Quick Sewing Projects


Nancy Zieman, with years of experience, knows how to quickly create sewing projects. On the blog and on Sewing With Nancy episodes, learn tips, tricks and quick patterns to create fast sewing projects.


More Travel Gear Made Easy

If 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

Travel Gear Made Easy

Travel Gear Made Easy

Nancy met Mary Mulari early in her career at a seminar that she was presenting in Minnesota. Mary introduced Nancy to her decorated sweatshirt patterns, a novel idea back then. She didn’t limit her repertoire to embellishing sweatshirts—no, far from it! Each season Mary joined Nancy on Sewing With Nancy for another clever sewing topic. This … Continue Reading


More Easy Fleecy Accessories

This Sewing With Nancy spotlight is part two of Fast and Fleecy Accessories. Made without traditional sewing patterns, the accessories that Nancy details in the TV series are simple, yet very practical, you could easily say fun! When you tune in to the show you’ll find the first project featured is a comfy scarf with muff-like pockets. … Continue Reading


“Easy Peasy” Fleece Accessories

Looking for speedy sewing projects? Search no further. Tune in to Sewing With Nancy online or on PBS to learn how to sew fleecy fabrics, using Nancy’s favorite sewing techniques. During this first episode, we use simple sewing pattern shapes to create comfy accessories. Polar fleece, stretch fleece velour, and flat-back knits are just a few … Continue Reading


Sew More Stylish Doll Clothes in 30-Minutes

  Raising two boys, sewing doll clothes wasn’t on Nancy’s radar. So when Joan Hinds  approached her on the topic of sewing doll clothes as a Sewing With Nancy topic, Nancy had to stop and think. Wow, she hadn’t thought of that before! Joan’s take on the topic is to make simple styles in 30 minutes! … Continue Reading

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Special-Use Fabrics for Simple Sewing

Many special-use fabrics are available on the market and make it possible to create functional items easily. Learning when to incorporate each end-use fabric will allow you to sew more efficiently and effectively. For example, try clear vinyl and quilted heat-resistant fabric. These unique fabrics are the stars of the Sewing With Nancy program, Sew Simple … Continue Reading

Sew Green in the Kitchen with Easy Projects by Nancy Zieman

Green Sewing Ideas for Your Kitchen

By Emily Jansson, Nancy’s Notions Guest Blogger Cut down on your disposable plastic bag use by sewing breathable bags that prolong the life of produce. The creative green projects make perfect gifts, and they’re a fun fashion statement at farmers’ markets, too! Porthole Mesh Bag Make this pretty bag with a fat-quarter and Porthole Mesh. These … 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


How to Create No-Sew Fabric Napkins

This past weekend, we entertained family and I decided since it was November, why not get out the Thanksgiving table linens. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, so why not celebrate all month! But there was a problem—eight napkins with nine guests! Remembering that I still had fabric leftover from my napkin making several years ago, … Continue Reading

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You’ll Have Fun Sewing Doll Costumes

Dress up is fun for all ages, in particular for kids! Rather than sewing a full-sized costume, sew doll clothes for 18″ dolls—a wonderful way to nurture imaginative play. Doll Costume Dress Up is this week’s featured Sewing With Nancy online TV show with author, Joan Hinds. Watch Doll Costume Dress Up online! Here’s a preview of … Continue Reading

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