Sew Gifts–Make Memories with Mary Mulari and Nancy Zieman

Sewing gifts ranks as the number one reason why most of us sew. During this Sewing With Nancy series, Sew Gifts–Make Memories, we feature gifts to sew that don’t always start with fabric yardage. When my guest Mary Mulari proposed the idea of sewing gift-giving solutions, I knew it was the perfect TV topic. Mary’s projects are clever, useful, and enjoyable to create.

Sew Gifts–Make Memories with Mary Mulari and Nancy Zieman

Sew Gifts Make Memories Book by Mary MulariOur first gift project, in Sew Gifts–Make Memories Part Two, is a Hanky and Doily Table Runner made from items that might be tucked away in a drawer. A collection of vintage handkerchiefs are usually stored away and seldom seen. Choose several handkerchiefs and with just a few sewing steps, you’ll have a table runner that’s an attractive conversation piece.

How to make a table runner from old hankiesNext we’ll show how to sew a Two-Tie Belt. Is there a bag full of men’s neckties in one of your closets, waiting for an inspirational project? Here’s one way to use two at a time and wear the results. The obi-style belt features a hidden pocket to store a credit card, money, or other treasures. If the ties formerly belonged to a family member, your new belt has additional memories attached. 

Sew Gifts–Make Memories with Mary Mulari and Nancy Zieman. As seen on the Sewing With Nancy TV show on PBS.Our third gift project, in Sew Gifts–Make Memories Part Two, is a Speedy Towel Apron. This unisex style apron is a speedy gift project sewn from ready-made towels. All you need are two canvas-weight or vintage towels, grosgrain ribbon, and a little sewing savvy and you’ll be able to stitch up a welcomed gift. 

Sew Gifts–Make Memories with Mary Mulari and Nancy ZiemanTune in and watch Sew Gifts–Make Memories Part Two to learn how to make Mary’s Upcycled Notebook Wraps. Make a classy new cover for a notebook, recipe book, journal, or photo album. These notebook covers started out as laminated shopping bags. Adjustable, upcycled book wraps are the perfect way to preserve the good memories stored inside. 

Sew Gifts–Make Memories with Mary Mulari and Nancy ZiemanMary and I wrap up this new series with Everyone’s Favorite Baby Bib. You’ll soon learn that guest and hand towels are easy choices for durable baby bibs. Mom, dad, grandmother, and caregiver will all appreciate having bibs on hand; so, make several.

Sew Gifts–Make Memories with Mary Mulari and Nancy ZiemanThanks, Mary, for sharing your gift sewing ideas on Sewing With Nancy! Tune in to see more of Mary’s gift ideas in Sew Gifts–Make Memories Part One.

Watch Sew Gifts–Make Memories (Part One and Part Two) on Sewing With Nancy online.


For a chance to win a copy of the book, Sew Gifts–Make Memories by Mary Mulari, please leave a comment below and let us know what gifts you’re sewing this holiday season.Sew Gifts Make Memories Book by Mary Mulari as seen on Sewing With Nancy

Nancy Zieman's Giveaway Winner

The randomly selected winner of  a Clip ‘n Glide Bodkin from Clover is Becky Potts Baker.

Her comment was, “These look like very handy tools! I’ve purchased other Clover tools shown on this blog and Nancy’s website and I love them. I’m sure these will be just as helpful!”

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