Sew Gifts Make Memories Part Two on The Best of Sewing With Nancy

Sew Gifts–Make Memories with Mary Mulari and Nancy Zieman

Sew Gifts Make Memories Part Two on The Best of Sewing With Nancy

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Sew Gifts–Make Memories with Mary Mulari and Nancy Zieman

Sewing gifts ranks as the number one reason why most of us sew. During this Sewing With Nancy series, Sew Gifts–Make Memories, we feature gifts to sew that don’t always start with fabric yardage. When guest Mary Mulari proposed the idea of sewing gift-giving solutions, Nancy knew it was the perfect TV topic. Mary’s projects are clever, useful, and enjoyable to create.

Sew Gifts–Make Memories with Mary Mulari and Nancy Zieman

Sew Gifts Make Memories Book by Mary MulariOur first gift project, in Sew Gifts–Make Memories Part Two, is a Hanky and Doily Table Runner made from items that might be tucked away in a drawer. A collection of vintage handkerchiefs are usually stored away and seldom seen. Choose several handkerchiefs and with just a few sewing steps, you’ll have a table runner that’s an attractive conversation piece.

How to make a table runner from old hankiesNext Nancy and Mary show how to sew a Two-Tie Belt. Is there a bag full of men’s neckties in one of your closets, waiting for an inspirational project? Here’s one way to use two at a time and wear the results. The obi-style belt features a hidden pocket to store a credit card, money, or other treasures. If the ties formerly belonged to a family member, your new belt has additional memories attached.

Sew Gifts–Make Memories with Mary Mulari and Nancy Zieman. As seen on the Sewing With Nancy TV show on PBS.The third gift project, in Sew Gifts–Make Memories Part Two, is a Speedy Towel Apron. This unisex style apron is a speedy gift project sewn from ready-made towels. All you need are two canvas-weight or vintage towels, grosgrain ribbon, and a little sewing savvy and you’ll be able to stitch up a welcomed gift.

Sew Gifts–Make Memories with Mary Mulari and Nancy ZiemanTune in and watch Sew Gifts–Make Memories Part Two to learn how to make Mary’s Upcycled Notebook Wraps. Make a classy new cover for a notebook, recipe book, journal, or photo album. These notebook covers started out as laminated shopping bags. Adjustable, upcycled book wraps are the perfect way to preserve the good memories stored inside.

Sew Gifts–Make Memories with Mary Mulari and Nancy ZiemanMary and Nancy wrap up this series with Everyone’s Favorite Baby Bib. You’ll soon learn that guest and hand towels are easy choices for durable baby bibs. Mom, dad, grandmother, and caregiver will all appreciate having bibs on hand; so, make several.

Sew Gifts–Make Memories with Mary Mulari and Nancy ZiemanThanks, Mary, for sharing your gift sewing ideas on Sewing With Nancy! Tune in to see more of Mary’s gift ideas in Sew Gifts–Make Memories Part One.

Watch Sew Gifts–Make Memories (Part One and Part Two) on Sewing With Nancy online.

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Downton Abbey Eveningwear Fashions at the Paine Art Center in Oshkosh Wisconsin on Sewing With Nancy


Nancy’s Corner Spotlight! Today watch Nancy Zieman’s 5 minute Nancy’s Corner Interview on Sewing With Nancy. Revisit a period in history through the fashions of Downton Abbey. Nancy and Laura Fiser, curator of collections and exhibitions at the Paine Art Center in Oshkosh WI, take a close-up look at eveningwear fashions worn during the PBS drama, Downton Abbey. The gorgeous gowns from the 1910s–1920s feature beading, embroidered lace, opulent fabrics, and beautiful jewelry.


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  • Joyce Migliore
    July 9, 2020

    I am making hair scrunchies and hot pads.

  • Dorothy Martin
    July 9, 2020

    I am making pretty machine embroidered sympathy and be well cards. I find they are greatly appreciated and my heartfelt thoughts go with them

  • Carol Stephen
    July 9, 2020

    I’m making cute summer outfits for my granddaughters!

  • Berenice
    July 9, 2020

    Still working on garment bags for formal dresses with matching tote bags, but will have to take a break to make a few of those towel bibs for grandson due in September!

  • Rosalyn Schultze
    July 9, 2020

    I’m making a wall quilt for my son and his wife for Christmas. I am also making masks for the family (40 so far) including grandchildren and their significant others. The Covid virus has me housebound, but I am very productive ‘making…’

  • Pat
    July 9, 2020

    The hankie table topper is number one on my list. What a great idea.

  • Claudia Bodine
    July 9, 2020

    I am looking forward to making a baby quilt for my first great-great niece!

  • Diane Putzer
    July 9, 2020

    In between sewing face masks, I’m working on a quilt for my grandson.

  • Dottie Frazier
    July 9, 2020

    I like the bibs. Great gift ideas. And the table runner is something I will make from my Mother’s hankies and my Grandmother’s doilies.

  • Diana
    July 9, 2020

    I’m currently working on seasonal mug rugs and sundresses to surprise a granddaughter . Mug rugs will be Christmas gifts .

  • Kathie Robbins
    July 9, 2020

    My sister and her family just moved 3 states away. I made her three kids simple drawstring bags, which we filled with road trip snacks and toys for the trip! They absolutely loved them, and were so excited when I told them that they got to keep the bags!

    I have also made face masks, and quilts, and kitchen towels.

  • L Watson
    July 9, 2020

    I believe my next project is going to be a purse.

  • Noreen
    July 9, 2020

    I like the easy towel aprons. I’d like to give those a try. Thanks for the chance to win Nancy’s book!

  • Dixie
    July 9, 2020

    I’m making a wall hanging for my great grandsons room.

  • Mary Deibler
    July 9, 2020

    After making and donating lots of masks to local hospital, I started making purses and various pouches for my daughters.

  • BevM
    July 9, 2020

    I like your idea of Book Wraps from laminated bags.

  • Kathryn E
    July 9, 2020

    I have made many baby bibs but would like to try the one in the book. I would also like to make belts out of my father’s ties and to make aprons out of tea towels collected while travelling.

  • Marge
    July 9, 2020

    Like many sewers and quilters I’ve been making up face masks for my senior citizens neighbors as well as other friends and relatives along with adult bibs for my peers plus grocery shopping bags, pot holders and half aprons.

  • Karen Dietert
    July 9, 2020

    love to sewing. Teaching my granddaughter to sew. She loves it. Collect all kinds of patterns form her. They are simple.

  • Twyla
    July 9, 2020

    Love to teach my Granddaughter new ideas and patterns. Would like to make a book bag and aprons.

  • Julie Kill
    July 9, 2020

    I will be making baby gifts! I was just notified recently that a new great neice will be arriving soon! Planning on making some bibs, and a changing pad and a little blanket for her.

  • Jade
    July 9, 2020

    Oh, I can’t wait to make some of those baby bibs for my niece who’s expecting. I made lots like that many years ago, which were always the best bibs because the terry cloth was good for cleaning up after messy eaters!

  • Clovis
    July 9, 2020

    I’m making hats & scarves for Christmas presents.

  • Sunni
    July 9, 2020

    I had my “Aha” moment when I saw the table runner made from vintage handkerchiefs. I know I can find some lovely hankies in coordinating colors from my Mom’s collections – which mean a lot to me! I never would have thought of a runner! Thanks for the great idea.

  • Sandra Chapman
    July 9, 2020

    I am making face masks and donating since my daughter is a nurse and working at a hospital. I have about 4 different types I make and have one I can put a removeable filter in it for washing. I have also found a source for anti-bacterial material which the hospital is really interested in seeing them made when I get the material. Hopefully will get back to some gift sewing for more pleasant things and Nancy’s books are always the best to add to my collection since they always give me inspiration.

  • Carol
    July 9, 2020

    I’m sewing face masks and doll clothes.

  • Carolyn T
    July 9, 2020

    I thought the two-tie belt would be my first project from this episode. After watching Nancy and Mary, l might instead make a vintage handkerchief table runner!

  • Donna Sturdevant
    July 9, 2020

    Before my Mom passed, I made adult bibs, but so as not to make her feel embarrassed when dining out in public, I made them more like an apron in all colors to coordinate with her outfits to make sure her lap was covered, but omitted side ties. She loved them. I also make Christmas stockings from recycled Jeans.

  • Sue Roy
    July 10, 2020

    I make T-Shirt Quilts.

  • Suzanne C.
    July 10, 2020

    This book has a nice variety of useful projects. I am eyeing the
    good looking tote…… along with the nice size baby bib.

  • Connie A Meredith
    July 10, 2020

    Mask making took over most of my projects at the beginnning but now I am working on finishing up those before Covid projects: Christmas stockings, baby blanket, wristlets, hot pads, trivets, placemats, napkins etc. I am pretty much burned out of mask making but do not have the heart to say no. I am also starting my first T-shirt quilt for my grandson who just graduated:)). Any pointers would be appreciated. Thanks

  • Alger
    July 10, 2020

    Great gift tips,

  • Karen
    July 11, 2020

    I’ve been making your Best Nest Organizer for my daughter’s birthday. You feature so many clever gifts! Thank you.

  • Carla Tumbleson
    July 12, 2020

    My first project from the book will be the 2 tie belt. I have several of my husbands ties I didn’t know what to do with since he passed. I’m sure my granddaughters would treasure them.

  • Susan
    July 15, 2020

    Have been making masks and snowmen ornaments. Making masks out of practicality which is the foundations of sewing. Have been sewing glittered felt snowmen ornaments for gifts for pure enjoyment which is an other reason to sew!

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