McCall's Pattern Company Cozy Jacket M2790 designed by Nancy Zieman | How to Sew Knits

Sew An Ideal Three-Season Knit Jacket

My newest pattern from The McCall Pattern Company, M7290, is an ideal three-season jacket to keep you cozy and warm, while being stylish. Choose a medium-weight knit to wear over straight-legged pants. For extra snuggling, select a cozy fleece knit and toss over jeans. It will be your go-to jacket from fall to spring. Choose from … Continue Reading


Sew a New Christmas Tree Skirt

With a small investment of time, you can create a Christmas Tree Skirt that will showcase the center of your holiday decorations. Choose fat quarter cuts or use fabric from your stash to create the wedge shapes. The sewing is streamlined; the end result a boutique-style decoration.  Enjoy! Note from Nancy: One super-sized Dresden appliqué is … Continue Reading

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Sew Gifts—Just in Time for the Holidays

During this brand-new Sewing With Nancy series, Sew Gifts–Make Memories, we’ll be featuring gifts to sew that don’t always start with fabric yardage. Sewing gifts ranks as the number one reason why most of us sew. When my guest Mary Mulari proposed the idea of sewing gift-giving solutions, I knew it was the perfect TV topic. Mary’s projects are … Continue Reading

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Creative Christmas Stocking Sewing Ideas

As you may know, last week we kicked off the Second Annual Nancy Zieman Christmas Stocking Sewing Challenge and you’re invited to participate. Use one of the free sewing patterns below, or any stocking pattern, and sew a Christmas stocking for yourself, a family member, or as a gift. Then, enter our Christmas Stocking Sewing Challenge. It’s easy! Here’s … Continue Reading

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Update Home Decor with a Pillow Wrap

You can easily change your home décor with a little fabric and a great embroidery design with this pillow wrap project. Embroider a seasonal motif on fabric or choose an elegant fabric design to complement your décor. Then, follow these simple directions to create a pillow wrap, or two! We’ve made this pillow wrap two-sided, which … Continue Reading


Sew Gifts-Make Memories Part One

Shop outside the big box stores and make your own gifts from new or upcycled fabrics. In this new Sewing With Nancy series, Sew Gifts–Make Memories, we sew gifts for kids and adults that will be appreciated, and enjoyable to make. Mary Mulari is my guest for this series—she always amazes me with her clever … Continue Reading

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Nancy Zieman’s Annual Stocking Sewing Challenge

You’re invited to participate in our Christmas Stocking Sewing Challenge. Use one of the free sewing patterns below, or any stocking pattern, 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 … Continue Reading

Creative Quilting Outlines-Charming Poinsettias by NancyZieman | Quilt and Embroidery

Creative Quilting Outlines…Charming Poinsettias

For sewing enthusiasts, fall is so much more than a lovely season with great weather and gorgeous foliage. Fall is the start of the holiday-gift-sewing-season! It is never to early to dive into the Christmas gifts and décor projects. Jump start your holiday sewing with this exciting poinsettia embroidery pack by Amazing Designs. The embroidery … Continue Reading

Tried and True Sewing & Quilting Tips by Nancy Zieman and Friends

50 Tried and True Sewing & Quilting Tips Part Two

Welcome to the second episode of the new two-part Sewing With Nancy mini-series, Tried and True Sewing & Quilting Tips. Sewing and Quilting specialists took time out from their busy schedule, while teaching at Nancy’s Notions Sewing Weekend event in Beaver Dam, WI, to record some of their favorite sewing and quilting tips. I hope you enjoy the variety … Continue Reading

Four Myths That May Be Destroying Your Iron by Nancy's Notions | Nancy Zieman

Four Myths Regarding Iron Water

By Emily Jansson, Nancy’s Notions guest blogger This year, I demonstrated irons at Quilt Expo 2015, and I realized just how much conflicting information there is surrounding iron maintenance. I wanted to clear up a few things on the subject—for the sake of irons everywhere, and their owners’ peace of mind. A few things to … Continue Reading

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