30 Easy to Sew Gifts Nancy Zieman







Today is a momentous day for me. September 1, 1982 was the first time that Sewing With Nancy aired on TV.

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On the actual anniversary of the first airing of the show, I think back to how things have changed and also, how they’ve stayed the same! Technology changes in all areas of our life, including sewing and quilting, are a given. What’s stayed the same? Our penchant for creating gifts of fabric and thread.

Early this year when we were thinking of ways to celebrate Sewing With Nancy’s 30th Anniversary on TV, we decided to gather 30 of our favorite gift-giving sewing/quilting projects and include them in a book, Nancy’s 30 Favorite Gifts To Sew Book.



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We grouped the gifts into categories: gifts for kids, travelers, fellow sewists and quilters, cooking enthusiasts, and bookworms. Many of the projects you’ve seen over the past 30 years, yet I’d venture to say that there are a few new options for you!

Highlights of some of the gifts to sew

For kiddos, try the Portable Chalkboard gift.


30 Easy to Sew Gifts Nancy Zieman



For a quilting or sewing friend, create the Folded Heart Needle Case. This is a replica of my Grandmother’s needle case. My fabric choice was one of the new laminates instead of the velvet option from grandma.



30 Easy to Sew Gifts Nancy Zieman







A photo or scrapbook album cover is always a welcome gift. Use quilted fabric or if time permits, quilt your own fabric.


30 Easy to Sew Gifts Nancy Zieman



A hostess/host gift of wine or a flavored vinegar is always welcome, especially if they arrive in a cheery fabric bag.


30 Easy to Sew Gifts Nancy Zieman



For your sewing and quilting friends, make a notions organizer. Great for traveling to sewing retreats.


30 Easy to Sew Gifts Nancy Zieman



Here’s a listing of all 30 gifts to sew:

  • Notions Organizer
  • Sit ’n Sew Caddy
  • Pressed for Time Pressing Mat
  • Folded Heart Needle Case
  • Zip-Up Cosmetic Bag
  • Jewelry Hang-up
  • Fold ’n Go Garment Bag
  • Curling Iron Caddy
  • Workout Towel
  • 20-Minute Shower Wrap
  • Photo Album
  • The Ultimate Book Cover
  • Checkbook or Date Book Cover
  • Crib Sheets
  • Satin-Edge Blanket
  • Baby Bath Wrap
  • Heirloom Bonnet
  • Portable Chalkboard
  • Barbeque Apron
  • Casserole Travel Pocket
  • Child’s Half Apron
  • Can Cooler
  • Wine Tote
  • Lunch on the Go Bag
  • Lined Gift Sacks
  • Fleece/Flannel Throw
  • Speedy Trimmed Pillowcase
  • Self-Tying Scarf
  • 60-Minute Tree Skirt
  • Rolled Edge Napkins

Nancy's GiveawayWhat’s your favorite Sewing With Nancy memory, sew/quilt tips, or sewing project? A random winner will be announced September 8th. The prize, you guessed it, Nancy’s 30 Favorite Gifts To Sew Book.



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