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15.Organize my sewing patterns

I’m currently working my way through my 24 before 25 list and this weekend I got to cross number fifteen off the list by organizing and majorly purging my patterns!

I started out thinking I could put the patterns in page protectors in binders but that turned out not to be a good choice space-wise at all.
So I sorted out patterns I don’t think I will sew or won’t sew a second time and found some pattern boxes at Joanns which allowed me to categorize my patterns. I chose to sort my patterns by type of garment i.e. dresses, tops, jackets, etc.

All my patterns fit into three pattern boxes which currently have a sweet little home between my sewing desk and my cutting table.

I ended up with about half of the original collection! Yay! Now what to do with all the purged patterns??
15.Organize my sewing patterns – Done!

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11 Responses to 15.Organize my sewing patterns

  1. Joyatee says:

    Wow! What a great organizational job! You could always give away some patterns, here on the blog. Or you could list them on craigslist to see if anyone bites. If all else fails, you can drop them off at Goodwill. Have a blast crossing off the rest of your list!

  2. Amy says:

    I’d say put them on etsy but that might encourage you to buy more patterns with your profits! Unless you use the money on new equipment which is totally justifiable

  3. I wish my patterns were as well sorted – they are a mess! Well done you :)

  4. Sally says:

    Giveaway! Giveaway giveaway! 😉

  5. K2 says:

    Either a giveaway, or sell them on Ebay or Etsy.

  6. Lisa adcock says:

    I’m still trying to figure out what to do with my patterns that I purged! You could recycle them ( but that’s no fun), donate them, try a pattern exchange or use them in an art project.

  7. Sara Noemi says:

    Giveaway or trade??

  8. I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with my growing collection of patterns. I’m gonna have to get me some of those boxes!

  9. Phoenix says:

    Agree Giveaway PPPLLEEAASSEE!

  10. lisa says:

    Wow what a collection you have!! It feels good to get things organized, right? We’ve been working on that a lot the past couple weeks- something about the fall makes me want things to be CLEAN! :)

  11. Stacy says:

    I’m so glad I ran across your blog. You did a great job of narrowing your patterns down! I had the EXACT same problem…which prompted me to create a website called It is currently being created and will be up and running in about a month. It will be so cool, you will be able to sell/exchange anything dealing with sewing.

    To help you with your problem…I would LOVE to take those patterns off your hands…and anyone else who would like to make extra room for new things. I will gladly pay for the postage. If interested, email me at

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