Announcing Nancy Zieman’s 2016 Christmas Stocking Sewing Challenge

Nancy Zieman's Christmas Stocking Sewing Challenge

Announcing Nancy Zieman’s 2016 Christmas Stocking Sewing Challenge

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Nancy Zieman's Christmas Stocking Sewing Challenge

You’re invited to participate in our 2016 Christmas Stocking Sewing Challenge. 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!

Half-Square Triangle Scrappy Patchwork Christmas Stocking by Nancy Zieman | Third Annual Stocking Sewing Challenge | Sewing With Nancy

From elegant to whimsical, Christmas stockings are a great way to add a pop of holiday cheer to any room. Plus, they can readily be sewn in a few hours of enjoyable sewing time.

Here’s a listing of free stocking patterns:

I {Heart} Pellon Stocking from Pellon Projects

Christmas Stocking Tutorial from Amy’s Creative Side

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 previous NZ Stocking Challenges.
  • Grab our Stocking Sewing Challenge blog badge and let your friends know about this exciting sewing challenge.
  • Share your progress and projects on your social media sites using the hashtag: #NZStockingChallenge
  • Email your photo to [email protected] by December 3, 2016. One entry per sewist; open to continental US residents only.


  • November 5, 2016—Stocking Challenge Opens
  • December 3, 2016—Stocking Challenge Deadline to Enter
  • December 4–12, 2016—New! A Panel of Judges Review Entries
  • December 13, 2016—Winners Announced! All decisions made by judges are final.


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Half-Square Patchwork Stocking Tutorial

This project uses 1/4″ seam allowances. Approximate finished size: 14-1/2″ x 20″.

Supplies, Fabrics, and Notions:

  • 5/8 yard green fabric (stocking back and lining)
  • 1 fat quarter pink fabric (piping)
  • 16 assorted jewel tone solid squares measuring 3-7/8″ x 3-7/8″ This is a perfect stash-buster project or ideal for a package of charm squares.
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  • Download the Nancy Zieman Stocking Template
  • Print the stocking template. It’s a large image so opt to “tile large pages” if applicable. The template will print on six pages. After assembled and cut out—stocking shape will measure approximately 15″ x 20-1/2″.
  • Use the grid within the stocking shape as a guide when taping pages together.
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Create the Patchwork

Easily make half-square triangle blocks for your stocking using the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge. There’s no hassle and no need to cut a single triangle! The measurements are printed on the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge that Nancy designed for Clover.

No-Hassle Triangle Gauge available at

  • Reference the left side of the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge to select a half-square block size.
  • Layer two 3-7/8″ squares, matching right sides.

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  • Slide the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge to the 3-1/2″ half-square position. Place gauge onto squares and double-check the block size. If the block set is larger or smaller than the confines of the gauge, recut the blocks.
  • Mark a center diagonal line on the fabric through the No-Hassle Triangles Gauge die cut openings.

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  • Stitch a scant 1/4″ from each side of the center marking.

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  • Cut along the center diagonal line.

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  • Press seam allowances open.
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  • Presto, accurate half-square triangles!

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Just click and watch No-Hassle Triangle Quilts online! 

Create the Patchwork

  • Audition and arrange 31 half-square triangles in a backwards “L” shape patchwork pattern—as shown below.
  • The stocking patchwork is seven blocks tall.
  • The stocking top is four blocks wide.
  • The lower three rows are five blocks wide.
Note from Nancy: Snap a picture of the arrangement to use as a reference.HST Stocking NancyZieman 1
  • Join blocks in pairs.
  • Press seam allowances in one direction.
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  • Join pairs to form rows.
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  • Press seam allowances in one direction, making sure to press even rows to the right and odd numbered rows to the left.

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  • Arrange rows.
  • Lock opposing vertical seam allowances and join rows.
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  • Press seam allowances in one direction.

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  • Spray the patchwork stocking’s wrong side with Quilt Basting Spray.
  • Layer onto the 18″ x 22″ Pellon Fleece batting.
  • Quilt the patchwork and batting layers using a Walking Foot. We opted to stitch-in-the-ditch along my seamlines, using a Walking Foot.
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Create the Stocking

  • Lay the taped template on the quilted stocking front.
  • Cut out the stocking shape with a scissors or use a rotary cutter.
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  • Fold the green lining fabric in thirds to create three layers.
  • Lay the stocking template on the lining fabric and cut three: One stocking back and two lining pieces.

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Nancy Zieman's 2016 Christmas Stocking Sewing Challenge. Sew, quilt, or embroider any style of Christmas stocking and enter the contest. Half-Square Triangle Scrappy Patchwork Christmas Stocking by Nancy Zieman | Third Annual Stocking Sewing Challenge | Sewing With Nancy

Quilt Basting Spray available at
  • From pink fabric, cut three, 1-1/4″ bias strips.

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  • Join the short ends of bias strips, off-setting the angle by 1/4″.
Note from Nancy: Wondering about the red, laser line? It’s a special feature on Baby Lock’s Destiny II machine. Line up the laser beam with the “V” of the 1/4″ off-set seam allowance for the most accurate stitching!
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  • Use a Piping Foot or Zipper Foot to apply the piping to the right side of the patchwork stocking edges.
  • No need to apply piping at stocking top edge.
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Create the Hanging Loop

  • Cut a fabric rectangle measuring 2-1/2″ x 6-1/2″

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  • Fold the rectangle in half lengthwise. Finger press folded edge.
  •  Open the rectangle. Meet long edges at fold.

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  • Fold in both top and bottom edges. Press.

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  • Fold in half lengthwise again. Press.
  • Edgestitch along each side.

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  • Fold the loop in half and pin the cut edges to the top of the right side of the stocking lining.

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  • Baste.

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Create the Stocking

  • Place stocking front and lining, right sides together. Pin along top edge.

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  • Place stocking back and lining, right sides together. Pin along top edge.

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  • Use a 1/4″ seam allowance to stitch along top edge of front and back stocking.
  • Press seams open.

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  • Pieces should look like this from the wrong side:

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  • With both stocking back and front open and flat, meet right sides together and pin.

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Note from Nancy: When joining the stocking, leave a 4″ unstitched opening along the lining straight edge. To remind yourself to stop stitching at this area,  place a pin parallel to the cut edge, rather than perpendicular.
  • Stitch around the stocking using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
  • Backstitch at the start and finish, leaving 4″ unsewn along the lining’s straight edge.
  • Press the seam allowance at the opening.
  • Use a rotary cutter pinking blade to trim excess fabric from the seam allowance at the curved edges.

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  • Turn the stocking right side out through the opening.

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  • Hand stitch the opening closed.

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  • Tuck the lining into the stocking fabric. Press.

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  • Our stocking is complete! We look forward to seeing your stockings in the 2016 Christmas Stocking Sewing Challenge!
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Go Social with Your Stocking Sewing Challenge

Nancy Zieman's Stocking Sewing Challenge
If you have a website, copy the code above and paste it into your website editor to have the Stocking Sewing Challenge badge on your site. Or, add the link to your social sites such as Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, or Facebook. Let all your friends know you are working on the Stocking Sewing Challenge by tagging your post with the hashtag:   #NZStockingChallenge

How to Enter

Enter the Stocking Sewing Challenge by emailing a photo to [email protected]. It’s easy!


  • November 5, 2016—Stocking Challenge Opens
  • December 3, 2016—Stocking Challenge Deadline to Enter
  • December 4–12, 2016—A Panel of Nancy Zieman Judges Review Entries
  • December 13, 2016—Winners Announced!

 $1,700 in prizes! Thank you to our generous sponsors!



  • Pattern and coloring book bundle sponsored by Amy Barickman, a $179 value


  • Pellon Product Assortment from Pellon, a $165 value


  • Complete Mug Rug Kit from June Tailor, a $158 value 
2016 Stocking Challenge JuneTailor
  • Nancy’s Notions DVD and Book Bundle, a $157 value
  • Five Random Winners:  F+W Media will provide a copy of See Kate Sew by Kate Blocher, a $129 value


CtPub Stocking2016 Prizes

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Martingale Press

  • Clover-USA Nancy Zieman Notion Bundle, a $100 value

NZ Prize Clover

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Stocking Challenge Schedule:

  • November 5, 2016—Stocking Challenge Opens
  • December 3, 2016—Stocking Challenge Deadline to Enter
  • December 4–12, 2016—A Panel of Judges Review Entries
  • December 13, 2016—Winners Announced! All decisions made by judges are final.

Share your comments below about the Stocking Sewing Challenge and let us know if you plan to join!

Get Stitching!

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  • Harriet wetherell
    November 5, 2016

    I have never entered a sewing contest. I make things for charity and give everything away so it would be different to sew a stocking for me. I would love to win any of the prizes . Think I will try and thank you Nancy for the chance to show my sewing off…..

  • Rhonda Free
    November 5, 2016

    I have never entered a contest either. I love to watch Sewing with Nancy every Saturday. In fact I plan my day around it.
    Thank you for accepting my entry. Now if I can just figure out how to post a pic in your blog??

  • Valerie Brown
    November 5, 2016

    Have the rules changed from last year. If not, I won’t be participating since last year the same person won all of the prizes in this contest with 4 stocking entries. How about just one entry per person?

  • Rhonda Morrison
    November 5, 2016

    I am interested in joining your stocking sewing challenge. This is a great opportunity not only to try and win some great prizes but to really be creative. It will be interesting and fun to see what not only i can create but to see the many other people will as well. Thank you

  • Dawn
    November 6, 2016

    I have never entered any contest so will try this one and any if the prizes would be great and thankyou Nancy for the patterns

  • Daun Blanchard
    November 8, 2016

    I would love to try the dinner scarf so would love win the book of ideas out of household items to repurpose. I think all the clever sewing hacks are great.

  • Nancy Go
    November 8, 2016

    I would make mittens and maybe hats to leave at the neighboring school. I can think of no better way to use old, worn sweaters. I bet I could make a few slipper-socks for cold toes too. Kids deserve to feel warm and comforted.

  • Jan Hintzpeter
    November 10, 2016

    Just submitted my photo of a Scrappy Christmas Rose stocking that I finished sewing. Thanks for this contest to get us inspired and sewing!

  • Mara
    November 16, 2016

    I will be joining, I can’t believe the stocking in the photo is a real stocking, such bright happy colors, it doesn’t look real!

  • Becky Hournbuckle
    December 9, 2016

    I love all the ideas, patterns, tools, etc., that you choose to help us make our sewing easier. The contests are fun, too! Thanks for being so generous with your skills and talents.

  • BevM
    December 10, 2016

    I am glad that you have a judging panel. I have entered a couple of your contests, but those of us who do not do Facebook or Twitter were at a disadvantage. The stocking entries are lovely.

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