How Do You Cut Ballet Tights Into Shorts?


Ballet tights are a great way to keep your dancer’s legs covered while they’re practicing or performing. But sometimes it can be nice to let them show off a bit of their skin and create a unique look by cutting their ballet tights into shorts. Luckily, it’s an easy process that does not require any special sewing skills!

Step 1: Choose the Right Type of Tights

When selecting the type of tights you want to cut into shorts, make sure you choose a pair that is made from stretchy material like spandex or nylon. Other materials, like cotton, do not stretch and will not work as well.

You should also select a pair that is not too thick or too thin. If the tights are too thin, they may tear easily when cutting.

Step 2: Measure and Mark

Measure the desired length of your shorts on the dancer’s leg and mark it with a pen or marker. Make sure that the measurement is accurate so that you don’t end up with shorts that are too short or too long.

Step 3: Cut Carefully

Carefully cut along the line you marked in step two using sharp scissors. It may help to have an extra pair of hands to hold onto the fabric as you cut. Make sure to cut slowly and evenly so that the edges are smooth.

Step 4: Hem

You can either use an iron-on hemming tape or hand stitch the edges of your newly cut shorts in order to prevent fraying. If you choose to hand stitch, use small stitches and try not to pull on the fabric too much so that it doesn’t become misshapen.


Creating ballet shorts from tights is an easy way to give your dancer a unique look while still keeping them comfortable and covered up. To do this, make sure you choose stretchy tights made from spandex or nylon, measure and mark where you want them cut, then carefully cut along the line before finishing off with either iron-on hemming tape or hand stitching for a professional finish!