Tights are a great way to add some fun to any outfit, an opportunity for something a little out of the ordinary. As the weather begins to cool for the Fall, we hate to think about storing away all of our dresses and skirts until the break of Spring again. Tights are the perfect solution to extending that wardrobe, and also a great opportunity to make something new! We’ve gathered five of our favorite tutorials for making tights and leggings, a great brisk weather staple. Check them out below — there’s something for grown-ups and kids alike in the mix!

1. DIY Perfect-fit Tights from Handmade by Carolyn

DIY Tights TutorialThis easy-to-follow tutorial walks you through sizing tights perfectly fit to your form — no buddy system needed, you can do it all yourself! We love that these tights fit over the feet, a great skill to have for making them for yourself or for a little one. Can’t you see yourself cozied up with something warm in these?

2. DIY Polka Dot Tights

DIY Polka Dot TightsHave a pair of tights that need some spark? We love adding embellishment to existing accessories, from stamping on denim to embroidery on tops! This tutorial is quick and fun, an easy way to add dots to a pair of store-bought tights.

3. Design and Sew Your Own Leggings from Etsy

Design and Sew your own LeggingsThis tutorial from the Etsy blog has really extensive details on what kind of fabric to choose, and how to draft a pattern before sewing. It’s a great process if you’re new to sewing with stretch fabrics, and packs in a lot of knowledge. With details on how to adjust your measurements for the amount of stretch in your materials, it’s a great guide for any stretch material project.

4. DIY Baby Tights

DIY Baby Tights Sewing TutorialFew things are cuter than a baby in tights, sweet little leggings over tiny diapers! But we also know that with crawling and playing outside, these things can wear down and get holes faster than you can make it back to the store for more. They’re also such an easy thing to slip on & off, that they make for a really great wardrobe staple for a little one. So pick out a line of your favorite knits and get to work — this tutorial makes it super easy to make them over and over for your little one!

5. Basic Leggings from Burda Style

Burday Leggings PDFThis pattern is a PDF download for basic leggings with foot holes. A great fit, and a great place to start if you prefer a structured pattern already laid out for you. Choose your favorite stretch lycra or cotton lycra blend and get to work on a great pair of leggings you can wear alone or under your favorite dress!

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