7 Great Ways to Make Slippers Non Slip!

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Crochet slippers are a winter time staple! I’ve designed two pairs here on Moogly: Simple Chunky Cable Crochet Slippers and Posy Toes Crochet Slippers. I also put together a roundup of 20 crochet slipper patterns for the whole family! And one question always comes up – how do you make crochet and knit slippers non slip? As a home owner with all wood floors and 3 kids, it’s a quest I’m familiar with! So with slipper gift giving season upon us, today’s roundup features a collection of ideas I’ve put together to make slippers non slip. Some stuff you might already have, or be able to find at the hardware or craft store – or just click the link to buy online!

7 Great Ways to Make your #Crochet and #Knit Slippers Non Slip! All kinds of handy ideas here!

7 Ways to Make Crochet & Knit Slippers Non Slip

  1. Plastic Dip: I’ve seen this recommended by lots of crocheters and knitters – just use a cotton swab to dab on some dots that will dry into neat rubber grips! Despite the neon color on the picture, the actual color is black – great for every member of the family!7 Great Ways to Make your #Crochet and #Knit Slippers Non Slip! All kinds of handy ideas here!
  2. Fiber-Lok Non Skid Backing: This product is made to be brushed on the back of rugs, so it’s great on fabrics and easy to use! Just be sure to let it dry and use two coats. With 15 square feet of double coat coverage, that’s a lot of slippers!7 Great Ways to Make your #Crochet and #Knit Slippers Non Slip! All kinds of handy ideas here!

  3. Puffy Fabric Paint: How many of you have some of these already in your crafting stash? You don’t see too many puff paint shirts out there anymore, but the paints are still popular – for making socks and slippers non slip. Bonus, you get to make fun designs in all the colors!7 Great Ways to Make your #Crochet and #Knit Slippers Non Slip! All kinds of handy ideas here!

  4. Non-Slip Indoor Rug Pad: Some knitters and crocheters like to use the stuff you’re supposed to layer between the rug and the floor. Just trace their shoes, cut it out and sew it on – or if you don’t sew, try washable fabric glue! Just like footie pajamas!7 Great Ways to Make your #Crochet and #Knit Slippers Non Slip! All kinds of handy ideas here!
  5. Silicone Sealant: Flexible, and dries clear! Check your garage – you might already have some laying around…SiliconeI even found a great video on youtube that shows just how to apply it:
  6. Slipper Soles: Boye is a brand most yarn crafters know, but did you know they sell pre-made soles for knit and crochet slippers? There are a couple of other manufacturers too – some look very cozy indeed!7 Great Ways to Make your #Crochet and #Knit Slippers Non Slip! All kinds of handy ideas here!
  7. Fancy Custom Felt Soles on the Zen of Making: Aren’t these gorgeous! If you’ve got the sewing skills, these give a  truly exceptional finished look. You’ll need thick felt and the puffy fabric paint listed above.7 Great Ways to Make your #Crochet and #Knit Slippers Non Slip! All kinds of handy ideas here!

Have you found any other ways to make slippers non slip? Any tricks, products, or methods I missed? Share your ideas in the comments! And stay warm AND safe!

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      • 4

        Julie says

        I know. I had too. I even put more on after the first slip. I’m not sure where to get the Dip stuff in #1 but I’m thinking a hardware store or big name home improvement store would carry the Fiber-Lok Non Skid Backing for rugs; I’ll look for it next time I’m out.

        • 5


          The plastidip is at hardware stores, as well. Both are available on Amazon too :) Also, the Fibre-Lok is at some crafting stores (like Joann’s) with a more “crafty” packaging

          • 6

            Chrystalkay says

            One thing about the Plasti Dip! Do not invest in a nearly $10 can of it if you are only making one pair of slippers. It will not last! No matter how careful you are about sealing the can, it will still start to harden after it is opened. The sprat, I am not certain about. Will it clog the spout? I haven’t tried it yet. But I made three pairs of adult slippers for Christmas with the canned one, and intended to make my own slippers non skid after Christmas when I got around to making them. About 3 weeks later… solidish plastic in the can. I had to throw out about $7 dollars of plastic. I did fimally use some goop glue for one, and bought some Gorrilla goop for the other slipper. Both work and dry clear.

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    Kate says

    I have used the non skid rug paint with GREAT success! We do not slip at all in our house, entirely covered with hardwood floors. The first few times I used it, I covered the entire bottom with two coats. But I learned that coat the heel and the balls of the toes areas it works just as well. The only real downside is that mine doesn’t dry 100% clear – it has a yellow tinge to it. Also, it picks up dust/dirt. But if I rinse them or throw them in the washer, that dust/dirt comes right off. But I will not stop using it because of these two issues. I even felt comfortable giving my grandma at the nursing home a pair of slippers, and she has some serious balance issues.

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    Patricia Seaton says

    I believe I purchased the rug “paint” at Michael’s Crafts for the back of a hooked wall hanging I made. I imagine other craft stores would have it, too. I’m glad I still have some since I plan to make slippers and will need it for this idea. Thanks for this post – very helpful.

      • 18

        Kelly McPhail says

        You can get Sick Stop at Mary Maxim. They have it in black, cream, and blue. It looks like you apply it in a series of dots, like you see on the bottom of socks the hospital gives you. So, a bottle should be able to do several pairs of socks or slippers.

        • 19

          Grace Lee says

          I used “sock stop’, I used it on two pairs of slippers with great success. But no matter how you store it it dried into a big blob of rubber, and as I live in the Netherlands this is not readily available and you pay quite a bit for it plus the shipping costs it is not an option for me. I used from Bison soft plastic glue transparent, in dutch (zacht plastic lijm 25ml) which works perfectly. You just put glue on bottom of sole or sole fabric and spread with wooden spatula or you can do swiggles, up to you, but it is rather runny at first, but once dry is fantastic. Hope this helpes anyone out there.

          • 21

            Kelly M says

            Thanks for the great advice and for sharing your experience with the different products. I had not tried the sock stop yet, so it’s good to know about the problem

          • 22

            Patti says

            Thanks Grace! I will try to find it here in Canada or online perhaps. It’s worth a try. I want to use it for grippers on my niece’s socks but everything either dries too hard and hurts to walk on, or it comes off in the wash! If anyone knows where you can get it online, I’d appreciate hearing from you! Thanks! Patti

        • 23

          Patti says

          Sounds like it is worth a try! I am still searching for the best product to use on the bottom of my niece’s socks. Everything I have tried thus far either dries too hard and hurts her little feet, or doesn’t stay on in the wash. Thanks for sharing! Patti

          • 24

            Lynne H says

            There is a product sold in Canada, perhaps the USA also, available at yarn stores. It is made by a company named Regia. It is ABS Latex designed for the bottom of socks, headbands etc. Very similar what is on non slip socks purchased in stores.

          • 26

            Patti says

            Thanks for the heads-up Lynne. I am in Canada so I will have a look around for that product and give it a try.

    • 31

      Tamara Kelly says

      Você pode clicar nos nomes dos produtos acima para comprá-los a Amazon.com, ou olhar em seu artesanato local ou loja de ferragens! :)

  3. 32


    Thanks for sharing. I’m getting ready to make my son slippers because we haven’t be able to find any with rubber grips that won’t slide on our hardwoods. Looking forward to tryin out the plastic dip and seeing how it works.

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    Just a warning if you are to use Silicone. I tried that on my slippers and it made my laminate wood floors incredibly slippery….like I polished them with wax :-(

    I peeled off as much as I could, but they still seem to be making the floor slippery.

    • 37

      Rita says

      DO NOT USE SILICONE! It made the slippers totally non-slip BUT…it made my wood floors extremely slippery. I’ve fallen twice and once I was wearing rubber soled shoes!. I’ve ordered the suede sew on bottoms from Webs. Also, I have another pair of slippers that I sewed the suede on the bottoms. The problem with that is the threads kept wearing out. I hope this helps someone.

  5. 40

    makayla says

    I used non skid shelf liner ! Cut a few strips and hand sewed . works well since I have a baby just starting to walk and I sell baby size on etsy !

  6. 41

    Janet says

    These are great non-skid ideas I had not thought of. I am sewing throw pillows for my leather furniture, and will try some of them. Usually the pillows slide down and eventually wind up on the floor. Could be applied to ready-made pillows too. Does anyone else have experience with or recommendations for this problem? Tamara, thank you for having this nice website and for the sweet free crochet patterns. I may make the waves bath rug using colors from my new shower curtain.

  7. 42

    Janet says

    These are great non-skid ideas I had not thought of. I am sewing throw pillows for my leather furniture, and will try some of them. Usually the pillows slide down and eventually wind up on the floor. Could be applied to ready-made pillows too. Does anyone else have experience with or recommendations for this problem?

      • 47

        Patti says

        The only problem with using hot glue from glue gun is that the little drops dry hard. Since I want something that will work on the bottom of my young niece’s socks, the glue will be too hard for her to walk on.
        Might work on slippers….but I’d be careful what kind of materials you use it on as it could melt them.

        • 48

          Deborah Harrison says

          I used the hot glue on mine and it works great. If you use the tip of the gun to spread out as you go it won’t be in blobs. It also makes the glue embedded into the yarn so it doesn’t fall off, I also didn’t have any problem with it affecting my yarn (acrylic).

  8. 52

    Patti says

    HI! I am trying to find a way to put ‘grippers’ on my niece’s socks. I have tried lots of things and many different kinds of glues as well, but unfortunately, when they dry, they are hard and hurt her little feet. I have tried the rubber rug backing, the paint-on rug backing from Michaels, rubber bathtub pieces, foam letters, Con-tac shelf liner, silicone, and puff paints. Another thing I tried (but it didn’t work) was from FabricLand and it was made specifically for the bottom of slippers or pyjamas with feet. It was a white material with small white dots of plastic or rubber (??). Does anyone know if the Plastic-Dip (#1) or the “Sock- Stop” (mentioned in the comments) dry hard or will be hard for little feet to walk on? Does anyone have any other suggestions as to what I could try? Thanks!

    • 53

      Chrystalkay says

      The plasti Dip is very pliable. I would suggest you use it. I would also suggest you make more slippers to put it on. A few adult ones maybe. This stuff doesn’t last well once you open the can. Even extreme measures will only help it last a couple of weeks before starting to harden in the can..

      • 54

        Patti says

        Great! Thanks for the info. I will give it a try. I hope I can find it in our local Hardware store….but knowing my luck they won’t sell it in Canada!! I guess I can always buy it online though! Thanks again for your feedback! Patti

      • 56

        Patti says

        HI, I am wondering….if you took plastic wrap like “Press and Seal” or something along that line and put it INSIDE the can, touching the entire surface of the liquid, up the sides of the can as well, and right out over the top edges and then put the lid back on tightly with a rubber mallet, perhaps THAT would keep it from hardening??? Even if it didn’t work completely, it might, at the very least, extend the shelf-life of the product for a bit longer!! I have done this with paint that I know I am not going to be using again for awhile and it ALWAYS works- even a year or two down the road there isn’t a hard layer of paint on the top, as no air can get to it to dry it out. If someone tries it before I get my Plasti-dip, I would love to hear if this works!! Patti

        • 57

          Micah says

          2 Things. Plast Dip manufactuer says if you cover the can with aluminum foil then it will keep from hardening. Also I have found plasti dip makes something called Super Grip for non skid on clothing, rugs, etc. Now only to get it and try it for my baby’s footie pj’s.

  9. 59

    Sheila says

    I bought some packs of nonslip rug backing at the Dollar store that could be glued or sewn on. Will let you know how well it works on slippers. Also sold at Wal-Mart.

  10. 60

    Pat says

    I haven’t used it yet on slippers but I used the spray latex on the back of a rug (available at Home Depot or Lowes). It’s used like the dip stuff for tools etc. Works great. I put on 3 coats. The rug has since been machine washed and dried and is still gripping the bathroom tile floor without a slip. I got the idea from another article I read similar to this one.

  11. 61

    Kim says

    I used Regia ABS Latex purchased from herrschners it worked great, had no issues with it. I also purchased the stencil tool as it had fun shapes to use with the latex.

  12. 62

    Heather says

    If you use the dip, the best way to use it up is to coordinate with friends who have tools. It was originally sold in hardware stores to do the foam rubber handles on pliers. Just use it for your slippers then have hubby dip his tools and round up any friends who want to do the same. No money wasted that way.

    • 63

      Karine says

      You could maybe dip your crochet hooks into it to make handles… crocheters probably all have about 100 hooks anyways! (I know I do! :)

  13. 65

    Rosalie Crump says

    I used the puff paint. Messy and couldn’t get it to look nice. It just cheapened the looks of my slippers.

    • 66

      Patti says

      Hi Rosalie, When I did “trial runs” on old socks, I found the puff paint dried hard on the bottom of socks. No matter how small the little drops were, it would hurt little feet to walk on it (almost like little pebbles in your shoes that drive you crazy!) so that wasn’t a good option for me. I have had some great suggestions from people on this website, but haven’t had time to try them yet. When I do, I will be sure to post my findings. My earlier post listed all the things I HAVE tried and have not had success with for any number of reasons….ie. SO MANY glues won’t hold something on in repeated washing, or products that dry too hard to be effective grippers on socks. Having said that, I am sure some of the methods I have tried WOULD be successful on the bottom of slippers since they are thicker than socks. My search continues!! Thank you to everyone who keeps adding to the list of products to try! I will be doing some more “trial runs” soon in search of the solution to putting grippers on my niece’s socks!! Patti

  14. 67

    jodie says

    Hi, I’m planning on trying the non slip dishes pad for mine, if they get washed which they eventually will have to can you just throw in the washing and dryer?

    • 69

      Missy says

      I wouldn’t put any of these in the dryer. Even if they survive, some of the glue may melt and get onto other clothes. I always dry mine by hanging them.

    • 70

      Tamara says

      My mom uses rug backing when she makes crocheted rugs to sell, which is made out of the same stuff as the dish pads. She has had no problems putting them in the dryer. I would suggest using a low heat setting (if your dryer supports that) and maybe avoid putting any good clothing in that load, at least the first time, just in case, but it shouldn’t be a problem.

  15. 71

    Alice Sillis says

    I must disagree on Use of toxic substances on clothing… Any of these can be ingested by children and be dangerous… long term contact with the skin is also considered chronic contact… Fiber Lok; PLastic Dip and Silicone Caulk Material safety Data Sheets list health hazards for skin contact, inhalation and ingestion…. Here is MSDS for Plastic Dip…. Note: Ingestions- contact poison control… http://www.plastidip.com/docs/Plasti%20Dip%2014.5%20oz%20MSDS.pdf
    Fiber Lock MSDS- http://eti-usa.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/FIBERLOK2.pdf
    Dap Silicone Caulk… http://www.dap.com/docs/msds/00000684_english.pdf
    I am a retired RN… I was a hospital Nurse Educator in charge of review of all MSDS info on products used by staff… Note that schools review MSDS for products used by kids…. puff paint is approved… if you wear it… it needs to be not toxic…. if it could be ingested by a child… it needs to be nontoxic… Puff paint is machine wash and dry… Products that are slipper fabric made my Dritz is non toxic… Please do not disseminate this erroneous information Thank you!

    • 72

      JulieMom says

      I was wondering the same thing, especially for little ones who may chew on their feet or shoes. I would only use non-toxic materials. Thanks for the confirmation for me!

  16. 73

    Joanna says

    I hope Grip Tight i bought from Fabricland will work better. It is used for children’s pajama bottom to prevent slip. I will try it on my knit slippers.

        • 76

          Patti says

          How does the Grip Tight hold up with repeated washings? I have found that many of the glues I have tried (including fabric glues) come loose or peel off after just a few washings. I need a long-lasting one since it will be used on the bottom of socks. I’d like to hear feedback and suggestions from readers!

  17. 77

    Maria says

    For soles like my grandmother made: recycle the suede or brushed side of an old heavy leather jacket or purse. It’s not all that difficult to punch holes in the leather for sewing with an awl (or hammer and nail if an awl isn’t available). You can get several from a thrift store find for a couple of dollars. Use an existing shoe or slipper to trace the pattern.

  18. 79

    Lindsay says

    I tried fabric paint to make non slip socks for a senior dog who was having trouble with her back feet on the laminate floor. The fabric paint dried too hard and my old girl still slipped around on the floors. And once she went outside in them in sub-zero Minnesota temps, the paint froze and started to peel off. i am going to try the Plasti-dip or rug backing for my next doggy socks. Thanks for the suggestions.

    • 80

      Anna Summers says

      Please be sure to use something non-toxic, such as Grip Tight (for childrens pj feet), for your sweet elderly baby.

  19. 81

    Brit says

    I bought some faux suede material at Joann’s and an awl to make my own slipper bottoms. It was easy enough to trace a pair of the kids shoes that fit them well on to the material and cut them out. No rubber bottoms on them so they’re not completely non slip but they work well enough if your house is mostly carpet like mine. :-)

  20. 85

    Kelly M says

    Thanks for the great advice and sharing your experience with the different products. It’s good to know about the problem with storing leftover sock stop. It may still work out well for those who can get it easily and can use most or all of a bottle right away.

  21. 86

    Pat says

    Somewhere I read about using the spray variety of coating for tool handles, etc. I tried it on a favorite bathroom rug, applied 3 coats, and it’s working wonderfully. It even stood up under the first washing. We’ll see how long it lasts!

  22. 87

    Tamara says

    My sister bought a jar of the fiber-lok to use on the back of a hooked rug she made. It turned out to be far too thin to work properly, and ruined the rug, but I opened it up earlier this year (No issues with it drying out, despite the fact that it had sat for months) and used it for the soles of some toddler slippers I made. It does have a certain amount of stickiness, even after dried, so it would get dirty pretty quick, and I would suggest using a double thick sole, since it is absorbed by the yarn a certain amount. I haven’t actually tried it on a single sole, myself, though.

  23. 93

    mawya m says

    Hiii.. lovely ideas.. my opinion I guess that if I melt a candle to be liquid and dip something in it like a straw or a think yarn and dot it on the back of the sock after it dries I think it will be better, because wax stick a lot to fiber and wool and stuff.. Havent tried it yet, but just an idea. will try it out today and tell you the results.. !

    Thanks :)

    • 95

      Anna Summers says

      Candle wax would make the FLOORS slippery! It is used on drawers to make them slip & slide more easily. Wax makes things MORE slippery, NOT less slippery. We used to put waxed paper under our butts to slide down a sliding board that wasn’t slippery enougjh!

  24. 96

    Tiina says

    I used fabric glue and took a wide rubber band cut into pieces and stuck them on the bottom. Worked well, but have not made slippers in a while so would have to try it again. I also put a few stitches in with needle and thread just to make sure they would not come off.
    With it laying flat it didn’t make it hard on the bottom of your feet.

    I will be trying some of these new tips to see how it works.

    Oh after some years of use the rubber just fell apart. I would wash them, but not put them in the dryer.

    • 97

      Patti says

      Hi Tiina! Well now there’s one I hadn’t thought of!!! I think I have tried almost all of these suggestions so far, (in addition to all kinds of different materials I have experimented with myself) but this is a GREAT idea that I am going to to try on my niece’s socks. There are lots of good suggestions on here, but they seem to be more applicable to slippers because most things I tried made hard little bumps that would hurt her feet. I love the idea of using rubber bands because you can get them in so many colours (even neon!) AND you can cut them into little shapes (I was thinking hearts or stars!) using scissors or maybe even paper punches??? I can’t wait to try it out. Right now I think I have 6 different kinds of fabric glue…May I ask which one you used because that’s amazing how long it held up for. I thought the washing (especially if it was hot water) would be harder on the rubber than the dryer. I’m going to do experiments on a bunch of my old socks- washing them in cold, hot, and in the dryer to see what happens. If you could post the kind of fabric glue you used I would appreciate it! I was also wondering about using rubber cement or contact cement. More experiments to conduct!

      • 98

        Sue says

        Beacon GemTac is a great fabric glue! It dries clear & flexible in hours, and is machine washable after 72 hrs. I used it for gluing crystals onto my daughter’s figure skating dresses, because I needed a glue that wouldn’t become brittle when exposed to the cold of the ice. I haven’t tried it on the bottom of socks/slippers, but after reading all these comments, I just might do that!

  25. 99

    Tammy says

    I’ve USED to use “puffy paint” for our little kids slippers years ago but not good enough results.
    I have made several pairs of slippery wool felted house shoe boots in the last several years….. & the BEST & longest lasting product I’ve used has been the Plasti-dip. (1st used as a tool dip to re coat handles.)

    I don’t just put a few scattered “drops” on soles of the slippers. . . .I spread a LAYER on the entire bottom of the sole with a popsicle stick & allow to dry! I want it to last a long time & be durable, which it is! I don’t have to re coat them for over 2 years! I went over 2 yrs w/o recoating….& wore them EVERY day [in cold WA state!] I use black on black slipper boots.
    You will NOT SLIP on very slippery wooden floors! Never again! [Plus it’s cushiony!]

  26. 101

    Kayce says

    I made some felted slippers for christmas for 8 people. My boyfriend painted two coats of plastidip on each pair. It dried nicely and wasn’t too hard and seemed to deter the slipperiness. The only problem is most of them have worn away. one pair the plastidip was completely gone after a month, Not sure if it was because they were felted or if we needed a few more coats. And the only colors they had were blue or black so all my cute light pink and light purple sneakers had a very noticable black sole.


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