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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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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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Yarn Weights

posted by Carolina Guzman April 6, 2018 2 Comments

I love yarn…and I’m guessing you do, too!!  One of the things I like most about yarn is that it comes in so many different sizes or weights.  Yarn can vary from a fiber as thin as thread to one as thick as rope.  And you can crochet with all of it!

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Bliss the Bird Pillow – NEW April CAL

posted by Carolina Guzman April 3, 2018 1 Comment

Happy April! Spring is finally here, and I couldn’t be happier to share my new design for this month’s CAL – Bliss the Bird Pillow!  Bliss is a sweet little bird, not too big and not too small. You can customize the colors to your pleasure to bring joy to any home!

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Embroidery Stitches Videotutorial

posted by Carolina Guzman March 30, 2018 2 Comments

Using simple embroidery stitches in your crochet work is a great way to add beautiful detail to a piece.  My friend Courtney is going to talk to us about a few different stitches that you might like to use to add embellishments to your work – the French Knot (which I use in the Lucy and Linus Baby Twins pattern), Chain Stitch, and Cross Stitch.  She is also going to walk us through embroidering a nose on a face (she happens to be sewing a bear from the Sweet Dreams Teddy Bear Mobile pattern).

I hope you find this video helpful and informative!!  Happy crocheting (and embroidering)!

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Furls March Amigurumi CAL – Week 3

posted by Carolina Guzman March 28, 2018 0 comments

Welcome back!!  If you’ve been following along on with the Furls Crochet March Amigurumi CAL, then you know that I was chosen to design this month’s project.  How exciting is that?!  This month we’re making Denis the Easter Bunny, and I am so thrilled with the progress I’ve seen so far!

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Introducing Lucy and Linus the Baby Twins

posted by Carolina Guzman March 26, 2018 2 Comments

My newest design is here!!  It’s a girl…and a boy! Lucy and Linus the Baby Twins are the newest arrivals to One and Two Company! These sweet little babies love to cuddle and play. Their favorite things are their pacifiers, bottles, bibs, cozy teddy bear sleeping bags, and YOU!!

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How to Read a Chart Videotutorial

posted by Carolina Guzman March 23, 2018 0 comments

Did you know that crochet patterns can be written in more than one way?  Some designers use text to create their designs – others use crochet symbol charts or diagrams.  I use both!  Reading a crochet symbol chart might be intimidating or confusing, but really it’s a whole lot simpler than it looks.  Graphs can show you where your stitches go, how tall they are, even what the look like.  My friend Courtney is back to walk us through reading a crochet symbol chart using two of my free patterns – the Spring Flowers Blanket and the flower motif from my Spring Headband & Belt.  When you’re done watching the video, drop me a comment letting me know which you prefer – written text or symbol graphs!

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