Today I turned my old leggings into stockings. It’s perfect to repurpose ill-fitting, outgrown tights or old leggings with holes along the seams – no need to throw them away! I’ve written a tutorial, so you can also refashion your old leggings into thigh high stockings.
My stockings are inspired by medieval hose, so they’re more shaped to the foot than other tights to stockings refashions. To make the stockings fitted to the foot, they have two seams at the foot.
I feared the seams might be uncomfortable, but the seams don’t chafe and the stockings are really comfortable to wear.
- old leggings
- sewing machine
- ballpoint needle
The side seam of the leggings will become the back seam of the stockings.
Cut an arch opposite to the back seam of the stockings.
Draw round your foot to make the pattern for the sole part. Use a piece of the leftover fabric and drape it over your foot.
Using a ballpoint needle, zigzag the pieces together with your sewing machine.
It may be necessary to pin and zigzag the back seam at the ankle for a tighter fit.
Now trim all seam allowances close to the seams. I left the top of the stockings unfinished – my stockings never frayed, even after frequent washing and wearing.
Wear your DIY stockings with garters or a garter belt, or add elastic at the top of the stockings.