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Checkered Christmas Stocking

The crisp pattern of these stockings echoes the seats of traditional Shaker stools, but there's no weaving involved in their assembly. They sew up quickly from inexpensive kitchen towels, and the borders create the faux-cuff detail—which means you won't do a stitch of extra work.

checkered print Christmas stockings

Photography: Lennart Weibull

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2020


Once sewn, fill the stockings with small gifts (Maileg Queen Mouse Toy, $28, and hang them amid your Amish-inspired décor (Pendleton Pioneer Heritage Pieced Quilt, from $189,


For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of folk-art Christmas décor and handmade Christmas stockings.


  • Check side towels, prewashed and dried (JB Prince Check Side Towels, in Blue and Red, $19.90 for 5,

  • Sewing machine and supplies

  • Ribbon, 1/2 inch wide


  1. Print and cut out stocking template. For large stocking, tape toe and leg template pieces together. For small stocking, fold one dish towel in half, so right sides are facing in and top edges are lined up. For larger stocking, stack two dish towels with wrong sides facing out and top edges lined up.

  2. Lay template on top of dish towel(s) so that top edges line up. Pin template to dish towel(s), and cut out fabric, keeping the top finished edge intact. Sew fabric together as indicated on template, using a 3/8-inch seam allowance. Turn right-side out, and machine- or hand-stitch a ribbon loop to inside of stocking at top seam.

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