5-in-1 Sliding Gauge


See a collection of sewing and quilting projects featuring the 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge.


New Sewing Notion: Supersize 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge

Welcome the newest member of the family: Supersize 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge. One of our most popular notions, the 6″ original 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge, now has a big brother. The new tool can accurately mark up to 11″ in length. The super-sized sliding gauge is as easy to use as the original gauge. Use it for … Continue Reading

How to sew a mug rug with fabric scraps Nancy Zieman

How to Sew a Scrap-Buster Mug Rug

Here’s an ideal summer sewing project—colorful mug rugs! Create the reversible coaster from your fabric stash; then sit down to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with a friend.  Supplies, Notions, and Fabric: Point 2 Point Turner Pellon’s Shirtailor Interfacing Fusible Fleece Trace’n Create Carefree Curves Template Set 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge 6-in-1 Stick ‘n … Continue Reading

Nancy Zieman's Absolute Easiest Way to Sew Mitered Corner Patch Pockets

Absolute Easiest Way to Sew Mitered Patch Pockets

Sew it simple. Sew to have fun. How? It’s rather straightforward after you learn The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew! Pockets are my focus for this blog tutorial. Clever use of household tape will give you the guide to sew the outright simplest mitered corners. The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew Mitered Patch Pockets 1. … Continue Reading


Serge a 30-Minute Scarf

If you’re only using your serger for finishing fabric edges, you’re missing out on a lot of serging fun and creativity! I’d like to show you how the standard overlock stitch you’ve used for clean finishing raw edges, can also be featured as an outer edge finish. Give it a try with my 30-Minute Scarf! … Continue Reading


Sew Pattern Weights from Fabric Scraps

This useful project 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 project in under an hour. Fabric, Supplies, and Notions … Continue Reading

How to Sew Buttoned Up Box Pillows with techniques by Nancy Zieman

Boxed-Corner Buttoned Pillow Tutorial

Give your living space a breath of fresh air by sewing new pillows. These box-cornered pillows are almost effortless to make. I’m sharing this pillow-sewing tutorial in hopes you’ll be inspired to participate in our pillow challenge. Click on the badge directly below and learn how you can participate in this great sewing project. Fabric, … Continue Reading

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A Handy Sewing Notion with 5 Uses in 1 Compact Tool

I was recently asked if the  5-in-1 Sliding Gauge could really live up to its name, providing help with five sewing and quilting tasks. My response was, I certainly hope so! That question prompted me to go to my sewing studio and check out the little tool that I use every time that I sew or … Continue Reading

Nancy Zieman Sew an Easy Sunflower from Trace n Create Quilt Template Dresden Collection by Clover

Sew a Fast and Easy Dresden Sunflower

Sew a fast and festive sunflower table topper using fabric scraps and Clover’s Trace ’n Create Quilt Template—Dresden Collection. In as little as an afternoon, you’ll update your décor in time for the changing season.  Notions, Fabrics, and Supplies Notions, fabrics, and supplies Clover’s Trace ’n Create Quilt Template—Dresden Collection Clover’s Pen-Style Chaco Liner and/or I … Continue Reading


Sew a Makeup Bag that Makes a Difference

I’m often asked to donate items for auctions, which I’m glad to do. When asked to gather a basket of goodies for Relay for Life, I knew that something special was needed for that basket. An embroidered makeup bag with an embroidery that supports cancer awareness as the focal item of the giveaway. Embroider A … Continue Reading


Easy-to-Sew Trio of Pillows with Quilted Fabrics

After being asked to be part of the Riley Blake Quilted Cotton Blog Tour, it didn’t take Nancy long to determine what she’d make with one of the double-sided prequilted fabrics. She was smitten with the quilted eyeglass frames and polkadot duo,  knowing that a trio of pillows were destined for this playful fabric. Quilted Fabric and … Continue Reading

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