DIY – Yoga/Pilates Socks!

Recently I became obsessed with Physique 57, a unique workout that’s sort of a combo of barre and pilates exercises that you do while keeping your heart-rate up, so you get your cardio and strength-training in one!  When I’ve done yoga and pilates in the past, I’ve always done it in bare feet – I know, super sanitary, right?  However, Physique 57’s studio is carpeted, and they require socks.

Now, if you’ve ever tried to do a plank or push-up on carpeting in socks, you know where this is going.  No sooner do you steady yourself than your traitorous feet slip right out from under you!  So the obvious solution is a pair of grip socks (grippy socks? yoga socks? do these things even have an official name?!).  However, besides not being readily available – even lululemon didn’t have any! – yoga and pilates studios charge up to $15 per pair for an ordinary pair of workout socks with grip material on the bottom, and considering I need a few pairs, this started to add up pretty quickly.

The good news?  You can make them yourself practically for free!  All you need is a pair of socks you already own, and puffy paint – yep, the same kind you used as a kid to make hideous t-shirts.  (Don’t worry, these will be way cuter!!)

Hint: these also make greet non-slip socks for kids!


  • A pair of socks (wash and dry them first) – free!
  • Tulip Puffy Paint – $1 (and one bottle will make you many pairs of socks)

How To:

  1. Make sure the socks are washed and dried – don’t use fabric softener!
  2. Take your puffy paint and make a cute design on the bottom of your socks.  Pay special attention to the toe area – you use it a lot!
  3. Get creative – puffy paint comes in tons of colors, including neon, glitter, and glow in the dark!  To stay on trend this spring, I used bright pink and orange together.
  4. Let dry for 4 hours.  Fabric can be washed after 72 hours.
  5. Voila – cute, practical and cheap workout gear for the next time you want to get sweaty in style!


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