Make This! Celebrate National Craft Month, 20 minutes at a time
by Deirdre Long
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It seems like almost every day and every month has been dedicated to honor or celebrate a cause. March, for example, is Irish-American Heritage Month, Music in our Schools Month, National Frozen Food Month, National Peanut Month and many more, including my favorite, National Craft Month.

Now I don’t need a special month to motivate me to craft, but this is a movement I can support, unlike some of the others. I’m looking at you, National Celery Month. (I like celery, but a whole month of celebration? It’s worthy of a day, tops.)

If you haven’t created in a while, or you have a pile of projects to finish — in the crafting world, those are UFOs: Un-Finished Objects — National Crafting Month is a great excuse to finally get to it. The Craft & Hobby Association, an international not-for-profit trade association for the craft and hobby industry, has developed the CRE8TIME social movement, which is designed to help people recover eight hours a month and devote it to their craft.

Now eight hours a month sounds a little daunting, even to me. I feel like I barely have eight hours to sleep in most months, let alone to dedicate to crafting. But if you break it down into smaller, more manageable increments, it seems much more reasonable.

If you spend 20 minutes a day crafting, that adds up to more than nine hours in a month.

If I spent 20 minutes just cleaning and organizing my sewing room, all my other projects wouldn’t take as long to complete because I wouldn’t waste time searching for the patterns and fabric that I put away “somewhere special” to remember, and then promptly forgot. Maybe my glue sticks would always be with the glue gun, which makes complete sense as opposed to my method of just tossing them on the shelves and not looking where they land.

I can iron the fabric I need for a project in 20 minutes, no problem. I can trace most patterns in that time too, and I can always use 20 minutes to sketch and brainstorm.

Though that usually happens while I’m organizing, because I’ll find pieces I’d long forgotten (latest project idea, thought of while sorting buttons, beads and other little pieces of whimsy: mobile for my daughter made from various butterfly necklaces and pendants given to me years ago by a close friend).

Still, 20 minutes can seem hard when there’s always a load of laundry that needs to be washed/folded/put away and a counter that should be scrubbed. But 20 minutes is really nothing compared to the hours I’ve spent watching “Downton Abbey” — or more often, “Dora the Explorer”.

If you need more motivation, go to, the hub of the CRE8TIME social movement. It’s “a community where members share their crafts, pledge their hours, get inspired, stay informed and learn how to reclaim eight hours a month.” You’ll find all sorts of ideas for crafts that can be completed in a short time span.

So turn off the TV, turn on the glue gun and start celebrating National Craft Month.
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