I Sew for Fun is a fantastic set of new tools and patterns by the brilliant, Nancy Zieman. While I miss Nancy, I’m excited that her legacy is strong and still encouraging us to keep sewing! And I’m glad to share more about her most personal project with you.

I Sew for Fun by Nancy Zieman

I Sew for Fun was inspired by Nancy’s sewing sessions with her granddaughters. Nancy wanted the girls to have fun sewing and not be worried about the “rules”, or doing things “right”. The book, I Sew for Fun is full of patterns but also, sage advice for the adult. Sharing her ideas for a successful sewing session for both young and the experienced.

You can see full episodes with Nancy and her granddaughters by clicking through here.  It’s fun to see her interact with the girls, and share her wisdom with us, as they work through the cute projects.

Learning to Sew

Like many of you, I have fond memories of the ladies who taught me to sew. Yes, my mom and my grandma, but also the ladies of the local 4-H club with the patience of saints! Each of these women fostered my creativity with their willingness to simplify and slow down, just as Nancy has encouraged us to do with this set of tools and patterns.

The Flying Sewing Machine by Nancy Zieman

I Sew for Fun

Nancy thought of everything! There’s a pattern book, children’s book (above), embroidery designs and notions to keep little hands safe. I love the sewing machine foot and seam guide especially. The snap on foot, and adhesive guide are both designed to keep little hands away from the needle, and increase accuracy at the machine.


There’s nothing more exciting than the smile that lights up a child’s face with a completed project! A few years ago, I spent the summer sewing with my kids, and we had a blast trying out different projects. I only wish now that I’d had Nancy’s resources to guide our sewing time together. We definitely had fun, but it could have been so much more fun with her creative projects!

More recently, as my kids are now teens, I find it best to let them explore their creativity without me hovering. This way they know I’m available to help, but I’m not tempted to step in and do too much!

Who taught you to sew? Have you had the honor of teaching young people in your life to sew? 

Passing on our love of sewing is fun and exciting, you never know what those young, uninhibited minds might come up with!

Happy Sewing –



Visit the other blogger’s sharing information about I Sew For Fun this week!

Monday, February 5
Nancy Zieman Productions, LLC
The Sewing Loft
The Cottage Mama

Tuesday, February 6
Fabric Mutt
Diary of a Quilter

Wednesday, February 7
Amy’s Creative Side

Thursday, February 8
Simple Simon and Company
Designer Joi

Friday, February 9
Stitch This! The Martingale Blog

Saturday, February 10
Transient Art
Sew Positively Sara
Lindsay Sews