How to create your own digital sewing pattern library (and search it too!)

Do you have a growing collection of sewing patterns that you struggle to keep track of? Maybe you’ve bought a sewing pattern and then realised you already own something similar.  Or you want to sew a pattern that you bought ages ago (on sale, right?), but you can’t for the life of you remember the name of it, let alone find the pdf file on your computer.

Today, I’m going to show you how to use Threadistry to create a searchable library of the sewing patterns you own. No more losing track of those pattern purchases. Watch the video here (or scroll down if you prefer to read!).

Firstly, you’ll need to register for an account, or login to your existing account. Create an account either by clicking register in the top right-hand corner, or Join Now in the sidebar.

How to register for the Threadistry website from the home page

Fill out your username, email address and sewing machine, click “I’m not a robot” and press “Create New Account” (you don’t have to fill out your sewing machine, but it helps me filter out the spam accounts).

How to create a Threadistry account

When your account is approved, follow the instructions to set up a password and login to your account.

There are a number of ways to find sewing patterns and tutorials on Threadistry. Firstly, if you scroll down on the home page, you’ll find the latest patterns. Click on any to go to the pattern page.

Latest patterns and tutorials found on the home page of Threadistry

Secondly, you can click on Patterns in the menu bar.

Here you can browse patterns by topic, category or tag, see the category of the month, or check you some random patterns at the bottom.

If you’re looking for a particular pattern, enter search terms in the search box in the sidebar, or click on search in the menu bar.

This will take you to the patterns search page. Here, you can drill down to find the exact pattern you’re looking for by entering search terms, and using the checkboxes for categories and other details in the sidebar.

Note: if you can’t find the pattern you are looking for, you can add patterns to Threadistry. I’ll cover this in a future video.

Once you’ve found the sewing pattern, click on it to go to the project page. Then click “Add to library” on the right-hand side.

After you’ve added your patterns, you can find your pattern library by clicking on "My account" in the top right-hand corner of any page. This will take you to your profile page, and from there click on the library tab.

Here you’ll find all the patterns you’ve added to your library. You can search them using the checkboxes on the side or enter search terms in the box here, just like on the pattern search page.

Your personal searchable pattern library page on Threadistry

So there you have how to create a searchable pattern library. If you have any problems, send me an email at, or leave a message on the Threadistry Facebook page.

Have you ever forgotten about a sewing pattern you've bought, and then bought another similar one? Keep track of your sewing patterns by creating a searchable library on Threadistry. Too easy!

Happy sewing!

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