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Studio Spotlight: Organizing PDF Patterns…a start

This week started off with big plans and high hopes for tackling my patterns.

For those of you who may not sew….and therefore don’t understand why my patterns are a bunch of papers:  I prefer digital PDF patterns to the old school “brown tissue paper in a package” you purchase from the store.

  1. They are more sturdy– Not easily ripping/tearing.
  2. They can be re-printed as many times as you’d like
  3. Some pattern designers even have them made in layers–so only one size can be chosen to print at a time.

The downside to them: they are little more bulky than traditional patterns, so they don’t “fold up” as small.

So, I end up with lots and LOTS of situations like this.

I’ve scoured the internet for all the ways other sewists organize their patterns, and honestly, up until this point I haven’t found anything that make sense for me.  Sure, there are multiple neat and tidy ideas, but they all seem too “put away” for my liking.

So….for now…..I’ve decided my organizational plan is going to be Manilla Folders labeled with the name of the pattern on the outside.  And put into categories by Pattern Type

  • Women’s
  • Men/Boys
  • Girls Dresses
  • Girls Tops
  • Girls Bottoms


I don’t have them all sorted yet but, it’s a start.

Looks like I’ll have a house full of helpers for the next few weeks….so perhaps the sewing studio will get more love from the kids too!


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Studio Spotlight: First steps of Organization

IMMA try my best to make this a weekly check-in to let you behind the scenes into my sewing studio…  it’s purpose is two-fold, really.

  1. I LOVE to see the behind the scenes of people’s creative spaces!  SO, I’m “giving back” by letting you into mine.  We can learn so much from each other as far as organization (of which I NEED a ton of help) and inspiration!
  2. This will keep my studio space moving forward.  I often only take time to create, and then my studio turns into a terrible mess.  I want to hold myself accountable by sharing my process/progress with you!


First things first….I HAVE to tackle all the clutter….but, as I said it. is. very. messy.  So, in order to stop myself from getting overwhelmed and giving up, I am giving myself time to go through and do it right.

This shelf was my first eye sore that I posted on IG for all the world to see.  You can’t even imagine the disaster that lies behind me in this shot.  (I’ll get to that….eventually)

God Bless the Dollar Tree and their plastic bins!

I also tackled my scrap cotton, fleece, and flannel fabric that was EVERYWHERE!  Here are the bins that had to go……


I was able to get rid of about 60% of this by donating to local schools, our church, and friends…next stop, individual teachers that need arts & craft supplies!


And while I love all this new order in my life…..I have to tell you, Organization & Purging is NOT my strength.  So, I was pretty proud of myself.  I thought I desired a reward (or three 😉 )

My two chairs got face lifts thanks to Amazon!  (Bonus: now that I have an example of what I need to cover them….when I get sick of these covers, I can sew some of my own!)

Office Chair Cover you can find here 

And, hold on to your 70’s loving heart…cuz I covered this bad boy up too with a s;ipcover like this one

Now, probably the simplest thing….but something that has seriously changed my sewing LIFE: this ruler tape  I put it right in front of me on my sewing table.  MIND BLOWN!  Do you know how many times I have to get up to measure something????  Me either.  I lose track, and this little tape has brought me more joy in the last 3 days that I can even describe.

And, that’s it for this week!  I’d love to hear your organizational tips! I could use all the encouragement I can get!