How to Turn Tights into Stockings (and Knee-Highs!)

Ever bought a pair of tights that didn’t fit right, but you couldn’t bear to part with them?  Then turn those tights into stockings and socks!  Here are three easy do-it-yourself guides for re-purposing your legwear.

Down with Clutter shows how to cut, fold, and hand-sew the hem on your brand new stockings. (Link no longer works.)

Nikki Shell uses stretch lace and a sewing machine to transform her crocheted black tights.

Sage Meadow Studios takes things one step further and turns her striped tights into adorable knee high socks (pictured above).

I can’t wait to give this a try.  How about you?


  1. Savvy Gal
    13/01/10 at 0:29

    Thanks for the tip. I may just give this a try.

  2. Etrapar
    13/01/10 at 1:56

    yep, thanks for sharing ^.^

  3. Anonymous
    13/01/10 at 2:52

    Thanks for sharing the good ideas. I am tall and tights rarely fit me properly either. I have turned several into stockings simply by cutting off the legs and attaching them to a garter belt. No sewing or hemming needed.

  4. T-Rex
    13/01/10 at 7:34

    I've had pretty good luck just cutting off my tights and *not* sewing them. They look kind of unfinished, but I like that look. And so far they haven't unraveled or disintegrated.

    I have also been known to cut the feet off of tights after I've worn a hole in the toe. And the legs alone, no toe or panty, attached can make nice armwarmers.

  5. daisychain
    13/01/10 at 10:46

    *bookmarks this post for future reference*

  6. Janus
    13/01/10 at 11:12

    I like the idea of DIY custom stockings. It's almost a definite that you'll have something that no one else does.

  7. Kristine
    13/01/10 at 11:41

    This is wonderful. I live where it gets quite cold in the winter and 15 denier stockings just don't cut it. This is a great way to keep me warmer during these winter months. Thanks!

  8. Leah
    13/01/10 at 13:33

    Fabulous idea Treacle. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Kelly
    13/01/10 at 13:43

    Woah! I never thought of this.

  10. Andi B. Goode
    13/01/10 at 23:47

    What a great idea! I'm definitely going to give it a go.
    -Andi x

  11. Miss Peregrin
    14/01/10 at 20:08

    Cool ideas! I'll have to give these a try. *bookmarks*

  12. badside
    15/01/10 at 0:09

    How Cute! TY for the tips.

  13. Charles
    15/01/10 at 0:31

    i've been looking for how to do this for ages!!! thanks so much <3

  14. lunarcamel
    15/01/10 at 20:09

    Ha! Classy! I, too, just hack off the waist/panty part and run around in the unfinished stockings. It's always worked fine for me.

    And just today I bought three new pair of soon-to-be stockings! Thigh-highs are hard to find otherwise, especially if you want the ones without the grippy shit (aka the stay-ups).

  15. 01/03/13 at 19:05

    Hello Lingerie Addict,

    I just wanted to let you know that none of the links on this page work any more. :( xx

    • 01/03/13 at 20:06

      Wow! Thanks for the heads up. It looks like one of the blogs is no longer around but for the other two, I was able to find new links. I’ve updated the post to reflect this. Thanks again. :-)


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