Nancy Zieman's 2015 Christmas Stocking Sewing Challenge

As you may know, last week we kicked off the Second Annual Nancy Zieman Christmas Stocking Sewing Challenge and you’re invited to participate. Use one of the free sewing patterns below, or any stocking pattern, and sew a Christmas stocking for yourself, a family member, or as a gift. Then, enter our Christmas Stocking Sewing Challenge. It’s easy!

Nancy Zieman's 2015 Christmas Stocking Sewing Challenge. Learn how to sew a Christmas Stocking, then enter Nancy Zieman's Sewing Challenge.

Here’s a listing of free stocking patterns:

Novelty Christmas Stocking from Nancy’s Notions

I {Heart} Pellon Stocking from Pellon Projects

Christmas Stocking Tutorial from Amy’s Creative Side

Fancy Fleece Stockings from June Tailor

Christmas Stocking Projects from Baby Lock, enter keyword “stocking”

Christmas Stocking Sewing Challenge Guidelines

  • Select or create your design. All sewing, quilting, serging, machine embroidery, and embellishment techniques are eligible. Stocking must be made within the last year and may not have been entered into the 2014 NZ Stocking Challenge.
  • Grab our Stocking Sewing Challenge blog badge to let your friends know about this exciting sewing challenge.
  • Share your progress and projects on your social media sites using the hashtag: #NZStocking
  • Upload your photo(s) by December 7, 2015.


Get inspired to join the 2015 Stocking Sewing Challenge with this free pattern from Baby Lock Sewing Machines (enter keywords “elf stocking”). The original design is by Patty Young. Today we’re going to change it up and feature my Lime and Teal Ribbons from Renaissance Ribbons. I’ve chosen Amy Barickman’s Crossroads Denim fabric to complete the look.

Supplies Fabrics and Notions

  • 1/2 yard turquoise fabric (outer stocking)
  • 1/4 yard pink cotton quilting fabric (lining fabric)

Prep: Download and Cutting

  • Download and print the elf stocking template pattern from Baby Lock and Patty Young.
  •  Cut out the four pattern pieces.
  •  Match quadrants and tape in place.
  •  Cut out the paper pattern.


  • Cut out two of each: stocking fabric, lining fabric, and fusible fleece.




  • Cut four rectangles measuring 6-1/4″ x 9″ from the stocking fabric.



  • Cut one rectangle measuring 1-1/2″ x 8″ for the hanging loop.

Create Stocking & Lining

  • Press the fusible fleece to wrong side of outer stocking fabrics. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for application and iron settings.

Note from Nancy: If you choose to add quilting to the body of the stocking, complete that step now.

  • Match right sides of stocking front and back. Pin.

  • Stitch using a 1/2″ seam allowance.

  • Trim the seam allowance to 1/4″.

  • Clip/notch the curves and remove any excess seam allowance from the toe area. Press seams open.

  • Match the right sides of the stocking lining. Pin.

  • Stitch using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
  •  Trim seam allowance to 1/4″.

  •  Place the lining into the stocking, matching wrong sides.

  • Pin the stockings together at top edge.

  • Baste stocking together, at top edge, with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

 Prepare Cuff

  • Print and cut out the cuff pattern piece. Cut directly on the marked tracing lines at the lower edge.
  •  Place pattern on cuff rectangle and trace along lower edge with chaco pentrace a second cuff rectangle on the wrong side of the fabric.


  • Using one of the marked rectangles, create the ribbon cuff.
  •  Audition ribbons and arrange ribbons on right side of fabric rectangle.

  • Topstitch ribbons to right side of cuff fabric.

  • Continue to add ribbons to the right and left, edgestitching at both sides of each ribbon.

  • Place cuff front and back right sides together and pin. Stitch side seams with a 1/4″ seam allowance.


  • Repeat to join the cuff lining.
  • Press all seam allowances open.

  • Trim cuff lining seam allowance to 1/8″.
  • Place the cuff lining into the ribbon cuff, matching right sides and side seams.

  • Pin along the traced edge, through the tracing lines.

  • Machine baste layers together just passed  the traced lines.


  • Use a 2.5 mm straight stitch to sew directly on the traced lines.

  • Cut away the triangles leaving a 1/8″ seam allowance.
  • Clip into each top peak as close as you can without snipping through the stitching line.

  • Turn the cuff right side out.
  • Use the Point 2 Point Turner to push each triangle to a crisp point.

  • Press.
  • Pin cut edges of the ribbon cuff and lining, wrong sides together.

  • Using a 1/4″ seam, baste cuff layers together at top edge.

Create Hanging Loop

  • Fold the 1-1/4″ x 8″ piece of fabric in half lengthwise.
  • Finger press this fold.
  • Open the fabric and meet each long side to the foldline.
  • Press.

  • Fold in half again, lengthwise. Press.

  • Edgestitch.

  • Fold the fabric to form a loop.
  • Stitch ends together.

 Finish Stocking

  •  Baste the hanging loop inside the stocking along the back. Note that the loop is pointing down, opposite of how it will be used.

  • Place the cuff into the stocking matching the ribbon side to stocking lining.

  • Pin layers at the top edge.

  • Using 1/2″ seam allowance, sew around top edge.

  • Trim seam allowance to 1/4″.
  • Use a zigzag stitch or serger to finish the seam edge.


  •  Press seam allowance down, towards stocking.

  • Flip cuff right side out.
  • Press seam one last time.

How to Enter

Enter the Stocking Sewing Challenge by adding a photo or photos in the link listed below. It’s easy! Use the link tool below and click the “add link” button. Your entry will appear directly in the gallery. (Once button is clicked—it may appear as a workable link). Schedule:

  • November 3—Stocking Challenge Launches
  • December 7—Deadline to Enter Using InLinkz Tool
  • December 8—Voting Opens
  • December 13—Voting Closes
  • December 15—Winner Announced


 Over $1000 in prize packages from our generous sponsors:

  • First Place: F+W Media Sewing and Quilting Book Bundle, a $159 value

F+ W book bundle for Nancy Zieman's Stocking Challenge

  • Fourth Place: Riley Blake Church Ladies Apron Fabric, a $110 value


  • Fifth Place: Pellon Bundle Package, a $110 value

  • Sixth Place: Bundle of Nancy Zieman Products and Notions from Clover, a $102 value

  • Eighth Place: Quilter’s Package from June Tailor, a $90 value


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Annual Stocking Sewing Challenge hosted by Nancy Zieman

Don’t forget to submit your holiday stocking in my Stocking Challenge! The deadline to enter is MONDAY, December 7, 2015. Click here to see how to enter. Make sure you are subscribed to my enews mailing list so you won’t miss a thing. Sign up here.

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