Top Five Favorite Sewing Projects on Nancy Zieman the Blog

I’m always intrigued to learn which Sewing With Nancy TV shows, sewing or quilting patterns, sewing techniques, and sewing or quilting projects, featured on my blog, are your favorites.

Top 5 Favorite Sewing Projects

My findings? I’ve listed a review of the projects and links below. If you’ve missed one or two, now’s your time to catch-up on popular sewing and quilting ideas and projects.

Also, several of you have asked for downloadable, printable instructions of these projects. For your convenience, these five projects are available to purchase as downloadable files.

Kids’ Activity Bag

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Most fabric bags or totes for kids are rather wimpy. I remember putting toys and books in fabric bags for my boys, but the parts and pieces would often get lost in the bottom of the bag. After buying adorable finger puppets for my granddaughters, I knew they needed a home in an activity bag. Read how you too can easily make an activity bag. Or, purchase the downloadable project sheet.

Nancy Zieman's Kids Activity Bag Project Sheet

Topsy Turvy Table Runner

Nancy Zieman's How to make a table runner with a dresden plate ruler

Riley Blake Designs sent me a collection of grey and white prints that really caught my eye. Teaming them with a lime-colored solid, I knew a table runner was soon to be created. The design I chose is a nontraditional Dresden wedge. No round shapes here—the wedge-shapes of the Dresden are stitched topsy-turvy—to create a linear look. This finished table runner is approximately 18″ x 86″. You can shorten it or lengthen it, depending on your table size. Read more or purchase and download the project sheet.

Nancy Zieman's Topsy-Turvy Table Runner Project Sheet

Sew a Makeup Bag that Makes a Difference

Nancy Zieman's How to sew a makeup bag

When asked to gather a basket of goodies for Relay for Life, I knew that something special was needed to include in the basket. An embroidered makeup bag, with a machine embroidery design that supports cancer awareness, was the focal item of the giveaway. Read more or purchase the downloadable instructions.

Nancy Zieman's Makeup Bag Project Sheet

Dresden Melody Table Runner

Nancy Zieman's Dresden Melody Table Runner

Think outside the traditional patchwork world and use a multisized Dresden Template to add a modern twist to a tried ‘n true design. I call it the Dresden Melody with five half-Dresden Plate Designs that seem to flow melodically together. The finished size is 28″ x 82″. Enjoy this patchwork tutorial! Read more or purchase the downloadable instructions.

Nancy Zieman's Dresden Melody Table Runner Project Sheet

Trio of Pillows

Nancy Zieman's How to sew three easy pillows

When sewing pillows, I find that cotton fabrics always require a backing or interfacing to prevent the fabric from sagging or looking flimsy. Using a double-sided quilted fabric, which has a layer of beefy batting between the fabric layers, automatically gives the pillows a plump look. (Here’s one time when the adjective plump is a positive!) Plus, the two coordinating fabrics provide great design options. Read how to create these three pillows or purchase the downloadable instructions.

Nancy Zieman's Trio of Pillows Project Sheet

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