I met Mary Mulari early in my career at a seminar that I was presenting in Minnesota. She introduced me to her decorated sweatshirt patterns, a novel idea back then. She didn’t limit her repertoire to embellishing sweatshirts—no, far from it! Each season Mary joins me on Sewing With Nancy for another clever sewing topic. This week, Travel Gear Made Easy is the online video feature. You’ll be impressed!
Preparing for a TV Show
Mary traveled to our office two days in advance of recording the TV series. Even though we plan the scripts far in advance, it is always great to see the projects up close during the planning day. Donna Fenske joins us during that planning day.
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 contents of Mary’s Book and 2-part Sewing With Nancy series, Travel Gear Made Easy. Mary has a knack of designing clever, yet useful travel accessories.
Travel Gear You’ll See in the First Episode
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!
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 on this week and next weeks Travel Gear Made Easy blog postings. The random winner will be announced on July 31.
The random winner of one of my four knit patterns is Linda Rupe. She said, The Cape Cod jacket would be perfect for my mother because she gets cold in air-conditioned spaces. With health issues requiring frequent clinic visits, her lightweight jackets get lots of wear. She left the comment on my blog titled, “Less is Best ” When it Comes to Sewing Knits.
Bye for now,
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