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Want amazing handbags, purses, totes and diaper bags for every season and every outfit? Learn to Sew Handbags with Nancy Zieman with these popular blog posts and Sewing With Nancy Episodes.

Feature Border Prints on your next handbag sewing project by Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

Sewing With Border Prints—A Simple Solution

When it is time to sew a new tote, choose a fabric border print and let the artistic design simplify the sewing process. Border print fabrics are readily available and easy to fussy-cut. If you aren’t familiar with the term, fussy-cut, it means to feature a certain portion of the textile print in your sewing design. … Continue Reading

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Border Prints—Perfect for Sewing Bags

Fussy cutting fabric isn’t just for quilting! After finding inspiration from a designer handbag, I knew a border print would present a great alternative to a plain bag. Border print fabrics are readily available and easy to fussy-cut. If you aren’t familiar with the term, fussy-cut, it means to feature a certain portion of the textile … Continue Reading


It’s Great Fun to Sew Handbags!

I know, you’re never going to sew five handbags from the same fabric collection. Yet, I thought you might be interested to see how prints and solids combine to create classy bags and totes. First, the Fabric! We received fabric yardage from the new collections at Riley Blake Designs. It was like Christmas! At first I … Continue Reading

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A Designer Handbag Exclusive—Cinched Tote

After designing and completing a new pattern or product, I often think of variations of the theme! That’s what happened after Eileen Roche and I designed Handbags 2—Designer Knockoffs. Rather than keeping the idea in my head, I decided to share it with you! The Bag Create a cinched tote bag with the help of … Continue Reading

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Clever Designer Handbags Caught My Eye

Earlier this month I was a speaker at Baby Lock’s Love of Sewing Retreat in Nashua, NH. Presenting my favorite sewing and quilting techniques to an auditorium filled with enthusiastic Sewing With Nancy followers is a joy. The side benefit is seeing the clever sewing and quilting creations made by others. After I demonstrated the … Continue Reading


A Live, Online Seminar–My Favorite Handbag Sewing Techniques

I’m a teacher, not in the traditional sense, but one that teaches on TV, You Tube, and at sewing/quilting events. I truly enjoy the personal events, but  I can’t possibly fill all the requests. Trying to fill that void, my staff and I decided to present live, online seminars, called webcasts. Our first webcast this … Continue Reading

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Join Nancy Zieman for a Live Webcast on April 26

Learn—Interact—Save—Have Fun! Live from my studio to your computer on April 26th, join me, Nancy Zieman, for a fun and interactive webcast featuring my Favorite Handbag Sewing Techniques. If you’ve never participated in a webcast, it’s easy. The day before the event, we’ll send everyone who registered a link to the webcast. A few minutes … Continue Reading

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Designer Handbags You Can Make

Over two years ago Eileen Roche and I teamed up to create Designer Handbags, using an embroidery machine to add terrific-looking details. Since then, at every sewing event we’ve attended, we’ve spotted embroidered handbags that were made following the techniques we taught on TV.  Many of you asked for more options. With that request, we’ve … Continue Reading

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Stitch “The Girlfriend Wristlet”—an Ideal Gift

The Girlfirend Wristlet is quick-to-sew, but best of all, it’s very useful. I have a wristlet like this inside my bigger handbag. When running a quick errand, I grab this wristlet—it’s just the right size to carry during quick errands. Let’s Get Started! Choose a trendy double-faced quilted fabric, add snappy trims, and within less … Continue Reading


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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