After turning old leggings into thigh-high stockings and a knit shirt into knee socks, I now saved old, holey tights and stockings. It’s an easy and quick refashion!
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While clearing out grandma’s house, I found these old cotton tights. They had holes at the heel and toes, but instead of throwing them away or refashioning them I thought I could use the same technique that I used for my leggings-turned-stockings.
I cut off the holey part at the foot. I also cut off the top part of the tights – turning the tights into stockings – and used the fabric for new soles. (You can use the same technique for stockings and turn them into socks.)
Then I zigzagged the new soles and the leg part together using a ballpoint needle (detail picture on my leggings to stockings refashion tutorial). It isn’t necessary to finish the raw edges because knit fabric doesn’t fray.
And the old stockings are like new again! 😀
Update: I found a similar tutorial from 1919 about how to resole cashmere stockings!
32 thoughts on “Save Old, Holey Tights & Stockings – Refashion Tutorial”
Clever! I have to confess that I don’t do much sewing but I’m always impressed when other people do it. Plus my kids are always poking holes in their socks so this would save me a fortune! #dreamteam
Thanks, Lucy! 😀
looks easy and I love the thought that the tights are saved now. Great idea
Thanks, Vickie! 😀
Hi, I have to cioonfess to be a little rubbish at sewing but you have made this look easy. I always get holes elsewhere in my tights #BloggerClubUK
Thank you, Chloe!
Great idea, but how would they stay up if you cut off the top? Guess you’d need a garter? Thanks for visiting the What to Read blog hop
Thanks, L.E.! 🙂 They stay up with a garter belt.
I love that you didn’t waste these! Sometimes I spend time repairing something that wouldn’t cost very much to replace, but saving something from the garbage makes me feel good.
Thank you so much, Jenny! 😀
Love this idea Lina and it’s becoming so difficult to find fine knit stockings now a days. I have a feel holy ones in my closet that I wear constantly in Winter, holes and all. I guess I better haul out that sewing machine
Thanks, Michelle! 🙂 You’re right they’re so difficult to find nowaday, that’s why I mended them! 😉
Ahhhh what a super clever idea! We go through woolly school tights like there’s no tomorrow. What a fab trick to have up your sleeve. Thanks for joining us for the #dreamteam x
Wow! I’m impressed! I’m into the whole reduce/reuse/recycle thing, and this is one I had not thought of. My grandmother would have loved this!
Thank you, Jean!
Thanks for sharing at Friday Frenzy Link Party! Pinned!!
Thanks for pinning! 🙂
Such a brilliant idea! I know I’d feel bad cutting them but I’d also feel good about recycling them! Pinned it.
Thanks for linking up to the Friday Frenzy!
Thanks for stopping by, Laura!
What a neat idea and I love this look even better than the original!
Thank you so much, Colleen! 🙂
I’m always impressed by your skills! These turned out very nice. Thank you for linking up to Party in Your PJ’s!
Thanks, Teresa! 🙂
This is a very clever idea! I never thought to just fix something like nylons.
Now that I have a little girl, I have started to turn old holey tights into headbands. They are super soft and she leaves them on, not to mention how easy it is to make them. It is a dream!
Found you through the Mommy Moments party. 🙂
Thank you, Keri! 🙂
What a great way to save them. My 4 year is always putting holes in hers. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for stopping by, Charlene!
Why haven’t I thought of this! What an awesome way to repurpose. I suppose you could use an alternative material if you wanted to save the tights aspect. Or combine 2 pairs to make one.
Thanks, Katelynn! 😀 You can totally use another knit fabric if you want to save the tights aspect. I’ve already combined two leggings into one pair of stockings and it worked well. If you want you could also add thick (padded) soles.
Clever and resourceful.