Having them laminated is definitely an option. I know a few SFD customers have done this. One customer shared photos of her laminated patterns and how she then stores them.
And what a clever way to store them now that they can no longer be folded - use a tree clothes hanger.
And please also note that laminating is not copying the patterns. This came up in a Facebook conversation. Please let me clarify. Yes, you have purchased the patterns from Sure-Fit Designs. They are copyrighted patterns, meaning that you can not copy or reproduce these patterns. Any reputable copy shop should recognize that these works are copyrighted and should not ever copy the patterns without express written permission from us - Sure-Fit Designs. So if you ever need to copy one of the patterns for some personal reason, please write for permission to email@example.com explaining the reason why. You do not require permission to laminate the patterns.