Do you have a scrap fabric stash calling you? We have the answer! Choose from scrappy projects that fit any schedule. Whether you’re looking for a two-hour quick project or a bed-size quilt – the steps are simple and the sewing is fun. Plus, these projects are perfect for every size fabric scrap in your stash.

Nancy has also contributed Wall Pocket Organizers, Fabric Bins, and a tutorial on sewing French seams.

Today’s Guest Curator:
Nancy Zieman

From Nancy:
Nancy Zieman—author, designer, businesswomen, TV producer, blogger and national sewing authority—is the host of the popular show Sewing With Nancy®, which appears exclusively on public television stations across the United States and Canada.

Nancy has written numerous how-to sewing and quilting books, and released her autobiography, Seams Unlikely, in 2013. Nancy is the National Spokesperson for Baby Lock sewing machines and Nancy’s Notions®. She designs patterns for the New York-based McCall Pattern Company, designs sewing and quilting products for Clover Needlecraft, Inc., designs fabric collections with Riley Blake Designs, and also writes an interactive blog.

Nancy lives in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, with her husband, Richard. The couple has two children and two grandchildren.

You can watch Sewing With Nancy® online at nancyzieman.com and visit Nancy at nancyzieman.com/blog.

Make It


Wrap and Fuse Coasters
Cut—Fuse—Coil—Stitch. Those are the four steps to creating Wrap ‘n Fuse Round Up Coasters. Designed by Carol Porter, educator for Clover Needlecraft, these artsy fabric coasters are as enjoyable to make as they are to use! Wrap ‘n Fuse Piping is the key component. A six-yard package is enough to make six coasters. The free project download gives all the details or check out the tutorial highlights.


Folded Column Quilt
Are you looking for a stash buster for a scrap quilt project? This folded column quilt is the answer! The steps are simple: fold, then quilt. There are no pieced triangles and zero bias cut edges. This three-dimensional project has guidelines, rather than an exact pattern, so it is perfect for every size fabric scrap in your stash. Talk about easy! Watch Quick Column Quilts on Sewing With Nancy or grab the book, Quick Column Quilts.


Scrappy Square In a Square Quilt Block
If you sew quilts, home accents, or crafts, chances are that fabric scraps abound in your sewing area. Rather than worry about where to store those creative treasures, use my Change-Up Patchwork techniques to create quilt projects with contemporary designs. Watch the second episode of Change-up Patchwork online to see all the details! Check out the Scrappy Square In a Square Quilt Block.


Stash-Buster Mug Rugs
Here’s an ideal scrap sewing project—colorful mug rugs! Create the reversible coaster from your fabric stash; then sit down to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with a friend.


Quilt To Give
The quilt design is a modification of one that I presented on Sewing With Nancy on Public Television. It can easily be made from a collective fabric stash with perhaps few purchased additions. You can easily create a Quilt to Give by yourself, or invite friends to sew with you.

The quilt design is simple. It’s a hybrid of the Follow My Lead Quilt from the book Column Quilts. Follow along on this multi-part quilt-along (start here.)

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Scrappy Gifts or Ornament Time

Win It

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Year Between Friends: 3191 Miles Apart

Author: Maria Alexandra Vettese
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

An exploration of 365 days of shared experiences between two friends on opposite sides of the country, inspired by their blog, 3191 Miles Apart.

Maria Alexandra Vettese and Stephanie Congdon Barnes share a love of art and design, handmade pleasures, and a well-lived domestic life. Almost a decade ago, they began their first year-long project together, posting a photo from each of their mornings on their blog, 3191 Miles Apart, named for the distance between their homes in Portland, Maine, and Portland, Oregon. 3191 Miles Apart quickly acquired a worldwide following of readers drawn in by the delicate intimacy of their shared experiences.

A Year Between Friends celebrates their most recent project together—a visual representation of 2015, month-by-month, side-by-side, but miles apart. In addition to 400 photographs recording their daily inspirations and creative undertakings and a foreword from New York Times bestselling author Molly Wizenberg, this unique collaboration expands on their prior work with over 25 handmade crafts and seasonal recipes, notes on simple living, and personal stories that follow the tide of a year filled with new life, change, and loss. It is an intimate joint portrait revealed through photographic snippets—mending a sweater, making a mobile from a cherished collection, creating fabric dyes from natural materials, baking scones—that defies distance through the celebration of shared moments of calmness, warmth, and family.

Both aspirational and down-to-earth, A Year Between Friends is an inspiring visual love letter to friendship and creativity, a timeless reminder to appreciate life one day at a time, to slow down, to cherish simplicity, and to make the extra effort to do things with care and with the people we love.

Sew Home: Learn Design Basics, Techniques, Fabrics & Supplies – 30+ Modern Projects to Turn a House into YOUR Home

Author: Erin Schlosser
Publisher: C&T Publishing / Stash Books

It’s the first home decor sewing book you need to buy! Make your place look like a million bucks with 31 functional projects including DIY window treatments, linens, organizers, rugs, pillows, and accessories for every space in your home. Work with cording and zippers, blind hems, and home decor fabric, with tips from a professional designer. Complement any style when you learn interior design basics that will turn your house into a welcoming retreat.

Check out our 2015 Handmade Holidays list for more fun, creative ideas.

Here are our 2016 themes:

November 17: Gifts for the Dapper Gentleman
November 16: Gifts for the Girl Boss
November 15: Easy to Ship Gifts
November 14: Table Runners
November 13: Gifts for the Cook
November 12: Gifts for the Entertainer
November 11: Quick and Easy Gifts
November 10: Gifts for Book Lovers
November 9: Heirloom Gifts
November 8: Fast Projects for the Holidays
November 7: Gifts for Babies and New Parents
November 6: Gifts for Geeks
November 5: Stitched and Sewn Stocking Stuffers
November 4: Gifts for Playtime
November 3: Gifts for Four-Legged Friends
November 2: Gifts for Travelers
November 1: Gifts for Students

We respect the copyright of all crafters. All photos are used with permission from the artist.