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Message Board > Sewing Techniques and Tips > Hints on sewing non-slip soles for kids? ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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Date: 10/17/12 8:22 AM

I am having trouble sewing thru the grippy-dot fabric for kids slipper and bootie soles, even tho I've tried different needles. I have the Jiffy Grip brand, plus it shifts like crazy. GK's under 4 need non-slip for wood/ceramic floors.
Leather scraps can be used for non-slip, requiring a leather needle, or what else? One mom's blog said she uses faux leather/vinyl with just regular needles and it works?

Do the paint-on dots wear off easily?

Anyone have favorite slipper patterns for Christmas gifts among the many free online?

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Date: 10/17/12 2:49 PM

Wow, I didn't have any trouble sewing with the Jiffy Grip and I work on a 1916 Singer mechanical. But here's an interesting tip on how to make ANY FABRIC into non-slip soles: get some of that rubber caulk from the hardward store and, after you're finished sewing up your slippers: ADD YOUR OWN DOTS to the bottoms!

For slipper patterns, I bought (and love) THIS BOOK -- Boutique Slippers: 8 Slippers from Fat Quarters



Only $10, you get full patterns, the pictures are fun and inspiring, and there are some cute tips. Like: the flowers are attached to hair clips so you can remove them before laundering. Very clever.

j.





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Date: 10/17/12 4:48 PM

I make a lot of slippers and have experimented with non-skid soles. I didn't find the jiffy grip provided much non-skid. I have used shelf-liner, which worked well but wore out quickly on adult slippers. I don't make children's slippers, but I think weight is why they wore out so fast. I have also used the suede side of leather which is excellent and sewed it with no problems with a size 18 needls. HTH

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Date: 10/17/12 5:46 PM

I used the gripper fabric JoAnn sells pre-cut in a package; I think it may have been Jiffy Grip. I made toddler slippers.

- I first basted the sole layers together with a few hand stitches (that I later removed); that took care of the shifting.
- And I had to sew very slowly once I started assembling the slippers using the sewing machine; on occasion I had to turn the wheel by hand.
- Also I used a large stitch length (4 mm).
- As far as I remember, I used a denim needle, but I am not entirely certain about that.
- I sewed gripper side down, otherwise the foot got stuck to the dots.

The dots have been holding up beautifully on the slippers for a year now. I machine wash them and dry them on low. No problem at all. On occasion, I air dry them; in the summer.

This is my favorite slipper pattern for little kids:
http://darlingdiapers.com/SDminimocfinal2.PDF
Easy to sew and you can embellish it any way you want.
I modified it just a tiny bit: I stitch a piece of single-fold bias tape on the inside of the upper part instead of making slits in the fabric to thread the elastic through. I just think it might hold up longer.

Hope this helps...

P.S.: Just in case you are thinking of using the serger to assemble the slippers: I tried that and it didn't work for me.

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Date: 10/17/12 6:41 PM

Thanks, I had trouble with the grippy gripping the machine too.

I too have been putting in the tab for the elastic to go thru, as putting in those tiny buttonholes was a pain. Don't have a serger, I just do a small zigzag around entire outside seam. There are some patterns where they manage to hide the raw edge inside by turning thru the heel, but I found that hard on toddler sizes.

I saw the tips for using caulk/gripper spray that they use for rugs etc, but it is full of chemicals, not good for kids.
When out of gripper fabric, you can use the dot pieces cut from garden gloves! These often come in bright colors for fun soles.

I found this size chart somewhere for different ages:
6-9 months--4.75 inch sole gives you a 4.25" finished size
9-12--5.25=4.75"
12-18--5.5=5"
18-24--5.75=5.25"
-- Edited on 10/18/12 7:37 AM --

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Date: 10/18/12 1:24 PM

You can also use puffy paint to make no-skid soles. I'm not sure how long it lasts though.

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Date: 10/19/12 2:12 AM

There is also a tutorial for adding grippers to socks with Tulip Slick Paint. I imagine, this would work for slippers as well:
http://www.iammommahearmeroar.net/2010/10/homemade-gripper-socks.html

And supposedly this paint is non-toxic:
http://www.michaels.com/Tulip%C2%AE-Slick%C2%AE-Fabric-Paint/gc1506,default,pd.html

I tried this on some footed kids' pants I made, and they did turn out quite well. I haven't washed/used the pants much though, because I found out that I didn't get the fit of the foot part quite right.Well, next time.
http://howsew.blogspot.com/2010/12/kwik-sews-sewing-for-baby-by-kerstin.html

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Date: 10/19/12 7:56 AM

Do you use a heavier thread too + needle for suede/faux suede? (like the expensive Robeez brand leather)
I believe it's considered non-slip and you can sometimes find it in the flatfolds of decor fabric at Hancocks. They have vinyl-like with a backing, but it seems the holes would stretch out.

For a fast Freebie boot-style pattern, Google "Free Frog Slipper pattern", both adult and child sizes. It comes in 2 styles, with an all-in-one sole or a separate sole. I have to morph the child/adult sizes for a big-footed 2-year old.
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Date: 11/5/12 4:14 PM

Gramma B,

I just got thru making a pair of sleepers with feet. I use a Teflon presser foot, and sew with the bumps up. I found it a little awkward sewing the fabric to the bumps when they were both cut the same size. So, I've got four more cut out and instead of cutting out the soles in fabric, I cut a larger square of fabric, and cut out the bumpy soles in the foot shape. I'm going to put the fabric down first, then put the bumpy sole on top then stitch. I use regular thread and a regular universal needle size 70 or 80.

I think it's the Teflon presser foot that makes it easy to sew. Just have to sew slow.

-- Edited on 11/5/12 4:15 PM --

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