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.

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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


Live Webcast—Easy Gifts to Sew in Two Evenings or Less

Join me for a live, interactive webcast on November 22—featuring Easy Gifts to Sew in Two Evenings or Less! Learn I know what you’re thinking. It’s only a few weeks before the holidays. Can I really make gifts in time for Christmas? My answer: I know you can! The quick projects that I’ve chosen are … Continue Reading

How to Sew Hats for Charity with Nancy Zieman and Hat Lady Nancy Daly

Free Hat Pattern for Charity Sewing

Nancy Daly is the enthusiastic coordinator of the busy Hat Ladies! Make that Hat Ladies and Gentlemen, as two men have recently joined the group! To date her group of volunteers has made over 37,000 fleece hats for causes and those in need. Nancy Daly started sewing hats 17 years ago for her own children and … Continue Reading


15 Reasons to Stitch, Not Buy

 By Roxanne Nickolie, Nancy’s Notions Guest Blogger A couple weekends ago I headed to the state fair for a little food and fun. While I was there I was stunned to spot a lineup of critter hats that looked like distant, perhaps slightly deflated relatives of our Cuddle Buddies. They were slung beneath a row … Continue Reading


Sew Creative Projects to Make in an Evening or Less

Do 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


How to Sew an Insulated Lunch Bag

Sew “Green” by making an insulated lunch bag, using Oil Cloth and Insul-Bright fabrics. This fabric duo will keep your cold foods cold or hot foods hot until you’re ready to eat. It’s an easy-to-sew project that can be put to use as soon as it’s finished. You don’t need a sewing pattern just follow the details … Continue Reading

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