Incorporating specialty fabrics can add functionality when sewing gifts and projects. For example, try clear vinyl. This unique fabric is the star of the Sewing With Nancy program, Sew Simple with Rectangles & Squares—the third episode. Watch online by clicking here.  Here’s a preview of the projects that you’ll see demonstrated during the show.

Jewelry Caddies

I began this episode with a Jewelry Caddy duo, which fits all of the standards set for this show. The caddies use two sizes of fabric rectangles, specialty fabric (clear vinyl with a ribbon accent trim), and all the sewing is done with straight stitches. Best of all, the projects are attractive and very practical!


Sew Simple with Rectangles & Squares as seen on Sewing With Nancy Zieman



Portable Ironing Blanket

Use the same dimensions and many of the same fabrics as the jewelry caddies to make a portable mini-ironing blanket. Use it next to your sewing machine for quick presses. Or, create a larger ironing blanket, any size of your choice, with the same transportability.  It could easily be used as an ironing board substitute or for travel. Either way, you can custom-make these projects easily with my sew simple techniques.


Sew Simple with Rectangles and Squares as seen on Sewing With Nancy Zieman



Closet Organizer

How about adding extra storage to your home without assembling knock-down furniture or remodeling a closet? Create portable, compact closet organizers with double-sided quilted fabric, clear vinyl, and ribbon trim. It’s another straight-stitched project that can hang in full sight or hidden behind a closet door.


Sew Simple with Rectangles and Squares as seen on Sewing With Nancy Zieman



Watch Sewing With Nancy online.

There are four seasons of programs to watch online, or on your iPad, iPod Touch, or iPhone. Have you downloaded the app?


Sew Simple with Rectangles and Squares, a new 3-part Sewing With Nancy series



Sewing With Nancy on Public TV

We have the great fortune of having Sewing With Nancy air on 91% of all Public TV markets. Your local PBS programmer determines when the new season will begin. Often, the new programming begins later on TV. Check your local Public TV and/or Create TV listing for the new season. Watch the three episodes of Sew Simple with Rectangles & Squares online.

Watch episode one, click here.

Watch episode two, click here.

Watch episode three, click here.

12 Complete Projects are featured in Sew Simple with Rectangles & Squares

Sew Simple with Rectangles and Squares, a new 3-part Sewing With Nancy series

Fabrics by Riley Blake Designs

A special thank you to Riley Blake Designs for providing the fabrics for this program. Look for fabrics by Riley Blake Designs at your favorite retailer.


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Nancy Zieman's Giveaway

What’s your favorite project from this series? A random winner will receive a copy of Sew Simple with Rectangles & Squares. The winner will be posted on August 30th.

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