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Creating Colorful Flowers

posted by Carolina Guzman May 22, 2018 0 comments

Sometimes I like to add small embellishments to my designs…like brightly colored flowers!!  I think they add a touch of whimsy to my creations. And the pop of color makes me happy!

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Bonnie & Benjamin the Little Teddy Bear Family – NEW Little Family Design

posted by Carolina Guzman May 18, 2018 0 comments

I had an idea for a new series of patterns, and I am so excited to share my newest design with you!!

Meet Bonnie and Benjamin, my new Little Family design! Bonnie is an adoring Mama Bear who loves teaching her sweet Baby Bear all about their surroundings. Benjamin is happiest when his Mommy is with him. Bonnie and Benjamin just made a new friend. Together they will take care of their beautiful flower and each other!

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Adding Value to Your Finished Items

posted by Carolina Guzman May 11, 2018 1 Comment

Adding a value to crocheted items is a topic that comes up frequently in my Facebook group.  Usually when people ask about the value of a crocheted item, they want to know what to charge someone for that item.  They want to make a profit – big or small – from their work. How you choose to charge for a crocheted item is up to you, but here are the top three ways to add value that I have found.

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Pattern Review – Ric Rac Hat

posted by Carolina Guzman May 4, 2018 1 Comment

Do you follow a lot of crochet designers?  I do!  I am lucky to have made some awesome friends in this business, and I love following all of them.  Every designer brings something unique to the table, and seeing all of the creativity (from designers AND their fans) is so amazing!

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Tutu Cute – No-Sew Tutorial

posted by Carolina Guzman April 27, 2018 0 comments

Sometimes I think that my creations need a little something extra…like a fluffy tutu!! I thought of this especially for Poppy the Sweet Piggy.  She’s already so super enchanting with her rosy cheeks, flowers, and purse, but I really thought she needed something else. Something special. So I asked my friend Courtney of 3 Hoots Boutique to help me out with a quick tutorial for a simple, no-sew tutu.

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Heart and Sole

posted by Carolina Guzman April 20, 2018 0 comments

If you’re like me, then you love creating fun and colorful slippers or booties for your little ones.  They’re just so much fun to make!!  I love that you can alter the personality of each pair by simply changing yarn color.

However, crocheted booties and slippers do have their limitations.  Sometimes they might not be squishy and supportive enough…or maybe they’re too slippery for non-carpeted floors.  I’ve found a few ways to help with these issues, along with my friends Shannon and Courtney.

One of my favorite ways to create a little more warmth and cushion in a pair of booties is to double up the sole.  For my Scrappy the Happy Puppy Slippers and Olivia the Bunny Booties, I have done just that.  Instead of just making one sole for the bottom of the foot, make 2.  Then simply sew them together.  The double sole adds thickness to the bottom of the slipper.

Another way to add some extra thickness or cushion is to add an insole.  My friend Shannon from CitrusSun Crochet added a fabric liner to her Reindeer Booties.  She made a template using her sole, cut out fabric and batting, then used a sewing machine to sew the insert down.  You could also sew this by hand.

If you wanted to add an extra layer to the outside of the slipper (instead of the inside), you could follow the same example only use heavy felt or suede.  You could either hand-sew or use a sewing machine to add these extra pieces to the sole of your bootie.  The suede would also add a non-slip grip to your slipper!  Adding an extra layer of fabric to either the inside or the outside of your slipper or bootie is a little time consuming.  But I think the finished product will be amazing!

 

Many slippers or booties are made with acrylic yarn, which is going to be slippery on tile or hardwood floors.  My friend Courtney from 3 Hoots Boutique has tried a few different methods for adding non-skid grip.  The first is to use 3 dimensional fabric paint.  Courtney gave her daughter a bottle of purple and let her decorate the bottoms of her Doris the Cow Slippers.  Be aware that fabric paint is permanent, and can get messy.  It also takes some time to dry.  But it’s easy to replace if it comes off or wears down.

 

 

Hot glue is another simple way to add a non-slip grip to the bottom of a slipper.  It’s fast, dries quickly, and is simple to replace.  Courtney has washed these Scrappy the Happy Puppy Slippers repeatedly, and just adds more glue when the old wears off.

 

 

 

 

 

Non-slip kitchen shelf liner is another great, cheap, and easy way to add a non-slip sole to the bottom of a slipper or bootie.  I had some scraps leftover in my kitchen, so I cut pieces to fit the foot and heel area of my sole.  Then I sewed them in place with yarn in the same color.  These pieces could also be sewn or glued on. The liner also adds a little squishiness to the bottom of the slipper!  I find that this liner lasts a little longer than the glue or fabric paint, but it’s definitely not permanent.  However, it’s very easy to replace.

 

 

I know there are a number of other methods to add comfort and non-slip grips to the bottoms of slippers, but these are just a few that my friends and I have tried and found success with.  What others have you heard of or tried?  Drop me a comment below!!

You can see all of my bootie and slipper designs in this video.  Which one do you like best?

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CoffeeKidsNDolls Special Offer

posted by Carolina Guzman April 18, 2018 0 comments

Last week I published a post about places to buy crochet supplies like safety eyes and safety rattle inserts (you can find that post HERE).  One of the suppliers that I have had wonderful shopping experiences with has noticed an increase in sales due to my subscribers!  I am so happy that I can share my experiences with you…and that you are helping other small businesses succeed!

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New Release

Poppy the Sweet Piggy and Friends – NEW Crochet Pattern

posted by Carolina Guzman April 16, 2018 0 comments

I’m so pleased to share with you my newest design!  Meet Poppy the Sweet Piggy!  Poppy is the most enchanting pig on the farm. She loves to put beautiful flowers on her head and blush on her cheeks to go for a walk with her friends in the meadow. Would you like to walk with them?

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Safety Eyes and Other Supplies

posted by Carolina Guzman April 13, 2018 1 Comment

One of the most commonly asked questions in my Facebook Group is where to purchase safety eyes and other amigurumi supplies.

I like to use a wide variety of sizes of safety eyes in my projects.  Sometimes I use a small eye – 6mm.  Other times I use big eyes – 21mm.  Here are a few online shops that I’ve had great experiences with.

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