First, I organize my patterns electronically. I use Evernote, which luckily came on my new Vaio, but I think there may be a free version of the program. I started using Evernote after reading this post by Stitchywitch. Looking at her post again, I notice that hers looks much more user friendly than mine. Hmm. Anyways, here's a picture of my patterns in Evernote:
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As I see patterns that I like on websites, I save them in Evernote in the folder "Pattern Wishlist". I tag the pattern with descriptors (blouse, dress, sheath) and with the company name. This is really handy, because when patterns go on sale at Joann I can type in the company name and the patterns that I've been wanting pop up. So last week when Butterick patterns were on sale for 99 cents, I was able to get the pattern pictured above.
After I buy patterns, I open Evernote and drag the purchased patterns from "Pattern Wishlist" to "Owned Patterns". I love using Evernote because I can see what I have without physically going through my stash.
So where do I actually store all these patterns?
This is a Vera Bradley Inspired fabric box I bought at Marshalls for like $12. You can't tell in this picture, but there's also handles on either side. I have this sitting on a chair for the picture, but I ordinarily store this box in my linen closet. However, I chose a pretty box on the chance that it may end up sitting out and not tucked into a cabinet. The box also zips all the way around for a neat, tidy closure.
Pictures inside my pattern box:
It looks pretty full, but there's still a good amount of space in there. I figure that once I start needing more space, that will be my cue to start selling patterns I never use on ebay.
I am not a very organized person, which makes me all the more proud of how well I've organized my patterns. How do you organize yours?