Sewing With Nancy Videos
Premiered: October 20, 2014
Make bright and cheery Activity Mats for people with Alzheimer’s or similar conditions. These small textured mats include pockets, zippers, buttons, strings of beads, bells, small toys, and more. When a person with Alzheimer’s uses the mat it relaxes their mind, exercises hand muscles, and helps focus their attention. The Activity Mats are a gift from the heart that help facilitate conversation.
Premiered: October 31, 2016
Margaret Jankowski shares how a mending program organized by The Sewing Machine Project helps people maintain their clothing & dignity. Two volunteers from the organization are available every other Weds. evening at a local community center& every other Thurs. morning at a library to help with simple clothing & textile repair, teach some basic mending skills, & perhaps-most importantly-listen.
Premiered: December 15, 2014
Sixth grade students created radial art designs with their initials and names. Maria DeGroot, a school volunteer, helped the students make these beautiful designs into an appliquéd medallions quilt. The quilt was used as a raffle item to raise money for their school. In the process of creating designs, the students learned to use a new medium—fabric—plus they learned about the art of quilting.
Premiered: January 26, 2015
Marie Bostwick is a storyteller who is drawn to themes of the modern woman and a love of quilting. She is a New York Times bestselling author and noted for her Cobbled Court Quilt series. Marie shares excerpts from her newest novel, The Second Sister, an inspiring novel about family, second chances, and the connections that bring women together in hope and healing.
Premiered: October 28, 2012
See how Martha Sumi teaches Hmong women quilting only through using samples, to show the process for making American style quilt block since language is a barrier. In turn, the students incorporate their own traditional styles, colors, and techniques. As a show of gratitude, this tight-knit quilting group shares culture and food with their teacher.
Premiered: January 27, 2013
Mary Balagna, from the national headquarters of Project Linus, joined Nancy to tell about their new venture, encouraging volunteers to stitch weighted blankets. The pressure provided by a weighted blanket creates a calming effect for children with sensory disorders, similar to swaddling an infant. The channeled blankets are stuffed with twin sheets to provide weight.
Premiered: October 17, 2016
Mary Kay Clark, the granddaughter of one of the founding members of the Swan Creek Sewing Circle, shared the carefully preserved records that document the fascinating history of the group. Members were honored earlier this year for the club’s Centennial Anniversary, and for their 100 years of enduring friendship and generosity of service to their community and country.
Premiered: December 2, 2013
Mary Kolb, the “Zipper Lady,” has repaired over 1300 coat zippers for Clothes for Kids. This project keeps kids warm, and keeps jackets out of landfills. Mary gives a brief rundown on the process she uses to repair a zipper if all parts have been saved. Her advice for zipper longevity is to teach children to pull zipper tab upward to close or push downward to open—don’t pull straight out.
Premiered: September 8, 2014
Maryanne Arthur designed Pretty Pockets for breast cancer patients, to hold drain tubes and bulbs after surgery. Maryanne’s friend Ann Marie sewed the pockets, and several hundred patients later, this soft flannel pocket is in demand for all kinds of surgeries. Spread some joy through creative giving by making these pockets for hospitals or to accommodate friends and family members having surgery.
Premiered: August 19, 2012
Mena Trott, The Sew Weekly blog, shares her personal challenge of sewing a dress a week. In 2009 Mena started a blog about sewing her clothes for a year—one dress per week. Each week there is a different theme. Her fun and frugal creations included vintage patterns. She found that her followers loved to be motivated and inspired to create—and she encouraged them to sew.
Premiered: December 9, 2012
Michele Cuppy, of Sew Much Comfort, joins Nancy via Skype to explain the compelling mission of her organization—to provide custom-made adaptive clothing to wounded service members. See how you can be involved in adapting pants, shirts, and sweatshirts, giving comfort and dignity.
Premiered: December 30, 2012
Physician Michele David prescribed quilting as part of a healing process, not for a patient, but for herself. She joined Nancy via Skype from Boston. She has overcome a debilitating illness with the therapeutic process of working with color, fabric, and thread.