How to Store Sewing Patterns | PDF Pattern Storage

Today we’ll share some ideas for How to Store Sewing Patterns – especially PDF Sewing Patterns. If you’re new to PDF Sewing Patterns then take a look at our article on How to Use a PDF Sewing Pattern

One of the beauties of PDF Sewing Patterns is that you can just toss them when you’re done and re-print later. For things I sew over and over again though I like to store them for later use. Let’s find a method that works for you to learn how to store your Printable sewing patterns!

How to Store Sewing Patterns

Storing Sewing Patterns Option 1: Store them Digitally

Always make sure you have your files backed up. This means you have them saved to your computer AND to one other location (Google Drive, Dropbox, etc.). Anything you’ve purchased at Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop can also be accessed from your account on the website. You can even forego printing them on paper if you use a Projector

Storing Sewing Patterns Option 2: Store the Printed Version

We all have our go-to patterns and it makes sense to save a printed copy so you aren’t constantly re-printing. If you’re sewing for a child it’s a great idea to trace off the size you need and save the master copy. I have 3 kids and they grow like weeds so instead of printing off each of their sizes and then re-printing when they grow I print once and then trace a copy.

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I use Freezer Paper and I’ve also heard great things about Swedish Tracing Paper and Medical Pattern Paper  is a great budget option. I just lay the freezer paper right on top of my pattern and trace over it. The paper is think enough it does not need to be held up to a window or light source. If I’m having any trouble following the lines I sometimes trace over the size I need with a colored marker. After you trace make sure you transfer over any pattern markings, the pattern name and the size along with any alterations (I often trace one width and another length)

Now what to do with all that paper?

Storing Sewing Patterns Option 3: File the Sewing Patterns

I recently started using a filing cabinet and I love it!! Within each file I store the master copy and any freezer paper copies. I use colored file folders which are bright and fun! One day maybe I’ll get around to alphabetizing 🙂 You could also use the colors to sort by pattern type (pants, tops, dresses, etc.), size (women, children, men, toy, etc.) or by pattern designer.  If you don’t already have a filing cabinet with free space there are many options online ranging from portable units to full-size metal cabinets.

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Storing Sewing Patterns Option 4: Envelopes

Vanilla Joy uses an envelope system to keep things tidy.

Storing Sewing Patterns Option 5: Binders

Sew Mama Sew has a clever binder system to keep her patterns organized.


Storing Sewing Patterns Option 2: Hang the Sewing Patterns

If you don’t like to fold check out this hanging setup over at See Kate Sew.

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  1. I purchase inexpensive sew in non woven interfacing. I copy and cut the sizes I need and add the sizes and pattern number or name. Easy to fold to put away and very durable. I purchase a bolt when jo Ann’s has a 1/2 price sale. Always on hand, inexpensive and stands up to multiple pinning. Also can be washed and hung if something gets spilled on it. Been doing it for years!

  2. When storing my Love Notions patterns, I love using Ikea pants hangers. They are longer than others. I also store my bag patterns in jacked file folders and use my label maker for the outside. I also use 3 ring notebooks. I really think I need to make a copy of the front page of all my patterns and place them in a notebook. Then I would have a whole catalog to browse for my next make.

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