How to Make Stockings Out of Pantyhose

Updated February 21, 2017

Pantyhose, which cover your legs and panty area, prove confining and uncomfortable in warmer temperatures. If the full body coverage of pantyhose doesn't appeal to you, there's no need to purchase an alternative, such as a stocking. Instead, you can make your own stockings out of your unwanted pair of hose. Whether you want thigh-high or knee-high stockings, a few alterations and a little extra adhesive help can turn your old hosiery into a new and useful product.

Put on the pantyhose and mark them with a black marker where you want to cut them -- either mid-thigh or right below the knee.

Remove the pantyhose and cut each leg where you made the mark to remove the top portion of the hose.

Paint the cut edges of the pantyhose with clear nail polish and allow the nail polish to dry. This will seal the edge of the stockings and keep them from unravelling so you can use them more than once.

Slide into your new stockings and attach double sided tape to your skin and the upper edge of the stockings. This will hold them in place while you wear them.


Use enough double-sided tape to secure the stockings, not just one or two tiny pieces. Apply clear nail polish immediately around the edge of any laddering or runs that may develop during wear. This will help preserve the stockings for future use.


Don't use a permanent marker when marking the pantyhose because it might mark through the hose and stain your skin.

Things You'll Need

  • Black marker
  • Scissors
  • Clear nail polish
  • Double-sided fabric tape
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Based in Texas, Cynthia Measom has been writing various parenting, business and finance and education articles since 2011. Her articles have appeared on websites such as The Bump and Motley Fool. Measom received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin.