Hidden quilt binding tutorial by Nancy Zieman

Hidden Quilt Binding Tutorial–Ideal for Art Quilts

Last week someone asked me, “Do you sew for fun?” The answer: Absolutely! I love to sew landscape quilts. Here’s my latest quilt, Sunset. When it came time to bind the quilt, I choose the leftover brown fabric from the background. After laying the binding strips around the quilt, the quilt looked constrained, closed-in. My … Continue Reading


What Will Nancy Show During Her November 22 Webcast?

I admit it. I was vague in the initial blog posting announcing the November 22 Live Webcast, Easy Gifts to Sew in Two Evenings or Less! Why? Truthfully, I didn’t have all the projects, gifts, and techniques determined. But the gift ideas to sew in two evenings or less are no longer a secret. On … Continue Reading

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Fabric Wraps You’ll Love to Sew and Wear

With a yard or two of fabric and a few sewing steps, you can easily sew more than 14 clever wraps. Designer and author  Mary Mulari takes a practical, yet stylish approach to sewing wraps. This week on Sewing With Nancy online you’ll learn how to sew wraps that provide a laid-back look, wraps that are perfect … Continue Reading


How to Create No-Sew Fabric Napkins

This past weekend, we entertained family and I decided since it was November, why not get out the Thanksgiving table linens. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, so why not celebrate all month! But there was a problem—eight napkins with nine guests! Remembering that I still had fabric leftover from my napkin making several years ago, … Continue Reading


Christmas Stocking Sewing Challenge

You’re invited to participate in our Christmas Stocking Sewing Challenge. Use one of the free sewing patterns below and sew a Christmas stocking for yourself, a family member, or as a gift. Then, enter our Christmas Stocking Sewing Challenge. It’s easy! From elegant to whimsical, Christmas stockings are a great way to add a pop of … Continue Reading

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If you miss a Sewing With Nancy TV show on PBS, watch online. If your PBS station isn’t currently carrying Sewing With Nancy, watch online. If you’d like to get updated sewing, quilting, and embroidery tips three times a week, check out my Blog. If you’d like to follow Sewing With Nancy and get regular updates, follow … Continue Reading

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You’ll Have Fun Sewing Doll Costumes

Dress up is fun for all ages, in particular for kids! Rather than sewing a full-sized costume, sew doll clothes for 18″ dolls—a wonderful way to nurture imaginative play. Doll Costume Dress Up is this week’s featured Sewing With Nancy online TV show with author, Joan Hinds. Watch Doll Costume Dress Up online! Here’s a preview of … Continue Reading

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What is Embroidery Digitizing?

By Roxanne Nickolie and Denise Abel, Nancy’s Notions’ Guest Bloggers Digitizing, as it relates to machine embroidery, is the process of translating illustrations into digital embroidery files. This involves a talented group of individuals who account for color, contrast, shape, and design arrangement, plus stitch direction, density, and length. Understanding digitizing is super important for … Continue Reading


Live Webcast—Easy Gifts to Sew in Two Evenings or Less

Join me for a live, interactive webcast on November 22—featuring Easy Gifts to Sew in Two Evenings or Less! Learn I know what you’re thinking. It’s only a few weeks before the holidays. Can I really make gifts in time for Christmas? My answer: I know you can! The quick projects that I’ve chosen are … Continue Reading

Doll Costume Dress Up. How to sew doll clothes and costumes. As seen on Sewing With Nancy Zieman

How to Sew Adorable Doll Costumes

This week’s Sewing With Nancy online TV show is on sewing costumes for dolls. What little girl hasn’t envisioned being a princess, super hero, or even a mermaid! Make believe play with 18″ dolls dressed in costumes is a great way to foster a child’s imagination!  Joan Hinds, doll clothes designer and author of Doll … Continue Reading

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