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Savings Made by Sewing {Patterns} with A Real Life Country Housewife

Today’s guest is not just a sewing blogger – she dabbles in lots of different topics.  Amanda from A Real Life Country Housewife blogs all about living our her family’s dreams in a yesterday-type style. And she’s got lots of tips on saving money in different areas of your life! Today, she is going to share her trick to keeping patterns organized.


Hi! I’m Amanda from A Real Life Country Housewife! I’m so excited to talk to you guys today about pattern organization on a budget! This is something I used to particularly struggle with, and I’m sure I’m not alone!

When I started sewing a few years ago, I quickly began a never-ending battle of figuring out how to store patterns. If you are new to sewing, you are probably experiencing that overwhelming feeling of “buy all the patterns!” Then, before you know it, you’ll have a million patterns to sort through every time you sit down to sew. As a seasoned sewer, you already know my pain.

Pattern Organization

Each pattern in 12 different sizes, scattered all over the floor of your sewing room, and/or cutting table. For a while I was trying to keep them organized by keeping all the sizes of a pattern together in a stack, laid the opposite direction of the next pattern, all that pattern’s sizes, and so on. You can just about imagine how quickly that became unorganized.

I began researching ways to store my patterns, asking in sewing groups on Facebook, searching every inch of Pinterest, and I finally decided on using an expandable file folder. I know what you’re thinking, “those plastic file folders I bought for my middle schooler last year that fell apart after 2 months?” Actually, no!

Pattern Organization

I found this very well made file folder at Target in the School/Office section for $19! I absolutely love it; it was the best money I have ever spent on sewing organization! Finding a pattern is so much faster now!

I have yet to label my files because I haven’t quite got my process perfect, but I have decided that each pattern will have it’s own file with all of the sizes in each spot. I have been using paper clips to keep together pieces from each size, and it seems to be working out really well for me!

I know not everyone has a Target near them; in fact mine is quite a drive, but you can also find them at Walmart, Amazon, Office Max and Staples.

I hope my process has inspired you to go find a folder that fits your style and get to organizing!


I need some pattern organization in my creative space! Thanks so much, Amanda, for sharing your tips. What have you done to organize your patterns? Or, are you like me and have them everywhere?

Have a great weekend and stop by next week for tons of tips on saving money on supplies – from buttons to sewing machines – you won’t want to miss it!

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