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« on: November 13, 2015 12:49:14 PM »

So… I wear a lot of sheer black tights. I wear them 4-10 times on average before they're ripped up beyond repair (we're talking top to bottom ladders and holes at the toes that I can fit my entire foot through), and this sadly means that I also throw away a lot of them, generally one pair each week. It doesn't matter what brand I use; the expensive ones don't last much longer than the cheap dollar store kind. I guess I just live a tights-unfriendly life.

However, I feel like a horribly wasteful person sending so much of these to the landfill. Is there any craft I could do with ripped up nylon tights? Or is there a way to otherwise recycle them? Tips to increase how many times you can wear them would be very welcome too… (Or if you happen to have found THE perfect brand of near-indestructible tights… Please share!)

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« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2015 02:10:34 PM »

If you wash them and gently stretch them out before wearing, they seem to last longer.
I use old tights to store onions in.  I put an onion in then tie a knot and then another knot and then an onion then I hang them in my shed. When I need an onion I just cut one off the chain.
If you drop a bunch of tiny things like beads on the carpet, cover the end of the vacuum hose with a piece of tights and recover the beads  without losing them in the dust recepticle.
Use clear nail polish to stop a run from getting bigger.
Wadded up hose is good for wiping down mini blinds and base boards.
Put small pieces of soap in a bit of hose and use ever bit of soap up.
I have used them on my swiffer when I am out of cloths.
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« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2015 02:17:00 PM »

When I was a kid, my mother washed her damaged tights and I cut them up in strips to use as filling for small pillows I made.
Yep, I started recycling at an early age.
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« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2015 05:51:55 PM »

I love to use old tights to hold my tomatoes and other veggies to their stakes.  Just cut them into strips and give gardening friends a pack--they will love you for it!

If you wash them first then freeze them (and let them thaw, of course!), that seems to make them last a bit longer....and use clear nail polish to stop runs as soon as you catch them.  I see a lot of snags...that usually means that either your skin is dry and catching them or you put lotion on too soon to wearing them....both catch and snag hose/tights.  Not sure if you are into them or not, but true stockings, the kind you wear with a garter belt, really do last a lot longer. For inexpensive daily wear, I buy L'eggs by the dozen...very inexpensive.  H&M have pretty nice tights as well at about $10.  I have one pair of tights that cost almost $40 a pair, but they are still around after infrequent wear (once or twice a month?) for about three years!

oh..if you put some stuffing in the toe and knot them up, they make fun toys for dogs and cats.  Crunch them up to put in large pots so you don't waste potting soil.  Water goes right through them and they also give the plants air.
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« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2015 10:02:53 PM »

I used mine to make dolls  following the instructions in this video. It is in Chinese but the demonstration is so clear that doesn't matter.
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« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2015 08:53:22 AM »

Yes indeed!  That was a fun tutorial!  I used some nylons to make one of those darlings!  Socks that have lost partners can also be used in this tutorial!
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« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2015 08:57:09 AM »

love the grungy look the ripped tights make Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2015 10:05:16 AM »

Ummm....you could dye your legs black? Then the holes would not show or you wouldn't even need to wear tights.  Grin

Tights that have gone beyond the pale....
Use them for plant ties
make a braided rug
stuffing for dotees, ninnis, stuffies, dog toys.
braid them for rope or a belt
make creepy hanging moss or black cobwebs at Halloween
pull over your head and rob a bank or terrorize the neighborhood

LOL...there must be some use for them!

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« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2015 09:26:21 AM »

I've heard hair spray can stop runs, too.

I have kinda the opposite problem; I like to use them to tie orchids to trees, but it's too hot to wear stockings here, so I never have any old ones on hand.
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« Reply #9 on: February 05, 2016 07:37:47 PM »

If the holes can be worked around you could cut each tight into a long strip and crochet or knit with it!
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