And this is a weird fact about me — I have never thrown out a pair of nylons.
Not once. Not since I purchased my first pair with my own money, which was in 1993. Twenty years, y’all! It was a Junior High dance and I wore opalescent white nylons that made my legs white and shimmery like a unicorn. Obviously, it was awesome. My dress was rusty red velvet with a scalloped neckline (just like Chelsea Clinton wore on television (!!!)), my hair was big, my skin was bad, and my song was A Whole New World, the theme from Aladdin as sung by the spirited duo of Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle.
Unfortunately my pretty nylons got snagged on Heather Smirl’s braces when she went down break dancing to Rhythm is a Dancer and I had to move on to other things. My shimmering unicorn nylons joined my mother’s old flesh colored cast-offs in the rag bag and were used to store root vegetables in the pantry (‘sup panty hose), polish furniture, and tie back overgrowth along the side of the house. An unjustifiably unglamorous finish for such a delicate creature.
Nowadays I find more befitting ways to use my old snagged up pantyhose. Everyone knows the DIY Spanx trick right? You just cut control top pantyhose off at the knee? But then what do you do with the leftovers? You do lots of things – like headbands. Two legs of nylons can yield up to 20 headbands.
Take sharp scissors and cut straight across. Then 2” down, cut again. Try it on— too tight? Cut off a half inch and see how that feels. Too loose? Try cutting another band that’s 3” wide and see if that works. Generally, the more thin and delicate the fabric, the wider you will need to cut, whereas thick and colorful tights (like I used here) will require cuts much closer together. Experiment!
If you end up with leftovers, no problem, just wrap them around a couple of times and use them as pony-tail holders.
BAM. You’re welcome.
PS: On a related note with another weird thing to do with nylons, Chardonnay, Pantyhose, and Other Advice from my Mother.