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How to Sew with Faux Fur

I really can’t remember the last time I sewed with fake fur. So when my niece asked if I’d make her a faux fur cape to wear on her wedding day, I knew it was time to brush up on that particular sewing technique. You see, the wedding date was in winter and the location—Wisconsin. … Continue Reading

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Sew a New Handbag for Fall

I’ve been designing patterns with The McCall Pattern Company since ’89.  Initially the sewing patterns were all fashion with a few accessory ideas thrown in for good measure. A recent accessory pattern—McCall’s 6579—features a trio of bags, including a backpack version made with laminated fabric. Here’s a preview of this easy-to-sew pattern. The London Bag Okay, you’re … Continue Reading

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Stitch a Quilted Saddle Bag for Your Next Trip

As a frequent traveler, I’m always looking for ways to efficiently pack. Luggage with spinner wheels are a must for me, but I always need more travel space than just one suitcase. My newest pattern McCall’s 6668 provides my solution! It’s a saddle bag that straddles the luggage; it also converts to a shoulder bag. You … Continue Reading

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Sew a Handbag Trio

I’ve been designing patterns with The McCall Pattern Company since ’89.  Initially the sewing patterns were all fashion with a few accessory ideas thrown in for good measure. A recent accessory pattern—McCall’s 6579—features a trio of bags, including a backpack version made with laminated fabric. Here’s a preview of this easy-to-sew pattern.  The London Bag … Continue Reading

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10 Tips for Sewing with Fake Fur

I really can’t remember the last time I sewed with fake fur. So when my niece asked if I’d make her a fake fur cape to wear on her wedding day, I knew it was time to brush up on that particular sewing technique. You see, the wedding date was January 14th and the location—Wisconsin. … Continue Reading

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Fresh from the Clothesline Quilts—part 2

Real Quilts. That’s what I’m featuring in today’s blog and my newest Sewing With Nancy program. You may ask, Aren’t all quilts real? Of course they are, yet the term real quilts may conjure up an image of 1930s or 1940s style quilts pieced together in small-scale pastel fabrics. You can watch the featured show online … Continue Reading

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12 Days of Christmas Sewing: Day #11—Jewelry Roll Up

With a wallet filled with numerous Frequent Flyer numbers, I’d like to share with you one of my favorite travel organizers—The Jewelry Roll Up. Created with prequilted cotton fabric, zippers, Velcro, and clear vinyl; it’s an ideal travel accessory.  As far as gift giving, this organizer’s gift to you is that there’s no need to match … Continue Reading

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12 Days of Christmas Sewing: Day #9—Sew a Picnic

When thinking about Christmas gifts, I don’t limit myself to sewing creative projects for only the winter season. Case in point—a picnic! One of my most popular patterns with McCall’s is a collection of picnic or pot luck accessories. Rather than taking a dish to pass wrapped in an old towel or cookout supplies in … Continue Reading

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Sewing Pattern Know-How #101

A common question that both experienced and novice sewists often ask is: How do you find out the amount of ease in a pattern? (Ease is the difference between the measurement that the pattern was designed to fit and the actual measurement of the pattern.) In tailored clothes pattern ease gives us wiggle room; in … Continue Reading

Budget-Friendly Notions

For a person who has her name on a catalog of sewing and quilting products, you might think that my “elevator does not stop at all floors” after reading today’s post. I’m sharing with you makeshift sewing notions ideas. My sewing studio is filled with the latest and greatest in sewing supplies that are carried … Continue Reading

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