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The ex­plo­sion of cute patches you’ve spot­ted in the craft aisle and on pint-size back­packs ev­ery­where make these ac­ces­sories as col­or­ful and orig­i­nal as the kids you know. No nee­dle or thread is re­quired for our sweet beret or stylish slip­pers, since you only iron on the de­signs. Choose a mo­tif that re­ally cap­tures your re­cip­i­ent—we’ve got roses for a lit­tle blos­som, buzzing in­sects for the queen bee, and a can­dys­triped snake for Harry Pot­ter die-hards.

2 SLIP­PERS Kung-fu footwear is just what the kid­dies need to mount a sneak at­tack on the cookie plate. It’s made of cot­ton, soles and all, so it’s quiet, com­fort­able, and washable— not to men­tion primed for patches. Make a pair, or � ill a bas­ket­ful and place it near your door for com­pany to slide into. THE DE­TAILS: Karatemart cot­ton- sole kung-fu slip­pers (top) and shoes, from $9 per pair, Patch Col­lec­tion coral­snake combo sneaker iron-on ap­pliqué patches, $ 14 for 2, ama­ M&J Trim­ming iron-on metal­lic bee patches, $4 each,

1 BERET A lively, petite de­sign has am­ple joie de vivre to em­bel­lish a clas­sic French cap. Use mul­ti­ples of a small patch, like this �lower or a but­ter �ly, to cre­ate a charm­ing allover pat­tern. THE DE­TAILS: Bon­aweite French wool beret, in Skin, $ 10, ama­zon .com. Lau­ren Trim­ming Inc. small string �lower patches, $ 2 each, 646-964-5734.

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