Unique Uses for Test Stitchouts

Tote bag by Bonnie Welsh from Sew Inspired by Bonnie

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 scheme.

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.

Quilt block by Bonnie Welsh from Sew Inspired by Bonnie

Bonnie takes the technique even further using appliqued strips for this adorable quilt. Once again, the colors in both fabric and thread match perfectly.

Quilt by Bonnie Welsh from Sew Inspired by Bonnie

In this block, Bonnie uses an applique frame as a base for the stitchout.

Quilt block by Bonnie Welsh from Sew Inspired by Bonnie

Quilt by Bonnie Welsh from Sew Inspired by Bonnie

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.


Debbie SewBlest



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Valentines in the Hoop

Valentines in the Hoop

With so many food restrictions and allergies, perhaps the best Valentine treat is one you make on the embroidery machine. This one is stitched from an applique design that is freestanding – finished edges with no stabilizer showing – using a water-soluble or heat-away stabilizer (Sulky or Stitch-n-Heat).