Apparently I am obsessed with sewing patterns. I mean, I knew I had a lot of patterns, but good grief! I've been through 425 manila envelopes so far. I just got 200 more, which hopefully will be enough. I have 7 fat binders full of pattern envelopes and 3 big file drawers full.
I like this method (even though it's taking forever!) I have seen it a couple of times on blogs and videos. This is Mimi Goodwin's preferred method, and I think I saw Whitney do it as well. You take the actual pattern tissue and instruction sheets, and file them in a 6.5 x 9.5 manila envelope. Label it with the pattern company and the number, and then file it. Place the actual pattern envelope (the one with the pictures) into a page protector and put it in a binder. This way you can easily flip through the binder and find what you want, and then go to the file drawer and grab your pattern.
I did this sort of thing years ago, but a bit differently. I copied the front of each pattern and put it in a binder, then filed the actual pattern in a box. You could do the same thing these days by scanning the pattern and then printing. You'd use less space in the binder and probably wouldn't need a page protector for each one. You could also scan/copy both sides of the envelope -- but that's a lot of paper. I think I like the method I'm using better simply because I can pull the pattern envelope out and look at the back. This gives me yardage, recommended fabrics, etc.
If you don't have a billion patterns, you can always do what Whitney did and file the entire pattern, tissue and all, in a page protector in an envelope.
Anyway, here are some photos of the process. Wish me luck on the rest. I think I need another cup of coffee --
The box I have yet to do
Four drawers full! Time to stop buying patterns already!