DIY: MAKE YOUR OWN PATTERN TIGHTS
Well, it’s officially autumn! Time to switch your wardrobe from summer brights to warm, earthy tones and embrace the changing weather. Although it’s bit of a bummer this gorgeous summer we’ve been having is wrapping up, the silver lining for me is the fashion. I LOVE autumn fashion! Especially tights!
Pattern tights are a fun way to add a splash of colour to a simple outfit and they’re really easy to customise and make at home! I definitely didn’t invent this DIY – but here’s my interpretation on how to try it out yourself.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Coloured tights
- Contact paper
- Fabric paint (white works best on most colours)
- Craft punch
- Paint brush
Here’s how to do it yourself:
- Start by trimming a long, thin piece of cardboard (a similar weight to a cereal box) to insert inside the tights. This does 2 things – firstly it keeps the tights flat which makes it easier to paint on the pattern, and secondly it prevents the paint from bleeding through to the back of the tights. Make sure you round the edges so you don’t poke a hole in the material.
- Use your craft punch on the contact paper and create lots of little templates of your pattern.
- Stick the individual templates onto your tights in whatever pattern and spacing you like – there’s no rule around how to place them but in this example, I used around 25 hearts on the front of each leg and 25 on the back.
- Give your heart templates a coat of fabric paint. Wait until they completely dry and then give them a second and third coat of paint.
- Once the paint is completely dry, carefully peel off the contact paper templates to reveal your pattern and you’re done!
Something I’ve learned along the way…
I’ve found that you get better results with a nice clean shape for the pattern rather than something too intricate. Hearts, bows, and balloons – all wins. Tiny birds and umbrellas – not as successful.
A handy tip before you start!
Tights obviously stretch when you pull them on which can cause a bit of a problem for the painted pattern. You don’t want your image to turn into a messy blob – not so cute. To reduce this stretched out effect, select a pair of tights in an extra large size – this will ensure they stretch as little as possible.
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Words by Nadia Draga.