Saturday, July 13, 2013

Taming the Stash Monster 2 - Patterns

Patterns.....

See it.... 

Want it....

Get it....

Now where to put it until you can stitch it?

There are many ways to store patterns: stacked on a shelf, sorted in a crate, in filing cabinets, hole punched in binders, sometimes they're sorted by designer, sometimes by subject, sometimes not sorted at all....

I store mine in binders... by designer then by title

Binder - most are 2"

I use page protectors (I got mine at Costco, cause it was the cheapest way); for those small ones that are a little awkward in the 8.5x11" sheets I borrowed Bonnie's idea of using 4x6 photo pages (these were a little hard to find for a regular binder but I found them at Staples)


Photo pages for smalls
 
Page protectors, top-loading



Patterns in protectors
Small patterns in photo pages

Clips to help keep pattern in photo pages






To separate designers in multi-designer binders I am using Post-it 2" filing tabs
Tabs on the page protector on first pattern by designer




Alphabetical on shelf





Something to keep in mind if storing patterns this way is the number of designers that are out there.  It may seem fun to give every designer their own binder but that can lead to possibly hundreds of binders, requiring many shelves.  To address this - designers go in binders of 2", and once that binder gets too full it is broken out.  If the binder has become too full because of a favorite designer - that designer gets their own binder (like Teresa Wentzler and Ink Circles do)

That is how I organize my patterns....

Any questions?  Need another picture?  

Let me know


No one can tell I'm a library technician by the way I did this right?

6 comments:

Kathy A. said...

Nope! Not at all. I still havent worked out that part.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Fantastic work C!!!!

Bonnie Brown said...

This is how I'm doing my patterns. I need to go through and make sure they are all in the proper order etc. I also need to label my binders... Since most of mine are 1", I should steal back my label maker from work lol

Melinda said...

This is a great idea.. What a project. I would just have to focus on one binder at a time

Rebecca (AKA - Rebel In Ontario) said...

I love this....wonder how my kids alphabetical skills are....

Lynn said...

I never would have guessed that, lol!
I love your system!