Think Spring! Green Sewing Round Up

GreeneryRoundUp Nancy Zieman

Think Spring! Green Sewing Round Up

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GreeneryRoundUp Nancy ZiemanIt won’t surprise anyone to learn that my favorite color is green. Working in the garden, choosing green fabrics, and arranging home accents; green surrounds me. Imagine my delight when Pantone (the color forecasting company used by many designers across many industries) announced the 2017 color of the year: Greenery.

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Looks like I may be ahead of the curve on this one. To celebrate my favorite color trending for 2017, I rounded up a few Greenery color-inspired tutorials.

Embroider a Handbag

Originally designed for the Baby Lock Sewlebrity Sewing Challenge, this handbag features custom machine embroidery along the top edge. Learn how to apply the embroidery to any handbag pattern or simply use the hobo tote template, as shown. Machine embroidered accents are a great way to personalize your sewn designs. See the handbag and embroidery demonstration on my blog.

Embroidered Handbag

Spring Green Scarf

What begins as crosswise fabric strips, ends up in a completely bias scarf. Curious? It’s easy to sew a bias, spiral scarf with a little sewing savvy. We’ll use a serger to finish the edges of this delicate fabric while creating a unique all-season wardrobe accent. Learn how to sew the scarf here.

Serge a Colorful Fabric Bin

Serge this fast and fun fabric bin—an ideal project for 10-inch precut fabric squares. 10-inch precuts are also known as 10-inch Stackers, Crackers, Layer Cakes, Patty-Cakes, Storybooks, and Ten Squares! If you’ve been wondering what to do with 10-inch precuts, start by selecting four 10-inch precut squares and make this handy organizer bin. Learn to add decorative stitches to this home organizing bin, here.

Serge a Colorful Fabric Bin with Nancy Zieman

Sew a Plastic Bag Wrangler

Making this storage bag will not only clean up the kitchen, but make those plastic sacks much more accessible. See how to sew the storage wrangler here.

Sew A Plastic Bag Wrangler with Nancy ZiemanToasty Texting Gloves

It seems everyone is connected through their smart phones and mobile devices, these days. On chilly days, we’re faced with the dilemma of staying connected with our gloves off or staying warm with our gloves on. Peculiar, right? I have developed an easy solution—texting gloves. Use fleece scraps to create a comfy pair of these fingerless gloves. Optional: Personalize your gloves with a monogram. In either case, these make up quickly and solve a common seasonal problem. Learn how to sew my texting gloves, here.

Stay Warm with Nancy Zieman's Texting GlovesSew the Complete Adventure Quilt Sampler

The 2015 Block of the Month is a free program offered on my blog. The event was quite an adventure, hence the name Adventure Quilt, as each block revealed surprised the reader. Luckily, the Adventure Quilt is available for free, all year round with all 12 blocks available on my blog. Grab the sewing tutorials and make your Adventure Quilt today. Find the 2016 and 2017 Block of the Month series linked in the right side bar of this blog. to Sew Technology Cases

When developing the Sewing With Nancy series on how to create covers for electronic tablets or low-tech paper tablets, it was exciting to see how a small amount of stitching or a creative use of fabric could result in a stylish cover. The first of the two-part series, Sew Techie Coversdemonstrates how simple embellishments can transform practical device covers. Learn to sew these fun cases, here.

Sew Techie Covers by Nancy ZiemanMakeover Your Handbag with Ribbons

While shopping online for handbag inspirations, my eye caught a bag decked out with ribbon—I also caught the price—$1,300. I knew we had the perfect inspiration to create a bag with my new line of Renaissance Ribbons at a fraction of the cost.  Embellish your next bag design with the ribbon and the easy sewing instructions, here.

Ribbon City Tote Bag by Nancy ZiemanStress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery

Sometimes the quilting step is the most perplexing and stressful. Your goal is for a stress-free process, but where to begin? Denise Abel, my guest on Sewing With Nancy, has a solution—use an embroidery machine and turn it into a quilting machine. Denise joins me for the second part of this series, Stress-Free Quilting with Machine Embroidery, which is this week’s online video feature. Watch the demonstration and learn to quilt with your embroidery machine, here.

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Nancy Zieman's Blog Giveaway

For a chance to win a 6-in-1 Stick N Stitch Seam Guide from Clover, leave a comment below.

6-in-1 Stick 'N Stitch Seam Guide Nancy Zieman

Nancy Zieman's Giveaway Winner

The randomly selected winner of a copy of Quick Column Quilts by Nancy Zieman from F+W Media is LaDonna Reynolds.

Her comment was, “I like them all! They are beautiful. My favorites would are the Heartbeat and Wind Chimes quilts. They are very different, plus I love the names. Heartbeat would be so cute in a baby quilt simply because of the name of the quilt, and, of course, you’d have to put it on the quilt label on the back for an even more special meaning.”

Quick Column Quilts by Nancy Zieman

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  • Margaret Smith
    March 11, 2017

    I thought I had died and went to heaven when I found Nancy on PBS about 33 years ago after moving to FL. My next quilt will be the Wind Chimes from her Column Quilts book.

  • Donna Eszlinger
    March 11, 2017

    I loved the four Jean repairs session,, With all the repairs I have been doing over the years, I developed some techniques of my own, but these seem to make it all a lot easier and simple to fix zippers and hems,, thanks for the lessons..

  • Clovis
    March 11, 2017

    All fun projects to make. The seam guide would be good for stitching those curves.

  • Lesley Drury
    March 11, 2017

    Nancy Zieman is the best source for sewing instruction! I have learned so much from her website, her blog, her videos, and Sewing With Nancy. Nancy’s Notions is also a great site for sewing supplies. And now another great way to approach making a quilt! May it never end.

  • Patti
    March 11, 2017

    I have loved Sewing with Nancy for many years. My only complaint is it doesn’t come on TV in my area often enough!! Thank you for both inspiration and education. I’m often to check out the fabric bins shown here.

  • Donna Rothacher
    March 11, 2017

    I love reading all your posts. I learn new things and am reminded of ones I haven’t done for a while. I watch your program on my PBS station each time it is on in my area.

  • Bonnye
    March 11, 2017

    I wish we received Sewing with Nancy on tv. I do however have many VCR tapes that I enjoy watching.

  • Jeri
    March 11, 2017

    I love Sewing with Nancy! I have watched and learned from her since day one. I think the 6-in-1 Stick-N-Stitch Seam Guide would be a great addition to my sewing room.

  • nancy lewis
    March 11, 2017

    I love watching Sewing with Nancy. I always pick up great tips and begin using them right away. I enjoyed your embroidery quilting series, since I have an embroidery machine and I love to quilt.

  • Wilamenia Adams
    March 11, 2017

    Love your program and try to watch it every Saturday. Love to try new tool and 6 in 1 stiick n stitch seam guide by Clover great to have.

  • Mary Pat Cook
    March 11, 2017

    I have learned so much from Sewing With Nancy. I go back to her videos over and over again.

    My favorite projects in the “greenery” happen to be the techie cover and the embroidered purse, along with the purse with the ribbons sewn on for embellishment.

    Thanks Nancy!

  • Gina M
    March 11, 2017

    Love the gloves! Could they be made from a re-purposed wool sweater that was washed by mistake and shrunk? Thank you for presenting the tutorial again. Although I have watched your TV show on Sat. mornings in Seattle area for YEARS, I am relatively new to your blog. Those sewing guides would be *great* as I teach my Granddaughter to sew!

  • Florence Dupuis
    March 11, 2017

    I love the scarf. It looks sew easy. My granddaughter is very into scarfs so this will be a great gift for her birthday.

  • Dorothy Urberg
    March 11, 2017

    I have watched your TV show and read many of your articles for many years and learned a lot from you. Thank you for making sewing so easy and fun.

  • Mary Lou
    March 11, 2017

    I have enjoyed Sewing With Nancy shows for many years because they are so well presented and informative, keeping us all sewing the latest ideas and stretching our abilities as we create something practical and beautiful. Keep us all inspired.

  • carolyn montgomery
    March 11, 2017

    i have watched your program for over 20 years and follow your blog daily. the spring green scarf and plan to make it as soon as i can find the perfect fabrics.

  • Donna Ohl
    March 11, 2017

    I love the idea of a personalized cover for my Fire. I would also like to adapt the pattern to cover my “Seams Unlikely” to keep the book in good shape while I’m reading it. The cover would also fit other books.
    Nancy, I have always enjoyed your shows–keep them coming!

  • Susan Spiers
    March 11, 2017

    What a great tool for my sewing! And I love to add embroidery to all my projects! Thank you, Susan

  • Sandy Long
    March 11, 2017

    Being a new quilter, achieving a perfect 1/4″ seam, or better yet, a scant 1/4″ seam has been difficult for me. I’ve measured and marked my machine, and tried every other hint, tip or trick I’ve found, but it’s still hit or miss! I’ve been considering trying the Clover 6-in-1 Stick n Stitch Seam Guide, as it “seams” like a great idea.

  • Debbie Dorombozi
    March 11, 2017

    I think I will make the scarf. I like the idea that we can make an accent for our outfit that isn’t too warm

    • Teri
      March 11, 2017

      Green is definitely a welcome color here right now. Enjoy your shows and blog immensely.

  • Karen A
    March 11, 2017

    I have learned so much from Nancy over the years. Thanks for sharing your wonderful shows and all the great tricks, tips and tutorials.

  • Marjory W
    March 11, 2017

    I would love to try out the seam guide.

  • Chris K.
    March 11, 2017

    I enjoy your shows, but I have to say that green is my least favorite color. Makes a nice contrast for purple, though.

  • Ennis A
    March 11, 2017

    Yes, more great ideas/inspiration. I want to master the spiral bias method for sure. Love scarves. and I want to make a bag this year. Love these you have featured. As always, Thanks.

  • Kathryn E
    March 11, 2017

    The stick and stitch seam guide is such a clever notion. It would reduce the stress of trying to sew perfect seams.

  • Carol
    March 11, 2017

    I made the bias scarf and love it. It was so easy and drapes so beautiful. Carol

  • Janice Coty
    March 11, 2017

    Nancy,I have followed you for years.My first book was Working With Fleece.My granddaughter age 13 is also sewing.I watch your show faithfully each week. We would love the seam tool for more accurate sewing.God Bless for all you do! Janice

  • Jackie T
    March 11, 2017

    I also love the color green. A stitch guide wold be great to help me achieve those 1/4″ seams.

  • Pat
    March 11, 2017

    I love the scarf. Cross grain to bias? My curiosity is up. Will definitely make this scarf. Thanks for the great ideas.

  • Marty
    March 11, 2017

    Wearing a “greenery” quilted jacket as I read & write this! Love quilting wearables. 🙂

    March 11, 2017

    Nancy and I have been “sewing buds” for many years. I have VCR tapes I recorded of her shows of many years ago and still learn many sewing techniques from them. I would love to try the 6-in-1 Stick n Stitch Seam Guide from Clover.

  • Arlene Aughey
    March 11, 2017

    Yes, green -especially this shade – is my favorite color too!

  • Marcia
    March 11, 2017

    One look at nature proves how the color green is a very universal color which coordinates with everything. Plus, it never goes out of style.

  • Gail
    March 11, 2017

    Don’t wear much green, but my stash is full of it. Love the fabric bin!

  • Cyrena Gibson
    March 11, 2017

    As a beginner sewer at age 63 I can use all the help I can get and the stick and stitch guide would surely help.

    March 11, 2017

    OMG I will soon be 70…..I have waited for a tool to get the best 1/4″ …this is the answer..thank you…..56 years and now the right tool.yeah!

    have enjoyed SWN from day one……will you be in the DALLAS FORT WORTH area this year?


  • Anne Z.
    March 11, 2017

    I would love to try this tool. I am always striving to sew the perfect 1/4″ seam. Thanks for all the inspiration.

  • cindy
    March 11, 2017

    l love all the tools watching the shows I learn alot from them

  • Sunni
    March 11, 2017

    My favorite green is spring green & a great color for my skin tone. I’m inspired by your green bias scarf. I love wearing scarves. Any ideas on how to construct a scarf holder for the scarves I’ll make?

  • Peggy S
    March 11, 2017

    I’m teaching my friends’ two young girls (7 & 10) to sew and I
    had them use these seam guides which worked very well for them. I have been sewing a long time, but still learn so much from Nancy. Thank you Nancy, for sharing with us.

  • Mary
    March 11, 2017

    Being from Washington, green is all around us year. I really appreciate green most when I go somewhere without the forests.

  • Marsha Chibitty
    March 11, 2017

    I would really be interested in this tool.

  • Peggy V
    March 11, 2017

    I have many Clover products but not this one, would love to win this and help keep my seams straight!!!

  • Tami reed
    March 11, 2017

    I am a 59 yr old widow & mother of a teenage son who needs to get remotivated to sew for fun & to supplement my income. Green is my favorite color because it a color that represents life. This may seem like a simple tool but could encourage me to turn on my old friend, my Pfaff 7570.

  • Cindy Hoover
    March 11, 2017

    Looks like a great tool. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • beth d.
    March 11, 2017

    I bought the quilting with embroidery machine; have not used it yet but will make time for it to do. Would love to have that tool.

  • Carol
    March 11, 2017

    Anything that helps when sewing is always a good thing!

  • Mary Green
    March 11, 2017

    GO GREEN! It’s my last name too (for 45 years now)!

    I’m an avid SEWING WITH NANCY fan. I too found her on PBS 20 plus years ago when we moved to TX and now so enjoy the episodes here in-line thru her newsletter. I’ve always admired her sewing skills, techniques and innovative ideas, interesting guests and pattern ideas. I’ve learned so much from her.

  • Gail Beam
    March 12, 2017

    I have a number of Clover notions that I cannot live without, but this is one I do not own! Thanks for the chane to win this great Clover notion,

  • Lisa Gallup
    March 12, 2017

    I would love the chance to win the clover seam guide. Thank you for the opportunity!

  • Rachel
    March 12, 2017

    Would love to have this tool, as I struggle keeping fabric straight in long seams. Thanks for the chance to have one!

  • Margaret Varga
    March 12, 2017

    I recently completed a lime green, dark green and pink quilt in January 2017 made of Jane Austen blocks. My next full size quilt will be paper pieced blocks I have never seen before, all in autumn colours.

  • Janice Lawrence
    March 12, 2017

    I think this would help to improve my sewing

  • Linda Buttera
    March 12, 2017

    Boy, do I wish I had had this tool last summer when teaching three of my great nieces how to sew pajama bottoms. My teaching days continue this summer and this tool would be very helpful.

  • Bonnie
    March 12, 2017

    Love the color Greenery! It is a very versatile color for so many different projects. Thank you for sharing the great tutorials. The 6-in-1 Stick N Stitch Seam Guide would be a helpful addition to my sewing room. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

  • Debbie Smith
    March 12, 2017

    When I think of green, I think of my flowers peeking through the ground announcing that spring is here. So, I think that my favorite spring project would be making bags to put my plant pots in and accents for the outsidee of the pots I love. Plus, I could make accents for stakes to put in the plants to announce the joy of the robins showing up in our yard on Saturday. I counted three times because I couldn’t believe that there were 11 playing in the yard.

  • Beverly
    March 12, 2017

    Have tried many types of seam guides in the past, but this one looks like it would be truly the best.

  • Angela Curtis
    March 13, 2017

    Thanks for all of your ideas. This guide would be very helpful as I learn to sew.

  • Mary Ellen Coumerilh
    March 13, 2017

    I love, love, love Nancy! She has been my virtual sewing mentor since my boys were, well, boys!

  • Donna Lee
    March 13, 2017

    This is genius! I enjoyed looking at all the possibilities of use for this seam guide, and am sure it would be one of those notions that once used, you couldn’t imagine sewing without it!

  • Lynn M Kuitems
    March 13, 2017

    I love using green too. It is the color of so many living things like trees and plants. I can never have too many green fabrics.

    The seam guide looks great and I hope to use it soon. I sew all kinds of things. Recently I taught beginners to sew using the pins parallel to the stitching lines so they did not have to pull them out as they went. This tool would help beginners sew nice straight lines on everything!

    Thanks for your fun and helpful tools.

  • Virginia
    March 14, 2017

    Every Monday night, always two or more daughters and often grandkids come for dinner and quilting together. Correct seam widths is one of the vital parts to making things look truly wonderful so the seam guides would help us all.

  • Eileen Girens, WI
    March 21, 2017

    Green is my favorite color, maybe because I am half Irish. I would love your tool. Enjoy all your tutorials.

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