I consider pantyhose to be right up there with duct tape as a toolkit
essential. A friend with two daughters saves them for me.
Have a spool of nylon fish line that keeps getting loose? Got a box that you're tired of re-taping? Lost the straw thing on your WD-40... again? Pantyhose do it all and more! And they come in colors!! Even better, discarded pairs are FREE!
Step 1: What you need
Some version is usually available free from parents of little girls or big girls. In a pinch one could (shudder) purchase new pantyhose at any grocery or drug store.
B. Sharp scissors suitable for cutting cloth. If you don't have a pair of sewing scissors designated for "cloth only!'' this is a good reason to get a pair - and label them.
Step 2: Using pantyhose whole
There are a few uses for pantyhose in their original whole state.
You can actually bundle a bunch of packing boxes with one pair.
You can use them to keep foam pads on a camp cot. One leg over, one leg under, ignore the body. Because they are soft and stretchy, there's no hard ridge of cord to keep you awake.
They are big enough and strong enough to tie up queen sized memory foam or just about any other bedding.
Step 3: Cutting pantyhose into basic parts - 1 body + 2 legs
TIE FIRST! Tie off the legs before cutting them from the body. This allows the knots to be very close to the 'body'.
THEN snip off the legs. I usually keep a 'body' full of 'bodies' on hand along with a 'leg' full of legs.
Step 4: Things to do with whole legs
Legs are just the right size to go around Styrofoam coolers. Stretch the leg around the cooler and tie a knot. One leg at each end works well. You can usually remove and replace the legs without untying them.
This size is also handy for keeping sleeping bags, foam camping pads, or tarps rolled.