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How to: Non-Slip Crochet Slipper Bottoms | KT and the Squid

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I’ve been making crochet slippers for years. One problem I’ve found is that they can be quite slippery on hard floors. When I started making them I applied some puff paint to the bottoms which worked well at first but after they were worn for a while it lost it’s effect. I’ve seen many different ways to make crochet slippers non-slip but I’ve come up with my own method and it’s my favorite 🙂


My method is pretty easy and I love how the slippers come out. The non-slip soles are flexible and when you wear the slippers it feels like nothing is there. The only drawback is that it does take some time due to the drying time needed but the results are well worth it. This is a review left by a customer after receiving her slippers

“I was a bit unsure at first about this add-on. But I have slippery wooden floor broad, so just couldn’t afford not to have something non-slip for my slippers. This turns out to be a non slip material coated on to the crocheted sole of the slippers. I would say it takes quite a number of careful coatings to make it the way it turned out. It works great, and allow the slippers to remain soft (unlike a rubber sewn-on sole I originally imagined). The slippers are silent when I walk around in them. Fantastic.”


What You’ll Need:

      • Your favorite slipper pattern and yarn. For this tutorial I have used the Oma House Slippers by Tara Murray and have modified the toe just by adding a few front post stitches. She also has other great slipper pattern that will work great for this method! You’ll want to pick a pattern that starts at the sole so you can make a second sole (you’ll see what I mean in a minute).
    • Plasti Dip spray. I find this at my local big box home improvement store for around $6 by the spray paint. You can also find it HERE on Amazon.
      • They also make a paint on plasti-dip. I’ve tried this and I think it’s a little easier to control but it’s harder to add an even layer.


  • Cardboard. This is to protect the surface you will be spraying on. I’ve used a cereal box.
  • Painters tape. I was out of this for the tutorial so I just used masking tape which works fine but the low tack painters tape is best.
  • Zip top bags or something to protect the yarn when you spray the plasti-dip.

Step one:

Make your slippers. Finish them off like you would normally. Set the slippers aside.

Step two:

Make a second pair of soles (only follow your pattern directions for the soles). Fasten off your yarn leaving a long enough tail to slip stitch the second sole onto the bottom of your slippers. I don’t like guessing here so I usually slip stitch the sole onto the slipper first and undo it just to be sure I have enough yarn.

You could also fasten off here an just join a new piece of yarn when stitching the soles on the slipper but that means more ends to weave in.

Step three:

Roll your excess yarn into a ball and place it in the zip top bag. Use your masking tape (or painters tape) to cover the yarn sticking out of the bag to protect it from the spray.

You may not want to use as much tape as I did (for some reason I went a bit overboard). Just enough tape to protect the yarn from the spray.

Step four:

Take your soles outside or to a well ventilated area. I take mine out to the garage because it’s usually raining when I want to spray slippers. Place the soles on the cardboard with the bottoms facing up. Following the directions on the plasti dip can and spray the bottom of the soles. I do 2-3 coats letting each coat dry about 4 hours before applying the next (this is the part that takes the longest). I let my final coat dry at least 24 hours because we live in a pretty humid climate.

After it dries it may not feel like much. You may think you need more coats but believe me it’s not necessary.

Step five:

Remove the tape and zip top bag. At this point I like to loosen up the plasti-dip on the bottoms by pulling on them.

Step six:

Slip stitch your non-slip slipper bottom to the bottom of your slipper. I find that an aluminum hook works best here. You may not think it will work but you’ll be surprised how easily the hook glides through the plasti dip (I was the first time I tried this).

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Finish off with an invisible join.

I just love these slippers! They look professionally made but they are SO easy to do!

Hope you like them too. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

Katy

73 thoughts on “How to: Non-Slip Crochet Slipper Bottoms | KT and the Squid

  1. This is excellent! I just made slippers and didn’t like the look of the other methods I’d seen. I will try this! Thanks!

    1. Awesome idea, I was wondering if spray gluing then sewing a coarse foam material on the bottoms, but this sounds like a better idea. I tried to go to the site where you said you used the Oma house slippers by Tara, but only a blank window comes up. I waited awhile and nothing opened. can you tell me where to go for the directions for those slippers? they are nice looking.

      1. Hi Wendy, Click HERE. That should take you to the right pattern page. 🙂

        Thanks!

  2. Reblogged this on grammydirlam and commented:
    In my continuing effort to improve my products, I am always willing to try something suggested by an artist I respect. I haven’t actually tried this yet, I have been using a different method. I am intrigued by this. I like the idea that it does not “feel” like there is something on them. I would love to hear some of your thoughts.

  3. What a lovely way to makes these non-slip. Thanks for the tutorial and the tip on the plastic dip.

  4. Are these safe for babies if they were to put them in their mouth with this non-slip substance on the bottom?

    1. Hi April,
      I’m not really sure. I personally would not give them to babies that might put them in their mouths. There’s all kinds of warning on the can but that’s just for applying the spray. I don’t see anything that says non-toxic…
      -Katy

  5. Love these slippers and fantastic that they are non slip…i will look to see if we have that spray or something similar in the UK. One question though does the spray stay on if you wash the slippers? Thanks.
    Kate xx

    1. Hi Kate,
      The spray will stay on even after washing. Which is another reason I love it 🙂
      -Katy

    2. Were you able to find something similar in UK? 🙂

  6. Love the non-slip idea… and love the slippers themselves! Do you have a link to the pattern perhaps?

    1. The link is at the top 🙂

  7. Also – have you tried this at all with a pattern that doesn not have the separate sole to make and spray — so spraying on the existing sole?

    1. I have. It’s a little harder to keep it looking neat. You can use a template to keep from spraying over the rest of the slipper but I like making the extra sole because it makes the slippers extra cushy.
      -Katy

  8. Ha! After re-reading — the pattern you used is linked above! I must not have had enough coffee yet this morning!!

  9. They *look* professionally made because they *ARE* professionally made. Awesome!

  10. These slippers are so adorable! I would like to know what yarn did you chose for the slippers you used in the demonstration above? It looks like a heavy weight or thicker yarn. Do you use other yarns or have you found this one to be the best? Thanks.

    1. I used two strands of worsted weight yarn because that’s what the pattern I used called for but any pattern constructed in the same way (sole up) should work great 🙂
      Katy

  11. Thanks! I have the pattern and will start a pair tonight!

  12. Hi. I was wondering if this would work on a crochet rug. I’ve made a rug out of 100% wool but I’m terrified of trying to back it

    1. Hey Trish,
      They do make a paint on rubber backing for rugs that might work better. I’ve seen it at JoAnn’s and Hobby Lobby before.

      Katy

  13. I love the non-stick sole idea! I absolutely adore Mamachees patterns! I was just curious what brand yarn you used for these slippers?

    1. Thanks!
      For the ones pictured I used Vanna’s Choice in Dusty Blue.

      Katy

  14. I love this idea !! I been really wanting to make slippers for our little one but was so afraid of slipping in them on our floors. I had seen some use hot glue to make non slip soles for socks it’s only ok for yarn it tends to go through the yarn and not comfy on the feet. I like this much better especially since we have large dogs that tend to slop water when they drink YUCK this will keep slippers dry also ! Ooh wonder how that would be with walking to the mailbox ??!!

    1. Thanks!!
      It’s not completely water proof and I wouldn’t recommend it for a lot of outdoor wear but yes they’re great 🙂
      Katy

  15. […] do you make non skid slippers? Head on over to KT and The Squid to learn […]

  16. My boyfriend LOVES plasti dip. I’m impressed with it’s many uses on various car accessories. I can’t wait to try it, but I think I’ll make the non slip soles first, so they will be dry and ready to use by the time I get my slippers done.

  17. does this make the sole waterproof as well?

    1. If you did several coats (more than I did) it MIGHT but that’s not really the purpose of this material. if you’re wanting them to be waterproof I’d suggest using silicon and painting it on.
      Thanks,
      Katy

      1. I use silicone. Its just super stinky. Like vinegar but so much worse haha. I may try this too seeing the silicone makes them quite slick feeling to me.

        1. Oh really? Good to know. I’ve actually never tried it.

  18. Awesome project! Thanks for using Plasti Dip. We launched a new website to showcase our passionate (possibly rabid) fans. Or as we call them, Dip Heads. Would you be wiling to let us use your image? We’ll give you a shout out, and you could be in line for prizes in the future! Check out our new site http://www.dipheadsunite.com!

    1. That’s fine with me as long as it links back to my post.
      Thanks!
      Katy

  19. Hello Katy,

    I wonder if you could do me a favor and see if the Plasti-Dip can shows a low temperature threshold for spraying. I live in Minnesota where it gets very cold and I would need to spray at temperatures below zero.

    Thank you!
    Diane G.

    1. Hi Diane,
      So I’m looking on the can and I don’t see a low temp threshold but my husband says he thinks it’s probably 55* F…Not sure if that’s for storage or for spraying it. You could contact PlastiDip International or maybe Google it? They also make a paint on version. I wonder if that would work better in the cold?
      -Katy

  20. Hi,
    Great idea. I have a somewhat bizarre question. I’ve been asked to make a pair of slippers for a Buddhist monk, who wants to be able to wear his slippers while he does his walking meditations. The slippers need to be quiet! Is the finish you use quiet, or does it make a sound? I want the slippers to last as well, so unfinished is not an option, and he does not want leather or suede, for obvious reasons. Thanks for any help.
    Laura

    1. Hey Laura,
      They are a tiny bit tacky at first so I do kind of remember them making a noise. Not really sure what would be better though…
      Katy

  21. Hello! Awesome tutorial! I’ve bought some Plasti Dip but haven’t tried this yet. Just wondering if you attached the 2nd sole to the bottom of a completed slipper or if you attached the two soles together and then completed the top of the slipper. Thank you!

    1. Hi Candice,
      I’ve explained that all in the blog post 🙂 Read step 1 and 2. Step 6 is when you attach the second sole to the slipper.
      Thanks,
      Katy

  22. Thank you for sharing this! Just wondering if using this product helps prevent the soles from wearing out? I have some customers who need the non-slip and would like their slippers to last longer. Thanks!

    1. Hi Karen!
      Yes, I think they hold up longer. I’ve also thought about adding a thin layer of foam or quilt batting in between the 2 soles to help keep them cushier longer.

      Thanks!
      Katy

  23. Love this!!! Thank you!!! You could make the soles and spray before you make slippers. Then they could dry while you work on slippers. Just an idea! 🙂

    1. You sure could! It saves a lot of time when you’re making a bunch at once.

  24. Awsome directions on placing soles on crochet slippers. I have been searching on internet for easy non-slip slipper sole tutorial.

    I will crochet slippers for myself and follow instructions.

    Thank you for sharing your great tutorial.

  25. Love your tutorial!! Quick question, does it go one and dry clear? In your picture it almost looks grey when you are spraying. What happens on a cream coloured yarn? I’m excited to try this! Thanks so much!!

    1. Hey Jacueline,
      The Plasti Dip comes in different colors. The one I used in the post is black. I’ve also seen clear, blue, yellow and white. I know a lot of people like the clear but for demonstration purposes the black was best.
      Thanks so much!
      Katy

  26. […] The soles of these slippers are made using Phentex Craft and Slipper yarn. While this is a great yarn for soles due to its strength, colourfastness and its resistance to staining, mildew, abrasion, and sunlight. While it is great for soles it can be a little slippery, I picked up some puff t-shirt paints to add to the soles and recently came across this super neat idea by KT and the Squid. She uses Plasti Dip Spray to make the entire sole non slip! Check out the tutorial HERE. […]

  27. Do we have to reapply the spray after washing the slippers?

    1. Hi Jessica,
      The spray is washable but after some wear you can reapply.
      Thanks!
      Katy

      1. Awesome! Thank you so much ^_^

  28. Can u do this to the back of a rug? I made a crochet rug but dont understand how its supposed to be stiff and not slipping all over. Its basically a blanket.

    If you dont think it will work do u know how to make it nonslip?

    1. Yes! It will work great! I am actually trying to make one my self 🙂

  29. I see that these soles are washable. What do you suggest for drying them after washing?

    1. I let them air dry.
      Thanks!

  30. Thanks for sharing Information, you have done well, I knew there was something that would work….I have been looking for it, your guidance has helped me tremendously..Thank you

  31. Thanks a lot very helpful. Need to know how. Much appreciated.

  32. Hi Katy,
    I bought a can of the of the plasti. I was wondering what do you do about the smell of that product? TIA

    1. Hey Karen,
      I spray it outside or in the garage. I find that if it stays out there for 24 hours the smell is gone.

      1. Thank you. Because the smell was giving me a headache. I think I need to be a little more patient.
        Thanks again.

  33. I am making felted slippers that have just one sole. My thought is that i can carefully cover and tape the slipper leaving just the area i want non slip exposed. Do you know of any tips that might give me cleaner lines? Also, i have used silicone, it makes the slipper non slip just fine but the tiled or wood floors become extremely slippery after walking on them with the slippers. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Hi Charlotte,
      They also make a Plasti Dip that you paint on with a brush. That might be a better option if you want to keep it neat and tidy. OR you could cut out the shape of the sole in a piece of cardboard and hold that over the slipper as you spray. Kind of like a stencil. I think that would be better and easier than tape 😉 Good luck!
      -Katy

      1. I like it! Thank you!

  34. You are a genius. Thank you for sharing.
    Ruthie in KY

    1. I don’t know if I’m a “genius” lol Thanks!

  35. Thank you so much. A local group I belong to (Loving Hearts South Puget Sound) make items to gift to local nursing homes. We do a few slippers, but so many of us are so concerned about them being too slippery that we just don’t do many. This will help so much. I want to share the link on our Facebook page and email list so others in the group can learn of this.

    1. That’s great! I actually had older folks in mind when I came up with this.

  36. Great idea. I have been looking for some good nonskid sole alternatives tl puff paint. Do you know if you can still machine wash with this type of sole?

    1. Yes! The Pasti Dip is washable. 🙂

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