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I get asked this question quite often, crocheters wondering how to make make crochet slippers non-slip. Unfortunately, until writing this post, I wasn’t really sure. Fortunately, I decided to figure it out! I had heard of a few methods in crochet groups and Facebook comments but hadn’t tried any of them myself. I decided it’s time to gather up all the ideas I can find and put them to the test.
1. Hot Glue
This method actually works surprisingly well. Hot glue is something most people have on-hand so it is an easy go-to method. It’s has more gripping power that I expected, as it doesn’t feel super grippy to the touch. I tried this method on my Quick and Cozy Slippers and was pleasantly surprised. It’s grippy without being SO grippy that you trip when you walk. However, it dries very hard, and might be uncomfortable to walk on if your slipper soles are only one layer. Also, because it’s a soft plastic, I would guess that it would harden and crack over time and need to be reapplied.
– Most will have it on-hand
– Grips without tripping
– No drying time
– May be uncomfortable to walk on
– May need to be reapplied over time
2. Puffy Paint
What you need:
Puffy paint is another good option that is easy and inexpensive. I put lines of puffy paint on the bottom of my Summer Flip-Flop Slippers. It has a bit more gripping power than hot glue, but it dries softer, so you wouldn’t have the possible discomfort of walking on hard beads of plastic. The only complaint I have is that you need a day to let the paint dry before you can use your slippers.
I have only been using mine for a few days, so I can’t say for sure, but I have heard people complain that it peels off and needs to be reapplied frequently. I will update this post as I find out more!
– Grips without tripping
– Soft to walk on
– Takes several hours to dry
– May need frequent reapplication
3. Silicone Caulk
I knew this one would work well! One could say that it works “too well” because the gripping power on these babies is intense. I tried out silicone on my Chunky Boat Shoe Slippers. You might be able to tone down the grippiness by applying the silicone much lighter than I did. However, if you apply it thick, it forms almost like a shoe-sole, so you can wear them outside and give them a bit of light wear.
You do need to let the silicone dry for 24 hours before using them.
To apply the silicone, I simply squirted out a generous amount on the bottom of my slippers, and using a gloved hand, spread it around the sole evenly.
Get this silicone on amazon.
-Forms a waterproof sole to your slippers
– Very grippy
– Can be messy to apply
– Can be too grippy and be a tripping hazard
4. Felt Sole
When I began making this, I didn’t realized the the felt, in and of itself, did not make the slippers non-slip. That being said, I still decided to include it because you can use any of the methods here, and make them work better. For instance, using hot glue on a thick, felt sole would alleviate the con of walking on uncomfortable plastic. I made the Crochet Galilee Slippers to test out this method and used a tutorial found at Red Handled Scissors. I really enjoyed making this slippers and will be using this felt method in the future.
Get the thick felt on Amazon here. I opted to use her exact method so I used Puffy Paint.
-professional finishing touch to your crochet slippers
– Comfortable to wear
-isn’t non-slip itself and must combine with another method
– takes more working time that other methods
5. Shelf Liner
This was another method that was surprising! I tested this method using a FREE crochet pattern by Good Knits. The shelf liner is the perfect gripping, and is sewn onto the bottom of the slippers. It’s made to line shelfs on the kitchen, so it’s got a bit of softness to it, which provides added comfort to your finished slippers, especially if they are thin.
To add shelf liner to your slippers, simply eyeball two ovals (or use the suede template from #7), one for your heel and one for the ball of your foot. Using this leather punch, punch out holes around the pieces. Pin the pieces of shelf liner in place on the slipper and hand-sew them in place with yarn and a darning needle.
– added comfort to thin slippers
– Can be easily removed
– Need special supplies
– Extra sewing required
What you need:
Plasti-Dip is a specialty air-dry rubber compound that is specifically made to coat objects and make them non-slip. It was an obvious choice to try as a non-slip solution to crochet slippers. I tried this method on my 30 Minute Slippers, and used a tutorial by Tails to Tell Studio. I applied three coats and because my yarn was very fuzzy, I used a popsicle stick to flatten the fuzzy fly-aways. It worked wonderfully! It has THE PERFECT amount of grip, not so much that you trip, but enough that you don’t slip.
-Perfect amount of grip
– Easy to apply
– remains flexible after drying
– Specialty Purchase
– May not be able to find the right color
– Need a few hours to apply 3 coats and let them dry.
I loved the idea of putting suede on the soles of slippers ever since I saw this slipper tutorial by Make and Do Crew. And similarly, I have been meaning to try these cute Fox Slippers by Mamachee for a long time. It was a match made in heaven.
This is probably my most favorite method. It’s the perfect amount of grip, it provides a bit a cushioning on the bottom, and it’s the most durable of all the methods. PLUS, the smell of leather reminds me of my dad (that might just be a bonus for me, though).
I made up this simply template for you to try. Since leather can be a bit pricy, using two separate pieces lets the leather go farther and you can use one sheet for a few pairs of slippers.
Download the template here.
Then, punch holes around the outsides of the pieces. Pin in place and sew with yarn and a darning needle.
I can honestly say that all these methods WORK. My least favorites would have to be Silicone. It was quite messy, and it’s grip power was too intense. It could definitely be used if it’s all you have on hand. Puffy Paint and hot glue were the easiest to apply, but the Suede, Plasti-Dip and Felt were my top three.
Ready to give one of these a try? Which is your favorite?
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