DIY Non-Slip Socks

When our babies start to stand up, cruise, and learn to walk socks can become a slippery issue.

I didn’t like the idea of my kids being barefoot all the time so I adapted their socks to be non-slip.

I expected to only do this for their learning-to-walk stages but we ended up loving it so much that I still do it.

Toddlers are runners, and they’re always distracted. Non-slip socks make our lives a little easier, especially if you have slippery floors.


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Every time I buy my toddlers new socks I cover my counter for a fabric paint DIY. They already know and get excited to see their brand new painted socks.

For this easy DIY project you’ll need two things:

  1. Socks
  2. Dimensional Fabric Paints

As for socks, my babies were always chunky so we always liked looser socks with low cuts. My go-to socks are from the Cat & Jack collection at Target, like these.


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. Smaller patterns are also more time consuming.

I choose to write fun, inspiring words and large colorful patterns.

Make sure to cover the toe and heel section for better grip because that’s where our feet mostly touch the ground.


I’ve been doing this for a while now so I’ve had some practice. 

In fact, after a year of painting my kids socks, I started drawing designs on onesies for my daughter and my friends. They made the perfect newborn gift.

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.

The paints 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.

easy DIY Non-Slip Socks for Kids


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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