So, I had two problems.
The first, was that my daughter had outgrown some really cute tights, and they don't sell them anymore. Sad.
The second, was that I was having major knee-high envy toward another mom at church who's girls always wore them! But I never see those socks in Paige's size, and I don't want to buy online and pay shipping!
So ta-da! I bring you the Knee-High Socks From Too-Small Tights tutorial! (If you've already thought of this, please don't tell me, because it will break my heart!) :o) A big thanks to my husband who encourages me to save Paige's old clothes when I want to give them all up! I found these 5 pair of 6-12m tights in storage, and I know there is at least 1 more pair somewhere....hot dog! :o)
This is only a three step process, so it's fantastically easy! Yay!
1) Cut the legs off of your tiny tights at the top (lower, if they're for big girls)
2) Fold the top edge of the leg over once toward the inside, and lay some elastic on top(I used 1/2" wide), just below the very top of the fold.
3) Sew the elastic on* with a zig-zag stitch, keeping the top edge of the tights folded under as you go, and being careful not to stretch the elastic or the tights.
I left these white ones plain, for versatility....
You can embellish if you'd like, by stitching on little bows and things, by hand or machine!
They were so quick and easy that I made five pair, right then and there!
Those last ones look white, but they are actually light pink, and I love them! They might just be my favorite.
Oh, and don't throw away the tops, because we have another project to do with those coming soon! I'm excited!
*For my daughter's legs, I used just as much elastic as it took to go around the leg hole (without stretching) and it was perfect. But it may be best to "measure" your daughter's legs first, by wrapping the elastic around her leg until it's snug enough to stay up, but not too tight, and marking the length.