Then, I write on the new poster board pattern the size, what the pattern is for, and what piece it is and cut it out like this:
Then I punch a hole in the pattern somewhere, usually somewhere it won't rip easily.
Here's what the wall above my cutting table looks like right now. Disclaimer: I'm in the middle of cutting a new dress for Rylea and testing out a new pattern on her, so it's a mess! Whatever, this is life.
So that's my cutting table. The row of patterns at the top are all hanging on 3M hooks that are stuck to the wall. The black shelf to the right of the table is full of kid toys. On the table you see my printer (for printing postage, patterns, packing slips, ect.) and my iron which recently I've been using for appliques in the Bfly Dresses. My cutting mat is that green thing underneath everything else. I've also got my rotary cutter, my blue paper scissors, my purple fabric scissors, a yardstick and a ruler, a hot glue gun (I was using that to fix Dieter's Buzz guy that broke), a pink shirt that's going to be Rylea's new dress when I'm done with this post, some packing tape, my Kindle (why? I have no idea), and some candy.
I hope this little behind the scenes look at my cutting space doesn't scare you away and it helps show you a little bit about how I keep my patterns neat and tidy and together even if my table isn't currently in a better state. :) Happy sewing!