Absolute Easiest Way to Use Printable Patterns

In my sewing career, sewing patterns have evolved. Initially,  there was a printed sewing pattern for each size. Convenient, but not economically savvy in today’s economy. Now patterns sizes are nested with multiple sizes printed on a tissue or paper pattern. Or, we can print patterns on demand, having almost instant access to online sewing patterns. How … Continue Reading


Sew Amazing Scarves

Create a fashionable scarf in under an hour? You may think I’m kidding, but with Sew Amazing Scarves, a yard of fun fabric, and a sewing machine or serger you will be able to do just that. The scarf sewing is absolutely easy and you’ll make a splash with this versatile accessory. Sew Amazing Scarves, three-part Sewing … Continue Reading

Cute for Kids Embroidery by Nancy Zieman

Embroidering for Kids Just Got Easier!

When I design embroidery collections, I always think in terms of coordinates. Fabric coordinates make it easy to design and sew a quilt with a variety of print sizes and color combos in one collection. The same principle applies to embroidery designs—a single motif, a grouping of that same motif—large and small, or an embroidery … Continue Reading


Nancy Zieman 2015 Pillow Challenge Voting Begins

On my February 3 blog posting, I kicked off the first annual Pillow Sewing Challenge. I am thrilled so many of you decided to step up to the challenge. Each participant was asked to sew and submit up to four pillow projects. Five prize winners will be selected based on YOUR votes and you can vote … Continue Reading

Sew a Versatile Hobo Tote with Nancy Zieman/Sewing With Nancy

Sew a Versatile Hobo Tote

I like to create bags and totes, just like you. The roomy Hobo Tote style is my go-to bag pattern of late. This tote is a versatile pattern and is an ideal palette to showcase a casual, coordinated fabric collection. Give the tote a classic look by adding tailored touches and using a sophisticated color combo. … Continue Reading


Sew Pattern Weights from Fabric Scraps

From the book Sew Simple with Rectangles & Squares, see this useful project that will have you searching the sewing room for fabric scraps. Toss them in a game or use them to hold down pattern pieces, these Mini Fabric Sacks can be both fun and functional. Use only a small amount of fabric and finish the … Continue Reading

I See Spots Modern Quilt Pattern by Nancy Zieman/Sewing With Nancy

Circle Appliques That Make “Wow” Quilts

80″ x 88″ Circle accents are everywhere—quilts, pillows, table runners, or handbags. Make a statement by sewing circles, spots, or dots with my no-stress appliqué technique. The sewing secret is to use fusible interfacing. The featured quilt, I See Spots, recently hung on display at the Modern Quilt Guild’s QuiltCon conference in Austin. The bold colors, large blocks … Continue Reading

Fearless Quilting Finishes with Sewing With Nancy/NancyZieman

Quilt Binding in Six Easy Steps

A narrow strip of fusible interfacing is the secret to fearlessly binding the edges of a quilt in six easy steps. In the past, it was a trick for me to join the beginning and ending of the quilt binding. Not any more! I hope that you will enjoy this sewing tutorial on quilt binding.  I … Continue Reading

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Top 5 Favorite Sewing Scrap Busters

By Roxanne Nickolie Nancy’s Notions Guest Blogger With all the sewing that goes on inside the walls of Nancy’s Notions, we get more than our share of fabric scraps. In fact, our sewing room has boxes and boxes of them building up beneath tables and along walls. Every seamstress knows it would be a cardinal … Continue Reading

2015 Adventure Quilt Block of the Month by Nancy Zieman/Carefree Curves Template

2015 Adventure Quilt – Block of the Month #2

Welcome to the second of twelve Block of the Month patterns. The series of blocks goes together in what I’m calling The 2015 Adventure Quilt. Join us on our journey as we stitch our way through many quilting fabrics and scraps using many different techniques. I’ve compiled a collection of blocks that look great as a sampler, … Continue Reading

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