DIY: Bow headband from ripped tights

March 21st, 2011

It’s a sad moment… when you rip a favourite pair of tights. Unfortunately on this day such a tragedy occurred. Whats worse is that those tights only cost me $2 on sale… which makes them irreplaceable (don’t fight my logic).

So anyway, I was chatting to Linley the other day about how I wanted to find a way to use my sad, maimed tights – and I got a little inspired to do a whole week of tights DIY projects. From one pair of tights. That’s right, I plan on doing 5 projects with one pair of tights. Now is where I need to encourage myself not to hyperventilate thinking about how little fabric there actually is in a pair of tights. haha.

Anyway, I digress. When I was back home over Christmas, I was shopping at – you guessed it – Witchery, when I saw a super cute pinky/nude headband that I could have sworn was made from tights. Hello inspiration. Some things just scream, PLEASE DIY ME!

So here it is! You know whats great? It’s a no sew DIY. happy days.

Want to make one of your own?

  1. Get an old pair of tights
  2. Cut off the top of the waistband – about 1″, then cut it in half again so it’s a 1/2″ wide – we don’t want to use the very top of the waistband, because I want there to be 2 strands to the headband
  3. from the top of the thigh (I’ll be using the bottom for another project) cut a 3″ tall band.
  4. Cut a small strip from the very top of the waistband that we have left over
    Now we have all our pieces
  5. Take the 3″ tall tube, and scrunch that piece into the shape of a bow, and then place on the seam of the headband strands (to cover up the seam)
  6. Use the small strip to tie the bow to the headband, making sure the knot is in the back
  7. Trim the excess, and you’re done!

I’m pretty happy with the way that turned out (despite my inexplicably grumpy facial expressions!). Stay tuned for another tomorrow!

26 Responses

  1. Justine says:

    This is a cute little idea from an old pair of tights!

    Just Better Together

  2. Linley says:

    that is adorable. and you look adorable with it on! love. can’t wait to see the other projects! (:

    • Meg says:

      Thanks hun!! Well you totally inspired me – though you may notice, i did leave the “bedazzle” off. hehe

  3. Louise says:

    This is a really awesome project. I can’t wait to see what else you make out of some old tights!

  4. Rebecca says:

    I love this!! I feel so inspired, I want to make one tonight! Can’t wait to see the next ideas!

  5. Shen Dove says:

    What a great DIY! Now I won’t be so quick to throw away tights after they are no longer wearable because of a run!

  6. Ashley J says:

    Fabulous idea, I love it!

  7. Meg this is fabulous! What a great recycling project and it’s cute to-boot!

  8. Rochelle says:

    I just might have to do this with a pair of tights that I have! I can’t wait to see what other DIY’s you come up with!

  9. Meg says:

    As a serial tights-ripper, I am thrilled by this idea (I think I even have a candidate pair to try this out on tonight…)! All I’ve ever DIYed with ripped tights was ghetto trouser socks to wear with pants and heels to the office.

    • Meg says:

      hehe I can’t stop laughing about your “ghetto” trouser socks. I’m sure they looked great!

  10. Rachael says:

    I just got a run in my favorite pair of gray tights too!! I think I want to try and make this headband and maybe the cami frill. I hope it’s okay I mentioned this is my very very new blog. You are so creative coming up with these ideas and your designs are just gorgeous!

  11. Ok….you are amazing! I just stumbled into your beautiful blog, and I can’t stop looking :) I love this “tights” theme you’ve got going on lately! Such creative ideas!!! Thanks for all the inspiration :)
    Can’t wait for more posts!

  12. Missy says:

    Hi, Megan. I just found your blog and I love it! I’m also in love with how many fun DIY projects you were able to make out a pair of tights. I haven’t been able to throw some of mine with holes away, but I never had a reason why. Now, I’m so glad I kept them. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Bette says:

    I love this tutorial, and your other ideas for recycling ruined tights. I’m not at all a crafty person, but I found this really easy to do, and a nice way to give a new lease of life to a rather special pair of tights – thanks so much!

    I blogged about my interpretation of the project – it’s here if you’d like to see it!

    http://betteontoast.blogspot.com/2011/05/spot-of-make-do-and-mend-for-war-effort.html

    • Meg says:

      WOW Bette!!! I love your projects!!! They turned out sooooo cute!! I totally love the ruffle you put on the socks!! Thanks so much for sharing your link hun! XOXO

  15. Cole says:

    I just made this headband in all of 5 minutes and it’s wonderful! So so so adorable, a wonderful idea for ruined tights!

  16. kelsey says:

    It looks amazing! You are a genius.

  17. Caitlin says:

    I didn’t have an old pair of tights so i went out and bought a pair off the clearance rack. It turned out so cute and it was incredibly easy too make! thanks for this tutorial! definitely worth the 2 bucks for the tights!

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  19. liloo says:

    brilliant !!

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  22. lindy says:

    Next i cut really thin strips out of the leg parts so they were still circles, and i used them as ponytail holders. i seem to always have a lot of ripped tights and an alarming shortage of ponytail holders so this plan is genius.