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Spiral Stockings

Don’t let the sight of all these small pieces scare you. They’re actually cut big enough to handle easily, then trimmed to size after they’re sewn in place.


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Designers: Mary Reddington and RaNae Merrill


Choose Fabrics

For the stocking body, choose a nondirectional small to medium print. Look for a motif to fussy-cut for the spiral centers. For fabrics X, Y, and Z, which form the spirals (see Diagram 3), choose solids or small tone-on-tones that are nondirectional and contrast with the stocking body. Fabrics Y and Z should be lighter than X.



•    1⁄4 yard dark green print (fabric X in spirals)

•    1⁄8 yard olive green print (fabric Y in spirals)

•    1⁄8 yard bright pink print (fabric Z in spirals)

•    1⁄2 yard red print (stocking body, background of spirals, cuff lining, hanging loop)

•    3⁄4 yard multicolor stripe (cuff, stocking lining)

•    19×32" thin, lightweight batting


Quantities are for 44⁄45"-wide, 100% cotton fabrics.

Measurements include 3⁄8" seam allowances unless otherwise specified. Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.


Prepare Foundations and Templates

Cut pieces in the following order. Click on "Download this Project" above for foundation patterns.


1.    Print or copy the following: 

•    2 each of Spiral Foundations A, B, and C on white paper

•    1 each of Spiral Foundations A, B, and C on a nonwoven foundation sheet


2.    From white paper, cut the following:

•    2—7-1⁄4 ×5-1⁄4" rectangles for cuff lining pattern


3.    To make stocking template, cut out one each of white paper Spiral Foundations A, B, and C along outer solid line. Join sections along dashed lines. Attach a white paper 7-1⁄4 ×5-1⁄4" rectangle to top edge (Diagram 1).

4.    Cover the back of the second set of white paper spiral foundations with strips of double-sided tape spaced about 1⁄4" apart. Cut apart shapes on solid lines to make templates.