Things to make with ripped tights.

I hate throwing away things that might come in handy one day.  However, a lot of the time I have no idea what I’ll use these ‘maybe useful’ items for.

One thing I used to have loads of in my cupboards were ripped and laddered tights.  I didn’t like using up valuable space storing  rubbish, so I started brainstorming some ways to use up my ruined tights.


It turns out that there are loads of ways to use ripped tights.  For example, you can:

– Make your own hair ties.  Simply take a pair of sharp scissors and cut 3cm sections along the legs of your tights. These ties are super-stretchy and don’t have any joins that are likely to snag your hair.

– Make tub tea!  Mix 1 cup oats, 1 cup powdered milk, 1 cup Epsom Salts and a few drops of your favourite essential oil in  a large bowl.  Take a pair of old tights and cut 7cm sections out of the legs.  Tie at one end.  Spoon the mixture into the bag you’ve created and then tie closed.  Then, throw one tub tea bag into the bath for a moisturizing soak.  The stocking will catch all the oats so you don’t have to fish them out of the drain.

– Use them to tie up climbing plants in your garden.

– Make layering tops by cutting out the crotch and feet.  Simply pop your head through the hole in the crotch and use the legs as sleeves.  Perfect for layering under jumpers when the weather is cold.

DSCF6901-Make your own wig cap.  Take a pair of sharp scissors and slice alongside the middle seam, being careful to keep the seam intact.  Tie or pin the waistband closed, so that it sits firmly against your scalp.  slice off the leg about 20cm from the waistband.  To wear, stick the whole thing over your head, then pull the waistband to your hairline.  Unroll the leg section and tuck all your hair into it and tie closed.  Pin in place with bobby pins.

– Layer a pair of torn tights over a pair of wildly patterned tights so that they peek through for a punk look.

– Wear ripped tights under your pants and jeans in winter for extra warmth.



Do you have any ideas for recycling ripped tights?



  1. Wow, so resourceful! I just threw out a bunch of my ripped tights so it wouldn’t take up so much room in my drawers. I like the idea of repurposing them for hairbands. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Awesome post! I’ll use some of these ideas! When we first got my dog, we put newspaper in a pair of old tights for a toy. He immediately ripped it to shreds and spread newspaper all over the backyard. So we just kept tying new tights onto the old ones. It developed into this huge gross toy we called his “thing”. He loved it SO MUCH because it was floppy and he could play tug-of-war with it and it kind of smelled like my mum and me!

    • Haha! That’s awesome. My mum’s old dog’s favourite toy used to be an old shampoo bottle. She’d grab it in her mouth and chew on it. She loved it because it made this clicking noise that scared her brother, and she’d chase him around the yard, clicking her bottle while he fled in terror.

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