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Sewing With Nancy

Here's a new version of Handbags 2—Designer Knockoffs by Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche. It's a cinched tote. Kinda clever!

A Designer Handbag Exclusive—Cinched Tote
  • Barb Neighbor

    I have the pattern for the original, now I have to make this one. Love the quilted fabric.

Be creative yet economical when creating quilt backs by Nancy Zieman

Sew Creative Quilt Backs

The Quick Column Quilts miniseries is coming soon to PBS, or watch online by clicking here. Column quilts are ideal projects for quilting newbies and fresh concepts for quilting enthusiasts. During this 3-part series and in the book, I’ll show you how to replace traditional quilt blocks with sleek columns of fabric.

Learn updated tips on embroidering a towel. One of the keys to keep the stitching from imbedding into the napped fabric is to use tulle or netting. As seen on Sewing With Nancy Zieman

Machine Embroidery in 6 Easy Lessons Blog Tour

Nancy Zieman's 25 Favorite Quilting Techniques Webcast September 13 2014

Incorporating specialty fabrics can add functionality when sewing gifts and projects. For example, try clear vinyl. This unique fabric is the star of the new “Sewing With Nancy” program, “Sew Simple with Rectangles & Squares”—the third episode. Watch the TV show online or on PBS.

How to Sew with Clear Vinyl—A Noticeable Difference!

Learn to laminated fabric and bagmaking techniques in one tutorial! From TV's "Sewing With Nancy."

New on “Sewing With Nancy,” learn to make Hold-it Sacks for electronic devices, fabric bins for organizing, and wall pockets with a decorator’s touch create pizazz in your home. Nancy uses easy rectangles and squares for patterns. Work with cotton or laminated fabric in your own customized color range—fresh and functional! Read about it:

10 Sewing Tips for Using Chalkboard Fabric by Nancy Zieman

From my studio to your computer on September 13, 2014, join me for a fun and interactive webcast featuring my 25 Favorite Quilting Techniques. If you have never participated in a webcast, it’s a 90-minute class that comes to your home via computer.

Nancy Zieman Live Webcast on September 13

"Sew Simple With Rectangles and Squares," a new 3-part series on Sewing With Nancy.

26 New “Sewing With Nancy” Programs

It's Quilt to Give Week, hints on making full-sized bed quilts for charity. Learn to use a striped fabric and a column design for attractive yet quick-to-make quilts.

There are online instructions on how to make a "Quilt to Give" design. This blog from Nancy Zieman shows how to make the easiest of the Quilt To Give designs, using striped fabric as the middle column unit. Go to to view the 10-lessons.

It's great to see how another quilter made my design, "Twirling Parasols" Quilt Pattern from the Sewing With Nancy "Sew Grand Dresdens". Nice job!

Off the machine today...

Quilt to Give by Nancy Zieman. How to make a speedy, yet attractive quilt to give to those in need.

Go from plain to cute by adding computerized embroidery designs. Featured are three designs from Everyday Designs Boutique. How-to steps on Nancy Zieman's Blog

Here's a great way to create a necklace with fabric and the cover stitch on a serger. As seen on Nancy Zieman's Blog and Sewing With Nancy online at

Learn to Use Your Serger in Creative Ways

Stitch up a fun circle quilt--cut your fabric scraps into 4" Circles then stitch to a solid background fabric.

Stitch Up a Fast & Fun Circle Quilt

Stitch 18" blocks to make dramatic quilts. Featured quilt pattern is "BQ" by Debbie Bowles sewn by Sharen Dahlke featured on Nancy Zieman's Blog.

Sew Big Quilt Blocks—See What Others Have Made

Sew Creative Projects to Make in an Evening or Less.

Travel Gear Made Easy- Part Two

I learned a lot making this art quilt. Learn from my mistakes!

The Quilt I Almost Didn’t Finish

Here are great ideas to sew for your next trip whether it's near or far. Projects from Sewing With Nancy guest Mary Mulari

Sew Travel Gear That’s Extremely Useful

Teaching sewing can make a significant impact on others. Learn how one group reaches out to those in Nicaragua and what a difference it has made in the lives of many.

Sewing That Makes a Significant Difference

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 plate. No round shapes here—the wedge-shapes of the Dresden are stitched, well topsy-turvy, to create a linear look. Read the full tutorial at my blog.

Topsy Turvy Table Runner—Sew Easy!

Learn how to add personalized touches to your knit sewing projects—as seen on Sewing With Nancy with Nancy Zieman.

Add Personalized Touches to Your Knit Sewing Projects