How to Make Grippy Socks

Make Grippy or No-Skid Socks:

I’ve learned something important since Little Peanut started walking. Toddlers and hardwood floors don’t mix! After watching her slip and slide for a day or two (even while wearing Carter’s no-skid socks), I knew stronger measures were required.

But why buy a pair of grippy socks for $4 when you can buy a whole pack of regular socks for $5? It was time to experiment. I stopped at Michael’s and got a pack of fabric paint (using a 40% off coupon, of course). You can also get fabric paint on Amazon.

Make Grippy or No-Skid Socks:

Then I laid out some socks, heel side up.

Make Grippy or No-Skid Socks:

The directions on the fabric paint suggested to practice on a paper towel. “I don’t need to do that!” I thought. “How hard could it be?”

Ahem. These were supposed to be daisies. Practice on a paper towel first.

Make Grippy or No-Skid Socks: 

Properly chastened, I decided to start with straight lines. Much easier!

Make Grippy or No-Skid Socks:

Once I got into the swing of things, I was able to make teeny little hearts. Remember that these are very small socks!

Make Grippy or No-Skid Socks:

It only took a few minutes to paint these and about 4 hours for them to dry. Now if I could just find the match to that heart sock…

Make Grippy or No-Skid Socks:

You could even use this method to make yourself some slipper socks, or make no-skid socks for a senior in your life!

Do you have any other clever uses for fabric paint? Share with us in the comments!

This article was shared on Small Footprint Friday, Fabulously Frugal Thursday, Thank Your Body Thursday, Simple Lives Thursday The Thrifty Home and Wildcrafting Wednesday.

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  1. says

    Wow – thanks for a GREAT idea! My little one has fallen on our floors more times than I can count. This is a great way to fix those slippery slippers : )

  2. says

    I use it anytime I crochet slippers for someone extra grip is always good, it cuts down on the static electricity from crocheted slippers too.

    As to other uses for fabric paint….my littles and I up-cycled old cd-roms by decorating the silver side with fabric paint (practice on paper towel FIRST!) not too thick or it takes ages to dry, then hot glue a loop of ribbon on the back of one and finally, glue two decorated cds, ugly sides together, and hang…perfect as lovely sun catchers in the window, or as a theme decoration for a holiday (we used it as christmas ornaments).

    …..We also use fabric paint to mark the size of sheets in our linen closet. Makes it easier for the kids to grab the corresponding size without upsetting the entire stack.

  3. says

    Brilliant! And I’m seriously impressed with your artwork on those teeny socks! (I miss teeny socks. My youngest is 7. And his feet are stinky, not cute baby feet anymore. Sniff.) Very cute idea!

  4. says

    Great idea! We have very steep stairs and most of the time my kids don’t wear socks in the house because they slip going up and down the stairs if they do. This would be a great and fun solution. :-) I’m pinning this; thanks!

  5. Tiffany says

    i made these for my barre class but puffy paint just doesn’t feel the same as the paint they use for their socks. i’m so sad. i feel like i just wasted a pair of cute socks.

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