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Get Creative! Online Art & Craft Classes from Creativebug

06/29/2021 | Art, Crafts & Hobbies, Use the Library Online

This blog post was written by Robin Youngworth, a Computer Assistant at Central Library. She enjoys crocheting in her free time and loves to find online resources to share with other crafters like her.

I have always loved learning new things, especially when it comes to crafting. For the past three years I have taught myself to crochet and sew through free online resources like YouTube. Recently I acquired a Cricut Explore Air machine, but I had absolutely no idea how to work it! I was talking about it the other day with a colleague and they asked me if I knew about Creativebug. Even though I knew about it, I had never explored it as an option, because it was a paid service. I usually stay away from paid programs, because I like to learn on my own time and my own dime. I was excited to learn that Indianapolis Public Library offers Creativebug free to IndyPL Library card holders. Once I heard about that I went straight to the Library’s website, clicked on the “research” tab and Creativebug was the first option on the page!

Creativebug App Logo

How Creativebug Works

Creativebug is an online website that offers so many awesome resources for learning new crafts or just practicing ones I already know. It offers classes on things like art, sewing, quilting, jewelry, paper crafts, and many more! It also has an app for your smartphone that offers easy mobile access to their classes and resources. There is even a search bar on the website that allows you to find what you want, like classes about Cricut projects.

Creativebug Screenshot

One of the videos I found to be super interesting was a video on how to make a phases of the moon wall hanging. The video is led by an instructor named Courtney Cerruti and the entire video was only 17 minutes long. It was super easy to download her pattern onto my Canvas by clicking the link in her description. After that it was very easy to follow along with the rest of the video.

Creativebug Sewing Project Sample
Creativebug Crochet Project Sample

The site also offers free knit and crochet patterns, an inspiration feed that is made up of other crafters’ work, and class collections that allow you to find all the classes offered under a specific topic! Some of my other favorite classes include this crochet tutorial for making an adorable donut rattle and this sewing tutorial for making pillowcases.

Using Creativebug really helped me get comfortable with learning about my Cricut. I was able to find easy-to-follow videos led by informative instructors, something that can be difficult to find on a site like YouTube.

Here’s how to get started with Creativebug

  • Sign up for your free account using your library card here.
  • Watch this helpful tutorial.
  • Need Help? Check out Creativebug’s Help Center.

For more creative inspiration see our blog post Level Up Your Knitting Skills with Creativebug.

Have questions? Call the Tinker Help Line at 317-275-4500 or call, text or email Ask-a-Librarian. We are here to help you find what you need and make the most of Library resources.