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 Sewing Apps 

Sewing apps for mobile phones

Many of us are now using smart phones, downloading apps for our favourite hobbies and interests.  Did you know there are several sewing, quilting and craft apps available?  They allow you to find local classes, clubs and exhibitions, track your stash and projects, learn through your phone and much more.  Find the details below and click the links to download or find out more. 

 

Classes and Courses

Craftsy

Online craft tutors Craftsy have an app for the iPad or iPhone which allows you to access any of their craft classes.  The app itself is free to download from http://www.craftsy.com/apps.  They offer online crafting classes in quilting, sewing, knitting, crochet, cake decorating, cooking, so with their app you can learn on the go.

 Craftsy sewing app

Craftsy App


Craft Candy

The Craft Candy app aims to connect you with local crafts whilst you are out and about.  Using GPS it can tell you where to find nearby craft classes, clubs and events.  You can narrow the search by craft type if you only want sewing related results.  It even brings up a map to help you find what you are looking for and you can ask it to give you directions.

Find the app here: http://craftcandy.co.uk/app

Craft Candy App, find out about craft classes in the UK

Craft Candy App


Fabric and Notions Organisation

Stash Star Fabric

Stash Star Fabric helps you organise and track your collection of fabric. When you’re shopping, know which fabrics you already own and how much. Don’t pull out your heavy boxes of fabric when you start your next project—let Stash Star Fabric help you plan. This is available for Apple products as a app here.

 

Cora - Sew Your Fabric Stash

Cora is an iPhone, iPad, and iPod app that helps you sew your fabric stash. With Cora, whether you're out and about shopping for patterns or planning a project in bed, your fabric stash is always with you! Sort and search to sew up treasures you already have. The link is here.

 Cora fabric stash app for Apple

Cora App


Sew Awesome

This app allows you to store details, images, notes about your sewing stuff including fabrics, sewing tools and sewing terminology and track all your sewing projects. It's available for Android devices here.

  

Quilting

Quilting Tutorials from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

Free quilting tutorial videos from Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt Company! They have hundreds of quilt patterns to choose from for beginners and experts alike. You’ll love learning to sew with them! New tutorials are added all the time! Download the app for free here.

 

App from Missouri Star Quilt Co

Missouri Star Quilt Co. App


Quilt Wizard

Gain confidence in your quilt fabrics shopping with Quilt Wizard! Take pictures of fabrics right on the spot, and immediately try them in your quilt project on screen. No need to carry snippets of fabrics with you when shopping, you can see straight away on your device how your choice of fabrics will perform on your quilt. Get this app from iTunes here. 

 

QuiltSandwich : Quilt Fabric Calculator

Put away yardage and formula charts and just create. QuiltSandwich figures the amount of fabric needed for all the layers of a quilt sandwich. It creates cutting diagrams for each piece, making it easy to get the most out of your fabric — yardage and Fat Quarters. Available here for iOS devices

 

Free Motion Quilting Ideas

In this universal Android app, Amanda helps beginner's take the guesswork out of free-motion quilting with 16 fresh allover designs. Each design includes step-outs and animated videos showing you exactly how to create these stunning and practical motifs. Get it here for your Android device.

 

Quiltography - Quilt Design Made Simple

You can scan your fabric, design quilt blocks or pick from traditional 180 quilt blocks to design your own quilts in this app which is available in the iTunes store.   It also includes a yardage calculator so you know how much fabric to buy for your quilt.

 

BlockFab

BlockFab is a free quilt design app which lets you choose from 50 traditional blocks to try out quilt layouts and calculate the fabric requirements. Available for the ipad here.

 

Robert Kaufman quilting calculator

If quilting is your thing why not download the free quilting calculator from Robert Kaufman?  It is available from the iTunes store and the Google Play store for those on Android. It helps you to determine how much fabric you need, how much backing and batting, binding and border measurements.  Calculations are available in both yardage and metric.

 

Quick & Easy Quilt Block Tool

Also from the same publisher (C & T Publishing) there is an app to help you plan your quilt blocks.  It features 102 rotary cut blocks in 5 different sizes, with cutting instructions too.

Available on Android. 


Free-Motion Quilting Idea App

A new release from C & T Publishing this app has tutorials for 16 different all over free motion quilting designs. Find it in the Apple Store and for Android

 

Free motion quilting ideas on iTunes

Free Motion Quilting Idea App

 

TouchDraw

TouchDraw is not specifically a sewing or quilting app, it's a vector drawing app.  However many quilters have realised that it is brilliant for designing quilts with.  Lynne from Lily's Quilts is a big fan and has some posts on her blog giving advice on using it for quilt design.

It's available of the ipad/Mac or Android.

  

Patterns

Sewing Pattern Buddy 

Can’t find that pattern you know you have somewhere?  Been at the fabric shop, seen the perfect fabric to make that dress in your pattern collection, but didn’t know how much to buy?  Only have a metre of fabric and wondering what pattern you might be able to squeeze into it?  Accidentally bought the same pattern twice because you forgot you already had it? You need the Sewing Pattern Buddy app for Android to organise and catalogue your entire pattern collection! Find out more about this app here.

Download the app here

Sewing Pattern Buddy app

Sewing Pattern Buddy

 

MyBodyModel

Would you like to sketch your own patterns but find that existing body templates don't fit you? MyBodyModel is an app to create a custom fashion sketching template designed for you. This app is not yet available but you can get a taster of this app before launch here

 

Embroidery
 

StitchSketch

A new app for Apple products that lets you design your own charts for cross stitch, beading and other charted techniques. Contains the colour palettes for DMC threads too. Purchase the app here.

 

XStitcher

Are you one of those cross stitchers who can never keep track of all your threads? This app allows you to keep track of which DMC colours you own. All the DMC colours (including the 27 new ones added in 2002) are shown in easy to access lists, with a colour image as well as a brief description. Available for Apple products here.

 

Cross Stitch Guild

The Cross Stitch Guild have their own app which combines several apps in one including:

- A Madeira, DMC and Anchor colour shade app.

- A colour convertor app for when you are buying from different brands.

- A stitch count calculator that allows you to calculate the fabric size you need.

 - Plus apps which allow you to track your stash make supplies lists and track UFOs (UnFinished Objects not the extraterrestrial kind!).

This app is available from both the Google Play store and iTunes store and you can find out more about it here: http://www.thecrossstitchguild.com/Mobile_App.aspx

The Cross Stitch Guild Phone App

Cross Stitch Guild App


Embroidery Stitch Tools

For the embroiderers amongst you there are 3 apps from bestselling author Judith Baker Montano.  They increase in difficulty as you progress, plus there is a free taster app with 10 stitches.  The 3 main apps feature 50+ different stitches each, for both left and right handers, videos showcasing Judith’s techniques and useful tips and tricks.

They are available for both Android and iPhones/pads.  

Embroidery phone app from C & T Publishing

Embroidery Stitch Tool App


 Sewing Machines

Schmetz

This app provides a comprehensive reference to SCHMETZ needles for household sewing machines. Includes updated colour code information. This app will help you choose the right needle for your sewing application. Increase your sewing skill by learning about the various types of needles available. Get it here for Apple and Android.

 

FootBook

Catering for quite a niche market FootBook is a guide to 90 different sewing machine feet for top loading Janome machines.  You get photos and text describing what each foot is and how to use it, plus videos demonstrating the foot in use.

Download the app here.

 

Apps for Purchasing Supplies

A couple of apps that may come in useful when either buying sewing supplies, or ordering handmade craft products are the Etsy App and the Not On The High Street App.   They could both allow you to do your Christmas shopping on the go.

 

Etsy

The Etsy app allows you to shop from anywhere, and if you have an Etsy shop you can update it on the go too.  You can also use it to connect with members of the Etsy community.  It is available to download for free from both the Google Play store and iTunes.  Find out more on the Etsy site here.

Etsy craft app for buying and selling handmade goods

Etsy App

 

Not On The High Street Gift Finder App

This app helps you to quickly locate suitable gifts from the Not On The High Street site.  You can also save details of upcoming events (birthdays, weddings etc) and state the interests of the recipients to help the app locate the ideal gift.   

It is available on the iPhone and can be downloaded for free here.

 

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