51 comments on “An Easy Way to Turn a Sock into a Pair of Doll Tights

  1. I have just received an email from Rose who says,
    ‘I had done the same thing for my My Friend Mandy Dolls years ago. But I sewed the seam between the legs before cutting the sock. That way, I didn’t have to line up the pieces after cutting. I serged the edges after I cut the sock.’
    And this sounds like a great idea, thanks for that suggestions Rose.
    Happy sewing

    • That’s how I make them…I don’t cut until I get those seams in place! Things move too much for me if I don’t do it that way. 🙂

      • Yes Linda, I’ve seen that done and agree it may be easier to sew the seam in place before cutting the sock 🙂

  2. This is a wonderful and creative idea!! I am going to have to try this. Thanks Peggy for sharing with Rosie and thanks Rosie for sharing with us!

  3. Cherrylmaree on Dec 10, 2012 12:44 am | Reply

    I love this idea..even my little grand-daughters ( 9 & 6 ) will be able to make these…clever lady. thank you for sharing. Merry Christmas to everybody.

  4. Thank you so much for this really clever idea. My eldest granddaughter, who has just learned to sew, is making clothes for her younger sister who has an American Doll so this is a perfect project for her to use up all their one type socks that the “dryer” has eaten the matching one or the one sock that doesn’t have a hole in it and doesn’t match any other kind. Great way to recycle!!

  5. Thank you for this wonderful idea. I have a request for anyone who has made these tights. I want to make some for my granddaughter’s American Girl Doll but I don’t have her doll to measure. Can anyone provide a length and crotch length for tights with feet and without feet?

    • Peggy Stirling on Dec 10, 2012 10:26 pm | Reply

      If I was at home I would give you the exact measurements, but I am out of the country for another week or so and the best I can do is to have you look at the photos #7 & #8. It is of the finished pair of tights. By fluke I managed to place the doll and tights on my cutting mat that is measured out in inches and half inches. You will get a good idea of the correct size by counting out the inches marked off next to the doll. I am thinking that from the top of the sock to the bottom you will need to cut it at the 11 inch mark. Then measure from the bottom to the crotch level at 6 or 7 inches. Since the socks stretch so easily in both directions I wouldn’t panic about having it totally exact. Good luck with it. I would love to see how yours turn out. There are more great ideas for using knee socks and shorter length socks and I hope they’ll be coming soon in Rosie’s blogs. There are so many options and fun things to make with socks. Good luck with it.

      • Pam Whitaker on Nov 4, 2014 9:13 pm | Reply

        Peggy if you are going to do much sewing, go to Walmart or Target and buy one of their 18″dolls. Strip the doll and you have a perfect model to go by!

    • Hi Cheryl, The crotch is about 3 inches down from the top and for the full length I would cut the sock 10 inches from the top (7 inches from the crotch). I hope that helps.
      I will be sharing more of Peggy’s sock creations in coming blogs so be sure to check back for more great ideas.
      Happy sewing

  6. Cheryl@ Sew Can Do on Dec 10, 2012 5:16 pm | Reply

    Great idea & tutorial. I’ve pinned this to try later! Thanks for sharing.

  7. I cut crotch at 4″ and leg at 7″ total length 11″. The width is 1& 3/4 wide.

    I also make leggings = reduce leg length by 2″ and hem.

  8. Susan townsend on Dec 20, 2012 11:56 am | Reply

    What a great idea I rather like the stripped socks. What a great idea! I will have to make a pair for my Grandaughters new American Doll
    I have spoent 2 months making clothes for her doll and I have so many packages its crazy. I klike to wrap individually so it looks like more and it looks like enough for 10 dolls 🙂 But again thank you for sharing.

  9. peggy.stirling@ns.sympatico.ca on Dec 27, 2012 1:48 am | Reply

    Susan, I did the same thing last Christmas for both of my granddaughters. They each had 27 different complete outfits and then I bought storage trunks and accessories (hangers, etc.) to store everything in. I wrapped each outfit separately and placed them inside the wrapped trunk. They were thrilled. This year I made more stuff for them all year long. I did a lot of playing around with different ideas that were inspired by things I found online and came up with the knee socks into tights idea among several other sock transformations that will soon be shared in some of Rosie’s future blogs.
    I know your granddaughter will be as enchanted as mine were last year. This year I bought them each their own sewing machines and they will learn to sew their own doll clothes from Rosie’s tutorials. They are very excited abut learning to sew and at 7 & 8 years old have already started on projects.

  10. lane.family@yahoo.com on Jan 2, 2013 5:55 pm | Reply

    Hi Mrs.Rosie ,
    I just finished my first pair of tights and they look great.
    It was simple and I am certienly going to make another pair but not right now I am about to go make a sarong
    Thank You for all the help you have given me, I have always ENJOYED sewing but now I am LOVING sewing.
    Thank You sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
    Much . I love your dolls .I got Caroline For christmas , my mom won her in a giveaway.What are your dolls names?
    Amy L.

    • Hi Amy, It is great to hear that you are loving sewing now and busy making many new outfits for your dolls. Wow your mom was very lucky to win Caroline for you for Christmas…what a wonderful surprise that must have been!

  11. I love this idea! Just made a few pairs with my daughter and used the leftover toe pieces to make a cap. Super cute. Thanks for this.

  12. Thanks so much! I just made two pairs of leggings from one pair of socks! Your tutorial was perfect and so easy to follow! Thanks!

  13. What a wonderful tutorial! Thank you. This was so easy and came together quickly. Whee!

  14. Debi Mason on Dec 25, 2015 12:36 am | Reply

    I loved the easy transformation from sock to tights! I have, just in time, six sets of doll clothes for my granddaughters. The leggins were a great idea and fast!

  15. Andrea Wilson on Dec 27, 2015 12:08 am | Reply

    This was so helpful! My granddaughter came and asked for socks and tights for her new doll and in an instant I was able to hand her a pair and deplete my sock bag at the same time! Thank you!

  16. Jacqui "Magpie" Graham on Dec 27, 2015 2:43 am | Reply

    I am going to make these for my granddaughter’s Maplelea Doll (the Canadian equivalent of the American Girl doll). The beanie and tube top are also great ideas! Wouldn’t it be fun to modify the pattern into a mermaid’s tail? I will try this and let you know how it goes.

  17. Just made a pair with my daughter took just a few minutes! Thanks for the instructions!

  18. All you can do with socks, you can do with long sleeves of pullovers, shirts etc. as well. If the hem of the sleeve is too loose, just put some rubber band in it. Great idea, making tricky little tights in such a simple way, thanks for sharing!

  19. Instead of cutting inner leg up to crotch I sew these seams first
    Then cut
    Faster and better control of stretchy fabric
    Thx for great ideas

  20. Angela Sciurca on Jan 15, 2017 7:44 pm | Reply

    I’ve done this with fancy, lacy tights from the Dollar Store to make dress up tights for AGD’s. They looks so pretty with little Christmas dresses.

    • Yes, this would look sooo pretty. I’d love to see photos if you get the chance to email them to me and I can include them in my next Share and Tell blog 🙂

  21. carla54760 on Mar 5, 2017 9:01 pm | Reply

    une idée fantastique !!! un grand grand merci de la France
    thanks a lot !
    (A fantastic idea !!! A big thank you from France
    Thanks a lot!)

  22. Thank you Rosie for these step by step tutorial. I had just made my american girl doll a pair of leggings out of a sock and it looks so cute

  23. What a great idea, just found this website but will be back for more, My niece just got a American doll And i was wondering if the Walmart dolls would have the same measurement..

    • Hi Ramona, as I’m in Australia I haven’t seen them personally (we don’t have a Walmart here) so I’ve asked the ladies in my Facebook group and they tell me that they are very similar to the new AG dolls and they use my 18 inch American Girl doll clothes patterns for them and they fit well. Happy sewing 🙂

  24. Robyn Baldwin on Aug 27, 2018 8:51 am | Reply

    Of course this is a wonderful idea, I have been on Google looking for it, I should come here first!! Can’t wait to try it .

  25. Marie Hodges on Mar 25, 2019 3:46 pm | Reply

    Making 18″ doll clothes for two 9 year old great granddaughters, sewing 2 of everything just in different colors. This sock pattern idea will be great.

  26. Jayne Daily on Aug 14, 2019 11:34 pm | Reply

    Thanks for the great sock/tights idea. I can’t find tights local and was dreading having to order on line. I’m so happy!

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