Many special-use fabrics are available on the market and make it possible to create functional items easily. Learning when to incorporate each end-use fabric will allow you to sew more efficiently and effectively. For example, try clear vinyl and quilted heat-resistant fabric. These unique fabrics are the stars of the Sewing With Nancy program, Sew Simple with Rectangles & Squares—the third episode. Watch online by clicking here.

Sew Simple with Rectangles and Squares as seen on Sewing With Nancy Zieman

The third episode focuses on a few of the 12 complete projects featured in Sew Simple with Rectangles & Squares.

Sew Simple with Rectangles and Squares, a new 3-part Sewing With Nancy series

Here’s a preview of the projects you’ll see demonstrated during the show.

Jewelry Caddies

I began this episode with a Jewelry Caddy duo, which fits all of the standards set for this show. The caddies use two sizes of fabric rectangles, specialty fabric (clear vinyl with a ribbon accent trim), and all the sewing is done with straight stitches. Best of all, the projects are attractive and very practical!


Sew Simple with Rectangles & Squares as seen on Sewing With Nancy Zieman



Closet Organizer

How about adding extra storage to your home without assembling knock-down furniture or remodeling a closet? Create portable, compact closet organizers with double-sided quilted fabric, clear vinyl, and ribbon trim. It’s another straight-stitched project that can hang in full sight or hidden behind a closet door.


Sew Simple with Rectangles and Squares as seen on Sewing With Nancy Zieman



Portable Ironing Blanket

Use the same dimensions and many of the same fabrics as the jewelry caddies to make a portable mini-ironing blanket. Use it next to your sewing machine for quick presses. Or, create a larger ironing blanket, any size of your choice, with the same transportability. It could easily be used as an ironing board substitute or for travel. Either way, you can custom-make these projects easily with my sew simple techniques.

Sew Simple with Rectangles and Squares as seen on Sewing With Nancy Zieman

Watch Sew Simple With Rectangles & Squares (Part OnePart Two, and Part Three) oSewing With Nancy online.

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Sew Simple with Rectangles and Squares, a new 3-part Sewing With Nancy series



Fabrics by Riley Blake Designs

A special thank you to Riley Blake Designs for providing the fabrics for this program. Look for fabrics by Riley Blake Designs at your favorite retailer.


riley blake designs



Nancy Zieman's Giveaway

What’s your favorite project from this series? A random winner will receive a copy of Sew Simple with Rectangles & Squares.

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