Turn Sketchbook Doodles Into Art with Doodle Stitching by Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy



Doodling—we’ve all done it with pen and paper. Those same concepts—drawing squiggles, circles, rectangles, and silly shapes—can be done with fabric, trim, and/or stitching. Why should you doodle at your sewing machine or with fabric? It’s a great way to use fabric odds and ends while being creative.

Watch the new Doodle Stitching TV show online now. You’ll also find details, tips, and techniques in the new Doodle Stitching bookavailable at Nancy’s Notions.











Collage Doodle

A Collage Doodle is where I’d like to start in Doodle Stitching Part Two. Gather buttons, small pieces of fabric, leftover ribbon, and a little stitching to create a greeting card or a small piece of wall art. The process is spontaneous with artsy results.

Note From Nancy: If giving as a greeting card, apply card stock behind the collage prior to stitching around the outer edges.






Fuse ‘n Doodle

Next, doodle with fabric and your iron! Cut rectangles and squares that are backed with fusible web, arrange on a background fabric, then press! After adding ribbon and button accents, you’ll have an art piece that was made with odds and ends of fabric, yet looks like it could be hung in a modern art studio. See how easy it is on Doodle Stitching Part Two.






Daydream Stitching

When you’re doodling on paper, most likely you’re not paying much attention to what’s happening around you, as I was known to do in history class. When you’re brain is not thinking of the task at hand, it’s the BEST time to experiment with simple, doodle-type free-motion stitching. For those of you intimidated by the process, put your brain in neutral and daydream while stitching. Watch online as those doodles transform with sewing machine and thread.






Squiggle Monograms

When I think of monograms, my mind’s eye sees large, preciously stitched letters. Hmm, not so if you’re doodling. The same type of impact can be made with squiggle stitching, creating the shape of the letter, or stitching the negative space around the letter to make the un-stitched fabric “pop” with distinction. It’s a 20-minute stitching exercise that will satisfy the doodler inside you; watch now.







The Book: Doodle Stitching











  • I’ll guide you through my fun techniques for painting with thread and scraps of fabric. Don’t worry about perfection—these techniques are made to give you beautiful results, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned sewist.
  • My signature style of stress-free techniques and easy projects inspires and empowers. Plus, I’ll show you how to translate pencil-sketched doodles onto fabric with your sewing machine.


Doodle Stitching Book

  • Full color photographs and illustrations
  • Step-by-step instructions
  • Double-wire binding so that pages lay flat when open—no more struggling to keep your page from turning or bending; plus it’s easier to keep your book right next to you as you work
  • Soft cover, 40 page book by Nancy Zieman, Sewing With Nancy

Watch Doodle Stitching (Part One and Part Two) on Sewing With Nancy online.


Turn Sketchbook Doodles Into Art with Doodle Stitching by Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy



Where/when would you doodle in a sketchbook?  Leave a comment below to be eligible to win a copy of the Doodle Stitching Book, from Nancy’s Notions.

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