How to Store Fused Pattern Pieces

Hey, everyone! Super quick follow-up post to the one on fusing interfacing to your pattern pieces. A couple of you recommended storing the fused pieces by hanging them up on a skirt or pant hanger, so I thought I’d try it. (Thanks CDL and Corinne!)

It works wonderfully! I’m using a pant hanger from IKEA that cost about 99 cents. The great part about using this type of hanger is that there’s felt padding on the inside of the clamp part.

This type is better than the one with two clips, because it will hold even narrow pieces of tissue like binding or belt loops.

That’s all I wanted to say – it works! It’s a convenient way to store pieces. You can hang the pattern easily in a spare closet, or on a hanging rack, or on the back of a door. What’s great is that the pieces stay flat, so they won’t need as much ironing when you want to use them again!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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12 Responses to How to Store Fused Pattern Pieces

  1. Sew Little Time November 9, 2012 at 6:07 am #

    great idea!

  2. Steph A November 9, 2012 at 6:28 am #

    I’ve been using kids hangers (for PJs I think!) but had a hard time keeping those small pieces on. The pants hanger is WAY better!! Thanks Tasia!

  3. PerlenDiva November 9, 2012 at 8:22 am #

    You could also add a piece of the fabric with which you sewed the pattern. It makes finding the right pattern for future uses a bit more easy: you usually know which fabric means which project, right?, and you don’t have to decipher the pattern name or number.
    Similar ways to store patterns, especially if drawn on sturdy paper: pierce them and slip them over the hanger-piece (brutal, I know, but it works), or on a “clip-hanger”: put smaller pieces, and also the instruction sheet, in an envelope and attach this to the hanger. You could also put a picture of the design on that envelope for easy retrieval.
    Nice week-end,

  4. carolinascallin November 9, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    SO glad you posted this! I’d seen your idea on fusing interfacing to pattern pieces, but could not remember whose blog I’d seen it on. Your idea was one I included in my recent post “To Trace or Not to Trace…That is the Question” dealing with those fragile pattern pieces!

    If you’ll send me the link on your original post on fusing the patterns to interfacing, I’d love to update my post to include that!

    Thanks for your helpful tips and classes – they’re great!

  5. Nothy Lane November 9, 2012 at 10:53 am #

    I just decided that I better do something or my Renfrew pattern would be in tatters. I’m definitely going to use interfacing and hang them up. Thanks for the tips.

  6. twotoast November 9, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    This is a great idea – I do this with all the patterns I have traced onto thicker paper as well. I also save the horrid, hangers with clips that often come with underwear and use those. It certainly saves time as the patterns are all nice and flat. No creases to iron out!

  7. Natasha E November 10, 2012 at 10:56 am #

    You can also use one of those bulldog or binder clips then thread a pattern hook (or something similar) I use this on patterns I can’t punch a hole though or that are too thin.

  8. Tant Monokrom November 11, 2012 at 7:27 am #

    That is a great idea! I’m adding hanging rack to my studio wishlist.

  9. Debbie November 12, 2012 at 3:50 am #

    Great idea. I have a lot of patterns that I print or trace and being heavier paper, they don’t fold neatly. I am off to IKEA…………

  10. Whitney January 16, 2015 at 1:09 pm #

    For patterns I’ve already used, I’ve been rolling them up and using white mailing tubes 2″ x 18″. They all match, and I paste the picture from the pattern envelope along with the back of the envelope that gives the yardage requirements onto the outside of the tube. Perhaps once I have a lot of patterns, this will get cumbersome, but I think it’ll make a neat-looking collection.

    To reuse the pattern, it does some very quick ironing, not for wrinkles, but to keep from curling back up.

    I am definitely interested in using interfacing to support the patterns – the Merchant and Mills patterns I have tend to be printed on quality paper, but the Vogue and other patterns are on very fragile paper.


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