I was thinking of running ads on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for a reputable expert to design my new app idea. Don’t you know how much a phone app to calculate our decorator fabric yardage would be so helpful?
I was going to be the star who thought it all up and hired a developer to make the app. I was going to be a bazillionaire with my new free app I would present to you in just a couple of short months. You were going to love it. I just knew it.
And then…a little voice whispered inside my head:
Remember, you’re the copy-cat girl.
Don’t you think you should check to see if a curtain fabric calculator phone app already exists?
Drats! Don’t you hate it when the voice in your head makes sense – and ruins your whole bazillionaire plan and everything? Of course there was an app already out there – and, it’s free!
At first glance after installing the app, it appeared to not be made for Americans since the yardage price was in pounds. I would never recommend something without testing it first to be sure it actually works well.
Yesterday, HH and I were looking at the app together, and he noticed that you can change the currency to U.S. dollars on the settings page.
After entering your measurements, currency, and price, save those settings.
Click the Calculator icon. Enter the fullness you need for your treatments, your pole length, the fabric width, and your total finished length measurement.
Click “Calculate”, and the window appears with your required fabric amounts. On my first attempt, I entered the fabric price of $5.00, the price I paid for our Family Room Goblet Pleat Panels fabric. The total cost of material calculation was around $240 – not at all correct. So, I decided since the “fabric required” calculation was given in feet, the app must calculate the cost in feet, as well.
I returned to the settings and changed the price to 1.67, which is the per-foot cost of $5/yard. That came out as $47.91, which if you’ll notice, is the calculation for a dollar per foot. OK, so was it rounding down? I returned and changed the per-foot price to $2 (rounding up) and got the number pictured above. Since the price obviously rounds down, don’t use the app to calculate cost.
But, I can recommend the app for the other calculations. Calculate the fabric cost on your (phone) calculator separately, I guess.
For the Fabric Required, round up to the next even foot measurement and divide by three. That tells you the number of yards you need to purchase. On the screen shot above, I divided three into 48 and came up with an even 16 yards – the correct calculation. So, it works!
Be sure to save your project and give it a name. (I saved both my calculations, so I have two projects with the same name.)
Under the How To icon, there are instructions for measuring properly.
Don’t you think that’s helpful? I’m looking forward to using this when I’m on the run and need to make quick calculations.
Have you ever used a fabric calculator app? What’s the name, and can you recommend it?
I’m sharing this post at Metamorphosis Monday.