Skip to main content

DIY Tutorial: Pattern Book Organizer

How many times have you gone on a fabric expedition and found a fabric you just NEED but you have no idea how much is necessary for this pattern you know you have but you left at home?
 
Or perhaps you did remember your pattern but it was thrown into your purse and in a shabby condition once it retreated from inside the time capsle.
All you need is:
 5 1/2 in x 8 1/2 in binder
5 1/2 in x 8 1/2 in sheet protectors
Stick-On Note Tabs
Your Sewing Patterns
Photo Copier

Once you have your supplies you are ready to make your book.
All you need to do is take your pattern and photo copy the front and back.
Cut off the excess and insert the pages with the pattern sides facing out into your sheet protector.

Now when you find that perfect fabric you can flip open your pattern book and know exactly how much fabric you will need to purchase.
Yep, it's that simple! 
Now the hard part is remembering to put it in your purse!
 
Fabric Mart trip, anyone?!
p.s. The Retail Store is on sale for $1.00 a yard!
Visit our location at 3911 Penn Ave, Sinking Spring PA
and shop the round tables!


Comments

  1. Thanks for the tip! Surely the girls and I will have fun this weekend working on these organizers… Cheers!
    TheLegacyDrawer.com

    ReplyDelete
  2. What brand binder did you use? It's really cute and cheerful looking.

    ReplyDelete
  3. We used a Martha Stewart Brand Binder from Staples. They are offered in Blue, Red, or Black. You should make one! Have a great week!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I started to do this before, but never finished it. I will have to look for the binder at Staples.

    ReplyDelete
  5. If your patterns are fairly current, you can probably see them on the Web, but the publishers' Web sites are NOT mobile-friendly and most patterns do eventually go out of print and get dropped from the sites.

    I created a Web page where I show the pattern front image and link to either a screen capture of the pattern's Web page (for Butterick/McCall/Vogue where the full pattern envelope info is displayed on one page) or the downloaded envelope back PDF (Simplicity/Kwik Sew). Which is still not optimal for mobile ...

    ReplyDelete
  6. I did this with all of my patterns over the last couple of years. They filled two 3" notebooks. I also put the scanned files on a usb flash drive. It was a very worthwhile project. All of my patterns are filed, by number, in plastic bins with start and finish number series marked on the bins. So...no more purchasing the same pattern more than once!!

    ReplyDelete
  7. There are also apps for your phone that you can keep this information handy. app names: 1. Sewing Kit 2. PatternFile Mobile 3. craftgawker

    ReplyDelete
  8. I love this. I have an app on my phone that I could use, but the app doesn't recognize certain patterns, including the ones that belong to the pattern running the app. More importantly, my Joann's is an internet "dead zone" so I cant use it. A binder could help in those situations. I certainly will make this cute binder.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thanks for leaving a comment! All comments are reviewed before posting to help us eliminate spam. Your comment will be posted within 24 hours.

Popular Posts You Might Like

Made By A Fabricista: Summer Sewing is in Full Effect

Hi Guys! Today I’m coming to you with this easy, breeze caftan from Simplicity Patterns because summer sewing is in full effect! While looking through my pattern stash, I came across McCall’s 8413. This pattern is described as McCall’s Sewing Pattern Misses’ Caftan In Two Lengths.  This is an Easy to Sew caftan in two lengths has ruched front with drawstring that ties at the bottom, V-shaped neckline, dolman sleeves and narrow hem. View C caftan has contrast on the left side. OK, let’s get into it because I have a few things to share and say about this pattern. When I first saw this pattern, I purchased it because I loved the ruching in the front. I think that ruching can hide just about any “imperfection” you might think you have. Now, I must mention that this is one of the few caftan patterns I’ve ever purchased because I’m petite and feel like I get lost in all that fabric.  Well, I didn’t even realize this was a caftan pattern until I read the pattern description while writing this

Made By A Fabricista: Embracing the linen wrinkles!

Hello wonderful sewists! Today I have a project that I have been meaning to sew for a while, but you know how it goes. Too many ideas, throw in some analysis paralysis, so many, many gorgeous fabrics to wear, and then, bam! Eons have passed. I’m working on sewing the plans that have been in my head the longest, which brings us to this dashing summer frock.  This is the Style Arc Esther Woven Dress. The style is intended for lighter wovens and the design is ripe for color blocking with the included center front and back seams. You could make right and left sides match; go full checkerboard with opposing rear right and left front; or just use four prints and go wild! I’m sticking with the most basic of blocking and splitting the dress down the center.  Importantly, I got matching threads for each linen color for all the topstitching. Matchy matchy is the name of the game in my book. I added bonus bartacks to keep the side seam pockets forward facing.  Medium Sky Blue and Light Steel Blue

Made by a Fabricista: Sewing a Maxi Dress: More Time, More Space, More Reward

My latest posts often mention time and space restraints. Indeed, sewing is a rather time-consuming activity that requires generous amounts of floor space, counter space, tablespace, and any other surface available. Despite everything, I was so glad to finally embark on a journey to sew myself a maxi dress. I know most readers have a strong sewing background and appreciate the effort required in a project like this. Still, I had fun keeping a mental score of all the steps to get this done, and what they mean outside of a sewist’s bubble. It is easy to underestimate the time and material needed to get a maxi dress like this done! Whenever I see someone wearing one on the street, I think: “That’s so beautiful, I should make one!” So, when this fabulous rayon showed up in Fabric Mart, I knew the moment had come. I chose the Elodie Wrap Dress by Closet Core Patterns because of its flowy and voluminous look and the dolman sleeves that are so comfortable to wear. The fabric itself is wonder