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How Raleigh will celebrate Halloween this year is a little bit up in the air, but you can bet that costumes—especially ones with masks—will still be a big part of the festivities. Craft Habit, a store for crafters and creators located in Raleigh’s Gateway Plaza, has you covered if you want to try your hand at making a costume for yourself or your kids.
“We love DIY Halloween costumes,” says Sarah Ferguson, who co-owns Craft Habit with Taylor Lee. The store carries fabric, felt, hot glue, trims, zippers, buttons, yarns, paper, beads—anything you need to bring your Halloween costume vision to life.
“Bring in your idea and any materials you have, and we’ll offer advice on construction,” Ferguson continues. “Want to make a flower headband to pay tribute to Frida Kahlo? We have paper flower kits to get you started. Feeling space-y? We have an awesome foil-faced cotton, which has the look of silver spandex.”
Before the pandemic, Craft Habit offered classes and parties in the store. Though Ferguson and Lee have stopped hosting those for now, Ferguson says customers have been understanding and a recent surge in folks taking up crafting as a hobby at home has been a boost to the business.
“A silver lining is that many people are diving into crafts they’ve never had time for before,” Ferguson says.
This fall, Craft Habit will offer small camps for pandemic ‘pods’—groups of family members or neighbors. The store is taking reservations via email for a Craft Sampler Camp or a Sewing Intensive Camp for ages 7 to 15, from October through December.
Ferguson and Lee founded Craft Habit in 2016 and launched a successful pop-up store located downtown on Martin Street. The permanent retail spot opened in the summer of 2018.
“We have both been making crafts since childhood, and enjoy the making and learning process even more than the finished results,” says Ferguson. “We wanted to share that with our community. You don’t have to be an expert to be a maker. Our favorite thing to hear is, ‘I just found out about this place!’ from an excited new face. Word-of-mouth advertising is the best endorsement we can ask for.”
Craft Habit currently offers limited, in-person shopping from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. You can buy craft kits and supplies online, too, at crafthabitraleigh.com. Check out the store’s social media pages and newsletter for tips and tricks for putting together your own unique Halloween costume.
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