Thursday, 26 May 2011

What To Do With Laddered Tights

I don't even ladder my tights or get holes in them as much as some people, but as I wear a pair of black tights almost every day, I find I'm always throwing pairs away, and sometimes if I've been unlucky after wearing them only once. No, my tights are at least £2.50 a pair, usually more, and to even get them at this price I have to buy them in big, pricy packs. So, a while back I decided to start playing around with my old tights and see what I could make out of them: and it was then when I struck gold. 
These, as pictured above, is the reason that except for a pair of French ruffle luxe scrunchies, I have not bought any hair ties etc. for the last two years. Once laddered, I put my tights back into the wash and then cut them up into scrunchies. 
Literally all you'll need to do this is your old pairs of tights and a pair of sharp scissors. 
They have brilliant stretch and hold your hair up really well with minimal ridges. Also, if you cut from further up the leg where the tight leg is a bit wider you can make hair hands to keep your hair out of your face when washing or applying makeup. Most of my tights are 40 denier, and these work okay, but I find 60 denier tights make the best, longer lasting bands with more stretch and hold. 
I never really measure the sections I cut, but they need to be this sort of size. You'll get about 3 sections out of each leg, but don't use sections with holes or ladders in, cut around them. 
Once you have your section, just gather it together into a hair tie shape and you're done!

You can also used your old tights to make bath bombs, air fresheners and as scrub cloths. You can take a foot section, cut a sock shape and fill it with dried lavender, oats, grated soap, any mixed to make your bath smell good, tie a knot in the open end and drop it into the hot water. Similarly, put lots of nice smelling things in and pop it in your sock drawer to make everything smell good! I take a clean section of these hair ties and, stretching it over my fingertip dip it in olive oil and use my tight covered finger to gently exfoliate and remove dry skin from my lips. I also do the same on dry skin areas of my face, very gently, while wet and using a foaming cleanser. 

Have you found any fun or useful things to do with an old pair of tights? 


  1. Oh this is so handy! I rip my tights basically every 2 weeks, grr. Thanks for the tips!

  2. So creative! I'm so bad with my tights, I appreciate this diy.

  3. Nifty! I should totally do this DIY instead of my usual stocking stuffers for shoes.

    Arianne from A + B in the Sea

  4. This is such a good idea, thank you!! I'm forever having to throw tights away because of ladders, so this is brilliant!

  5. Ooh yes, I used to do this! But sadly (maybe because my tights weren't stretchy enough?) the hair ties that I made didn't really hold my hair up very well. I also read somewhere that you can use one of the legs to make a hair 'sock' - just shove your ponytail in it when you're sleeping or wearing a helmet or something and it protects your hair. I've never tried it though!


  6. My tights don't ladder that much either. I usually buy them cheap and only wear them ocassionally. Turning them into scrunchies is a fab idea. I tend to wear laddered tights under jeans in the winter, for extra warmth.

  7. AH. These are such cool ideas. I definitely have lots of pairs of ripped tights. But I also realize I'm stupid because I'm too lazy to go through them and separate all of the torn ones out. So every time I wear tights, I try on a pair, realize it's ripped, get annoyed and put 'em back in the drawer. Not efficient. But that's okay.

    Thanks for posting :D

  8. Oh wow! This is great! Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!

  9. I am going to have to keep this in mind for when my tights start to fall apart, especially since I have some really fun colored ones!

  10. This is such a good idea!!! I have literally a BUCKET full of shredded tights (Probably the same as you haha) and I always loose hair ties ...This is the perfect solution!

    Also I love the idea of using it as an exfoliating mitt! xxxx

  11. ahh sweet ... such a good idea
    scrunchies 4 lyf haha xx

  12. Thank you for the sweet comment on my blog!
    This is an excellent idea, I love it!

    Peace & love
    oxo, ETTE


  13. How clever! I never do anything useful with my ripped tights.

    Chic on the Cheap

  14. Nice idea! But my old pairs of tights in most fit only to be thrown away, unfortunately... ;>

  15. Nice! Never thought of it =)


  16. Oh WOW! This is a great idea, Rachel!

  17. You can also use them to cove and protect leather bags while they aren't being used and are just sitting at the bottom of the wardrobe.

  18. Black Opaque Tights..i must have 80 pairs all bagged up for rags..and they are at least 60 denier..90 denier..120 denier,,[old school tights]..kath

  19. What a great idea! I'm forever throwing away laddered tights - who knew there were so many uses for them!?

    Especially love the idea of using them for bath bombs and draw fresheners - brilliant! x

  20. that's brilliant, it always hurts my heart to throw the tights away after a few uses because I *always* tear them!

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  22. My nan used to use them as garden ties (but I must admit they did look a bit scruffy). Along the same lines, I've put half a section of pipe insulation into one which is inside another, which is inside another (in case they ladder more and more). The insulation is exact width of my front door. I then poured in a 2lb bag of cheapest dried rice to add some weight. It's to stop my neighbour's cigarette smoke from coming into my flat when they're having a "session".. downstairs...