With crochet patterns that are as adorable as they are practical, you can provide fashion for wee ones while keeping tiny toes warm. Felted for shape and sturdiness - with leather soles for durability - these are finished shoes. Stitch to support a worthy cause - the authors' proceeds will be donated to the Imani Project to help children in Kenya orphaned by HIV/AIDS.
- Select from seven patterns, each in five sizes, embellished with appealing motifs
- Easy-to-make foam inserts ensure the perfect shoe shape and size during felting
- Use readily available materials; you can even use suede elbow patches for soles
Cozy Toes for Baby by Chantal Garceau and Mary J. King contains seven different character shoe patterns. The shoes will fit newborns to age two and will make an adorable baby gift. They even include a gift card with wearing and washing instructions. Using worsted weight 100% wool yarn and a size H hook, you can start on your shoe of choice. The shoes are crocheted all in one piece and no seams. Photographs and individual written steps will help you through the basic shoe pattern. The soles are leather, either store bought or recycled and are thoroughly explained as well as the felting process. The patterns include "Fresh Watermelon", "Froggy", "Lady Bug", "Ollie Owl", "Panda Bear", "Silly Monkey" and "Sparky Dog". They are all too cute. Beginners can even pick up this book and start crocheting as the stitch basics are included. Chantal and Mary are service minded, and the proceeds from this book help to support the Imaniproject.com. Give the book a go. You won't be disappointed.
Review excerpted from Crochet Queen: Royal Ramblings Blog by Gwen Blakley Kinsler, December 2014
I haven't been aware of a more heartwarming reason to create a book in some time! "As I pondered a new direction for my life work and a direction for my design talents," Chantal wrote, "serendipity intervened and led me to the Imani Project and I decided to sponsor a Kenyan child orphaned by HIV/AIDS." This book is dedicated to the Masheleni children and the Imani Project.
With crochet patterns that are as adorable as they are practical, you can provide fashion for wee ones while keeping tiny toes warm. Instructions for making the soles and even re-purposing the materials from leather elbow patches are included along with how-tos on felting for shape and sturdiness. One basic pattern is used for the 7 sets of shoe designs, each in 5 sizes. Incredibly appealing embellishments and styling sets each design apart from the other. Complete instructions and tips help the crocheter achieve results that are professional looking and unique. Personally, I have been "felting-challenged" for years. However, the sheer cuteness of these shoes makes me want to try again and again so that I can have several pair on hand; a fantastic gift for the next new baby that comes along.
Chantal and Mary are accomplished professionals who have found a way to turn their love of crafts into a worthwhile social enterprise. I hope you will stitch to support a worthy cause - the authors' proceeds will all be donated to the Imani Project in Kenya.
Review from Mark Lipinski's Blog, January 2015
This book is so sweet that even if you have never crocheted or felted or even have a baby living in your state, you will enjoy at least looking through it! No, this book isn't for the absolute newbie crocheter (you're going to have to have a scant knowledge of weaving yarn with a hook and a more educated skill set in the pattern reading department) but if you kind'a know your way around a crochet hook, the patterns aren't all that difficult. The book takes us [through] a series of tool lists and tutorial photos for the basic shoe pattern, before setting us free into the bulk of the book, 7 patterns for the cutest little woolen shoes - EVVVV-AH! There isn't a shoe design in the book that I don't like. Each has their own personality and style. The chapter on the actual felting of your crochet masterpieces clues us in on any prep work and making simple foam forms so that your shoes actually come out of the process looking like, well, shoes - and not a golf club cover... I found the short chapter on "Soles" to be fascinating (only because I wouldn't have guessed there would be soles on this type of baby shoe). The authors take us through choosing the leather, preparing it, and then attaching the leather soles to the bottoms of the felted shoes with a hand blanket stitch. The patterns for various sized soles, to match the patterns for various size shoes, are included in the back of the book along with illustrated tutorials of basic crochet stitches and a glossary of crochet abbreviations. If that's not enough to convince you that you need this book, then maybe knowing that the author's proceeds of Cozy Toes for Baby will be donated to the Imani Project to help children in Kenya orphaned by HIV/AIDS [will]. It's a win/win! I really like this book!
Review from Inside Crochet, Issue 62
Crochet and then felt tiny booties for the little ones in your life with these adorable patterns. Each shoe design follows the same basic structure, with additional detailing such as a crocheted trim or simple embroidery added on after felting. Though the basic pattern is simple, the various designs make these a great way to practice your colourwork - our favorites are the cute sock monkey and wide-eyed owl designs. Proceeds from this book are donated to a children's charity in Kenya.
"Cozy Toes for Baby – Sweet Shoes to Crochet and Felt has the most adorable patterns for 7 different baby shoes. There is a pattern for the basic baby shoe pattern and instructions to customize the basic shoe to turn it into an adorable little animal. I love the combination between crochet and felting. Even if you are not familiar with felting, the authors provide information on how to felt your project. There is also great information on how to work with the soles! Most of all, I love that this book is dedicated to an amazing cause, the Imani project. I would definitely recommend this book to someone that wants to try their hand at felting. It's a great introduction to felting your crochet projects."
– Amy R.
"Cozy Toes For Baby is a fantastic crochet pattern book created to support a very worthwhile cause.
Not only do you receive the pattern (with 7 variations), detailed instructions to teach you how to felt and add leather soles to these precious little shoes - you get the knowledge that the proceeds from your purchase are being used for an honourable cause - to sponsor orphaned children and their community.
Detailed instructions are included to make baby shoes in 5 sizes: 0-3 months (XS), 3-6 months (S), 6-12 months (M), 12-18 months (L) and 18-24 months (XL) and 7 variations (Fresh Watermelon, Froggy, Ladybug, Ollie Owl, Panda Bear, Silly Monkey and Sparky Dog).
I definitely recommend this book for both the patterns and the skills you can learn (felting and preparing and using leather with your crochet projects)."
– Rhondda Mol
"This book features 7 patterns for the most darling felted baby booties imaginable, plus a basic pattern without decoration. The shoes are crocheted, felted, and fitted with leather soles. They come in 5 sizes, from newborn (4") to 24 months (5 3/4").
Throughout the book there are sidebars with tips for how to work the beginnings of rows and how to tell which side is the right side, and other more advanced techniques. There's even a chart in color showing the shape of each shoe before felting. Photos of each step give crafters a sense of security. These projects are wonderful for the budding crocheter because felting hides uneven stitches.
Each shoe has a special touch that makes it different from the others---seeds and a precious cuff on Fresh Watermelon, clever yet simple eyeballs on Froggy, and Ollie Owl's virtuosic face mask.
Chantal even includes a gift card to print or photocopy which details wearing and washing instructions.
But the best part, to me, is the fact that the proceeds are donated to the Imani Project. What a worthwhile way to use enterprise and creativity!
See the full review at the Kangath Knits blog."
– Kangath Knits
"Cozy Toes for Baby is more than just a cute crochet book with patterns that are fun to make. It's also a great product that helps to support a good cause. You can't go wrong when you purchase items that are useful for you and helpful to others in the world.
Authors Chantal Garceau and Mary J. King are donating the proceeds from the sales of Cozy Toes for Baby to the Imani Project. This project is a Portland-based partnership between Americans and Africans to help children in Kenya who have become orphans due to the widespread affliction of HIV / AIDS. "The goal of the Imani Project is to enable and empower Kenyan villagers to become educators, advocates, caregivers and HIV/AIDS activists in their own communities."
In addition to being for a great cause, this is a great little crochet book. Each of the crochet patterns in this book is for a really sweet set of shoes for babies. And yes, they are for real shoes, not just for booties. They are designed to incorporate felting, foam inserts, leather soles and patches to increase their durability so that they can really be used by young ones who are toddling around.
Sometimes a product that's practical like this compromises on cuteness but that's not the case with these adorable crochet patterns. Each of the seven patterns is cuter than the one that came before it. These are the kinds of crochet shoes that you'll have fun making and the people in your life will love receiving as gifts.
There are seven different crochet shoe patterns. Each pattern is written for five different sizes. Plus there are motifs that you can create to embellish the shoes with your own sense of creative style and flair.
My personal favorite pair is a watermelon-inspired crochet shoe in which most of the shoe is felted but then there is a frilly pink crochet edging around the top that looks almost like a little girl's sock sticking out around the top of the shoe. It's so cute. Other designs include froggies and ladybugs. The kids in your life will not just have cozy toes but cute ones as well!"
– Kathryn Vercillo
"Types of Projects: Baby booties/shoes ranging in sizes from 0-3 months thru 18-24 months.
Difficulty: While I didn't see a difficulty rating listed, I'm going to say this book would be good for the advanced beginner. The stitches are basic but there is shaping involved. The directions are clear for both crocheting and felting, so if you are a new, but adventurous crocheter, give them a try.
First Impression: A new twist on some old favorites. Everyone loves animals....especially baby booties. I've honestly never felted any of my crochet work, mostly because of lack of knowledge, but this book is very clear on sizing, instuctions, and information on how to felt. The designer took practial baby items, added the felting technique, and made something useful, fun, and new (I haven't seen any other felted baby booties books around).
Martingale has included clear instructions on felting, how to add leather soles (with photos), along with tons of extras beyond the patterns themselves. There is stitch help, techniques, resourses, and pattern cutouts. "
– Kristine Ambassador Crochet
"This book is full of the most adorable designs.
The designs use brilliant techniques
that have been tried and used many times
before the book was written.
You learn everything you need to know to make these cute designs.
How to use the soles to how to create the different shapes
and designs for the animals.
Each of the patterns come in multiple sizes so what ever
age your baby is you'll be able to make
them one of these cute designs.
With them being felted they are sure to last longer and keep
your little ones feet warmer.
All the patterns are in written format and there
are little helpful notes to help you on your way.
These fantastic cute designs are sure to be a hit.
They would make ideal gifts, especially
for a baby shower.
I'm sure when people see them, they'll want you
to make some more!
A beautiful book with fantastically cute designs.
Easy to follow and with a beautiful finish!
You have everything you need to know within
the book with detailed pictures to help.
Follow the instructions and you are sure to
have a shop bought look with some handmade love."
– Susan D
"What a charming and empowering book! Keepsake quality little shoes. Beautiful color photographs and so easy-to-follow. Every step (heel to toe!) clearly outlined. The authors even provide a little gift card you can reproduce that offers simple cleaning instructions. All profits to children in need, completes the sweet circle."
– Kim Christensen
Chantal Garceau is the founder of Chantal's Little Shoes. After a career as a sportswear designer in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, she moved to Washington State and put her creative background to use as a freelancer for charity, and just for fun. In December 2010 she began sponsoring a child with the Imani Project in Kenya, Africa. Learning about the great needs of orphan children in Kenya prompted her to start Chantal's Little Shoes, a social enterprise devoting all profits to this cause. Chantal lives in Woodinville, Washington, with her husband.
Mary J. King
Mary J. King grew up in Minnesota and has dabbled in many arts and crafts, preferring to repurpose salvaged and seconhand materials whenever possible. She enjoys volunteering for a variety of causes, including Chantal's Little Shoes. Mary has degrees in languages and library science from the University of Minnesota, and writing has been a lifelong hobby and delight for her. She lives in Woodinville, Washington, with her family and pets.