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.)
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.
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.
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.
While you’re using the blanket as a coverup during a nap, store eyeglasses, a book, and more in the back zipper pocket.
Roll up the blanket and use as a neck pillow and loop over a luggage extension handle. It’s handy and lightweight.
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.
Check out Mary’s ponytail elastics stash!
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!
Don’t forget the milk!
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.
There’s over 30 embroidery designs, alphabet for monograms, and three unique travel gear projects not included in the book.
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.
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.
Bye for now,
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