How to Make Grippy Socks

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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, I knew she was going to need some extra help.

Grippy socks aren't just for toddlers...these no-skid socks are easy to make and give steady footing for kids, Grandma, or in yoga class.

As adorable as these grippy socks are, I didn't want to buy them when she already had plain socks that could be grippi-fied. 😉

It was time to experiment.

I stopped at Michael's after work and got a pack of fabric paint (using a 40% off coupon, of course). You can also get fabric paint on Amazon.

Grippy socks aren't just for toddlers...these no-skid socks are easy to make and give steady footing for kids, Grandma, or in yoga class.
Then I laid out some clean, washed socks, heel side up.

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.

Grippy socks aren't just for toddlers...these no-skid socks are easy to make and give steady footing for kids, Grandma, or in yoga class.

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

Grippy socks aren't just for toddlers...these no-skid socks are easy to make and give steady footing for kids, Grandma, or in yoga class.

Grippy socks aren't just for toddlers...these no-skid socks are easy to make and give steady footing for kids, Grandma, or in yoga class.

Once I got into the swing of things, I was able to make teeny little hearts on her teeny little socks.

Grippy socks aren't just for toddlers...these no-skid socks are easy to make and give steady footing for kids, Grandma, or in yoga class.

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...Grippy socks aren't just for toddlers...these no-skid socks are easy to make and give steady footing for kids, Grandma, or in yoga class.

You could even use this method to make yourself some slipper socks, yoga socks, or make no-skid socks for your Grandma. She'll love them!

Grippy socks aren't just for toddlers...these no-skid socks are easy to make and give steady footing for kids, Grandma, or in yoga class.

Grippy socks aren't just for toddlers...these no-skid socks are easy to make and give steady footing for kids, Grandma, or in yoga class.

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35 Comments

  1. Brittny on July 26, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    Love this! I’m so over sorting so many socks for all the kids, about to buy everyone WHITE and BLACK socks. But I can’t find them with the grippies like I used to could find at Walmart and Target so want to try this!! Question: I usually wash the kids clothes on cool or warm and dry on medium or high. Would this work with the puff paint? Or any other tips for washing and drying?

  2. Jary on April 15, 2020 at 7:49 am

    I want to buy a few pairs of socks that can be worn all year round. This looks good, the quality is good, the thickness is also suitable, and the material is also comfortable with pure cotton. But it has a variety of colors. I don’t know what color to buy. Can you give me some suggestions?

  3. Maria Delwyn on March 15, 2020 at 6:14 am

    That’s very wonderful. Thank you for sharing this with everyone.

  4. Maria Gattuso on February 4, 2020 at 11:52 pm

    I am going through my boards on Pinterest to bake more often. I baked something similar. =D
    Thank you for this idea.

  5. Lisa on January 17, 2019 at 9:32 am

    I just tried this yesterday and this am I put the slippers on ( I used the dots pattern) but it makes a horrible noise on my floor as I walk ?) does anyone know if that goes away or is just part of what one has to tolerate after applying? I was wondering if any other pattern make a difference to the noise on laminate or hardwood? Any thoughts ?

    • Pam on January 18, 2019 at 9:11 am

      Hmmm…I don’t know! We have hardwood floors and I didn’t notice any sounds. Maybe try a different pattern and see how it turns out?

  6. Nicole M. on January 20, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    I tried this on a whim yesterday with puffy paint thinking the extra dimension would help with grip but it actually made the socks MORE skippy and now I’ve ruined three pairs of socks 🙁 I’m a lil apprehensive to try slick paint as it sounds like it would have its namesake effect as well 😛

  7. Jake on November 15, 2014 at 6:49 am

    How does it hold up through the wash?

    • Pam on November 17, 2014 at 10:33 am

      The grippy stuff lasted for about a year–she outgrew the socks first! I wash in cold water.

  8. Tiffany on October 31, 2013 at 10:36 am

    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.

  9. Katie Adams on June 14, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    This is so smart! Thank you for sharing this great tutorial. I wanted to let you know that I have added this project to my What Can You Make with a Pair of Socks Round Up. If you would rather I delete your project from this round up please let me know.

    Thanks and have a fabulous Day!

  10. Becky Elmuccio on March 12, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Brilliant! Thanks for sharing this over on Tuesday Greens and showing folks how to use things that you already have to upcycle them into another form.

  11. Michelle@Somedaycrafts on March 9, 2013 at 7:08 am

    This is such a fabulous idea! Just wanted to let you know that this will be featured at Someday Crafts tomorrow. Be sure to stop by and check it out!

  12. Hannah White on March 5, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Great idea!!! My mama has hardwoode floors so I can see I will be trying this out! Thanks for sharing with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday. I hope you stop by again today! http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2013/03/stamping-fun-at-eco-kids-tuesday.html

  13. NicoleW on March 4, 2013 at 5:08 am

    Totally brilliant! I am going to have to try this on my son’s socks!

  14. Paula on March 1, 2013 at 4:50 am

    Wonderful idea! And fun!! We’d love for you to link this up at our party! http://www.housewivesofriverton.com/2013/02/riverton-housewives-round-up-54.html

  15. Barb @ A Life in Balance on February 28, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Such a great idea! I think I’ll make some for my daughter for her Easter basket. Thanks for linking it at Fabulously Frugal Thursday.

  16. Stacy Risenmay on February 27, 2013 at 6:07 am

    This. Is. Genius. I love it! I am going to try this 🙂 Off to pin!

  17. Anonymous on February 26, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

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  18. Tonna @ USS Crafty on February 26, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Cool! I need to do this for my daughter’s socks!

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  19. Faith @ Artistic31Mama on February 26, 2013 at 10:38 am

    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!

  20. Mel@Mellywood's Mansion on February 23, 2013 at 6:03 am

    This is brilliant my 18 month old falls on our tiles all the time it’s hot at present so he can go with out but with Autumn coming up they will be needed soon thanks for sharing.

  21. Margo on February 22, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    This sounds like a great idea, maybe even for aging parents! Thanks for the tip!

  22. Kristina on February 22, 2013 at 3:45 am

    haha. This is so beyond Genius. Thank you.
    Found you on Blog Stalking Thursday

  23. A Daughter of the King on February 22, 2013 at 3:29 am

    Oh, now that is an idea for me. I practice yoga, but it is always cold in the gym. When I wear socks, I slip; when I don’t,I shiver. I might just try this!!! ~ Blessings

    • Brown Thumb Mama on February 22, 2013 at 7:01 pm

      Great idea! I hate being cold in yoga class. I’m going to make myself a pair with “Ommmmm” on the soles.

  24. bellavistafarm on February 22, 2013 at 1:13 am

    Cool post! Thank you for sharing it on Wildcrafting Wednesday!

  25. Dolly Sarrio on February 22, 2013 at 1:10 am

    Good idea!

  26. Stephanie Lynn Stevens on February 21, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    This is great. We have hard floors and my kids aren’t fans of shoes in the house. I always worry about slipping. I’ll be using your great idea!

  27. Gin on February 21, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    That is just jim-cracking-dandy. I was compelled to pin this :)Thanks!

  28. Julie on February 20, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    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!

    • Brown Thumb Mama on February 21, 2013 at 8:15 pm

      Awww, thanks! Our oldest is 7, and you’re right…there’s nothin’ cute about those flippers. Heeheehee.

  29. Audra @ Renewed Projects on February 16, 2013 at 12:38 am

    great idea! pinning to my “Crafts to Make” board. Thanks!

  30. Tez on February 15, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    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.

  31. Anna on February 15, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    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 : )

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