How to make a shoulder wallet

Shop outside the big box stores and make your own gifts from new or upcycled fabrics. In the Sewing With Nancy series, Sew Gifts–Make Memories, we sew gifts for kids and adults that will be appreciated, and enjoyable to make. Mary Mulari is my guest for this series—she always amazes me with her clever approach to sewing.

Nancy Zieman and Guest Mary Mulari Sew Gifs-Make Memories on Sewing With Nancy 

Sew Gifts Make Memories Book by Mary Mulari

In Sew Gifts–Make Memories Part One, we start with Mary’s December Countdown Calendar. Mark the days of December by moving vintage or contemporary buttons from the strip to a dot on the tree. The pockets at the bottom of the calendar can be used for letters to Santa or for small notes promoting acts of kindness for others.

How to sew a Christmas Countdown Calendar as seen on Sewing With Nancy, with Mary Mulari and Nancy Zieman

Next in Sew Gifts–Make Memories Part One, we show how to sew a Two-Pocket Shoe Bag. Carrying shoes to the gym, school, travel, and work is an everyday event. Why not make these clever bags just for that purpose? Choose new fabric, or recycle a shirt and tie. Either way, this is a useful gift to make and offers many opportunities for personalization.

How to sew a shoe bag as seen on Sewing With Nancy, with Mary Mulari and Nancy Zieman Our third gift idea is a Noodle Lounger! Using mesh fabric and grosgrain ribbon, create a lounge-style seat that fits over a swimming noodle. Make one for yourself and another for a friend, and then share lazy summer afternoons seated and relaxed in the water—making more memories. Tune in to Sew Gifts–Make Memories, and learn Mary’s convenient way to fold and store your lounger. How to Sew a Noodle Lounger as seen on Sewing With Nancy

Next up in  Sew Gifts–Make Memories Part One, Mary shows how to make Seat Belt Wrappers. Add comfort to children’s car seats with plush wraps that pad the straps near the neck. A little bit of stitching, small strips of hook and loop tape, a touch of ribbon and lightweight quilt batting are all you’ll need.

How to sew Seatbelt Wrappers for the carThen, watch as we turn one beach towel into two hooded bath towels for babies or toddlers. This practical, quick-to-sew gift easily wraps around little ones with ease—it’s sure to be a welcomed gift and a wonderful surprise. 

How to make a Baby Bath Towel Our sixth gift idea is a Girlfriend’s Shopping Purse. Celebrate your friendship by making a purse for your girlfriend or sister. These bags are perfectly sized for a day of shopping, lunch, and travel. All the essentials—phone, keys, credit cards, cash, and tissues—fit in this compact and lightweight bag. How to make a shoulder wallet Thanks Mary, for sharing your gift sewing ideas on Sewing With Nancy! Tune in next week to see more of Mary’s gift ideas in Sew Gifts–Make Memories Part Two.

Watch Sew Gifts–Make Memories (Part One and Part Two) on Sewing With Nancy online.


For a chance to win a copy of the book, Sew Gifts–Make Memories by Mary Mulari, please leave a comment below and let us know what gifts you’re sewing.

Sew Gifts Make Memories Book by Mary Mulari

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