Creative Christmas Stocking Sewing Ideas

Nancy Zieman's 2015 Christmas Stocking Sewing Challenge

Creative Christmas Stocking Sewing Ideas

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Nancy Zieman's 2015 Christmas Stocking Sewing Challenge

RibbonStocking NancyZieman FirstGet inspired to sew for Christmas 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 Nancy’s Lime and Teal Ribbons from Renaissance Ribbons. We’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)
  • 1/3 yard Pellon fusible fleece

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.


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



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



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

RibbonStocking NancyZieman 6Create Stocking & Lining

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

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  • Stitch using a 1/2″ seam allowance.

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  • Trim the seam allowance to 1/4″.

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

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

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

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

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  • Pin the stockings together at top edge.

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

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

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  • Topstitch ribbons to right side of cuff fabric.

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  • Continue to add ribbons to the right and left, edgestitching at both sides of each ribbon.
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  • Place cuff front and back right sides together and pin. Stitch side seams with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
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  • Repeat to join the cuff lining.
  • Press all seam allowances open.

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

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

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  • Machine baste layers together just passed  the traced lines.
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  • Use a 2.5 mm straight stitch to sew directly on the traced lines.

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  • 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.

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

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

RibbonStocking NancyZieman 57Create 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.

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  • Fold in half again, lengthwise. Press.

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  • Edgestitch.

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

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

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  • Pin layers at the top edge.

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

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  • Trim seam allowance to 1/4″.
  • Use a zigzag stitch or serger to finish the seam edge.
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  •  Press seam allowance down, towards stocking.

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

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  • Ta-dah! The Ribbon Embellished Elf Stocking is complete.

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Get Stitching!

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