Friday, November 4, 2016

Non-slip toddler slippers

My niece, Sydney, loves to go out on our deck to see if the neighbor puppies are out in the yard, playing. She also is a great helper and likes to assist us in taking the garbage out.

Since it’s been getting a little cooler out, we needed to come up with a solution so Sydney’s toes don't get cold. I should preface this with the fact that Sydney hates socks. Despises them. They come off instantly. So, most of the time, when she joins us outside, she is barefoot. Well, in North Dakota, that only works for a short period of time in the summer.

Now that it is fall, it’s getting too chilly for her to be without socks. My husband suggested I make her some slippers that we can quickly slip on her feet. That way, we don’t have to hunt for socks and shoes every time.
After searching for a toddler slipper pattern, I stumbled across this super cute one on Pinterest. I have SO many good crochet patterns on my Pinterest board - check it out if you are looking for more patterns!

They are so adorable and they can be tightened because of the strip of yarn that goes around the entire shoe. So, if they are a little big (which I’d rather have than too small!), you can snug them up a bit until they grow into them a little more.

My sister-in-law picked out the gray and white colors and I got to work. These worked up super-fast – I had them done in one evening.

Notice that you go around your first chain when making
the sole of the shoe.
I have crocheted baby shoes before, so I kinda knew what I was doing. For some reason, the first time I crocheted shoes, it was SO hard. Now, I’ve made so many of them that they are all pretty easy.

For this pattern, I used a 3.75mm hook and two different kinds of yarn – Big Twist in white for the sole and Lion brand Wool-East in oxford grey for the body. Both are worsted weight yarn.

First off, crochet the sole. You’ll notice this part is done in the round (not using slip stitches and continuing around and around the whole outside).

Finished sole.

Then, when I got to the part where you switch to the main color, I decided to add one additional row into this pattern. I like a clear edge from where the sole of the shoe ends and the body begins. There are a lot of shoe patterns out there where the sole kinda melts into the body and it ends up being very rounded. I prefer the shoes to have a flat sole. So, in-between rows 5 and 6 of this pattern, I inserted this row: After switching to the main color, slip stitch in each stitch all the way around – LOOSELY. Then, when you start row 6, you will be crocheting into only that slip stitch, not the stitch under it from the previous row. This helps create a nicer, cleaner edge between the sole and body of the shoe.

Loose slip stitches in-between rows 5 and 6.

Continue on with the pattern until the top of the shoe is done and you are ready to work on the straps and toe flaps.

After doing the strap parts, I worked on the toe flap. Those were pretty simple to do. Lining them up so they were centered, I started stitching the toe flap onto the actual shoe.

After completing that, it is time to get out your strip of yarn that you will weave through the entire shoe.

Starting the toe flap section.


As mentioned before, this is to help snug them up and keep them on. Crocheted slippers aren’t super well known for staying on all that well.

Stitching the toe flap section to the body of the shoe.

I used a yarn needle to weave the white yarn in and out of nearby stitches and all the way around the heel of the shoe back up to the front.

Go through both of the holes in the middle of the strap section and tie in a knot.

One final touch that I added to this project was a non-skid surface for the bottom. We have wooden floors and I knew if Sydney were to wear these crocheted slippers around the house, it would take about 3 seconds before she’d slip and slide and hurt herself on our wooden floors. I had heard about a product called PlastiDip and wondered if that would work for something like this.

Off to Fleet Farm I went. After searching all over in the paint section, I was not finding what I was looking for. I asked an employee for something that would help make a non-skid surface for a crochet project (I don’t recommend doing that, they look at you kinda strange), he was just as confused as I was. Finally, another guy came buy and after I explained what I was looking for, he knew right away that it was in the tool aisle.

Alas, there it was! One bottle of PlastiDip was just under $6. Not a bad price considering I only used a tiny bit of it.

I recommend spraying this in a well ventilated area – We put some paper towel on the damp grass and did it on our lawn. I used masking tape to tape off the edges where I wanted the non-skid surface to end and then taped some paper to that tape as well to protect the rest of the shoe from unwanted surfacing in case the wind took it.

After the first coat, I left the slippers in the garage to dry for about 45 minutes. Then, we did another coating and let that dry. Finally, one more coating and let it dry overnight. In the morning, I was pleasantly surprised that an initial test seemed to work – the bottom of the slippers weren’t going to slide on my wooden floor. 

The bottom of the slipper after the PlastiDip dried.
The PlastiDip is holding up quite well after a few weeks of wear. I might reapply another coat if needed.

Isn't she adorable?!

Enjoy these super fun slippers! My niece sure does! We leave them tied so that she just has to slip them on and off. She gets super excited when she sees Uncle Jon put his shoes on. She runs over to put her slippers on to join him. :)

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