I use the Cora app on my phone to keep a record of my fabric. It is good to flick through when I’m away from my collection and I’ve found it useful for reminding me of what fabric I have. But it only does fabric, not patterns, or notions. And will only work on your phone, there is no laptop version.

I happened on Trello – it is used in project management and has desktop, phone and tablet versions that all talk to each other. And it is free! It is possible to liase with other team members and manage a team, I don’t need to do that.  You can create as many boards as you like. I have a board for each pattern category:

Screen Shot Trello A

It is possible to change the look of the boards to pretty pictures like the cacti or snow. Next is to open each board and add lists of cards. So I have a board for tops, and within it are cards for T-shirts, shirts & blouses, tunics and jumpers. Fairly sure I need more lists.

Screen Shot Trell B

Each list has a card that is the name of a pattern. My card for the Grainline Scout (woven Tee) has the details of any alterations I made, if I like it and a picture of the garment – just to remind me. Each time you add a comment, the length of the card grows:

Screen Shot Trello C

I like Trello a lot. The link to my phone is terrific for looking at stuff while out and about. The learning curve is steep and the set up time is considerable, but that is the case for all good data management systems. Once up and running it is fantastic to use and easy to add new boards and cards.

I wish I’d discovered Trello before getting Cora. I’m using Trello for all my new fabric purchases, and will probably add notions like elastics and zips, possibly in their own teams.

What does everyone else do?


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I sew, ride a bike, bake, read a lot of books and sometimes skate. I also play several instruments, one of them is the Accordion.
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2 Responses to Trello

  1. Ciara says:

    I personally cut swatches & keep them in a binder to keep track of fabrics. I include stretch percentage, fabric width, yardage, where & when I got it, & how much it cost. I do absolutely nothing to track patterns or notions. Honestly, I should probably thin out my pattern stash. I bought a lot of stuff when I first started sewing that aren’t really my style, I’m never going to make them. Maybe I’ll give Trello a try! I’m sure it would help prevent me from buying two excessively similar patterns.

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    • Accordion3 says:

      Hi Ciara! Thanks for dropping in.
      Since cataloging all the fabric I notice I only buy fabric for ‘make now’ projects. I am noticing the same with Trello for patterns. Less doubling up and a growing realisation that I can alter or re-draft to suit me.
      I also have a lot of fabric that I am unlikely to ever use. I am gradually giving it to other people via various fabric swap meets here in Melbourne. I go with a lot and aim to come away with considerably less.


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