First let me say that organizing my thoughts for this post was nearly impossible. I had three things that I wanted to relay to you about this pincushion project: 1) How to create fabric designs using a phone app. 2) How to print on fabric using your home printer. 3) Free printables and instructions for making your own little pincushions. That's a whole lot of info for one setting.
For simplicity and relevancy, I'm going to break this down into a 3 part series. In this first post, I will be focusing on my unconventional use of apps to create fabric and embroidery designs. I use my phone and iPad as tools for my handmade projects. I take all product photos on my phone (I don't have a fancy camera and just prefer it). I edit all photos on my phone (for better or worse, but again, I prefer it). I also use several apps to create my embroidery patterns. I am not super skilled with design software, as we didn't learn any of that in Social Work school. I am drawn to the ease of creating "on the go" and typically always have my phone on me.
I include a bonus pattern in every stitch kit that I sell at every Eat, Drink, Stitch Embroidery Happy Hour. I created this month's pattern using two different apps. I drew the vine frame using my 53 Paper app and the 53 Pencil. This is my favorite drawing app and I use it to create the majority of my designs. I then used the Studio Design app to add the text. I didn't use my own handwriting for this particular design, as it is much easier for new stitchers to work on a nice clean font.
Next, I was looking for an easy project for my crafters to do at the upcoming Hey Paul Craft Supply Swap. I decided to design some little fabric swatches that could be used for making pincushions. I used the Alt Summit design pack on the Studio Design app, adjusted the color settings, and added two dashed square frames. One for the cut line and one for the stitch line. Since this is a free event that I am hosting, I utilized the preset designs but please use caution if you are designing an image for profit purposes.
I compiled these designs onto one page and printed them onto fabric using my home printer. I'll post a tutorial for printing on fabric as well the free pincushion printables, later this week.