Dimensional Denim—Add Texture With Easy Sewing Steps

Frequent Sewing With Nancy guest and friend Amy Barickman has taken a new spin on sewing with denim, adding lots of texture by layering, tearing, and manipulating the fabric. In her new book, Dimensional Denim, she features techniques that are applicable for both home décor and fashion. My Favorite Technique from Dimensional Denim Amy asked me to … Continue Reading

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“Quilt to Give” Week—Simple Stitching

If you’ve been following my blog this week, you’ll know that we’re getting ready for our annual Quilt Expo Event in Madison, WI, September 4–6. The community service project is called Quilt to Give. Last year, 25 bed quilts were sewn and/or donated.  This year, we’re asking for twin-sized quilt donations—that is the size we’ll be … Continue Reading

Quilt to Give. How to sew and easy twin-sized quilt

“Quilt to Give” Week—Cut Lots of Crosswise Strips

In preparation for our annual community sewing and quilting project called Quilt to Give, which will be held at the Quilt Expo in Madison, WI September 4–6, I thought that those of you who cannot attend the expo might be interested in creating an easy twin-sized quilt to give away in your local area as … Continue Reading

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“Quilt to Give” Week–Make a Plan

The beginning of Quilt to Give In 2011, I decided to make a full-sized quilt and give it away after seeing the devastation from the tornado in Joplin, MO. I couldn’t travel to MO to help, but I could make a quilt that would show that I cared. I chronicled the 10-day journey with full instructions … Continue Reading

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Applique Embroidery That Will Make You Smile!

Add a touch of embroidery and go from plain to elegant, plain to festive, or in this case—plain to cute! Featured are three appliqué designs from Everyday Designs Boutique. I couldn’t resist adding the designs to swimsuit coverups, so that the most adorable little girls I know could be the starfish of the beach. Appliqué … Continue Reading


Learn to Use Your Serger With Style

I rarely pass up the chance to browse through a specialty shop, always on the look out for trendy styles and accessories. The same can be said for Barbara Goldkorn, a first-time Sewing With Nancy guest.  She’s gleaned ideas from her browsing, and used her serger to create boutique-style wearables and home decor! What intrigues me … Continue Reading

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Stitch Up a Fast & Fun Circle Quilt

Nancy’s Notions Guest Blogger Created by: Kelly Laws, Marketing Project Manager for Baby Lock Make a fun quilt to coordinate with the multiple colors and patterns you have in any room, or make this project to use up scrap fabrics you have left over from other projects. Put together similar colors, or make it a … Continue Reading

BQ3 Quilt Block pattern sewn by Kit Ritter featured on Nancy Zieman's Blog

Sew Big Quilt Blocks—See What Others Have Made

Receiving photos from you of the quilting and sewing projects that were made after watching Sewing With Nancy makes me happy! Today, I’m sharing quilt photos from Sharen Dahlke and Kit Ritter, who were both inspired to use Debbie Bowles patterns, BQ and  BQ3, from our TV series, Sew Big Quilt Blocks. These quilt patterns feature … Continue Reading


Sew Creative Projects to Make in an Evening or Less

Do you like creative stitching projects that can be made in an evening or less? You’re in for a treat! In part two of the TV series, Travel Gear Made Easy, this week’s featured online video, guest Mary Mulari teaches how to quickly stitch travel gear for everyday travel or extended trips. Mary knows all about travel, … Continue Reading


How to Sew an Insulated Lunch Bag

Sew “Green” by making an insulated lunch bag, using Oil Cloth and Insul-Bright fabrics. This fabric duo will keep your cold foods cold or hot foods hot until you’re ready to eat. It’s an easy-to-sew project that can be put to use as soon as it’s finished. You don’t need a sewing pattern just follow the details … Continue Reading

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