I don't know about you, but my patterns were in a complete mess. I'd run out of storage box space & had gotten into the nasty habit of just piling them on top of the boxes they were meant to go in.

Needless to say I was getting really tired of never being able to find the pattern I was after, so I spent my weekend re-organising my patterns. Because I like to be able to quickly flick through the patterns I have, I decided to organise my patterns by using a computer database & ordered filing system. It sounds complicated by it isn't.

This technique describes roughly what I did. I have not given specific instructions for setting up the database, as this is dependent on your operating system & software. However I just used the wizards that came with the program. For your reference I used Open Office's database tool 'Base'. You can download it for free here, they offer versions for Mac, Windows & Linux OS:

Technique Materials

Database software (I used Base from Open Office)
Paper Bags or Envelopes
Storage Boxes

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    May 26, 2010, 08.35 PMby plookiss

    Brilliant idea. I am in the process of creating a database to list all my items so I can match it up to a pattern to see what stuff I have in to make it, kind of like a cake recipe but for clothes.

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    Apr 21, 2010, 05.30 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    Ohh! I will definitely be checking this out since I have been looking for something like this for a while now. I have both paper and electronic patterns and it gets really hard to remember where something is. I am hoping I can attach key words like “Summer” & “Dress” so I can search and bring up all the patterns that match. Thanks for sharing! xx

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