Create small works of fiber art! We’ve all doodled, sketching with short pencil strokes or shapes in the margins of notes or homework. In part one of the Sewing With Nancy program, Doodle Stitching, Nancy Zieman shows how to translate those sketched doodles onto fabric with sewing machine stitches. The sewing is fast, and the end result very gratifying.


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

Zigzag Doodles

In Doodle Stitching Part One, Nancy begins by doodling with a zigzag stitch. Queen Ann’s Lace flowers can easily be sketched with a condensed zigzag stitch and a little sewing savvy. You’ll be impressed how using what’s commonly known as a bartack stitch can turn into an artistic design.

Sketch ‘n Stitch

Odds and ends of silk cut into squares and stitched to a fabric showcase is the next doodle project in Doodle Stitching Part One. Learn to use a single motif of a decorative stitch that’s already programmed into your sewing machine as part of the doodling process. Like the pencil and paper sketching, each Sketch ‘n Stitch project is its own, unique work of art.

Doodle Stitching Part One by Nancy Zieman

Playful Decorative Stitching

Odds are, most of us who sew or quilt rarely use the decorative stitches built in or programmed into our machines. These artistic stitches are just waiting to be tested and featured in an upcoming project. Nonchalantly testing out a variety of stitches on fabric without care of direction is our next doodle stitching experiment. Not only can you create an interesting art piece, you’ll see what magical stitches your machine has in store for you.


The Book: Doodle Stitching

  • We’ll guide you through 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.
  • Nancy’s signature style of stress-free techniques and easy projects inspires and empowers. Plus, We’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 online.

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Do you like to doodle and/or create fabric art? Leave a comment below to be eligible to win a copy of the Doodle Stitching Book, from Nancy’s Notions.


Nancy Zieman's Giveaway Winner

The randomly selected winner of a copy of the book, Trusty Triangles—a Row-by-Row Sampler Quilt, from Nancy’s Notions, from the April 2 and 9 blog posts is, Simone.

Her comment is: I also love the Star gazer pattern–it will look wonderful and fun on some quilts I’m working on now!




Happy Sewing,

Team Nancy Zieman

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