PDF sewing patterns have become a real staple of my sewing pattern hoarding habit. Problem is, where to put ’em? So I’ve worked out a couple of ways to keep my tiny sewing space almost neat and tidy.
An easy way to store PDF patterns is to buy clear plastic document wallets and print a copy of the pattern cover to add inside. This is a great way of keeping everything together, clean and tidy and tucked away either in a lovely basket or neatly in a drawer.
Another way to store patterns is to take ideas from the pattern designers. Many designers use pattern hooks and keep all their pattern pieces together on a hanging rail, like this example at Prada. Source: gujiguji on Tumblr.
The pattern hooks look like this:
There aren’t many places which sell these hooks here in the U.K, but they are more widely available in the U.S although they can be pricey.
I made my own alternative to keep costs low and as I have limited space in my sewing room, I wanted less of a footprint than a floor hanging rail. So here’s my version with my first few favourite patterns on.
The rail I use is a simple over-the-door towel rail, designed for kitchens mainly. It’s great over my fabric cupboard door and it’s also extendable which is handy to fit any cupboard.
I bought these hooks to hang the patterns from, but you can buy them from Ikea too. I used a single hole punch to make the holes, then reinforced the holes with plastic-coated hole reinforcers – great for avoiding tears. I used shower curtain ring clips to hang my patterns onto the hooks, but you could use string or similar.
You can see my ideas in action on my channel here.
Thanks for stopping by. Until next time,