How to make a non-slip sole?!

This is second most common question you ask me. Read about first one here:

Sure there are many different ways how to make a non slip sole. Most common are:
1. Instead of crocheted sole use suede sole. It means you have to cut the sole from suede, then with big needle you make the holes all around it, so that you can insert the crochet hook in them (you have to make as many holes as needed to work each stitch of first round of upper part). When it is done, you simply skip instructions for the sole and start to crochet the upper part.
2. Sew on something on the sole – it can be anything – pieces of elastic, trim (with trims take care that they are not slippery by themselves), as I did on my Felted Ballet Flats
3. My favorite – paint something on the sole! There is a magic product – fluffy puff paint! I used this one, but there is very big choice of them in craft shops or ebay and amazon. I used the one which puffs only with the heat, but there are also others which don’t require any heat setting. 
I will explain you how to use it.

1. First of all crochet the sole. Make two soles, like this you will save time. I fasten off the sole, then I simply open the fastened loop and continue to crochet upper part. Be sure that you will not need to make any modifications for the sole.

2. Take the puff paint and paint with it something on the sole – it can be simple dots, or funny faces, whatever you like.

3. Now wait 4 hours (or follow the instructions if you use another kind of puff paint) till the paint gets dry. Don’t wait much longer than suggested, because then the paint gets too dry and doesn’t look that good.

4. Take the iron and heat the sole (I did it on max heat, but take care and don’t burn the sole) from the wrong side (don’t iron on side where is the painting!) In this way the paint must puff! You have to be patient and heat it for at least one minute before checking the result, as it needs time to puff.

5. Now the soles are ready and you can work on upper parts. 🙂

Have a great weekend!

Vita Apala

Hello! I am a designer behind Mon Petit Violon brand. In this little space of mine I share unique, beautiful and inspiring projects and patterns. I am an author and recently my first book "Super Cute crochet for Little Feet" was released in UK, Germany, France, Estonia an other countries! US version is coming out in March. I was born in Riga, Latvia, but currently living in Italy with my husband and our two kids. I truly believe that crochet (and other crafts as well) make the world a better place!

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  1. I had never even thought about making the soles non-slip.. or that it was possible! Thanks for sharing! I will have to try it when I make my daughter your toddler ankle boots!

  2. I use puffy paint all the time. I once bought an extra pair of white socks (on sale if you bought 3 pair) and painted the bottom of one pair so I would have slipper sox.

  3. there is also spray on rug backing that you just spray on the sole once u finished the slipper. I use this alot since it is cheap and goea a long way when doing slippers, it is machine wash and dry and doesnt crack with time like some puff paint does. Just take care not to soak the sole, just spray a couple thin coat, letting it dry between.

  4. I was looking for this exact thing! Thank you so much for sharing this. God Bless!

  5. Would you believe I had been thinking of this for the last couple months AND bought puff paint as an option last weekend? *laughs* I was going to blog about my experiences with all things tried 🙂

  6. Wow, what a clever idea…thanks for sharing. I've been worried about wee ones slipping and this is a super & simple solution.

  7. Oh thank you!!

    I know about and have tried the puff paint but I have used a hair dryer to heat it and it would puff up too much. I will try the ironing.

    Thanks you soo much for this tip

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