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Thanksgiving Craft Ideas

Thanksgiving Craft Ideas

Thanksgiving craft ideas are already on our mind here at Create and Craft. So much hard work goes into making a fabulous meal for friends and family, but crafting can make the hard work fun for everyone! We know how much you plan to make 

4th of July Projects

4th of July Projects

The 4th of July is almost here! How do you plan on celebrating? We’ve got some patriotic craft projects to help make your holiday sparkle like a fireworks display!

Crafty Beggars Create DIY Home Décor for Halloween

Crafty Beggars Create DIY Home Décor for Halloween

DIY Home Décor for Halloween

Join the Crafty Beggars and Create DIY Home Décor for Halloween this year! They’ve got great projects including Halloween Jars, Cackling Cards, a Trick or Treat Trays, and DIY Pumpkins Using Old Books. It’s the perfect way to turn regular craft items into spooky and frightening decorations for the holiday season.

Watch the videos below to join the Crafty Beggars as they create and craft a whole range of haunted home décor.


Halloween Jar

This Halloween Jar project is a great way to make a fun candle holder out of your jars, dies, and papercraft supplies.

Cackling Cards

Create horror-themed cards that will stand out with your friends and family.


Trick or Treat Tray

Give your sweets and treats a fabulous place to rest in peace — until they get snatched up! This Trick or Treat Tray will take you a step above the usual candy bowl.


DIY Pumpkin Using Old Books

This DIY Pumpkin is a really fun project. Create a unique piece of Halloween home décor with a pumpkin made out of old books. Ir’s a great project for new and experienced crafters alike. Use this craft to add a personal touch to your decorated tables and centerpieces.


Watch more Crafty Beggars

You can get more of the Crafty Beggars by watching Create and Craft. It’s the perfect way to learn more about crafting, find new and exciting products, and experience crafting with passionate crafters! Make sure to keep up with the Crafty Beggars on Create and Craft by checking the program guide for listings.

Happy Halloween!

DIY Halloween – Week 3

DIY Halloween – Week 3

DIY Halloween continues this week at Create and Craft! Everyone loves candy, so celebrate tasty treats with us this week. We’ve got some DIY info and a fun and easy project for you to make the most of your haunted holiday and add some spooky style. 

DIY Halloween – Week 2

DIY Halloween – Week 2

We’re continuing our DIY Halloween this week at Create and Craft! Time to switch things up with some party supplies that will give your guests a spooktacular experience. Try exciting new things in the world of crafting with our ghastly goodies this week. We’ve got 

Halloween Costume Crafting Tips

Halloween Costume Crafting Tips

Prepping for your Halloween costume is easier than you think! Some people wait until the last minute to put together a costume, other people spend all year planning what they’re going to wear. If you’re a crafter and want to get the most out of your costume, we’ve got some tips and tricks to help you have a spooktacular holiday!

1) Recycle parts from old Halloween costumes

Before you rush out to buy all-new items, take inventory of your old costumes. You might be able to create something brand new from bits and pieces of things in your Halloween supplies.


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2) Hit up thrift shops for fabric and clothing

Some costumes call for strange clothing items: jackets, shirts, or even pants. Goodwill and other thrift stores are great places to pick up clothing items on the cheap. Even if they don’t completely match, you can modify them knowing you’re not breaking the bank.


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3) Make sure it’s comfortable

This is a huge thing that a lot of people miss. You might be only wearing your costume for one day or night, but you want to be comfortable at home or out at a party. Store-bought costumes can be made from itchy or sweaty material. Making your own costume will let you control the outcome.


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4) Craft a group costume

Creating a group costume isn’t just a fun way to go out, it’s a fun way to craft with your friends! Plan a night early in October to go out and gather your supplies. Then spend the night having wine and creating your group themed costumes (or just individual apparel) together!


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Other Halloween Ideas

There is a lot you can do to prepare your costume for Halloween. Here are some extra quick tips to help make sure your costume is the best that it can be.

  • Modify an existing store-bought costume to make it more personal
  • Plan out your costume on paper
  • Pick items you can use every day, not just Halloween

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What are you dressing up as this Halloween?

Do you have any Halloween crafting or costume tips?

Comment below and share all the spooky details with us here at Create and Craft!

DIY Halloween – Week 1

DIY Halloween – Week 1

We’re all about DIY Halloween this year at Create and Craft! It’s time to get out the jack-o-lanterns, candy, and spooky costumes and celebrate with friends and family. It’s the perfect time to try exciting new things in the world of crafting. We’ve got some 

Arts and Crafts Festivals – Fall 2016

Arts and Crafts Festivals – Fall 2016

Fall is here and that means it’s time for Arts and Crafts Festivals! These festivals and conventions are a great way to sell your crafts and meet other crafters. Also, you can get inspiration from other people’s craft projects and creations. Create and Craft has 

National Sewing Month – Sewing Machine Fun Facts

National Sewing Month – Sewing Machine Fun Facts

September is National Sewing Month and we’re excited to share the love and craft of sewing with you. The craft of sewing has come a long way over the years, and we want to celebrate by sharing fun facts with you about sewing and sewing machines.

Fun facts about sewing

Create and Craft loves the joy of sewing. So to celebrate, we’ve compiled some fun facts and history about sewing and sewing machines. Let’s take a look!

Invention of the sewing machine

Elias Howe invented the sewing machine in 1846. Because of this invention, he helped start the technological, industrial, and social revolution of sewing. Creating this machine sped up industrialization across the globe. Due to its popularity, it led to companies and mass producing garments for retail.


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The Cult of Domesticity

Sewing always had its place in the home, but the sewing machine brought new life to the craft and the middle class. As a result, it helped create The Cult of Domesticity and progressed middle-class women and their use of technology. Also, sewing machines were more widely available than typewriters or automobiles, making it a symbol of the modern era.


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National Sewing Month

National Sewing Month began in 1982 when President Ronald Reagan named September as National Sewing Month to honor sewing in the home and the United States. As a result, people celebrate sewing every September and all year round in the world of crafting.


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Sewing machine timeline

The Mill Museum has a timeline that showcases the journey of the sewing machine. Check out the events below to see a snapshot of sewing’s history from 1755 to 1900!


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1755: Charles Wiesenthal invents double-pointed needle for hand sewing.

1826: Henry Lye patents a machine that stitches together the ends of leather belting for machines.

1830: Bathelemy Thimonnier invents a wheel-driven embroidering machine that uses a needle with a hook at the pointed end.

1834: Walter Hunt patents a crude, unworkable sewing machine that employs two strands of thread, one carried by a needle with an eye in the pointed end, the other driven by a shuttle.

1846: Elias Howe patents first practical sewing machine.

1849: Benjamin Wilson invents an automatic feeding system.

1851: Isaac Singer patents and begins manufacturing the first sewing machine fit for home use.

1854: Allen Wilson invents an improved reciprocating shuttle.

1855: Allen Wilson and Nathaniel Wheeler begin manufacturing sewing machines with rotary hooks rather than shuttles.

1856: Following loss of patent infringement lawsuit to Howe, Singer joins with Howe, Wilson & Wheeler, and Grover & Baker to organize Patent Combine to monopolize sewing machine production for 1860s and 1870s.

1889: Singer Company introduces first practical electric sewing machine.

1900: Singer Company claims 80% of global sewing machine Sales.

Get into sewing

Finally, grab some thread and your sewing machine and craft something amazing this September for National Sewing Month. Also, Don’t forget to visit Create and Craft for sewing supplies and watch our program guide for deals on sewing machines and supplies!

What do you love most about sewing?

Who taught you to sew?

Comment below and share your stories with us!

5 Sewing Hacks for Beginners

5 Sewing Hacks for Beginners

Are you new to sewing? Maybe you’re getting back into sewing after a long break? Create and Craft has some great sewing hacks for beginners to make your projects pro quality. These tips will help you save money, create professional patterns, keep your tools sharp, 

5 Stamping Hacks for Beginners

5 Stamping Hacks for Beginners

Stamping is a fun and easy craft to get into. We’ve got five stamping hacks for beginners looking for some inside information on this popular and classic craft. Hack 1 – Stamping with an acrylic block Keep one hand on the stamp block and press 

5 Features of the Janome HD1000

5 Features of the Janome HD1000

The Janome HD1000 Black Edition Sewing Machine is sturdy, reliable, and easy-to-use. But this machine has more outstanding features that will make any sewing project a snap. Create and Craft has a list of 5 outstanding features that you’ll find in the new Black Edition of the Janome HD1000.



1) 14 Built-in stitches

Because you’ll need versatility, this sewing machine comes with 14 built-in stitches. Create outstanding and reliable stitches in all of your sewing projects with these settings.

2) 5-Pack of leather needles

Rather than struggle with leather, the 5-pack of Leather Needles makes professional-looking leather projects easy to accomplish. These are great for leather projects that might otherwise be hard to sew or stitch.

3) Ultra Glide Foot

The Ultraglide Foot is molded from a special resin for easier sewing of fabrics that may otherwise stick to the standard metal foot like leather, suede, vinyl and plastic

4) Built-in needle threader

The built-in needle threader is a great time saver and makes threading your machine quick and easy.

5) Accessory storage box

Another great feature of this machine is the accessory storage box. Keep your supplies on hand and within reach with the built-in storage. All of your sewing accessories will be neat and organized for your next project.

The Janome HD1000 Black Edition is a sewing machine with features that stand out against the rest. What features of the Black Edition do you like the most?