I am terrible for pushing things to one side and letting the mess mount up, the only place I don’t do this is my sewing room. ( The mess gets in the way of sewing!) But many people find it hard to know where to store things and how. One of the items I have that can easily get out of hand is sewing patterns. So here are the 7 best sewing pattern storage ideas.
I was never good at knowing how to store sewing patterns in my younger years and would often go back to them finding rips and tears. Since owning my own home and having a sewing space I have been much better at taking care of my sewing supplies.
There are so many ways on how to store sewing patterns and something different to fit all styles of spaces, requirements and stash sizes (there is no shame here if your house is inundated with sewing patterns!)
Firstly before you start storing and preserving your lovely sewing patterns you will want to organise them… I have plenty of helpful tips to help you. (link to organise sewing patterns post)
How To Store Sewing Patterns
Storing sewing patterns properly has plenty of benefits for both you and the sewing patterns. Benefits such as easier to find, the sewing patterns won’t be torn or in bad shape and they look good!
Here are my 7 best sewing pattern storage ideas to help you get the most from your sewing patterns and sewing space.
A4 Magazine File
I don’t know if people even use these in offices anymore but I see them used for storing vegetables in and household stuff. I am showing you exactly how these simple but useful a4 magazine files can be useful for your sewing patterns.
I have a couple of old magazine sewing patterns that don’t fit with my other sizes so they fit in here perfectly! They are kept upright so they don’t bend or get squashed and they are easy to get to! Genius.
This is popular way to store sewing patterns and I can see why. Folders/binders are easy to buy as and when you need them and they are handy to use in the home.
You can buy plastic sleeves or cardboard sleeves to insert into the binders to hold individual patterns which are super handy. I like this idea as you can contain them much easier and still get to the patterns easily when you require one.
You can also add in dividers to store your collection but still keep it organised and tidy.
I don’t know about you but personally I haven’t been able to accumulate a vast amount of sewing patterns to need a filing cabinet. (I wish!)
I do however find them extremely useful in a home, great for storing bills, important documents and if you have a spare draw – sewing patterns.
They come with the inserts which you can organise your sewing patterns into and they are easy to use. Win win!
I am currently using a box for my sewing patterns as I don’t have much space or many patterns. I decided to use a 9l really useful box as they stack well within my storage unit next to my desk.
Even if you have many sewing patterns boxes can be a great way to store them. Boxes are helpful if you are tighter on space, wanting to store them in a place where it isn’t the driest or cleanest place ie cellar, loft or garage.
I like to use the boxes as they stack well, keep the paper dry and safe from tears and still easy to access.
I have an obsession with baskets, even fabric baskets! If you are frequently using your sewing patterns and are often looking through them to find what you want baskets are a great way to store your sewing patterns.
You can divide your sewing patterns into type, gender or style and store them upright in baskets. You can label the front of the basket or leave them blank, whatever suits you.
I use these Curver small baskets for so many things from sewing patterns, unfinished projects (yes I have too many) and in my kitchen.
Hanging pattern blocks or self drafted patterns is really useful. Especially if you use them frequently. This is also a great space saving idea and saves you having to fold up card or strong paper patterns.
I grouped together pieces for the same pattern and put them onto one hanger.
Storing your PDF sewing patterns is just as important as storing your physical sewing patterns. These can often be harder to find or even store as they get lost in the other stuff on your laptop.
I suggest creating a folder that is on your desktop or downloads in which you put all your pdf patterns in. Within that folder you can create sub category folders for brand name or type of sewing pattern.
You can have a folder for skirts, dresses, bags etc.
I would also strongly advise you have a backup of all your sewing patterns on a portable USB stick or hard drive. That way if anything was to happen to your laptop/computer you have them safe elsewhere.
I hope you found my 7 best sewing pattern storage ideas helpful. If you have a great way of storing your sewing patterns I haven’t covered leave me a comment below.