How To Make Non Slip Socks for Toddlers – A Simple DIY Project

When our babies start to stand, cruise, and learn to walk socks can become a slippery issue. In my home we don’t wear shoes inside to avoid tracking in dirt and, in socks, it can be fairly slippery. But I figured out a way around the slippage, with DIY non slip socks for my toddlers. 

I expected to only do this little DIY for their learning-to-walk stages but we ended up loving it so much that I still do it just for fun. This really comes in handy because toddlers are runners and they’re always distracted. Non slip socks make our lives a little easier, especially on slippery floors.

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What You Need For DIY Non Slip Socks For Toddlers

Every time I buy new socks for my toddlers I cover my counter with fabric paint bottles for my favorite DIY project. My kids already know what I’m about to do and they get excited to see their brand new painted socks.

For this easy DIY non slip socks for toddlers project you’ll need two things:

  1. Socks
  2. Dimensional Fabric Paints (bottles with tip)

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.

If you’re looking to try something new with fabric paints, a small set of paints will do the trick. However, if you’re interested in doing multiple projects with fabric paints (like painting other clothing) I’d suggest getting a good collection of paints.

DIY Non Slip Socks

Patterns And Designs For DIY Non Slip Socks

You’ll want to focus on the important zones of your toddler’s foot to make the socks actually non slip. Cover the toe and the heel for better grip because that’s where feet mostly touch the ground, not the arch.

When it comes to painting designs for non slip socks with fabric paint, some patterns don’t last as long as others. For example, small dots and thin lines tend to peel off after a few uses and smaller patterns are more time consuming.

Thick dots and fun patterns tend to work better. Kids love fun, inspiring words and large colorful patterns.

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Choosing The Right Paint For Non Slip Socks

My love and experience with fabric paint extended to painting more detailed designs on onesies. I made several for my kids and for anyone I knew expecting a baby. In fact, they made the perfect newborn gift.

I’ve gotten to understand how each paint dries based on thickness, which ones need multiple coats for making DIY non slip socks for toddlers, and which ones just don’t stick.

Anything with glitter won’t work for slip proofing. And I find that the neon fabric paints 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.

My favorite set of paints to use are Tulip’s Dimensional Neon Fabric Paints.

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Stress Relieving Hobby

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.

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Another fun project is tie dye, and not just for socks. You can easily tie dye a onesie, a t shirt, a dress, a bag, or basically any fabric. It’s fun to make and the kids like to match too! Plus it becomes another hobby to make different patterns and colors.

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June 22, 2018 8:56 am

This is such a creative solution to a common problem. Great idea! Thanks for sharing

June 22, 2018 10:03 am

What a fantastic idea! I always end up paying a premium for those socks at sky zone. Not only would this be a fun project but also so useful!

June 22, 2018 11:40 am

What a great idea! And such a fun thing to do during summer.

June 22, 2018 11:10 pm

Clever idea! My little guy isn’t walking yet, but I love this idea. Pinning it!

Neha Sharma
June 25, 2018 6:46 am

This is such a brilliant idea. I could’ve never thought of doing this, you are such a creative mom. I am definitely going to try this now. Thanks for sharing!