How to make knee high socks from leggings

April 26th, 2010

These socks used to be leggings. It was one of those cases of me buying something and not really paying attention till I washed it. You see, what I really wanted was purple tights. But somehow I bought the purple leggings instead and only noticed after I washed them. Urgh. Don’t get me wrong, I love leggings, but somehow I just never felt right, no matter how I styled them. I kind of liked it when I wore them this way, but even then I’m not in love with the look.

Solution? Change them! I normally wear knee high socks that are, well, like regular socks, and these ones are actually the same fabric as tights… but I really love it! It means I can wear them with more shoes because they’re so thin. I’m pretty much in love with these knee highs right now… I’m probably going to wear them a ridiculous amount!

Anyway, I thought it was such a nifty way to salvage the leggings that I want to share with you how easy it was:

I love easy refashions!! So if like me you’ve got some less than awesome leggings lying around that you wish you could use, give this a try! Oh and I’ve got a little idea about how to use the crotch section too, so hopefully I’ll get around to showing you guys soon.

Knee high socks: refashioned from Hue leggings
Shoes: Sachi
Skirt: Old Navy ($1, YES that’s right $1!!!)
Cardigan: Gap
Lace trim tank: Witchery
Belt: thrifted

10 Responses

  1. anne maskell says:

    what a good idea! I’ll have to try this!

  2. Anne says:

    Very cool! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-turn-leggings-into-knee-socks/2010/04/26/

    –Anne

  3. Justine says:

    nice find at ON!

  4. I have so many worn out leggings that I need to do this with! you always have the best ideas. love the lavender, too :-)

  5. I LOVE this idea! I also just can’t figure out how to make leggings work. I’ll definitely be trying this – thanks, Megan!!

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  7. Rachel says:

    Ooh what a great idea! Thanks so much for the how-to, I’ll be linking.

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