In the spirit of Halloween and just a plain influx of great DIY projects we've come across in books and online, we've been embarking on a number of homemade projects. Certain apps and tech have been great aids along the way. If you're new to DIY projects, here are a few basic tech tools that have come in handy for us.
Halloween costume making has made us rely heavily on some great stitching apps, laser guided scissors, and a multi-function crafting system (we're making our own laminated badges!) Here's our DIY tech tool checklist:
1. Singer Sewing Machine: Bringing back some middle school Home Economics Class memories, we've always been partial to Singers because they are usually reasonably priced and easy to use. Some costume parts can be hand-stitched, but others definitely rely heavily on a good sewing machine.
2. Laser Guided Scissors: This is one of the geekier tech tools we've used but definitely a useful one when it comes to cutting in straight lines. We also like how they're labeled "perfect for the crafty geek or really bad gift wrapper."
3. Xyron Multi Function Crafting System: The Xyron Crafting System has always been helpful when it came to portfolio making and scrapbooking. It's also become a great tool for making fake badges for Halloween.
Here are a handful of useful mobile apps:
4. InchCalc: An entry level calculating tool for convert inches, feet and fractions.
5. Dimensions: Your very own 3D toolkit that fits in your pocket. Good for fast, quick measurements.
6. Jo-Ann: Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts is one of the closest craft stores to us. Whenever we need a last minute purchase to complete a project, the mobile app has been a great assistant when it comes to browsing products and just making sure that the store is still open.