have guessed that I have 50 patterns. It turns out I have 220. TWO HUNDRED AND TWENTY. I seriously am still in shock. About half of them were given to me for free, and the other ones were purchased during Joann’s $1 pattern sales over the last 20 years, but still. That’s redic. The issue I had with my previous set up was that I had to lift each pattern out of it’s sad container in order to see it. I know now it took so long to sift through them because of how many I have. But now I just pull the binder off the shelf for the category I’m looking for and flip through. My type-A heart is so, so happy.
The supplies needed aren’t many. Binders can be expensive, if you need as many as I did anyway, but I justified the purchase because I’ll have them for a very long time. And every time I go to look for a pattern and can actually see each one, it’ll be worth every penny.
- Binders – I used 3″ white ones
- Dividers – for the binders that have more than one category
- Plastic sheet protectors – I used the heavy weight ones so they won’t flop around so much
- A label maker – I have the Brother P-Touch label maker, and this thing comes in handy more than I can say
This is my messy stash before:
I did this project while watching Friends and drinking a glass of wine. It was my ideal evening.