by Sewmum1 06 Feb 2017

I am spending quite a bit of time learning to digitize now I have a bit more time.

I have been using some cotton and poly cotton fabric scraps but wondered if I should maybe cut some fabric in quilt block size for practice stitch outs in case they are usable for something later.

What do you all use for test stitch outs for your designs? Do you do anything with them afterwards or do you just end up with a basket of test stitch outs?


by rhndsul58 12 Feb 2017

they make good pockets on bags-I gave mine to the cancer council in Australia as they make xray bags for cancer victims

pacmp by pacmp 12 Feb 2017

rhndsul58- first welcome to Cute! Hope that you grow to love your time here as much as many of us here do.

Here in the states I have heard of people creating soft flannel pockets used for safety pinning a pocket to the inside of a patients hospital gown, especially when they have multiple fluid tubes following mastectomies for those with breast cancer. The soft material helps since the pockets would rub against the more delicate skin. I had not heard of X ray bags and was hoping you or another Aussie cutie with knowledge of how they are used could help me understand the size and purpose of the pockets so I could make some up to see if hospitals or doctors in our area may have a need for something similar. Thanks for any help!, Pam

asterixsew by asterixsew 12 Feb 2017
this is what Dennis made for his local hospice

Sewmum1 by Sewmum1 13 Feb 2017

Great idea, when I have gathered a few I will contact them and see if they want some in my area

by babash 07 Feb 2017

I would use fabric large enough to be able to make something out of later.
If you ever go to Ikea they have a plain fabric called Ditte and that embroiders well.
This was a test run on some Linen type fabric that ended up as a zip bag when I found the film fabric.
If you have a stall someone who doesn't have a machine may just fall in love with what you have digitized.
Good luck with your learning curve.

toogie by toogie 07 Feb 2017

babash, I love this project you did! You have found the perfect fabric for the design. What I would like to know is the Brand and color you used for the flesh/skin?

babash by babash 07 Feb 2017

Marathon Thread col 1039.
I use it for all my skin and looks good no matter what the background fabric colour.
Would recommend if you like the colour getting the large spool works out cheaper in the end.

Sewmum1 by Sewmum1 08 Feb 2017

Great idea. Will check out ikea next time i am up that way. Thank you. I love your projects here

by crazystitcher 06 Feb 2017

Good idea to cut some quilt block sized pieces; you could also use the smaller pieces to make pieced quilt blocks or in crazy quilting; for designs that did not work out so well - you could still use them up to make animal quilts & blankets and donate them to your local animal shelter - dogs etc don't really mind what it looks like as long as it is fresh & comfy; or, if it was a really annoying disastrous stitch-out, you could always vent your frustration by cutting it up or tearing it up into tiny bits and collect them in a special container ready to use them for stuffing - so no need for testing or experimenting to be classed as wasteful.

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Sewmum1 by Sewmum1 07 Feb 2017

Great idea with pet blankets and especially love your frustration idea!

by asterixsew Moderator 06 Feb 2017

My friend puts them in a box and puts them up for sale when she sells at a craft fair. They are very popular

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Sewmum1 by Sewmum1 07 Feb 2017

Good idea. I haven't had a stall for a while but have actually been thinking about it. Would be a good addition to the table too

by mops Moderator 06 Feb 2017

I started using an old napkin, an white T-shirt and a towel to test and still do that when I know I will use my design for knits or towels. Those are filled as many designs as I can fit in.
Then I decided to cut 6" white cotton squares to test and have made quilts using those. Not enough quilts, there's still a l o t of those squares in two large plastic containers.
I have turned test squares into pincushions, used them on Christmas and birthday cards, made them into patches (to give away), tested ITH mug rugs which make nice presents.
And then there have been quite a few that ended up in the bin.

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Sewmum1 by Sewmum1 edited 07 Feb 2017

Good idea, hadn't thought of knit. Although I must admit I don't embroider too much on knit myself. I am thinking I like the idea of forwarding on the designs onto others.

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by graceandham edited 06 Feb 2017

My elderly friend who introduced me to machine embroidery turned his 4x4 stitchouts into charming scarves, to hang off the front of his mantels. All the stitchouts were done on imexpensive muslin. He lived in an old house with a fireplace in each room, and he combined the stitchouts by theme, so one for spring (florals), one for fall, one for Christmas. These were so beautiful. He and his wife created so many beautiful altar cloths, lectern banners, Bible markers, and stoles for smaller liturgical churches.

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Sewmum1 by Sewmum1 07 Feb 2017

They sound lovely

by PeggyJ 06 Feb 2017

I have been using some on the cover of greeting cards.

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Sewmum1 by Sewmum1 07 Feb 2017

Clever idea

by basketkase 06 Feb 2017

I have a 66 qt Rubbermaid container filled with stitchouts......I have sold some at my shows for others to use in their quilt projects, for framing or to stitch onto clothing like a patch.....I also give a lot of them away to people that I know would like the design and they can use them as mug rugs.......I have a friend who makes them into hot pads.....if I was a decent sew'er I would be able to incorporate them into lots of projects, however I don't really like to sew and that is the main reason I don't do so well at it.....just make sure you leave enough border on your stitchouts to make something else with them.....good luck with your digitizing and let us see your results....let me know if you need any help, however I am only knowledgeable with Bernina software........

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Sewmum1 by Sewmum1 06 Feb 2017

Thank you for your generous offer. I like your ideas for stitch outs, gives me a few ideas

by spendlove Moderator 06 Feb 2017

Most of my test stitch outs are for ITH items. They end up either as gifts or in the bin depending on success or failure!

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Sewmum1 by Sewmum1 06 Feb 2017

Yes i can see how that would happen