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Plaid Christmas Stockings

The tassel embellishment is optional. To make it, see the how-to.




  • 1/2 yard of a shrunken sweater or tartan wool fabric
  • Sewing supplies
  • Yarn (optional)
  • Kilt pin (optional)
  • Pattern template


  1. Step 1

    Print pattern template. Cut out fabric.

  2. Step 2

    Fringe the cuff piece on 3 sides, carefully pulling strands from the wool’s weave to create fuzzy, frayed edges; leave 1 long edge intact.

  3. Step 3

    With right sides facing, sew perimeter of stocking with a 1/4- inch seam allowance, leaving top open. Trim seam allowance along heel and toe to prevent puckering.

  4. Step 4

    Fold cuff piece so fringed short sides overlap a bit more than 1 inch. Wrap it around to top of sewn stocking, and adjust overlap as needed so cuff width matches stocking width. Pin to secure. Sew around top edge of stocking with 1/4-inch seam allowance. Turn right side out.

  5. Step 5

    Braid yarn for a hanging loop, if desired. Stitch loop inside stocking at side seam.

  6. Step 6

    Attach kilt pin where fringed cuff overlaps. Slide on tassel.

Martha Stewart Living, December 2011



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