DIY Non-Slip Socks

Have hard or slippery floors? Or maybe your climber needs better grip?
I have two young toddlers and every time I buy them new socks I cover my counter for a fabric paint DIY.

You’ll need two things:

  1. socks
  2. dimensional fabric paints


As you can see I tend to write more than draw, the first time I did this I made small patterns with lines and dots and with some use they would end up peeling off or become slippery. I choose to write fun and inspiring words and scribble something on the toe and heel section which is where our feet mostly touch the ground.


I’ve been doing this for a while now so I’ve had some practice, in fact I spent a year after getting the hang of this drawing designs on onesies and occasionally do it for newborn gifts. I’ve gotten to understand how each paint dries based on thickness, which ones need multiple coats for slip-proofing, and which ones just don’t stick. Anything with glitter won’t work for slip proofing, and I find that the neon ones are the best because they don’t need as many coats. I make them thick enough that they’ll serve their purpose but not too thick that they’ll never dry. They take at least a few hours to dry and then I check and test them to see if I need to do a second coat. Once the paint touches the fabric it cannot be removed so if you smudge or make mistakes, try covering it up with more paint.

The ones I recommend are usually around $10 with Amazon Prime, although currently on sale: Tulip 29027 Dimensional Neon Fabric Paint, 6-Pack

Here’s some examples of ones I’ve done in the past for my two little ones.

This has become a hobby for me. An added benefit to doing this is that it helps to relieve stress. I like to take my time in perfecting these but it relaxes me just when I need it.


what do you do for slippery socks?
what kind of projects do you enjoy with fabric paints?

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Yay! Such a good idea. I’ll do it with my daughter so she can design her own socks.


I’m trying this idea in our socks. Never thought of doing this until I saw this post. Thank you for sharing.

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