Sewing With Nancy Videos
Premiered: October 7, 2012
Rachel O’Neill returns to Nancy’s Corner with further information on the Little Dresses for Africa project. Her mission to change lives one little dress at a time has grown beyond her wildest expectation. The total number of dresses that have been sent to Africa now totals over one million‑the number continues to grow. Also learn about Britches for Boys.
Premiered: September 9, 2012
Major Cathy Ott, Retired, made a very special quilt to honor military service. She made it for her daughter’s boyfriend, who is a specialist in the United States Army Reserve. The quilt is composed of four different uniforms that Cathy wore in the military, including one from Vietnam. She incorporated several batiks in brown and black to enhance the colors in the uniform fabric.
Premiered: August 5, 2013
Ross Lohr, from Project Repat, joins Nancy via Skype to tell about his mission of turning textile waste into fair wage job opportunities. He and his business partner have turned their dream into a business that upcycles excess clothing into fun blankets and fashionable accessories as it creates jobs with dignity.
Premiered: October 13, 2014
Make Patient Pouches for kids fighting cancer, to distract them while they wait for surgery. Pouches are filled with age appropriate small toys, craft activities, and games. A free pattern is offered online, and the children may take the pouches home. Consider donating your talent—Help Sabra’s group reach their goal of 100 Patient Pouches to the Willis Eye Institute in Philadelphia for fall, 2014.
Premiered: October 27, 2014
Value your sewing and quilting skills and the beautiful things you create. Price your projects to include not only hours of labor, but also materials, and the value of your expertise. Use a Project Sheet to keep track of the time you spend on a project, and to create an Invoice to professionally sell your project. These documents are handy to compare time allotments on future projects.
Premiered: October 9, 2011
Margaret Jankowski started SeaHope Partners after the oil spill in 2010, when her group was trying to figure out how to respond. They decided to make messenger bags out of recycled materials. They used sails and nautical equipment to remind people of the sea. They sell the bags and use the money raised to help people who are displaced by the oil spill.
Premiered: September 4, 2011
Steffani Lincecum, designer and pattern maker, shares information about sewing theatrical garments. She gives tips she has discovered in her 20+ years of experience making costumes for TV, film, and theater. Among the important considerations are choosing the right fabric, finding fabric with texture, making durable garments, and using zippers for quick changes.
Premiered: December 4, 2011
Elizabeth Schell of Marula Imports talks with Nancy via Skype about South African Shweshwe fabrics. These 100% cotton fabrics have been manufactured since the 19th century. Original shweshwe fabrics are identified by the starchy feel and the backstamps, authenticated trademarks such as Three Cats, Three Leopards, Toto 6 Star, and Coral Tree.
Premiered: October 7, 2013
Threads of Love, through the effort of many participants in chapters across the country, provide clothing, blankets and other handmade articles for tiny premature and sick infants. As an extension of their faith, the participant’s goal is to bring the message of love and compassion to the parents of babies in need. During Nancy’s interview with Sissy Davis, learn how you can participate.
Premiered: January 5, 2015
For patients suffering from the effects of Parkinson’s disease, specially made lightweight quilts provide much needed comfort. The Parkinson’s Comfort Project provides small quilts, light enough for patients to move with their weak muscles, but warm enough to take the chill off and provide a source of comfort. Make a monetary donation, or sew a small lightweight quilt to donate to this project.
Premiered: January 13, 2014
Sophie Kerr is a 12 year old who has been sewing since age three. She shared a kids’ perspective for a sewing book, A Kid’s Guide to Sewing, written by her parents, who are both professional quilt makers. The book has step-by-step instructions to help kids learn to sew, and includes sixteen kid-friendly projects—from clothes to bags and accessories.
Premiered: December 29, 2014
Sewing teacher/fashion designer Stephanie Struckmann tells about the joys and challenges of teaching in her home. She teaches a variety of students, including boys and girls (ages 7 and up), moms and daughters, young moms, and home decorating enthusiasts. She prefers 2–4 students for an ideal class size, especially for children. Students learn clever sewing short-cuts and create fun projects.