I label my patterns with large, colored, self-adhesive dots. I group the patterns by style. The dots indicate what’s in a pattern envelope: a green dot for skirts, red for jackets, etc. I fold one or more colored dots over the pattern envelope’s top flap where they can be seen easily. The left dot represents the style I wanted to make when I bought the pattern. The next dot indicates my second-favorite garment in the pattern, and so on. I also made a chart indicating what style each color represents. It’s simple to find a skirt pattern because I know it has a green dot. It’s also easy to return patterns to the correct location when a project is complete (sorted by the left dot).
-Carole McRight, Vicksburg, Mississippi
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