Rhys Chesworth, 22, of Walton Grange, Stafford Road, Stone, was sentenced to 10 years and six months and Karta Slack, 30, of Brookwood Drive, Meir, Stoke-on-Trent, was sentenced to nine years and four months.
Shortly after 7am on May 14 2019, the pair broke into a house in the Lichfield Road area of Stone.
One wore a balaclava and the other had clothing disguising the lower half of his face.
Armed with a crowbar, they went upstairs and threatened the woman who was in her bedroom and demanded cash. They then bound and gagged her before running off empty handed after hearing a vehicle outside.
The woman was not injured during the incident.
Both were sentenced yesterday at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court after pleading guilty to attempted robbery at an earlier hearing.
Slack also admitted to possessing an offensive weapon in a public place and obstructing/resisting a police officer.
DC Robert Hadgett, of CID, said: “Police responded quickly after taking the report and arrested Slack near to the scene. A combination of information gathered in the initial stages of the enquiry and further work by detectives identified Chesworth as a suspect. We are grateful for the prompt action of the member of the public who contacted us to report the incident.
“This was a shocking crime where a young woman was targeted in her own home and, while she was not injured, she was left very distressed by the incident.”