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Storing Au Bonheur Patterns

The last batch of Au Bonheur des Petites Mains patterns didn’t come in the marvelous card envelopes in which my first order arrived.   (See the sturdy envelope here; it’s at the end of the post.)  The newest ones came in a folder in side an over-sized cello sleeve.  Perfect to cut shipping costs, and to display the sprightly graphics, but not so good for long-term storage.

These are patterns I intend to treasure for a long time, so I needed something more practical.  First, I ended up laminating the outside folder: front, inside front, and back.  I do this at home, using a box of lamination sheets from an office supply store.

Then I attached a large catalog envelope to the blank page on inside back of the folder.  This gives me a place to store the original pattern, my traced pattern, translations and notes — although I can also write notes on the catalog envelope, too.

The catalog envelopes have a self-stick flap, so I removed a small section from the center of the flap, and use it to close the envelope.  The sticky stuff adheres to the lamination without damaging anything, and the flap can be re-stuck over and over again.

Au Bonheur patterns are printed on lovely, large, sturdy sheets and this is a relatively compact way of storing them while keeping them completely accessible.  The new folder/envelope combination fits nicely into the magazine files I keep in my sewing room, right at hand, just where I want my ABdPM patterns to be.

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  1. April 30th, 2012 at 08:18 | #1

    Have these guys shut down? Their website was down for a while and seems to have disappeared now!

    • May 1st, 2012 at 09:53 | #2

      Yes, lenezparfait, ABdPM is gone, like fungal spores adrift in the wind. (A beloved relative is a mycologist, so you can imagine how pleased I am to discover your blog!) They lasted, as far as I can tell, just about two years. Very sad. Though, to continue the metaphor, I suppose the patterns, set adrift in the world, are no more gone than spores, which, likewise, simply relocate elsewhere, and transform.

  2. Shams
    May 2nd, 2011 at 05:15 | #3

    Very nice! Though I am not sure I am disciplined enough for this. 🙂 I wonder if all the orders to the U.S. is what caused them to change their pattern envelopes.

  3. Peggy Starbuck
    April 30th, 2011 at 21:04 | #4

    Great idea Noile—can’t wait to see what you make next week from your new stash!

    • May 21st, 2011 at 14:49 | #5

      Yikes, Peggy, I didn’t see this until today! Needless to say, my new stash is still languishing! But soon, but soon!

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