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Plaid Christmas Stockings

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

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2011


  • 1/2 yard of a shrunken sweater or tartan wool fabric

  • Sewing supplies

  • Yarn (optional)

  • Kilt pin (optional)


  1. Print pattern template. Cut out fabric.

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

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

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