Do you buy pdf patterns that you print at home? Most of the time, when given the choice between paper or pdf, I pick the pdf one, and I love it when you can print only the size you need because it is layered, so much easier to cut out. But then of course comes the problem of storing the pattern (and the instructions if you print those too...) That's where the Pattern Storage Envelopes are brilliant. I received a pack of 5 from Creative Industry UK to review and I am converted!
So far I had been storing my patterns + instructions in A5 envelopes, which works about fine if there aren't that many pieces and the instructions are not too long. It becomes trickier when the volume gets bigger as you can see below. To help with keeping the volume smaller, I usually trace my pattern on tracing paper rather than keeping the print outs.
The pattern envelopes comes with predefined boxes at the front for the name, artwork and any notes you might want to record. I had printed my instructions on A5 so I turned the envelope to stick the artwork without obstructing the other boxes but I could easily have stuck it vertically too.
The paper quality of the envelope seems quite sturdy too, which means that you should be able to get your pattern in and out of the envelope several times without ripping the envelope... which sadly occurs easily with the standard C5 envelopes I have been using.
I like to have the fabric requirements and sizes on the outside of the envelope for easy reference when planning a make so I stuck it to the back of the envelope and there is still plenty of room for any other notes or information I might want to record there.
And thanks to the design of the envelope, there is some space at the top on the flap to write something (like the pattern name) so if you store your envelopes in a magazine box you can easily see the name without getting all the envelopes out, how good is that?
I really like the design of these envelopes and I want ALL my patterns in those now, I think I will be stocking up soon, Fiona sells them in packs of 5 or 10 for the moment (you even get free postage if you buy a pack of 10!). If you have Papercut or Thread Theory patterns in your collection, these envelopes will give you a similar look.
Oh and while you are on Fiona's website, check out all her lovely goodies, she is also selling the Kylie and the Machine labels.... just saying ;-)