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How to Make Hosiery (pantyhose) Yarn aka Harn
Just because you get a run doesn't mean they're trash. This article provides detailed step-by-step instructions on how to process hosiery into yarn for any handcraft project.

Posted by Crochooley W. from Lake City, Florida, United States • Published See Crochooley W.'s 7 projects »
  • How to make a yarn. Hosiery Yarn - Step 1
    Step 1

    Lay pantyhose on cutting surface and fold in half. Cut the panty off at seam to legs.

  • How to make a yarn. Hosiery Yarn - Step 2
    Step 2

    Lay each leg on top the other, even up toe and cut off about 1/2" below seam.

  • How to make a yarn. Hosiery Yarn - Step 3
    Step 3

    You have a tube with openings at each end. Lay these out on your ironing surface and iron each leg using a light heat setting. (Note: A polyester setting works perfect.) Ironing will stretch out the legs which will make cutting so much easier. You can the difference.

  • How to make a yarn. Hosiery Yarn - Step 4
    Step 4

    Lay the ironed tube on cutting surface and fold the bottom up to within about 1/2" from the top. Begin cutting strips starting from the bottom fold up to 1st fold. This leaves that 1/2" area to top fold uncut (what I call the spine). (NOTE: The width of the strips are determined by your project needs). A typical width is 1 to 11/2" wide.

  • How to make a yarn. Hosiery Yarn - Step 5
    Step 5

    Because this is such light weight material, I would suggest running a afghan hook, knitting needle, etc. through the middle of the spine separating the layers.

    To make a single strip/continuous strand, place your scissors at one open end of the tube, cut the bottom off of the first section just under the spine.

  • How to make a yarn. Hosiery Yarn - Step 6
    Step 6

    Repeat this until you have reached opposite end of tube. Once you have reached the end, you should have one continuous strand.

  • How to make a yarn. Hosiery Yarn - Step 7
    Step 7

    To make a curl, take a section of the strip in each hand and pull. You will see it curl right before your eyes. Then move on to the next section and repeat until you have reached the end of the strip.

    Tips & Warnings
    Pantyhose is a very user-friendly, light weight material making it easy to cut through multiple layers at one tme. I've not had any difficulty lining up seems.
    The panty section can be used for other household cleaning projects.

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js-m crafts
js-m crafts · Newry, Northern Ireland, GB · 19 projects
Thanks for the tutorial
Jennifer T.
Jennifer T. · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US
is also great for using instead metals in jewelry projects if you're allergic to nickel, etc.

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