Kitchen Craze Sewing Pattern Round-Up

Kitchen Craze Sewing Round Up  by Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy | Sewing Project Tutorials

Kitchen Craze Sewing Pattern Round-Up

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Kitchen Craze Sewing Round Up  by Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy | Sewing Project Tutorials

Food brings people together. Whether with family or friends, we all seem to agree on a great gathering centered around great food! This month, Team Nancy Zieman gathers some of Nancy’s favorite kitchen, party, BBQ, grocery, and transport items to showcase in this Kitchen Craze Sewing Round-up. These easy-to-sew projects will be a hit at your next gathering!

No Strings Attached Criss-cross Apron

Mary Mulari Shares Criss Cross Apron Pattern Details with Nancy Zieman | Sewing With Nancy

Sew a quick, easy, and reversible Crisscross Apron ideal for wearing while baking, during a garden harvest, or for next weekend’s BBQ! Sewing With Nancy friend and guest,  Mary Mulari, shares her all-time most requested apron style! You can sew in an evening—with no strings and no ties! Learn more about this design on Mary’s guest blog post.

60-Minute Jeans Potholders

10-20-30 Minutes to Recycle Jeans, Nancy Zieman, Sewing WIth Nancy, How to recycle jeans

In about an hour, create a pair of durable recycled jeans potholders that are pliable and easy to use, while giving protection from the heat of hot dishes. When you watch online, you’ll learn the basics of taking apart cast-off jeans, and making something creative. Read and watch more on this blog post.

Porthole Mesh Bag

Sew food storage bags Nancy Zieman

Make this pretty bag with a fat-quarter and Porthole Mesh. Check out this tutorial from Nancy’s Notions guest blogger, Emily Jansson. These mesh bags are super-easy to make. It’s just a drawstring bag made out of mini mesh fabric, with 3/8″ double-fold bias pulls. Add a pretty label or a touch of embroidery to make it your own. Trust me, everyone will be jealous of your fashionable “eco-prowess.” Grab the tutorial here.

Casserole Carrier—Perfect for Potluck


Nancy Zieman How to Sew a Potluck Carrier

Stitch this Casserole Carrier project in an evening or two. Then, let your tasteful carrier help you get a handle on things. Cook, place a casserole in the center, wrap and GO! An insulated carrier is perfect for picnics and potluck dinners. The inner insulated pocket lets you store a hot or cold pack to keep the temperature of your dish just right. The carrier folds flat when not in use and can be laundered. Sew through the complete tutorial here.

Sew a Quick Hostess Tote

Here’s a quick and easy gift inspired by one of the projects featured in Nancy’s book, Nancy’s 30 Favorite Gifts to SewThe original wine tote in the book uses two coordinating cotton fabrics. The new version shown above, uses double-faced quilted fabric and bias trim. Follow Nancy’s tips below for sewing this really fast hostess tote with prequilted fabric. See how easy it is to sew this gift on this blog post.

Insulated Picnic Tote

Insulated Tote Nancy Zieman


It’s that perfect time of year for toting food to picnics and cookouts. Whether you’re planning a family outing for the day or packing the car for a road trip, this modified Weekender Tote will keep hot foods warm or chilled foods cool. Here’s how to make a personalized insulated tote. Simply follow Nancy’s modified instructions found in Sew Simple with Rectangles & Squares by using double-quilted fabric lined with Insul-Film. In an afternoon, sew a So-Cool Picnic Tote. The large bag holds everything you’ll need and still stores flat when you are finished. See how the tote bag is adapted in this blog post.

 BBQ Placemat

10-20-30 Minutes to Recycle Jeans, Nancy Zieman, Sewing WIth Nancy, How to recycle jeans

Team up your casual meals with upcycled jeans placemats. The BBQ placemats are durable, while adding a down-home flair to a meal with family or friends. Two placemats can easily be made from a no longer worn pair of jeans. Plus, there will be extra “fabric” left over to use in other recycling projects. Grab the project ideas here.

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  • Angie Larsen
    March 10, 2018

    I upcycle men’s dress shirts into aprons. They’re a bit hit at my craft shows! Now experimenting with the leftover parts. Working on toddler sundresses. Starting on leggings for preschoolers made from women’s knit shirts.

  • Lorna DeSantis
    March 10, 2018

    I upcycle/recycle wool sweaters into mittens, cowls and scarves.

  • diane c
    March 10, 2018

    I don’t usually recycle anything but buttons, but maybe this book would give me inspiration to start

  • Nancy
    March 10, 2018

    I have been recycling my hubby’s western shirt cuffs. I cut them off and since they already snap, all I have to do is sew up the sides and they make great pouches.

  • Jane gustinis
    March 10, 2018

    I recycle wool sweaters into mittens. I save all fabric scraps and cut them into sizes that I can use for many projects. I love old jeans and have made clutches, ball bags and many other items. If its fabric of any sort it can be recycled.

  • Kim Cady
    March 10, 2018

    I love to recycle old tablecloths into dresses, shirts and bathrobes. It’s fun to think up new uses for such pretty fabric.

  • Linda Cofer
    March 10, 2018

    I recycle sweaters into dog beds, coats, and other dog related items for my dogs and for shelter dogs. It is fun, and the dogs love it.

  • JoAnn Korzenko
    March 10, 2018

    I recycle flannel shirts to make lap quilts that I donate also any left over fabric from my quilting projects gets used to make charity quilts. I managed to come up with some clever designs for baby quilts.

  • CAROL L.
    March 10, 2018

    Anything that is still in wearable condition, but I no longer wear is donated to charity. I like to reuse denim because of it’s durability and varied colors.

  • Phyllis Perry
    March 10, 2018

    I recycle cotton things that we no longer use into quilts.

  • Angela towery
    March 10, 2018

    I like to use jeans to make little bags for my granddaughters an would love more ideas!

  • Margaret C.
    March 10, 2018

    Men’s dress shirts can be recycled into aprons. There are lots of ideas out there. I use two of them to create the apron. Several times when a loved one passes away I have made an apron. Quilts are great but take much longer. The apron can be used daily.

  • Corrine Leppen
    March 10, 2018

    I have recycled sheets into curtains and aprons. I have made teddy bears out of denim clothing and children’s wear from fleece blankets.

  • Beverly
    March 10, 2018

    I retired from nursing and had dozens of fun cotton scrubs in my closet, so though many were donated to others I saved some of my favorites to recycle them into other useful items.

  • Karen Johnson
    March 10, 2018

    I use jeans for several of Nancy’s projects. I also use my husbands old ties for quilts. I have saved several of my daughters prom dresses for redesigning for junior high school plays.
    My next project will be a T-shirt quilt for my husband’s abundance of T-shirt’s that he can’t part with.
    There is so much out there to recycle and reuse.

  • Glenda marsh
    March 10, 2018

    Now to get to work on a stack of old jeans on the top shelf of my closet. Great ideas !

  • Denise Tabarracci
    March 10, 2018

    Recycling/up cycling is a great way to teach others that sewing for income does not have to be costly and helps the environment by keeping many garments out of our landfills!

  • Diane
    March 10, 2018

    I just finished a rug made from recycled Jeans. I also use garage sale fabrics that need a new home (mine)!

  • Teresa Ayars
    March 10, 2018

    I too have saved my daughter’s scrubs. I’m making pot holders and kitchen items for fee and her friends.

  • Esther Searcy
    March 10, 2018

    Favorite recycle is memory pillows from loved ones shirtd

  • LoAnn Trowbridge
    March 10, 2018

    I have used old jeans and made “blocks” with decorative stitches. I don’t have them sewn together yet. Also am making a “basket” out of jeans with a lining. I need to make several for myself. Trying to get organized! LOL

  • Jan H
    March 10, 2018

    I love to recycle jeans and sweaters into home dec and new wearable items. I would love to make the casserole carrier.

  • Vanessa Vodak
    March 10, 2018

    I like to make baby quilts using as many old jeans from the baby’s family. If I don’t have enough from baby’s family I use jeans from my stash of old jeans. I try to also use old shirts from the baby’s family if I can if not I just use from my stash.

  • Jean Palionis
    March 10, 2018

    I am not that unusual. The only thing I have recycled is old jeans into wonderful potholders.

  • Michelle
    March 10, 2018

    Made the rectangles and squares projects. All three projects and they are the most wonderful baggage collection i have. They were super fun to make. I recommend this book! Thank you Nancy for the show i saw in 2014.

  • Cindy Zellner
    March 10, 2018

    I recycle Jeans into MANY things, and I recycle Wedding Gowns into Angel Gowns for Stillborn babies to donate to area Hospitals.

  • MaryEllen
    March 10, 2018

    Several years ago I made a jean tote out of old jeans and quilted it in a 3″ square pattern. Now I donate my gently used jeans to a thrift store, which is a good way to recycle too.

  • Lillian K
    March 10, 2018

    I have used old jeans to make pot holders, using the pocket as the place for your hand. Recipients have enjoyed these.

  • Patricia Stone
    March 10, 2018

    I use outgrown clothing that has appropriate pattern and color to make 18″ doll clothes. That recycles while making a granddaughter very happy, especially if it is a well-loved outgrown dress that is now dressing her favorite doll.

  • Max
    March 10, 2018

    I recycle men’s shirts, flannel pieces into quilts for those in need. Jeans into shoes–I try not to waste any fabric or clothing.

  • Brenda Ackerman
    March 10, 2018

    Jeans are my favorite fabric to recycle. A friend and I, recently used up all of my precut jean squares and made two big twin sized quilts for our Project Linus Guild when our director asked everyone to make as many twin sized quilts as they could because of request that had been made.

  • Tracy Larocque
    March 10, 2018

    Lately I have been using jean legs to sew aprons. I use leftover quilting scraps to make binding and ties. I sew jean pockets on the front for utensils. I sew these up, give a few away and donate the rest to the Church for the Christmas bazaar.

  • Noreen
    March 10, 2018

    I recycle jeans and tshirts. I especially like making bags from jeans because they are so sturdy.

  • Susan Spiers
    March 10, 2018

    Jeans & T-shirts! Working on a lap quilt made with old jeans! I love to add trim and/or fabric to plain T-shirts!

  • Dena Trask
    March 10, 2018

    Best timing for this ever! My husband’s lost over 20 lbs and just this morning asked me if there are ways I can re-purpose his jeans (he knows me so well). Getting started tonight!

  • Rosie
    March 10, 2018

    I recycle jeans and tee-shirts into quilts. I’ve used sheets to make shams and curtains. I use any old clothes appropriate for 18 inch doll clothes. I’d love have this book for more ideas. Thanks for this give away. Whoever wins will be very lucky.

    March 10, 2018

    I received a lot of prequilted table placemats from a friend. They made the cutest purses and totes. I even used bias tape to cover the seams inside the bags. they have been a hit with friends who have received them.

  • jeanette withrow
    March 10, 2018

    I recycle tea shirts into quilts for my family and sometimes others

  • Joyce
    March 10, 2018

    I love making t-shirt quilts. Other than that I’ve not really recycled clothing. I will now though, so many ideas!

  • Clovis
    March 10, 2018

    I just up cycled a sweater into a cardigan by adding a zipper down the middle.

  • Kay
    March 10, 2018

    I use my husbands old shirts and jeans to make quilts. I made one for my grandson and even used the buttons to “tie” the quilt instead of quilting it. I have also used skirts and pillow cases for many projects

  • kathy
    March 10, 2018

    I love to recycle fur coats into teddy bears, especially making memory bears.

  • Patricia Hamilton
    March 10, 2018

    I recycle denim and fabric from men’s shirts into aprons, baby bibs and quilts. I also used white tee shirts from the thrift store to sew small bags to protect Christmas ornaments. A felted wool sweater became a cat bed and several catnip sardines.

  • Teresa Gaddes
    March 10, 2018

    With my scraps, I teach kids to sew! I use sleeves from t-shirts to make cute drawstring bags. Cut off the sleeve and sew the raw open end together. Cut small holes in the hem area to run your small ribbon drawstrings. Tada! Quick satisfaction!!

  • Ola Norman
    March 10, 2018

    Working on a jeans quilt.

  • Gail Beam
    March 10, 2018

    I have used recycle jeans for material to machine applique letters onto towels, totes and jackets. I got some really cheap leather skirts and made leather vests for my grandchildren. Out of a pair of leather pants I made my grandson a pair of chaps. I used scraps of Halloween material to cover the collar and other areas of a jean shirt . I had my husband drill holes into some jazz up items to use as button. These are just some of they ways that I recycle other items.

  • beth
    March 10, 2018

    If anything, I recycle jeans for projects.

  • judy
    March 10, 2018

    Old matress pads make great filler for pot holders and carriers. Old terry towels make good backing for bibs and burp clothes.

  • Jennifer Robison
    March 11, 2018

    I love to up cycle placemats for make-up bags and fleece blanket for night jackets.

  • Donna Ohl
    March 11, 2018

    I have recently lost weight and have been able to wear jeans I grew out of. Unfortunately, I had surgery that resulted in my need to wear an orthotic on my left foot/leg, requiring a boot-cut pant leg. My “skinny” jeans were straight leg. Using the lower leg from my husband’s “cut-offs”, I made inserts, decorated with various stitches from my sewing machine, creating bell bottom jeans that allowed me to put my orthotic on while wearing my “skinny” jeans. I love how Nancy was always able to turn on the creativity in me

  • Peggy V
    March 11, 2018

    I just upcycled a pair of jeans from my granddaughter from when she was a child size 8 slim. I had two jeans almost identical one had embroidery down the legs I was able to use the embroidery for the belly of a memory bear that I am making for her graduation from high school. I used another embroidery flower for one ear of the teddy bear. On the soles of the feet I embroidered her school and on the other the date of her graduation. It was her favorite jeans and I am anxious to see if she recognizes that the bear was made from her jeans from long ago.

  • Lana Beck
    March 11, 2018

    I look for pretty prints from used clothing for the topper I sew onto kitchen towels so they become convenient hand towels that hang over my dishwasher. It gives them more of a “shabby chic” look.

  • Marty
    March 11, 2018

    I’m currently going through my son’s saved baby/childhood outfits and using parts of them in clothing for his preschool daughters and quilts.

  • Jill Rutter Schwieger
    March 11, 2018

    After my Mother and Daddy were both gone, I cut apart a few of their sweaters and made mittens and neckscarves for the family. That first scissor cut was the hardest!

  • Karen
    March 11, 2018

    I don’t recycle, but maybe this book would be a good way to begin.

  • Bertha Goggin
    March 11, 2018

    I made a pair of bears from my brothers old pants!

  • Diana W.
    March 11, 2018

    I have an abundance of t-shirts & jeans due to my son losing a lot of weight. So far have made him a T-shirt quilt for Christmas, and the leftover part of shirts are being cut into t-shirt yarn for crocheting rugs, baskets, or ??? The jeans are used for mending other pants or jackets, potholders, baskets and anything else I decide on. I have some good ideas for incorporating them into quilts also as soon as I get a chance.

  • Donna Fecteau
    March 12, 2018

    After watching Nancy, I learned about the great things that can be done with jeans and I save them and have made tote bags, a quilt, and some zippered bags. I learned about ripping sheets and other cotton items into strips as a child. My mother used to sew strips together and wind them into balls. Then she would take them to a family member who wove them into “rag rugs” for our kitchen. It was always fun to try to find my favorite piece of fabric in the rugs when they were returned to us.

  • Julie Kill
    March 12, 2018

    I recycle anything I can! I make old quilts into throw pillows; Jeans into place mats; doilies into crazy quilt pieces; handkerchief quilts, etc.
    I love Nancy’s patterns and ideas for making old things new and usable again!

  • Carolyn
    March 12, 2018

    I recycle everything I can, including thrift store clothing and curtains for my applied projects.

  • Judy Allen
    March 14, 2018

    I recycle jeans, men’s neckties and dress shirts. Love using items that can have a “new” life.

  • Susan
    March 14, 2018

    I have made curtains from sheets made of lovely fabrics. I remember fondly the doll clothes made from flannel sheets and the snowsuit with a lambs wool collar that my grandmother made for me out of an old coat of hers.

  • Kate
    March 17, 2018

    I love thrift stores! All cotton skirts are a favorite, lots of yardage there. I use all cotton pillow cases also. The insulated tote is what I really like. Would love to have this book.

  • shaik
    April 2, 2018

    Thanks For giving Idea Nancy Zieman .. womens have great ideas .. Womens are never waste any thing .. Nice idea .. who are using jeans

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