Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Travel Gear Made Easy by Mary Mulari Roll Up Blanket

We’ve designated November as National Sewing With Nancy Month!  The reason? It’s our 30th year on TV. (Later this month you’ll get to view online our 30th anniversary special.)


Sewing With Nancy 30 years on TV



The best way to kick off National Sewing WIth Nancy Month is to feature my most frequent guest, Mary Mulari. Over 30 years ago, I met Mary Mulari at a seminar that I was presenting in Minnesota. Shortly after our first meeting, she introduced me to her decorated sweatshirt patterns—a novel idea in 1980! Since then, she’s become an annual guest  on Sewing With Nancy and more importantly, a loyal friend.

 

In April, Mary traveled to our offices to prepare for taping the TV series, Travel Gear Made Easy. Even though we’ve plan the scripts far in advance, it is always great to see the projects up close during the planning day. In the photo, Mary is giving Donna Fenske a preview of the finished projects.


Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Travel Gear Made Easy by Mary Mulari



After the review, we start fine tuning the scripts and decide if any additional samples are needed.  Notice the trays! Each technique or project has a tray or bin designated for the step-by-step samples.


Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Travel Gear Made Easy by Mary Mulari



The projects that you see sprawled across the table became the 2-part Sewing With Nancy series, Travel Gear Made Easy. Mary has a knack of designing clever, yet useful travel accessories. She compiled them together in her newest book.

The Roll-Up Travel Blanket is the first project in program one. Start with 1-1/3 yd. fleece fabric and fun cotton fabric prints. Mary shares step-by-step how to add zipper pockets to hold travel documents, music players, earplugs, and more.


Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Travel Gear Made Easy by Mary Mulari



While you’re using the blanket as a coverup during a nap, store eyeglasses, a book, and more in the back zipper pocket.


Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Travel Gear Made Easy by Mary Mulari



Roll up the blanket and use as a neck pillow and loop over a luggage extension handle. It’s handy and lightweight.


Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Travel Gear Made Easy by Mary Mulari Roll Up Blanket



In the TV show and book, Mary even shows how to create the Easy as 1-2-3 Zipper Pulls by combining small pieces of fabric with ponytail elastics to create user-friendly zipper pulls—it’s really as easy as 1-2-3.


Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Travel Gear Made Easy by Mary Mulari



Check out Mary’s ponytail elastics stash!


Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Travel Gear Made Easy by Mary Mulari



Mary’s clever Reminder Tags prompt you to fill your car with gas or to purchase milk. Wrap them on your car’s steering wheel and avoid being stranded on the side of the road with an empty gas tank. — Don’t ask me how I know this!


Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Travel Gear Made Easy by Mary Mulari



Don’t forget the milk! 
Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Travel Gear Made Easy by Mary Mulari



Mary’s also designed a new embroidery design collection to coordinate with her Travel Gear Made Easy book projects. Make the travel accessories from the book and add designs from the Travel Gear Made Easy Complete Design Collection to personalize and embellish your creations.


Travel Gear Made Easy Embroidery Collection by Mary Mulari as seen on Nancy Zieman's Sewing With Nancy



There’s over 30 embroidery designs, alphabet for monograms, and three unique travel gear projects not included in the book. 

Find even more projects in part one of the TV show and in the book including Mary’s Fold-Up Tote, Supply Side Pouch, and Gathering Place Tray – what great gifts to make and give or keep!


Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Travel Gear Made Easy by Mary Mulari




Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Travel Gear Made Easy by Mary Mulari




Nancy Zieman Sewing With Nancy Travel Gear Made Easy by Mary Mulari



Watch on your local PBS Station or online at nancyzieman.com


Sewing With Nancy Travel Gear Made Easy Part 1 Nancy Zieman with guest Mary Mulari



There are 52 programs to watch online, on PBS or on your iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone.

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Nancy's Giveaway

Would you like to win a copy of Travel Gear Made Easy? Let me know your favorite travel gear project. We’ll choose a random winner from the comments from this week and next weeks Travel Gear Made Easy blog postings. The random winner will be announced on November 15. 


Sewing With Nancy Travel Gear Made Easy Nancy Zieman with Mary Mulari



Nancy's Giveaway Winner

Thanks for posting your favorite quilt design or whatever interesting tidbit you learned from the previous two weeks from the 2-part series of  Quilts from the House of Tula Pink. The random winner is Kathy. Here is her comment:

I love the Stacks quilt. It really does remind me of the pile of books, etc that always seems to accumulate on the bench at the foot of my bed.

Quilts from the House of Tula Pink Bye for now,

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