Ever wonder what to do with all of those test stitchouts? Bonnie Welsh from SewInspiredbyBonnie.com has put hers to some of the most uniquely versatile uses I've ever seen and, fortunately, has given me permission to share them with you.
I just adore this tote bag. It uses mylar in the designs for added
sparkle and dimension (More about that in another post!). Not only are
the designs adorable, but the wavy border adds interest and I absolutely
love how the fabric complements both the subject theme and color
As a digitizer, Bonnie undoubtedly has a much bigger collection of test stitchouts than most people.
"I try to come up with original ideas/ways to use up the test sews I complete," Bonnie said. "I just hate to see anything go into the trash."
You never know what you might do with stitchout samples so, most of the time, they are just slightly larger than hoop size. Bonnie has addressed that variable by using applique frames and borders with her stitchouts. That way, she can make them whatever size she needs for completed projects.
Bonnie takes the technique even further using appliqued strips for this adorable quilt. Once again, the colors in both fabric and thread match perfectly.
In this block, Bonnie uses an applique frame as a base for the stitchout.
Gives you lots of new possibilities for test sews you might otherwise throw in a pile, doesn't it?
I'd love to hear some of the creative ways you use yours.