Announcing Nancy Zieman Productions 2018 Christmas Stocking Sewing Challenge

2018Stocking Challenge Badge

Announcing Nancy Zieman Productions 2018 Christmas Stocking Sewing Challenge

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2018Stocking Challenge Badge

You’re invited to participate in the Nancy Zieman Production’s 2018 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!

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 are a couple of free stocking patterns:

I {Heart} Pellon Stocking from Pellon Projects

Christmas Stocking Tutorial from Amy’s Creative Side

Half-Square Patchwork Stocking Tutorial from Nancy Zieman Productions (below)

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 NZP 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: #NZPStockingChallenge
  • Email your photo to [email protected] by November 27, 2018. One entry per sewist; open to continental US residents only.


  • November 6, 2018—Stocking Challenge Kick Off.
  • November 27, 2018—Stocking Challenge Deadline to Enter.
  • November 28–December 3, 2018—A Panel of Judges Review Entries.
  • December 4, 2018—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 Riley Blake Confetti Cottons, or assorted fabrics, 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 designed by Nancy Zieman for Clover.

Nancy Zieman No Hassle Triangles Gauge by Clover Needlecraft

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  • 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 Team Nancy



     Snap a picture of the arrangement to use as a reference.

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  • 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 one side of the 18″ x 22″ Pellon Fleece with Quilter’s Basting Spray.
  • Place the wrong side of the stocking patchwork to the sprayed fleece. 
  • Quilt the patchwork and batting layers using a Walking Foot. We opted to stitch-in-the-ditch along seamlines, using a Walking Foot.

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  • 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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  • Lay the template on the Pellon Fleece and cut one layer.
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  • Apply Quilter’s Basting Spray
    to the Pellon Fleece wrong side.
  • Adhere to the stocking back fabric.
  • From pink fabric, cut three, 1-1/2″ bias strips.

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  • Join the short ends of bias strips, off-setting the angle by 1/4″.
Note From Team Nancy      Wondering about the red, laser line? It’s a special feature on The 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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  • Wrap the fabric strip around the Wrap’n Fuse Pipingand press.
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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 Team Nancy     When joining the stocking, leave a 4″ unstitched opening along the lining straight edge. As a reminder 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 Nancy Zieman Productions 2018 Christmas Stocking Sewing Challenge!
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How to Enter

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


  • November 6, 2018—Stocking Challenge Opens
  • November 27, 2018—Stocking Challenge Deadline to Enter
  • November 28–December 3, 2018—A Panel of Judges Review Entries
  • December 4, 2018—Winners Announced! All decisions made by judges are final.

 $1,075 in prizes! Thank you to our generous sponsors!


  • June Tailor Shape Cut Ruler, Cut’n Press, T-Shirt Transformation, T-Shirt Project Fusible Interfacing, Holiday Stocking, Morning Blend Table Runner, Casablanca Placemat, Uplifting Mug Mat, Sophisticated Strips a $213 value
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  • Clover-USA, Mini Wonder Clips, Bordeaux Ultimate Scissors 130 with Nancy Zieman, Hold It Precision Stiletto, Wedge Iron, 6 -in- 1 Stick n’ Stitch Guide, I Sew For Fun Retractable Seam Ripper a $151 value

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  • Riley Blake Fabrics/Penny Rose One Quilted bag featuring Nancy Zeiman’s first collection Farmhouse Floral, One Fat Quarter Assortment of Afternoon Picnic, One Mini Ruler Pal, Two different Riley Blake Designs enamel pins a $125 value

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  • Pellon prize bundle a $106 value

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  • Nancy Zieman Productions, Farmhouse Floral Fat Quarter Pack, 3 Quilt Patterns and  Pinwheel Project Sheet by Nancy Zieman Productions. A $101 value
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  • Martingale Five Random Winners: Merry Makers Book compiled by Lissa Alexander a $26.99 value
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Happy  Sewing and Quilting,

Team Nancy Zieman

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  • Helen Owen
    November 6, 2018

    I would love to stitch a stocking for this contest! I’m thinking of a pattern right now!

  • Moira
    November 6, 2018

    I’m going to try to make a stocking for Christmas. I have an orphan quilt block that I think would be lovely in one. Thanks for the challenge and the giveaway.

  • Cindy Elia
    November 6, 2018

    This is just a great way to kick off the holiday and set the mood. I’ll enter but not sure yet of my design.

  • Cherri Kincaid
    November 6, 2018

    I am thinking Machine Embroidery decorated stocking!

  • Marie Kozma
    November 6, 2018

    We are headed to Florida for Christmas this year and need simple decorations to take along. Stockings for everyone will be so special!

  • Joanna
    November 6, 2018

    I was working on a project that I didn’t know what to do with when finished…now I do! It would make one great big stocking for my husband and me! Now to finish it and enter!

  • Jeanne DeSollar
    November 6, 2018

    What does “tile large pages” mean in your directions for the Christmas Stocking? I don’t have a fancy computer or printer. Just normal ones.

  • Clovis
    November 6, 2018

    I will enter this year, but haven’t decided on a design.

  • RITA
    November 6, 2018

    I would love to enter this year but cant commit just yet. A few too many things happening in life.

  • Becky C
    November 6, 2018

    I would love to enter the challenge !!

  • Nicki
    November 6, 2018

    I will be entering with a stocking for my new great-granddaughter.

  • Sandi Corlett
    November 6, 2018

    One of my beginning sewers is making a velour Christmas stocking for her dog. She is quilting the fabric and plans to use a print to add a toe, heel, and cuff. When the stocking template is copied at its original size, it makes a perfect mini stocking. Another students is making a bunch of mini stockings using the template. Thanks for inspiring creativity in my students.

  • Karen A
    November 6, 2018

    If I can find the time , I will work on a stocking.

  • Marlys Cocozzoli
    November 6, 2018

    I’m making memory stockings for all the grands and great grands using my father’s neckties.

  • Barb K.
    November 6, 2018

    I may enter if I can think of a good idea!

  • Teri
    November 6, 2018

    I am planning to sew a couple new stockings to hang this Christmas.

  • Janet johnson
    November 6, 2018

    Will get to see all the stockings that are submitted?

  • Margaret Graczyk
    November 6, 2018

    Yes, I’ve got the perfect fabric in mind, so I will be making two stocking 🙂 I am definitely inspired by all these ideas for Christmas!

  • Marilyn
    November 6, 2018

    Yes I plan on entering the Christmas stocking challenge. I was pleasantly surprised by the nice table runner pattern book I received in the mail when I particaped in the table runner challenge !

  • Connie
    November 6, 2018

    My granddaughter got married in Sept. so I get to make her husband= new grandson:), a stocking! What a way to celebrate by participating in this event.

  • Laurie Borysewicz
    November 6, 2018

    I have an idea,now if I can find the time to make one! So much sewing,sew little time!

  • Linda Wise
    November 6, 2018

    Looking forward to making a stocking!

  • Jenny Naylor
    November 7, 2018

    I would LOVE to make a stocking (or two)!! I have two grandsons that need stockings this year. Now to come up with some quick ideas!

  • Pat Jarabek-T.
    November 7, 2018

    Yes!… I want to make a special stocking for a Dear Friend’s new addition to her family!!

  • Emma P
    November 7, 2018

    I just submitted my stocking. This is all so exciting. Happy Holidays to everyone!

    November 7, 2018


  • Harikleia Sirmans
    November 8, 2018

    Yes, I’d love to sew a christmas stocking. I’m looking at patterns and fabrics. Thank you.

  • Maggie Carver
    November 8, 2018

    I just learned how to make Christmas stockings and I’m submitting the photos. I am donating these to my local Guild to be added to others. They are donated to the American Legion, the local Police Station and the Fire Station for members of our military personnel. Needless to say that I am loving making these stockings.

  • Ginger
    November 9, 2018

    I’m not crazy about decorating for Christmas any more as my kids are all older, but I think I’ll have to make a stocking for this contest. My sewing group made around 70 stockings for a group called Stockings for Soldiers that delivers thousand of loaded up personalized stocking to troops serving overseas every year. So, I’ve got some stocking-sewing experience!


  • Stephanie Kaae
    November 9, 2018

    Count me in! Count me in! Christmas times a comin’! Merry Christmas!

  • jo Wray
    November 9, 2018

    I’m planning to make my new grand girl a stocking out of the left over white velvet that I used for my wedding dress.

  • Lorraine Alves
    November 10, 2018

    Christmas stockings are both decorative and useful. As a young child, the small gifts, as well as pieces of fruit and/or handfuls of nuts they contained were the first gifts I would receive for Christmas.

  • Bonnie Shaul
    November 12, 2018

    I just emailed my photo of my Christmas Stocking yesterday afternoon 11-11-20108. this is my first time entering.

  • Barbara O.
    November 13, 2018

    I plan on making a stocking for my Grandchildren.

  • Barbara O.
    November 13, 2018

    I plan on making a stocking for my new granddaughter

  • Cynthia d.
    November 14, 2018

    I plan to enter. Merry Christmas! Looking forward to seeing all of the stockings. 😉

  • ginnie
    November 14, 2018

    Oh dear, i’ll find the time. fabric, gotta get fabric.
    safe holidays to all.
    thank you for sharing the award and picture.

  • Jan Carnes
    November 16, 2018

    I do need to make some additional family Christmas stockings. This tutorial and challenge might get me going!

  • Louise Hansen
    November 16, 2018

    Hi. Just had my computer hooked up. Was so excited to find your website. Used to watch you on TV a few years back. Also, just moved and can’t wait to make my new sewing room useable. I am retired and this is my hobby. Your sewing tips are very useful and make a lot of sense. I was actually trying to find a pattern for microwaveable holders for bowls, but haven’t had any luck. Thank you for your help in years past and hopefully, in the future.

  • Dawn
    November 18, 2018

    I’m so excited to make these stockings. Escpecially for my soon to be very first grandchild. I can’t wait to make these. Thank you for your great pattern directions.

  • Mary Jane
    November 23, 2018

    Count me in! This is a great way to kick-off the holiday season. A quick and very fun way to express our creative talents and ideas! Thank you to team NZP for this idea.

  • Renuka Girish
    November 26, 2018

    This is my very first time making a stocking. So excited. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the challenge.

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