Cut off the elastic tops of your tights and stockings before throwing them away. I use the stocking tops for hair bands and scrunchies. I use the elastic from the waistband of tights to secure my rubbish bag around the bin and also to keep the cat litter bag in place. I have used the legs from old tights to secure a parcel. Nice and strong!
By Monique from Somerset, UK., Weston-super-Mare
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Need a (rubber) band, a head band, gift wrap or small tourniquet in a hurry? Use an old nylon stocking that has been cut in strips to securely tie, organize or wrap small things together.
I found a hole in my hold-up stockings and nearly binned them. Then I decided to use it as an "Alice" band to keep my hair out of my eyes when doing housework or when washing my face.
Use an old knee-hi stocking to bring a quick polish to gloss-finished shoes. Just hold on to each end of the knee-hi and buff away!
For crochet projects that need filling: Give old knee-highs a new life. Use them as filling material.
Using Elastic from Pantyhose. Another great use for pantyhose! Save the waistband to use in place of elastic when making a skirt for yourself...
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How do you use old panty hose and/or nylon stockings when they can no longer be worn.
I cut the legs, horizontally, to make stretch bands. These are great for tying up plants because they stretch, and allow for growth, and give a little against the wind, etc. I use them for my tomatoes, and raspberry canes.
Also, a clean leg works as a great tie to hold an ice pack, or hot pack in place. Again, it's the stretch.
Finally, if you have a lot of those plastic bags, stuff them into the legs of the pantyhose, a cut in the toe will allow you to pull them out as needed. The waistband can be pinned to a wire hanger. This method also works for rags, and yarn. For yarn cut the legs at he knees, and stuff the skein into the waist pull the end out of the opening at the knee.
I use old pantyhose and nylons to stuff dolls and pillows. It is very soft and washable.
If you cover a styrofoam ball with a nylon or panty hose it will give the effect of skin, such as: doll's face, Santa etc.
Our dryer vents into our breezeway (a screen-enclosed play/storage area) so we attached one of my old thigh highs with a rubber band to keep the lint from filling the room with dust. You could do the same thing with an outside dryer vent to cut down on the dust directly outside your house.
I find many uses for old pantyhose. I cut several up into 2 to 6 inch pieces and use the different sizes for different things. The 4 inch pieces are great to use for removing nail polish. They do a better job than cotton balls. I use the 6 inch squares for washing my face. You get a gentle facial scrub with them without buying the scrub products. The whole family uses the 2 inch squares for fishing. For the soft type baits, (liver, etc.) that won't stay on the hooks, just place a piece of bait in the square and twist it up around the bait. Run the hook through the pantyhose and you've got bait that isn't going anywhere. I also like to use pantyhose for soft sculpting little "people" faces. A scrap of hose, a long needle, some cotton batting, and a length of thread is all it takes.
I use old panty hose to make a breathable bag to hold Zeolite. I fill the bags with zeolite, and place them all around the house to control odors and moisture. One pound of Zeolite in the refrigerator in a panty hose bag works better than baking soda and by laying out in the sun for several hours once a month, you can use them over and over.
Nothing beats old pantyhose for buffing shoes or boots after polishing - gives a high gloss shine
Another great use for old pantyhose is to cut thin strips to tie garden plants like tomatoes to cages or fencing. The color blends well with the background and makes the garden much more pleasing and "natural" in appearance. The pantyhose strips are also very strong and will withstand wind and weather. I have reused these strips year after year. Hint: I've had good luck cutting the strips across the leg in a tubular rubber band type cut and then snipping and tying the strips together.
At camp or in the yard - drop bar soap - several smaller pieces is fine - to use them up down into a knee high and tie it in a knot and hang it on the water faucet!
I use them to stuff small crocheted/sewn critters. They are also great for cutting and stretching and keeping your plants/flowers from drooping.
This is a page about making a recycled stocking scrubby. Panty hose have many more uses, even after they develop a run or get torn or snagged.
Soft sculptured dolls are fun to make and easy to create for any occasion. This cute doll is a wonderful Valentine's Day gift. This is a page about making a soft sculpture Cupid doll from old nylons.