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10 Behaviours only Craft Addicts will Understand

I love to dabble in a cute craft project.

That said, I know there are people out there who are far more dedicated to the arts and craft movement than I am. I’ve seen them at Spotlight and other craft stores with that look in their eyes. That sparkle. That ‘get out of my way’ vibe of determination when they’re hunting down supplies.

To celebrate these wonderful creatures (of which I’m sure you are one) here are 10 signs you’re utterly addicted to crafting and cannot be helped.

How many can you relate to? Drop me a comment below and share some of your own crazy crafting behaviour!

10 Behaviours only Craft Addicts will Understand

Addicted to Crafting - TLC Interiors

1. Shit’s going down if your fabric scissors are used by others.

It’s perfectly normal – almost expected – to lose your mind when a feeble-minded non-crafter uses your fabric scissors for paper, or cutting anything that isn’t fabric, for that matter. Almost grounds for divorce I’d say. If they use them for anything in the kitchen and get food on them… all bets are off.

2. Spotlight is your church and you’ll spend all day there. 

A trip to Spotlight or any other craft store can take hours. Glorious, glorious hours. It’s always best you go alone, because Lord knows your partner has no flair for fabrics and the kids are only going to slow you down no matter how enthusiastic they seem in the first four hours.

Addicted to Decorating - Putting up the Christmas Tree

3. When the kids ask to decorate the Christmas tree, it’s awkward.

You love your kids, but they’ve not yet developed the skills required to truly decorate a tree taking colour, texture, composition and a host of other designer elements into account. You begrudgingly let them take part in the process and then fine tune it once they go to bed. Totally acceptable.

4. You know that washi tape can and will be used for everything.

Whoever even tries to suggest that you have too much washi tape in your home needs to be removed from your life. You don’t need that soft of negativity. A true crafter praises whoever it was that created this glorious tape and has already applied it to most items in their house.

Addicted to Crafting - Never too Much Fabric

5. There’s no such thing as too much fabric.

Fabric is like money. You can never really have enough of it. You started out with a fabric box, but soon realised that you were foolish for thinking that your thirst for fabric could be contained to such a small storage solution. You now have a craft station. Though that too is not big enough. It will never be big enough.

6. When you make something for a friend and they don’t use it…

You got all excited about making candles. You made the entire family one each, gave some to friends, forced them on strangers on the train. Then you go to your friends house and see it sitting on a mantle unused and dusty. It’s at this point where you have to try and contain your rage. Take them off the Christmas card list.

Addicted to Crafts - Paper

7. When a family member asks you to throw some paper away: no.

A good crafter does not let go of paper, no matter how small and insignificant it seems to the untrained eye. You know that it might come in handy for your next scrapbook and refuse to part with it. Your partner should also know better by now, than to suggest such stupidity. They knew what they were getting into.

8. You try to cover up your craft mess from your partner.

You know you were meant to put down a drop cloth to spray paint. You knew you should have put newspaper down when making candles. Of course you didn’t follow these precautions. Sometimes crafts just won’t wait for all of that annoying prep work. It’s the moment when your partner walks in mid-project and starts stressing about the mess that you have to yell “It’ll be fiiiiiine!!!”.

Addicted to Crafting - Tyra Banks

9. People asking you where you bought something you made; greatest complement ever

There is nothing more exhilarating for a crafter than when they make something for themselves, be it a shirt, piece of jewellery, a bag… and they’re asked by a total stranger where they purchased it from. There is no greater confidence booster than this – and those people need to become your friend ASAP.

10. Your Friday and Saturday nights are not spent going out. That’s knitting time.

A good crafter enjoys an entire night of sewing, knitting, stitching a quilt together. While your friends are out to dinner and drinks, you’ll be whipping up another craft project. You know who’s cooler and who’s not waking up tomorrow with a wine headache!

>>> How many of these situations can you relate to? Share some of your other crazy craft addiction behaviour in the comments below 🙂


Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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  1. Just bought my daughter her first sewing machine and fabric scissors for her 10th birthday – she will soon be understanding the importance of No 1 – which has been my bugbear!

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