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how to make a non-skid coating

lynndh0p | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

I’m wondering if there’s a product available (or something I can improvise) to add a non-skid coating to knits. Specifically, a toddler’s socks. My little guy really doesn’t like to wear shoes and most socks available for his foot size don’t have traction. I’d love to hot-glue some dots on the soles of his socks, or something like that.

Anyone try this and have any advice?


  1. mimi | | #1

    lynndh0p:  years ago I bought "plastic" paint that you could dip tool handles in to get a better grip.  This could be applied to the bottom of socks in little dots to improve the tread.


    1. lynndh0p | | #2

      Great idea! I've seen that stuff, but never bought it. Did you find it at a hardware store, or where?

      1. mimi | | #5

        We bought it at a hardware store.  I like the paint on dot suggestion with fabric paints a lot better, to be honest!


  2. sueb | | #3

    You need to get some saf-t-back.  Once it cures on the sock it'll be machine washable.  I've used it on the back of my rag rugs to make them non slip.  Here's one source for you and I'm sure if you google it you'll find lots more:




    1. stitchmd | | #7

      fabricbee is a great site, but how do you search it?

      1. sueb | | #8

        it doesn't appear that they have a search box, I guess you just have to browse the site.

  3. solosmocker | | #4

    I have used the fabric paints that come in the little bottles from Joans. These aren't the acrylic paints. They are in small bottles with pointed tips that people used to use a lot to paint sweatshirts. I confess, I did some of those shirts way back when, and noticed they were really sticky and rubbery. I get the color called "crystal" and paint squiggles on the bottoms of my DGD's booties that I have made. Seems to work, but make sure you are comfortable with this product before giving it to the child. This is something that I have just improvised myself. The other products mentioned sound interesting so I have to check out that link. I do a lot for grandchildren now and use this type of thing fairly often.


  4. mygaley | | #6

    For the little children and bigger ones, too, I have successfully made non-slip socks with "dotting" on craft paints.  For extra fun, look for the flourescent type paint.  Recommend wash and dry wrong side out, and of course cure paint in dryer before wearing.

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