Sewing With Nancy Videos
Premiered: October 27, 2014
Attend a make believe rodeo, jump tall buildings in a single bound, become a mod-style witch, or try a bug’s life with these 18" doll costumes. Guest Joan Hinds uses a minimum of pattern pieces in her easy-to-sew designs. Nancy and Joan sew doll costumes from unique fabrics and include a variety of techniques.
Premiered: October 20, 2014Make 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 20, 2014
Joan Hinds, author and designer, joins Nancy to share her latest doll costume patterns and sewing tips. They sew up a fairy, princess, bride, southern belle, and mermaid—they’re all easy to sew, using flat construction and fabulous tips from Joan and Nancy.
Premiered: October 13, 2014Make 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 13, 2014
Learn to make ¼-square triangles and modified ¼-square triangles—Nancy teaches an easy method where no actual triangles are cut, only squares. Quilt blocks featured in this program range from beginner to experienced levels including the ¼-Square Dance, Boy’s Nonsense, Silent Star, Ohio Star, Star of Hope, and Card Trick blocks.
Premiered: October 6, 2014Nancy’s guest created a simple sewing project to help at-risk children who are neglected or abused. These small Lil’ Bits are made from printed fabric, and have soft cotton flannel backs. The toys are soft, quiet, and nonthreatening. Make your own version of these soft cuddly toys for your favorite charity and find joy for yourself as you help little children.
Premiered: October 6, 2014
Nancy demonstrates how to make no-hassle ½-square triangles using the speediest, most accurate and no-math ways. Among the ½-square triangle quilt blocks featured in this program are the Box Quilt, Shadow Play, Godey Design, Square in a Square, May Basket and Nancy’s Spool blocks. Nancy uses these blocks in a sampler quilt featured in the series. Watch Part 2.
Premiered: September 29, 2014Learn about the One Million Pillowcase Challenge recently featured at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, Washington. Pillowcases made at this venue were donated to Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. The pattern is easy to make, using a “burrito method,” and the online instructions. Add the total pillowcases you donate to your favorite charity to the One Million Pillowcase Challenge counter.
Premiered: September 29, 2014
Mary Brooks Picken’s idea from the 1920s to “take what’s given and add a spark of originality” is the concept Nancy and Amy Barickman use in this program. They transform a cardigan into several styles, mix and match features of a magic dress with new sleeve options, and add unique closures and pockets to a coat pattern for carefree styling.
Premiered: September 22, 2014Learn about 4-H from two volunteer leaders at the Sewing & Stitchery Expo in Washington. Nancy interviews several 4-H participants in a fashion show to see what they enjoy about the sewing process, and to see if sewing is included in their plans for the future. Their outfits are judged on how well they are sewn, communication with the judges about the outfit, accessorizing it, and modeling it.
Premiered: September 22, 2014
Nancy and author/designer Amy Barickman show how to use contemporary patterns and add creative touches to enhance a wardrobe. Tiling computer printable patterns with ease, changing a tank top to a retro or modern design, and stretching creativity with a magical swirl skirt with several fashion possibilities.
Premiered: September 15, 2014Take a “Project Quilting” challenge online each week with Kim Lapacek. A new challenge is posted on Kim’s blog each Sunday and runs for one week. There are no participation boundaries—it’s worldwide! The quilts can be any size, they just need to be physically quilted and finished.