Tuesday, November 1, 2011

DIY {tights}


I came across an amazing tutorial for creating your own tights from Choose to Thrive. I could not pass up trying it out for myself--with a few changes. :)

How many of you throw out several tights for your little one(s) too often??
Yep, there is always a hole in the toe, a rip in the knee, and then they just have to go.
For this project you will want to SAVE all those beat up tights. :)

Start with old tights & woman's knee high socks (got mine at Target for $2.50)

For the rest of the tutorial, click here for step by step instructions from Choose to Thrive.

One thing I changed from the original, is the foot area. I found it easier to do it this way--


I turned the sock inside out, pinned and stitched the right sides together.


And there you have it! New adorable tights at a fraction of the cost.
And yes, I have already made several of them for my girls. :)

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86 comments:

Shelley said...

Um yeah... I'm going to be whipping some of these bad boys up asap!!! SUCH a great idea!

rebekahdawn said...

This is a GREAT idea! My daughters love tights and they're always ruined. This is also a much more affordable way to get the cute designs they're always asking for!

simona said...

how cute and a fantastic idea! i never thought of up-cycling tights before!

Jamie said...

I LOVE this idea! I have a little ballerina so we go through TONS of tights! Great idea.

Brittany @ My Decoupaged Life said...

That's awesome! Tights can also be so expensive and yet socks...not so much! I'm going to share this on my facebook page and pin it! Hope you don't mind!

Andrea said...

How cute and easy! Thanks so much for posting this!

Abby said...

Totally brilliant idea! Thank you!

LeighAnn said...

This is brilliant! Can't wait to make some although my to do list is growing!

LeighAnn said...

I'm your newest follower!

Rachel said...

What a clever idea! They came out so cute--I have those same gray and white polka dot Target socks myself ;-) I can't believe you just learned how to sew a few months ago--you do such a great job!

Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com said...

Great idea! The polka dot tights are so cute.

Rach H @ FamilyEverAfter said...

You are so creative. This is awesome. and sewing in those little holes doesn't look easy!

Kirsten- The Foreign Domestic said...

Love those!

ginger @ literally inspired said...

Such a cute idea! Think of all the different ones you could make!

Jess@Balancing The Dream said...

I'm LOVING the colors!! so sassy!! very impressive!

c.w.frosting said...

Such a great idea, even for adults... cropped pants tights from knee hi's and old stockings w/ runs?

-caroline @ c.w.frosting

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

Oh my gosh! Too cute!!

sstone said...

That's an awesome idea. Since their legs are skinnier than mine, do the socks get baggy?
Shiloh
everydaygameplan.net

Camille said...

These are DARLING!!!! Pure genius!! :) Thanks for sharing this brilliant idea! :) I love all those fun socks at Target . . . now I know what to do with them! :)

Natalie @ Johnny In A Dress said...

SOOOOO smart! Love it! Totally pinning!

Jaime Lyn at Crafty Scrappy Happy said...

OH my GOODNESS how sweet and simple and just wonderful!!!!
Jaime

South Bay Studio said...

very sweet! Kathi

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Sooo stinkin cute! I absolutely love this!

Erin {Lavender and Lemon Drops} said...

So cute! This makes me want a few little girls ;)

Jennifer said...

Awesome idea!! Now only if I had a little girl...

Emma said...

Excellent Idea and totally cute!!!! Also, if it's just that the tights are too short or the holes are in the feet, they could potentially be made into leggings.. not tried it but I guess a small hem stitched with a zigzag stitch would work...?

Katie said...

These are so awesome!!!

Amy said...

This is such a great idea! Love that it is not only reusing the perfectly fine tops of tights, but you get all the fun prints! too cute, thanks for sharing!

Janel@hatingmartha said...

What a great idea! You go through those tights so stinking fast...its great to be able to make them last a bit longer AND give them a new look!

Cindy@Cinsarah said...

Love it!! I wish I would have seen this before I threw out my daughters old tights!!! :(

Strawberries and Sweet Love said...

What an awesome idea! Going to definately try this one for my princess! Thanks for sharing.

Kate @ craftwhatever said...

Perfect! My daughter just ripped a pair of tights on Monday. I saved them because I knew there had to be *something* I could do with them! Love your idea!

Michelle said...

This may be the cutest thing I have seen all day- amazing!!

Sarah @Twin-rific said...

Love this! Thanks for the great tutorial! Newest follower!

Jenfier Harrod said...

Great idea! Found you via the scrapy Happy linky party.
Please come to my daughters first linky party at:
www.ladybugswithzoi.blogspot.com

Between U & Me said...

I LOVE this! I would love if you would share this at the Crazy Cute link party happening at Between U & Me right now! I've got a totally awesome giveaway this week, too!
OOH! AND, I'm your newest follower! ;)
www.betweenuandme.com

megan {homemade ginger} said...

what a clever idea! i love this!!!

Alison @ mommadidit.blogspot.com said...

Awesome! I need to go get me some cute socks...

Katie @ The Crafty Blog Stalker said...

I love this idea! I would love for you to share with Blog Stalking Thursday! http://thecraftyblogstalker.blogspot.com/2011/11/blog-stalking-thursday-14.html

Just Jaime said...

Great idea! Very cute!

Grandma Bonnie said...

Wonderful tutorial. I love to reuse and recycle. Stopping by from Success U Party. Hope you stop by for a visit.

Marci said...

These are so cute. I definately will be giving these a go. Tights are so expensive when they start going through the knees as often as my little girl.

craftytexasgirls said...

Cool idea! Visiting from Not So Simple Housewife. I am pinning this!
:) crafty texas girls

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

Cute! I made some leggings from Make It Love It, so I think I might be able to pull these off, too! Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday.

Melanie
bearrabbitbear.blogspot.com

Ashley said...

o my goodness....sooooooooo cute girl

Meredith Resnick, M.Ed, MA said...

Clever.... and so practical. With 2 daughters, we go through tights like crazy!
Meredith From A Mother Seeking Come find me on my blog, A Mother Seeking...

Carmen said...

This is really cute...and resourceful. Would love it if you would link this up to our Rockin' link party going on now at RoCa and Company. Here is the link: http://rocaandcompany.blogspot.com/2011/11/you-rock-8.html. Come and show off what you got. Hope to see you there...

Remember...YOU ROCK!!

Carmen @ RoCa and Company
www.rocaandcompany.blogspot.com

Kara @ Mine for the Making said...

GENIUS!!! SO SO SO cute! Get your booty over to DIY Diva Thursdays and link these up! SO SO CUTE!

Danielle said...

Oh my cuteness! I love these! I so need some for miss priss! Thanks for linking up and sharing:>

Danielle said...

I just pinned this!

Danielle said...

Feature you on Blissful and domestic Facebook page:>

Odile said...

I love it! It's perfect for my girls, thank for share it! Have nice day from spain under the rain!

Jennifer said...

Wow, that's a great idea. I've got twin girls so we spend a lot on tights! Definitely going to try this!!

Natasha said...

great idea

Would Love it if you could share this on my linky party - Serenity Saturday -
www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

Natasha xx

If Toys Could Talk said...

I LOVE THIS! My daughter managed to rip a hole in her tights on the first day she wore them... I couldn't bring myself to throw them out - thank goodness! :)

If Toys Could Talk said...

Oh, and I pinned you: http://pinterest.com/iftoyscouldtalk/kids-sewing-patterns/. :)

Sharon, aka Bootersmom03 said...

What a great idea! Makes me wish I had girls to sew for!

Kimberly from "bugaboo" said...

Ah! Love! I had one of those "duh. why couldn't I be this clever?" moments... :)

crafterellasisters said...

Great idea!

Pink Umbrella Photography said...

Such a great idea. I wish I knew how to sew... I should learn huh? Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea.

Jeni_Ream said...

I LOVE this! It's awesome idea, and what a cute pattern! I found your blog from the Homer on a Dime Blogger Hop party. I'm your newest follower. If you get a chance, I'd love you to stop by my blog & maybe follow along too! Thanks, Jeni @ Becoming Martha
here is my link
http://jensidea.blogspot.com

DS said...

Great idea! I'm going to make these for my granddaughters. Thanks for sharing the how-to.

Kellie said...

what a greta idea! they're super cute!

Jennifer said...

Hello, just wanted to let you know that I have mentioned this post on my blog. Please let me know if there is anything you would like me to remove.
Cheers
Jennifer
www.eatcraftsow.blogspot.com

Cherished Bliss said...

I am featuring these on my blog tonight! Feel free to stop by and grab a button! : )

http://www.cherishedbliss.com/2011/11/craft-and-tel-no-30.html

folkhaven said...

Great idea! This is so helpful. SImple, fast, a great way to save money, and you can make some stinkin' CUTE tights!

Heidi said...

What a great idea!! They turned out soooo adorable!! Thanks for linking up at {Junk in their Trunk}/ Tomorrow we will be having another linky party, please stop by!!

Michelle Johnnie said...

Nike from Thrive is quite amazing! I love this idea of hers!!!!

Crafting Rebellion said...

Very Clever
www.craftingrebellion.com

Jaime Lyn at Crafty Scrappy Happy said...

featuring your project tonight :o)
Jaime

Marilyn said...

This is Super adorable and cute.. LOVELY and so darn darling.. Very creative.. I would LOVE if you could please stop in and share it at my Pin'Inspirational party today pweeease.. TY so much :)) Wishing you a wonderful start to your weekend..http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com/2011/11/pininspirational-thursdays-linky-party_09.html

Ginger said...

Once again YOU have wowed me! :)Featuring YOU today over on my blog! :) You were one of my favorites at last week's {wow me} wednesday party. :) Thank YOU for sharing!

Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts.com

http://www.gingersnapcrafts.com/2011/11/take-look-at-you-my-favorites_10.html

Theresa said...

This is a must for moms of little girls! Love this, thanks for linking up!

Rach H @ FamilyEverAfter said...

giving these a shout out tomorrow night at my link party!

Maggie said...

this is brilliant, Would luv for my readers to see this awesome idea, will you please join our weekly party at
http://www.passionatelyartistic.com/2011/11/thanksgiving-showcase-tutorial-with.html
have a great crafting weekend!
Maggie
http://passionatelyartistic.com

Robin said...

This is such a great idea I can not wait to try it!

Sew Country Chick said...

I just love your blog and all your cute projects! I have a little sewing and fabric craft linky party I'm starting tomorrow and I was wondering if you could be so kind to stop by and post it? Thanks so much!
Sew Country Chick

Natasha said...

Thank you for linking up at Serenity Saturday link party

Hope you can come and join us this week too

Natasha xx

www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

Jenn said...

Cutest things ever!

Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com said...

Thanks for sharing this at What's In The Gunny Sack! You're such a sweetie and I love your new picture :)

Nikki@EverythingUndertheMoon said...

Your adorable tights tied for the most viewed link at last week's Bedazzle Me Monday!! Feel free to stop by and grab a feature button!! Thanks for linking :)
http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com/2011/11/you-dazzled_13.html

Also, we'd love to see you at Random Act of Kindness Week this week!! Check it out here:
http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com/2011/11/kindness-and-thanksgiving.html

Lauren said...

these are precious!!! i wonder how they would look on me;))

Shari @For the Little Doll In Your Life said...

Very clever. Good job mom!

LeighAnn said...

I used this idea to give some socks new life and posted about it here -http://jamesandleighann.blogspot.com/2012/02/upcycled-stockings.html

The SPANGLER said...

Love this idea and easy to follow tute... came across your blog via a mention in SouthernLovely's blog.
Following you about and off to check out some of your posts now! :D

Feel free to pop on by if you have a free moment and say hi... I love the company ☺
The SpaNGler
@The Quick Unpick

Tim, Allyson, and kids said...

I have a serious addiction to making baby leg warmers out of women's knee high socks. Now I know what to do with them once the baby outgrows legwarmers. With three girls in the house this is really going to come in handy :)

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