Sewing General


Nancy Zieman has many posts, tutorials and how-to’s on the topic of Sewing. With such a broad category, Nancy Zieman’s blog encompasses all areas of sewing, embroidery and quilting.

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I Sew For Fun Kids’ Sewing Challenge 2019 Winners Announced

Thank you to all the kids who entered the NEW! I Sew For Fun Kids’ Sewing Challenge sponsored by Nancy Zieman Productions, Clover Needlecraft, and Riley Blake Designs. The challenge was for youth ages 15 and under to share how they “sew for fun”— while making a cinch sack with Mr. Owl and Friends fabric … Continue Reading


Elastic – Sew it the Absolute Easiest Way!

Okay, the above picture doesn’t look like much. That’s the point! It’s the easiest way to sew elastic to a waistline without the telltale topstitching of an elastic waistline. Over the years, Nancy tweaked and personalized sewing techniques.  Her favorites are collated in the book, The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew. She shares a bonus technique for … Continue Reading


Sew a Pot Holder in 60 Minutes

Celebrate September as National Sewing Month and sew this quilted pot holder in 60 minutes with this free sewing tutorial. Personalize your kitchen décor and keep your hands buffered from hot dishes at the same time. You’ll need four different fabrics for this project: 1/4 yard cotton quilting fabric, 1/4 yard coordinating cotton quilting fabric … Continue Reading

Nancy Zieman the Rest of the Story - A Memoir of Faith Family and Friends by Richard Zieman.

Nancy Zieman the Rest of the Story – A New! Book by Richard Zieman

As we celebrate Nancy’s legacy, we remember her strength and perseverance during tough times. Nancy Zieman the Rest of the Story A Memoir of Faith, Family, and Friends—A NEW! book by Nancy Zieman’s husband Richard Zieman—is a moving and inspiring account of an unexpected journey with life’s final challenges. Richard, along with family and friends, … Continue Reading

Free Kitchen Towel Topper Pritable Pattern

Kitchen Towel Topper Tutorial

Stitch a quick gift for you and/or a friend! This super-easy Free Kitchen Towel Topper Printable Pattern, with envelope-style closure, is a breeze to make with our free sewing tutorial and printable pattern! You’ll love to keep this practical, yet pretty, cotton towel close at hand. Finished Size: approximately 6 1/4″ wide x 18″ long … Continue Reading

Quick Stitch to Wear Again- Hem Jeans- Sewing With Nancy Zieman

Quick Stitch to Wear Again: Zipper Repair

  Replacing a broken zipper, mending jeans, sewing on buttons—these clothing repair tasks sometimes get a 2-thumbs down rating in the topic of sewing entertainment! Clothing repairs are important, but they don’t have to be difficult. In this 2-part Sewing With Nancy series, Nancy takes a lighter approach to fixing what’s broken, while breaking most sewing rules. … Continue Reading

Quick Stitch to Wear Again- Hem Jeans- Sewing With Nancy Zieman

Quick Stitch to Wear Again: Hems

Mending! That’s a sewing topic that some try to avoid. Have you ever thought, Oh goodie, today I get to replace a zipper! Can you relate? Mending doesn’t need to be a trial. You can cheat! No demerits, rather legitimate—although unconventional—sewing repairs with minimal effort. You’ll find four common mending repairs in the first episode of … Continue Reading

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Team Nancy Zieman is Heading to the Sewing & Stitchery Expo

The 2018 Sewing & Stitchery Expo is just over two weeks away—March 1–4, 2018—held each year at the Western Washington Fairgrounds in Puyallup, Washington (near Seattle). The Sewing & Stitchery Expo is celebrating 34 year in 2018! Over 22,000 sewing enthusiasts from across the world attend this annual gathering to get inspired with new ideas … Continue Reading

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Beginning Landscape Quilting Part One

Two of Nancy Zieman’s favorite hobbies were gardening and sewing. A little over 20 years ago, she was introduced to a quilting technique by Natalie Sewell, nationally known landscape quilt artist. Natalie and Nancy became fast friends and scheduled two–three quilting dates each year. During this three-part series on Sewing With Nancy, Nancy and Natalie … Continue Reading

Nancy Zieman's Super Quick Circle Skirt and Clover's New Elastic Bodkins

Make a Skirt in One Night

Here are my tips and tools for sewing a skirt with an elastic waistband, in one evening. Adding a waistband to a skirt couldn’t be easier with the proper tools. I’m pleased to share with you the Flex ‘n Glide Bodkin, the Clip ‘n Glide Bodkin, and the Elastic Lock Set! These three useful sewing … Continue Reading

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