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 new 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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  • Gail Beam
    January 9, 2020

    Beach towels with their names in applique for my grandchildren.

  • Susan
    January 9, 2020

    Love the idea of having a collection of sewing projects in one book. Plan to make some heart ornaments for Valentine’s Day that will adorn a tree. Adds some cheer in the winter.

  • Sharon
    January 9, 2020

    I’m not working on any gifts at the present time.

  • Betty Tolan
    January 9, 2020

    I love all the Mary Mulari patterns and books. So many fun interesting ideas to try. The bibs would be great for babies as well as seniors

  • Carol
    January 9, 2020

    Using vintage handkerchiefs is such a nice idea. I’m taking another look at my hankies for sewing projects.

  • L H
    January 9, 2020

    Love the ideas in your book and would love a copy of it.

    I am currently working on Christmas pillows for family and friends for Christmas next year, a quilt for my niece, and will be starting soon a birth sampler for my new great nephew.

  • Andrea Letourneau
    January 9, 2020

    I’m (secretly, so don’t tell her!) making a “Girlfriend’s shopping purse” (yes, the one shown in part 1) for Mom for her birthday.

  • Ann West
    January 9, 2020

    I am currently making my granddaughter a hedgehog quilt for her next birthday.

  • Ann Foutch
    January 9, 2020

    I am currently making my grandson a sleep sack. His mom is paranoid about covering him up with a blanket, but she said she would use the sleep sack to keep him warm. So I am trying to get this done.

  • Julie Kill
    January 9, 2020

    Finishing up a Rag quilt for our college girl, so she doesn’t miss her animals so much. I designed the quilted images for animal she’s owned, and quilted their name and the image of the animal in the squares. Also quilted a few of her favorite quotes into the quilt. Done on my sewing machine at home.

    Next I will be planning on helping the 4-H club with sewing some projects to give to Nursing home residents.

  • Marie
    January 9, 2020

    After a hectic Holiday sewing season (made 14 holiday decorator pillows and several table runners for gifts) I’m making new pillows for my living room (for me!) I grew up with the notion that homemade was better…..the joy I receive from a homemade gift is the best!

  • Sandra
    January 9, 2020

    I would like this book, so I can start Christmas gifts for 2020 now, instead of next December!

  • Jennifer
    January 9, 2020

    I love to make my gifts. Right now I’m working on pot holders and would love to start on some of the projects in the book! I particularly like the aprons. Thanks for the opportunity to win this awesome book!

  • Suzy C
    January 9, 2020

    What a nice variety of ideas in this book. Right off the bat I would make the “shirt off your back” tote bag. I have been saving jeans in my closet just waiting to be used for the right project and now I found it. Next would be the adorable bibs.

  • Dixie
    January 9, 2020

    I am going to make table runners for all the holidays for my granddaughter who just moved into a house.

  • Pat
    January 9, 2020

    I believe the hankie table runner would be a wonderful item to add to my home decor. What a great idea!

  • Mary Brock
    January 9, 2020

    Reusable grocery bags. Our state has gone to charging for any bags at grocery store so on request making lots and lots of grocery bsgs!

  • Clovis
    January 9, 2020

    I will be starting on some wall hangings and doing some knitting & crocheting items.

  • Darla
    January 9, 2020


  • Bev Bolduc Aldridge
    January 9, 2020

    Various forms of Purse/bag/carrying case for my youngest friends/relatives and Operation Shoebox Ministries. This years givings are made up from the leavings from the past 3 years quilts, so are made from very small bits of fabric.

  • Karen
    January 9, 2020

    I’m enjoying sewing a baby quilt. These always seem to come with a deadline!

  • Nancy
    January 9, 2020

    Just made an art organizer for my granddaughter. Thanks for the giveaway! More thins to make.. Yay !

  • Janet
    January 9, 2020

    I am currently redoing a guest room. I thought the hankie table runner might be a nice touch. A hankie window valance would be cute to tie everything together. Thanks for the idea.

  • Barb K
    January 9, 2020

    Pillowcases have been my recent projects–always fun to pick out the fabrics! The vintage hanky table runner is cute–have also thought of making a quilt with the hankies appliqued in squares of a contrasting color.

  • Jo Wray
    January 9, 2020

    I love these easy to make gift ideas. I miss Nancy’s gift of teaching skills. Mary Mular’s books and instructions are great.

  • Lorraine Alves
    January 9, 2020

    I’m a member if a ladies group and the aprons would be perfect for our next get together. Using fabric that represents each member would make the aprons extra special.

  • Kathryn Englebretsen
    January 9, 2020

    Tie belts would be great gifts for my 20-something nieces. I have their grandfather’s ties. He always wore nice silk ties. I think the belts would be nice for carrying just what they need for a night out,

  • Cecilia H
    January 9, 2020

    I’m always looking for ideas and inspiration to make gifts for my family and friends.Mary and Nancy’s books have always given me the desire to try new projects, so much fun and many thanks.

  • Barbara
    January 9, 2020

    I love Mary’s patterns and ideas! I have made several over the years. Her apron patterns are my favorite. I miss seeing her at Sewing Weekend!

  • Vivian Oaks
    January 9, 2020

    Thanks so much for the great tutorials on all the wonderful gifts we can make! I especially love the notebook cover and the table runner make using the old crocheted doilies….just gorgeous!! Thanks, too, the chance to win one of Nancy’s books! They’re a true remembrance of her.

  • Edna Marks
    January 9, 2020

    I have a lot of hand made doilies that belong to my Grandmother, the table runner gave me an way to use and display them. Can’t wait to try it.

  • Edna Marks
    January 9, 2020

    I have a lot of hand made dollies that belonged to my Grandmother, the table runner will be a great way to use and display them. Can’t wait to try it.

  • Patricia M Radloff
    January 9, 2020

    Nancy & Mary always have/had such chemistry together to get a person inspired to create! Miss the duo’s jokes and special super easy projects during the weekends spent at Beaver Dam, but have such cherished memories. Owning the book would be an added special memory.

  • Joe Helen Grimes
    January 10, 2020

    I love making gifts for friends and family!

  • Rita Skraba
    January 11, 2020

    I have two brand new great niece’s and I’m making a quilt for each as well as bind. The patterns in The book are just what I need.

  • Carolyn T
    January 11, 2020

    One handkerchief table runner coming up! What a grand idea for honoring the women in my family. .I’m sure I’ll find a use for the overlap corners that are cut away in the process.

  • Barbara Bettencourt
    January 12, 2020

    I make alot of quilts, bags, and baby items but I’m always looking for new ideas and patterns. I would love to try something new and make quilts using ties or handkerchiefs.

  • Diane Putzer
    January 13, 2020

    I have been making crinkle toys for babies.

  • Jane
    January 14, 2020

    I made scrunchies with scarves with my granddaughters.

  • Janice Darling-Zech
    January 15, 2020

    I have been making lined Grocery Bags for friends and family. They LOVE them. Each set is made from leftover yardage with a variety of straps, buttons, front pockets for grocery pads and coupons.
    A GREAT give and they were awesome Christmas surprises!!

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