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Make Your Own Slipper Socks

You know those wonderful slipper socks that grace shelves around this time of year? You can make those, and in short order too! Use our simple tutorial to create cozy socks that won’t slip. They make great stocking stuffers, but the real treat is that kids love this activity too. 

What You Need:

  • A pair of socks
  • Puffy paint
  • Scissors
  • Cardstock, cardboard, or index cards
  • Dropcloth (old sheets or pillowcases work well)
  • Paper towels or kitchen towels
  • Iron - Optional 

The materials list comes with a lot of opportunities. First, if you knit, you can undoubtedly knit your own socks. You could also look for bulk packs online, fuzzy holiday socks, or anything that catches your eye. Experienced sewers can always dip into their fabric stash and whip up a few pairs of socks from behind their sewing machine


Get ready because these steps fly by fast:

  1. Remove the socks from the packaging and lay them flat.
  2. Take the cardstock or index card and slide it into the foot of the sock.
  3. Apply the puffy paint into a design over the bottom of the sock
  4. Let dry for a few hours.

If you’re using Tulip Paint, you can steam the puffy paint design with an iron. Hold the iron about 1 to 2-inches from the sock and blast the sock with steam. The colors should become very bright.

This craft is easy, but there are a few tips and tricks that can take your socks to the next level. 

Making Your Socks Outstanding

Your paper towels will come in handy because you should periodically wipe off the tip of the puffy paint. The tips should always receive a wipe before capping to ensure you don’t mix colors. 

When it comes to ease of design and visual appeal, the dot method works best. Simply drop a tiny dot of puffy paint, then lift the tip and dot again. You can create beautiful designs with simple dots. You can recreate the traditional radial pattern, common in hospitals and nursing homes, or get creative! 

If you’re working with kids, try to let them have some freedom with the designs. Puffy paint that runs in long strips is notorious for pulling off after a few rounds in the washer. But, you and your little one can always reapply the puffy paint to revive the slipper sock. 

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