socks to tights

Evidently I don't know how to shop. I can never find anything, like tights for Phoebe. I'm stumped. I was really stumped right before Christmas and in desperate need of some holiday tights so I improvised. I cut the legs off some white tights and sewed knee socks to the ends. I sewed a little foot shape at the end and voila. Striped tights. They're a little funky at the foot but they look cute with her boots and they'll definitely do in a pinch. Now where does one find cute baby tights?!

95 thoughts on “socks to tights

  1. jenny says:

    The only place I’ve consistently found baby tights is at the Carter’s store & outlet, and at the Osh Kosh outlet (my mom lives near a bunch of outlet stores). They both carried nice tights – cool stripes, flowers, even butterflies (Santa brought the butterfly tights).
    Hanna Andersson has great tights too, but they tend to be expensive if you don’t get them on sale…

  2. Meaghan Read says:

    Try Hanna Anderson and Lands End.
    Definitely Hanna Anderson and if your near a store, they are having their winter sale. Good Luck.

  3. Nancy says:

    hillary
    those are so great!
    now where do you find great knee socks?
    I saw these great tights at Milk Drop Design. One leg is black and one white but, I can’t figure out how to order. I emailed them and am waiting. I always happen upon the best tights at independent stores. I’m going to check back here and see what other people say because I’m obsessed with tights

  4. kyrie says:

    Definitely Hanna Andersson! They are awesome and really last. The tights I got for my first daughter look like new and are ready for my third little girl after being worn nearly continuously for a couple of years by #1 and #2. :)

  5. Terri Moran says:

    Hi- I think the ones you made look great. To save yourself the trouble Hanna Andersson has the best ones ever.(I double-checked the spelling, and yup there’s two s”s.

  6. stephanie says:

    Too cute and funny. In a pinch I’ve found cute patterned tights at Target. You have to look with the girl’s socks and underwear not with the baby stuff. I’ve found 2 or 3 cute pairs of tights there.

  7. Holly says:

    Hanna Andersson, as so many others have said, is fabulous. I’ve also had great luck at Gymboree. Both stores have excellent sales if you watch for them.

  8. Nancy says:

    me again
    yes, this is a subject of much interest to me
    i like mp tights for me so i’m sure they are good for babies
    and yes hanna has some good ones
    but what about knitting some- this pattern might be worth a shot. i know i want to try it
    search-keep baby warm leggings on ravelry

  9. Mindy says:

    I found some cute striped ones in November in Walmart. There were in the baby aisle with the socks but like on an endcap in a hanging cardboard box. The ones I bought were brown, pink, white, and olive green striped — they had others too.

  10. momochan1974 says:

    I always got my girls’ tights at H&M, but that was years ago, so I am not sure of what is available now.
    My one bit of advice though, is to always order a size bigger then what they wear, I always found tights to shrink and then not fit without a lot of crazy pulling and stretching, with the bigger size it was a lot easier to wrestle them into them! :)

  11. Michelle Tang says:

    I’m Queen El Cheapo, so for my gals it’s Old Navy, Target (I get them on clearance the day after whatever holiday it is, since tights usually go for at least two or three sizes each), and Gymboree Outlet. Oh, man, now the entire craft blogging world knows what a cheapskate I am. What size does Phoebe need? I might have a few that need passing on (if you’re not adverse to handmedowns), or if I find some I can send them to you/her.

  12. kirsten says:

    oh, see if you want to find them in the store you have to buy them in the summer. winter tights. it never fails to astonish me that there are no tights to be had in december and january, when tights are still needed.
    swimsuits, yes. tights, no.

  13. christine says:

    Oh – i put my vote in for Hanna Andersson! They are HQed in Portland, so we’re lucky to have one of their outlet stores in town. Good quality stuff and awfully cute!

  14. Kari says:

    I hate Target tights – you get what you pay for there. My favorites have been Landsend and Hannah Anderson, they stay stretchy and I’ve passed the same pair down through all 3 of my girls.

  15. LIlia Benjamin says:

    Target! I have often bought cute tights there for both of my girls, from baby to size 12 now. Also as others have suggested, Hanna Andersson. Pricey but SO cute and comfy. And also, Lands End. Cute, not too wild. When they’re in season, GAP also sells them as well as Gymboree. You can always try ebay for lots or reduced price. But GREAT improvisation.

  16. Jenna says:

    I have three girls, so I’m an expert on tights. You can get them many places like Target, Gap, old Navy, Gymboree, Hannah A., shoe stores, wherever. The thing is you can only buy them in AUGUST. Back-to-School. Buy lots because when they start to wear out in the spring they are nowhere to be found. I have to say, though, I’m not so “expert” that I would have ever been so clever to craft them as well as you have. Bravo!

  17. Susan says:

    Here’s my 2 cents: old navy, gap, gymboree and the children’s place. Lands End has good ones, but I hate to pay to ship.

  18. Kuky says:

    I’ve found cute tights at Target before. But the selection is sort of hit and miss. But it’s also easy because we’re already there for something else.

  19. Pat T says:

    Yet another vote here for Hanna Andersson and Gymboree, also try Baby/kids gap – some cute striped ones there too! This has been an especially abundant tights and leggings year for my just turned 2 year old little girl.
    Children’s place has some cute plain leggings with lace at the bottom too.

  20. Kristin says:

    The others have touched on many of my favs:
    Hanna (ebay can be a good source)
    Gymboree
    Lands End
    Old Navy (but I do mostly plain tights from them)
    A friend recently recommend The Children’s Place for tights for my 6 yo. Not as nice as Hanna, but not nearly as spendy either.

  21. Corinne says:

    First, great job on the tights! I would never have been so ingenious or successful in a pinch like that!
    But I have had the best luck at H & M, and then the Gap, when I was desperately trying to find brown cable knits last Halloween!
    Good luck in future tight endeavors!
    (and you know, it does seem easiest to find them, when you don’t really need them!)

  22. Cassie says:

    Cutting the arms off old shirts and turning them into leg warmers is cheap, easy and eco-friendly. I always find lots of turtlenecks with all sorts of holiday designs on them at the Goodwill. BTW, I love your blog!

  23. Emily says:

    Girl, you really know how to improvise! Cute! I have found Gap tights super cheap at the end of the season when they go on sale. Like 1.99 cheap. I think my girls will be in tights until they are pre-teens! I also like Hanna Anderssen–they are the only white tights I have been able to hand down, because they really last.

  24. arb says:

    kidsurplus.com sells two nice brands, Sternlein (from Germany) and Country Kids. The Sternlein seem to run big for us: I got a pair of size 2-4 for my petite 3.5 yr old and they are way too long. The Country Kids are great: soft & thick with nice colors & stripes. This site also sells Striderite shoes at an amazing discount.

  25. Myrnie says:

    You are amazing! Even in your “punting” you’re amazing :) I’ve found fun “big baby” tights at Target (perhaps for 12 months and up) Seems to be such a seasonal thing, but I love what you did for Pheobe :)

  26. Lotta says:

    There is a serious Chicagoland cute tight shortage. I’ve looked everywhere man. Even the master tight maker Hanna Anderson wasn’t cutting it!
    So far the best tight source for us has to be Ebay UK. http://www.ebayuk.com. “Next” is a great shop/keyword.
    Happy hunting!

  27. katy says:

    I’ve found the cutest and biggest selection of tights at H & M. I’m living in Europe where there is an awesome kids section at H & M, but not sure if the H & Ms in the U.S. have one (I know they don’t in Seattle where I just moved from)
    Anyhoo, good luck – not sure my comment is really very helpful. Gymboree and Hanna Andersson also have cute tights (but not the huge selection of STRIPED ones like H&M)

  28. bunnybear says:

    Hanna Andersson and Gymboree. Although with Gymboree it tends to depend on what the current line is. Hanna’s are usually cute all the time. My sister dresses her twins with Hanna stuff that she gets from eBay. It takes a bit out of the price bit.
    I love your sock idea.

  29. valerie says:

    i’m going to wince after i say it, but oilily has the cutest tights ever made. on sale they are still pricey for tiny tights, but they are so so SO cute. i have a few pairs squirreled away already, though i don’t even know if my stow away is a girl yet!

  30. Asha says:

    Not sure if anyone suggested Gap, don’t ever read others comments and nor do I have time…
    I bought a cute pair online, they have lots of stripes like the ones I see on Pheobe. My daughter just fell in love with tights, it’s a special day when she sees I have them in the morning, she loves the feel I guess.

  31. Asha says:

    Just checked and Gap seems to be out of good tights, they sell out very fast. I bought my daughter the striped Fair Isle ones and they are sold out. I’d check on ebay if you can’t find a good selection and a note about Gap tights, they run big.

  32. Cara says:

    Cute tights improvisation, love it! If you’re looking to buy them straight off the rack, however, I’ve had great luck with The Children’s Place, Old Navy, Crazy8, Gymboree, and Target. They all carry funky patterned/striped tights, but they usually come out at the beginning of August and are gone by December, so you just have to buy ahead. Oh well, next year!

  33. susaninfrance says:

    great idea, wow thriftcraft! miniboden & hannah. du pareil au meme (dpam.com) if you can get some from france they are super quality and not expensive–they are going through my second girl and could do several more.

  34. Ami Anderson says:

    Hello. I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and never comment. I love getting a little glimpse of the beautiful things you make–very inspiring. My little girl is, I think, close in age to your Phoebe. (Mine’s b-day is 6/9/07). She received these tights: http://www.cocobonbons.com/pc-431-36-26f08tht-partridge-collection-tights.aspx for Christmas from my sister and they are adorable. I also have several hand-me-down pairs from the GAP that are super cute. (They’re old, though. I don’t know what’s in stores now). And, I recently noticed that Gymboree has some cute ones on sale right now.

  35. mary says:

    Super cute. My girls have a bunch of one size too small tights that still fit the waist, just too short. I cut off the feet and footless tights. They can wear socks with boots. I think you could probably just keep the white tights whole and cut the feet off of socks and slide them over like leg warmers.
    I usually get tights at target and TJMaxx, we have a bunch of gap hand me downs and they really last.

  36. Gretchen says:

    I get tights for my 3 girls at Land’s End, Target, and The Children’s Place. Land’s End are by far the best I’ve gotten- they’ve both been handed down and lasted several seasons. Warm, too!

  37. Eva says:

    My favorite brand–even above Hanna Andersson—is Country Kids. Both their footless and footed tights ROCK, and the sizing is generous so we are averaging two winters (and cold wet Seattle Springs) with this brand. Hanna tights are great also. I buy Country Kids at a local shop but here is a good-looking website for them http://www.comfykid.com/CountryKidsTights.htm

  38. Juli Marcellus says:

    The easy ones are Gap, Gymboree (hate their matchy-matchy stuff but if you just buy one thing from a line…) Target, Old Navy. You’ve probably searched all of these but keep an eye out. When they come out with new lines, they make new tights.
    As for the more obscure brands MP (European brand, Garnet Hill carries them & you can get them on Ebay for discount) Nowali (Fun, funky, used to make tights for Heather Ross’s Munki Munki clothing line (don’t get me started, boo-hoo)) Oilily (fun but be prepared to pay through the nose)
    “Country Kids” brand has great tights in great patterns/colors & hold up well.
    That’s all I can think of right now…I’m tired!

  39. Amanda @ www.kiddio.org says:

    Hmmm, I was going to say Target, but I found those knee socks in my stocking and happen to know that they came from that very place. How about the Little Miss Matched tights? Each leg is different, so espeically fun! Gymboree always has fun tights, too, but they’re a bit spendier (particularly they way my girls wear them [out!] :)

  40. cait says:

    I found really great tights for my 5mos old niece at a store called zara. They carry kids, ladies, and mens clothes. They’re an interesting store with decent prices.. not sure if there’s one where you are – I’m in Vancouver, BC.

  41. Amanda says:

    I used to work for Oshkosh/Carter’s and I’d have to say that they usually have the best deals. Especially at the end of the season (i.e. now).
    Same goes for leggings.
    Though, your quick fix is super sweet. I might just take that up.

  42. cecile says:

    Target and Walmart have nice ones, but you have to go early, in November probably… I know, too late. If you have a Okaidi store close to you, they have nice ones, too.
    I love your idea, though !
    Cecile

  43. Esther says:

    I’ve almost always seen what look to be good tights at Target and Old Navy. I don’t have any girls yet so I’ve never used them, just bought them for little girls I know. Good luck!

  44. alison says:

    Target’s are worth the clearance price. I buy every striped variety at $2/pair. I’ve had great luck with Hanna Andersson and the Gap. Haven’t tried Lands End. I’m sure they’re good, too.

  45. Allie says:

    i only got as far as the 12th post or so, but has anyone mentioned the children’s place? they carry tons of super cute tights for girls (i bought about five for each of my two girls this christmas). if you don’t have a store near you, their website is fantastic, and shipping is always $5…
    one thing…their fit is a bit off, but only for bigger girls. toddler sizes are right on.

  46. Jennifer says:

    I’ve always had good luck finding cute tights at The Children’s Place. There’s an outlet store near us and tights are often marked down to 99 cents!

  47. Shannon says:

    what an awesome idea! I am going to keep my eyes peeled for kneesocks now.
    Hanna Anderson, The Gap, Lands end, Gymboree. Their tights are great and have lasted through two girls.
    Old Navy has great pattened ones that last but the cableknit ones dont seem to as well.
    Your idea is cooler though!

  48. Erin Paisley-Stueber says:

    That’s what I’d like to know…They had NONE at Target when I went looking for some baby tights to match a christmas outfit! Of course, I went after Christmas, and they had a ton on sale. Go figure.
    great tip though!

  49. Sonya says:

    I’m not sure if you have them in the US but H&M kids have the kinds of tights that you just made. I bought my niece some cool ones with circles. I also find great tights at Target.

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