December 27, 2009

Tiny Tights to Knee-High Socks




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.


~Done!~

I left these white ones plain, for versatility....


But....


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.

99 comments:

  1. Hi, Disney! I just went through your entire blog yesterday - I just might be getting a bit addicted to craft blogs... ;) Anyways, a very lovely blog you have here! You have wonderful, inspiring ideas and I love the way it shows through that you really like doing these thingys.

    I used to make colorful socks, to wear under jeans/trousers and show a bit with shoes, from kids tights because I couldn't find affordable tights/socks in my size that were the right color. It worked pretty well too. I might have to alter some ill-fitting colorful adult size tights into stay-ups/knee-highs altering your idea a bit. :)

    I'm actually studying to be a dressmaker for the final year and with all the Final Year Stress it's really nice to get more fun to it again, for example with the help of cool blogs. So thank you for participating in that by sharing what you do. It is a big help. :)

    Bless, I hope you and your family are well.

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  2. Disney,
    I LOVE this idea! What adorable knee highs. I have 3 little girls (a 2 1/2 year old and 11 month twins). We have several pairs of tights and now I have a fabulous project for when they've outgrown them. Thank you. I love your blog and think you are so creative. Your daughter is gorgeous too and makes a great model for all your creativity. My girls are my inspiration too. Thanks for the blog and keep up your fab ideas!
    Jennifer

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  3. My daughter is three and it is almost impossible to find knee socks. I love they way they look. I have had marginal success at the Gap (really on two pairs) and J. Crew crewcuts sometimes has them (these are actually too long for my petite girl, but in the pas they have had the best selection). I love this idea!!!! I am currently waiting to deliver a baby and don't know if it is a boy or girl. If it's a boy, I think I will have to try this. B has so many cute tights, it would be great to recycle them. Thanks for the tutorial!!! Happy Holidays!

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  4. I love your blog too! (even though I only have a 5 year old boy) your idea's entrance me and get me excited cause I like frilly craft things for me!

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  5. These are sooooo super cute!! I'll be featuring tomorrow.
    Thanks for all of your inspiration!

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  6. what a great idea! I was envious the other day at a family function when I saw them on another little girl! But darnit I wish i would've held on to her old ones! Thrifting I will go! Thanks for the tute!

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  7. I might say I thought about doing something like this but didn't get myself to doing it. Thanks for the push. You're awesome!!!

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  8. What a super cute idea! Thanks for sharing, since I only have one girl no need to save old tights I can repurpose them! I thoroughly enjoy your blog!

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  9. i dont know from where you get your ideas, i adore you

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  10. Hi,

    Such a great idea! I know......I get so disappointed when my daughter outgrows those cutie patootie tights. This will give them a much longer life span!!

    Thanks for the tip!!
    Lindsay

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  11. fantastic! what a great idea - thanks for sharing.

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  12. I've done this for my daughter too! Knee highs are so hard to find.
    I hadn't thought to embellish like this though, I love it!

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  13. I did this too a couple years ago! I love how you embellished yours, too! Very Cute!

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  14. This is brilliant! My daughter has those same striped stockings and I think this is the last winter that they'll fit my baby girl. I'm so excited that I'll be able to reuse them again next winter!

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  15. Wonderful idea. I just may have to use it if my 9 year old is still into knee socks. I'll have to ask her. They start getting more particular as they get older.

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  16. I keep wanting to make a comment on your blog and thank you for sharing your creative ideas! I love to see what you come up with and I especially love to see you use what you have to make things rather than spending money!

    You inspire me.

    Thank you.

    Judi :)

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  17. those are too cute! And I love all her outfits, too!

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  18. so super cute! the light pink pair with the ruffles at the top is my favorite too...but they are all adorable! thanks for the great tutorial.

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  19. So cute! What a great idea! My toddler is going to LOVE this :O)

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  20. This is so cute. and I'm so looking forward for some new stuff..
    hugs,

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  21. I just wanted to let you know that I just read your ENTIRE blog and you are brilliant- I love your style and am so making- tightsocks, ruffled scarves and sockmittens! I am so inspired!

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  22. I absolutely LOVE this idea and I look forward to your Posts! Thank you for sharing your talents and for inspiring me....

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  23. Love that idea! My cousin actually made some into babylegs last year and I thought that was a fabulous idea too :) It would work both ways!

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  24. Is there ANYTHING you can't make super cute? This is brilliant!!

    I featured your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-make-girls-knee-socks-from-their-outgrown-tights/2009/12/27/

    --Anne

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  25. that is awesome! thanks for sharing, I can't wait to do this.

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  26. I just wanted to tell you what a blessing your idea is to me! I have an only child girl for whom we have bought multitudes of tights (I'm a bit addicted), but she seems to grow out of them so fast. I am so excited to be able to re-fashion them into something so cute! Thank you so much for the inspiration!

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  27. These are fabulous. I love making skirts for my little diva daughter but she hates tights and cold legs... these would be perfect! I can't wait to make some. Thank you for the idea!

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  28. What a great tute!!! Serenity has plenty of tights I plan to make into socks when she grows out of them! Thank you so much!

    I featured your tute in my side bar on my blog!!

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  29. BRILLIANT! As usual! Hope you had a wonderful holiday Disney.

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  30. All of your ideas are starting to keep me busy, but I love it! Thanks for sharing ANOTHER great idea!

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  31. awesome idea!!
    Great thinking girl, and they are so adorably cute!!

    Thanks for sharing

    barbara jean

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  32. Wow, what a great idea. Thank you so much for sharing! your blog is so inspiring. I enjoy reading almost daily. Have a blessed new year!

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  33. I just found your blog today....What's great ideas!!!!! Love this cute socks....and I had so much tights too short too!!!!
    Valeria

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  34. What a great idea! Youre so smart!

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  35. ooooooh Can I say LOVE! I just love this idea.....now I just have to go out and buy some tights I think they are on sale at Target now. : )

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  36. Genius! My girls always get a hole above their knees in their tights. I was going to make leg warmers with them but this is a great alternative and much more useful. So glad that I wandered your way.

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  37. simply stunning ..... my girls are already 8 and 12. doubt they would be interested. you make me want to make a baby girl tonight! (hehe)

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  38. I just love love love this!! I'm having the same problem and you've just solved it SO easily! I love to repurposed, kids' grow so fast and you hate to give their things up.
    I'm not on the lookout for clearance tights, even if they are not the right size knowing I can make use of them.
    Love your blog!!

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  39. Your blog always makes me wish I had a little girl to make ruffly things for! Cute socks!

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  40. Does this work even if the foot part is too small? Our tights have heel places.
    I hope this will work. My dd is 6 and I hunt tights all the time. They're getting hard to find in her size. Knee highs are the thing at her age, but her legs are way too thin to hold them up.
    This way, I can control the width....

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  41. Those are too adorable. What a lucky lucky little girl.

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  42. I love this idea - I cant wait to try it! altough my daughter is just about to turn 1...so I have a little time. but they will make great gifts too! i cant wait to read the rest of your blog! i think i'm inspired to make my blog a little more craft oriented (www.jas-photo.com/radha)! thanks!

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  43. This is lovely idea. I don't have children yet so I only have a few long socks of mine, which I can artfully size for my little niece..Thanx for sharing:)

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  44. You have so many adorable ideas! I can't wait to have a girl so I can use them all!

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  45. you are a genius. i can't wait to try this out!

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  46. How cute. Some day I'll have a girl! I need to come up with a bunch of cute boy projects...

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  47. How cute. Some day I'll have a girl! I need to come up with a bunch of cute boy projects...

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  48. this is my first time seeing your blog and I am in love! If you are ever interested in being a guest blogger on my blog for the day, please email me- I would love to have you!

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  49. You are brilliant! Thanks for sharing. I have a whole stash of tights that I just couldn't get rid of. I am SO excited to try this!

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  50. I just stumbled across your blog. Everything is so cute!
    Just wanted to let you know.
    -Katie

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  51. Just found you on U Create - great post! I have been wanting the Victorian Lace pair for my 3 year old from Matilda Jane, but can't force myself to pay $12 for a pair AND shipping on top of that. Sooo, off to storage I go to find some old tights and make a pair myself! Thank you for your creativity and for sharing your talent with the rest of us!

    There is nothing better than an upcycled pair of tights to give them a longer life :)

    Peace and blessings to you in the New Year!
    -catherine s.

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  52. What a beautiful and simple idea! I think I'll be doing the same to some of my thigh-highs =) Hehe

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  53. Those are adorable. I just got a mini sewing maching so maybe I will try this as one of my first sewing projects.

    I have used tights before to make fingerless gloves.

    You can see a video of my Keepers Club girls doing it.

    http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/Keepersofthefaith/page2/&thisy=&thism=&thisd=


    (Scroll down a little.)

    LightsOnTheLake.blogspot.com

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  54. That's it I'm in love. What a wonderful Idea!! I've got tons of tights that my daughter has grown out of. Are you turning the leftovers into panties? That's what I'm gonna do. Thank!!

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  55. Thank you for this tutorial!! My daughter wears tights to school, but she is too tall for a good bit of her cute ones. I hate to throw them away because they are so cute. She will be so happy to be able to wear them longer!!

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  56. I just stumbled upon your blog and I love it! You are AMAZING!!! There are soo many projects on here that I just can't wait to try. Keep up the work.

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  57. I think you are soo amazing!! What a gift you have I can't wait to try some of your many projects and I too hate patterns.

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  58. Very cute! :) And no, I didn't think of it! Though I have made arm sleeves with tights! That's more of a "Halloween" look for most people. I'd wear these myself if I found a pair large enough. :) Cute ideas, I look forward to seeing more!

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  59. What a wonderful idea for growing children. I'm blessed with a stepdaughter and her wardrobe is filled to the limit with to small clothes. I think we will take a few ours together sorting those clothes out and I will grab the stockings to make socks for her. Tank you so much. Wishing you a happy new year! /linnea-maria

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  60. These socks are WAY cute!!! Great job... AGAIN! :)

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  61. Oh
    My
    Gooooooodnessss!

    These are DELIGHTFUL! I have two little nieces who would LOVE these socks. You are so creative! Thank you so much for sharing! I've been having fun this afternoon perusing your blog and droooling over the crafty goodness!

    ~ Inky Smiles!
    Erin

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  62. Wow, that is way cute! Thanks so much, I love me some tights with bows. I'll be linking.

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  63. This is way too cute!! I am so glad I stumbled across your site. I am kicking myself now for giving most of hers away. :( I did have a few left that were starting to get short and made 3 pair today! Thanks again!! My 3 year old loves them!!!

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  64. Ok, can you please come over and teach me to sew? Maybe I just don't have the patience. My mother sewed all our special dresses when I was growing up, so I know its in my blood.

    My mother died in 2002 and before she died, she gave me a brand new sewing machine. I still haven't taken it out of the box. I think its the memories of her that stop me, but maybe with your inspiration, I will get it out over this long Iowa winter.

    Thank you for such amazing ideas. I can't wait to see what else you have for all of us!
    Megan

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  65. those are awesome. don't have a girl yet, but I am pretty sure I will be trying this out on my own tights. ha. thanks missy. super super cute and creative!

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  66. I just found your blog through a friends. Your sewing projects are very cute and so is your little girl! I wish I had a wee one to try these on.

    Great job!

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  67. My favorite is the stripes with the polka dot bow. Too cute!

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  68. Hi, Disney! You are my kind of girl! I am a preacher's granddaughter... you have a tough job sometimes! Love your cute socks! I have a 4 year old girl and twin 9 month old girls. I'm a teacher, so any way to remake things is an A plus!! Keep on keeping on, girl!
    crystallite17@aol.com

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  69. Oh my goodness! This one is so great I almost cried- no foolin'!! I can NOT find knee socks for my girl, she's petite, but has long legs, so if they fit her feet, they're barely mid-calf and of course she ADORES knee socks!!! Thank you, thank you thank you!!!

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  70. Holy cow, what an amazing idea! Thanks for sharing :) I'm just sad it's bedtime, 'cause I want to raid my daughter's closet for her old tights RIGHT NOW!

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  71. OH I so know what I'm doing with my daughters outgrown tights!!! HOW STINKING cute and EASY is this!! Thanks for the quick tut!!

    :)rachel

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  72. My four girls always seem to have a hard time figuring out which tights are whose. The sizes on the tags never seem to be accurate. Knee highs are something that would definitely solve this problem for us. I just gathered up a bunch of their tights and made my first pair of knee highs. They were incredibly easy and sooooo cute!! Thanks!!!

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  73. How cute! Gotta have to try this!

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  74. That is so cute! Passed it on to my mom!

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  75. Just what I needed! Thank you so much for the idea.
    http://kindershoponline.blogspot.com/2010/01/from-tights-to-knee-highs.html

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  76. What an awesome Idea. I love them! You really have some unique, yet adorable ideas. They all have a vintage feel to them.

    First time visiting, but definitely not the last!

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  77. Aack! Love this idea. I've been searching for knee highs for my daughter, and this is just too perfect! Must go create now....

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  78. I came over from Lu Bird Baby. This idea is MARVELOUS - I can't wait to try it!

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  79. Would it be wrong of me to sneak into my daughters' room and take all of their tights right now and turn them into these cute socks?!?

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  80. i can't tell you how happy i am that i stumbled upon your blog! i can't wait to dust off my sewing machine and take up my passion again! thanks for the push!

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  81. Adorable. Love the little ribbons. And you have such a cute little model.

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  82. Yet another awesome idea from Disney! I don't know where u get your fabulous ideas and inspirations, but I'm so glad you're sharing them!!

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  83. LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!!! I saw the victorian lace knee socks on the Matilda Jane website, and fell in love with them! But of course, I wasn't about to pay $12 for socks! Now I can make them myself!!

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  84. Love this idea! Some of those tights are so, so cute. I linked to this on my weekly roundup - thanks so much for sharing!

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  85. I cut a pair of my daughters tights about a year and half ago with this very idea but never completed it. I saw your post on Crafster and dug those tights out and finished them. Thanks for the motivation. I am linking your tutorial to my completed project on my blog. Your socks are super duper cute! I plan to make more. Thanks again for the inspiration.

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  86. Wow! What a fantastic idea. I have bookmarked your blog and can't wait to read more. I have been searching high and low for some cute knee highs for my 2 1/2 year old DD and was having no success. I actually have all of the same tights you have pictured. I love the ones from TCP and what you did with them!

    My sewing machine will get some use this week! Thanks again for sharing.

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  87. Great job! I featured this today on my blog - Today's Top 20! Feel free to stop by and grab a button!

    Amanda
    todaystoptwenty.blogspot.com

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  88. Just a thought... with the socks that have bows, would it be more practical to have them on a brooch clip or something like that? I can't imagine they'd tolerate being washed too well. And I'm not sure about little girls' tights (I'm 18, and children? no thank you!), but won't they run if you put holes in them?

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  89. Thank you so much for sharing this. I am a tights enthusiast and it always makes me a teeny bit sad when she outgrows a pair of them. Now we can hold on to them for just a little bit longer.

    http://futurejackorchloe.blogspot.com/2011/05/tutorial-madness.html

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  90. Hi there!! This is fantastically clever!! Thanks for the ideas! I can't wait to get at it!!!

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  91. Just saw this idea on Pinterest and I love it!! Can't wait to refashion my daughter's old tights. :)

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  92. Just wanted to let you know I blogged about making these knee highs and linked back to this tutorial - http://one-little-woman.blogspot.com/2011/10/upcycled-too-small-tights-into-knee.html. Thanks again for the awesome idea.

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  93. I am so glad that I stumbled upon this little tutorial!! These are so cute. I just made my first pair, more to come, this morning...love them! I blogged about it and posted a link to your tutorial :) http://buzzmills.typepad.com/blog/2011/11/arent-they-the-bees-knees.html

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  94. I was about to throw all of my daughter's old tights away, but couldn't do it because the sock part was still in good shape. I found your tutorial and ran to my sewing machine and turned 5 pairs of old tights into super cute knee high socks with bows! Thank you for your tutorial! Posted pics on my blog too. :) http://ohsewnice.blogspot.com/2011/12/tights-turned-into-socks.html

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  95. I need to do this for my daughter. She has a couple pairs of tights from last year that she hardly wore and I'm sure doesn't fit her now. I want to hit the thrift stores to see if I can find some nice old blue jeans her size and turn them into little skirts - maybe I can look to see if they have old tights and then I can turn them into these as well. My daughter is 6 years old and has been wearing her socks all the way up (it's summer time, you'd think she'd be hot). I think she's cute that way.

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  96. Absolutely love this. Thank you!

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