I’ve had a lot of questions lately about how I organize my patterns and all of the projects that I made during the bra a week challenge on instagram, and you may have seen my project binders make an appearance in some of my photos and videos. I love my project binders, they keep all of my information in one tidy place, they’re easy to reference if I want to go back and re-make a pattern, and they’re a good way to keep track of what I thought of patterns, if I want to modify them for my next make, or if I got them just right!
Inside these books I have page protectors, where I keep my filled out project print out & the pattern in behind it. I’ve made this in to a PDF that you can download and print for your own project binder 🙂
I like to fill out all the space with my project title, date, a little description, a quick sketch, a list of the fabrics used and swatches of them, and then most importantly notes for future- I like to write if I made any adjustments and how they worked out, or if I want to adjust the pattern in the future. If I love the pattern and know the perfect fabric to make it into next, or if I know someone else who would love the pattern too. All things to give you more ideas and inspiration when you’re browsing through it later.
I like the swatches to give you a really quick reminder of the project so you can leaf through your book and see the project you’re looking for at a glance.
I also added little page tabs, so I could label my pages and quickly go back to the project I’m looking for. I used the week of the challenge, but you could write whatever your project was, or organize project types by the colour of the tab too.
And then most importantly putting the pattern in the back behind your page so you can always go back and find it. I’m a serial pattern re-user, so this is so helpful for me. I’m constantly going back into old projects and re-using the patterns to make new things 🙂
And that’s it! Simple, but I’ve found it to be a great help over the last two years with all of my sewing projects, please leave any of your sewing pattern / sewing project organization tips in the comments!