Every Bag Has A Story!

 
 

About CreateTricks

Our History

Since starting in 2018, CreateTricks has become a well-known small business in the Rockville, MD-area selling one-of-a-kind, handmade project bags for knitting and crochet, tote bags, purses, and specialty bags.

CreateTricks donates 10% of our profit annually to organizations working to provide equal access to justice.

Upcoming Events

  • Frederick Fiber Fest 2022
    Sat, Oct 22
    The Great Frederick Fair
    Oct 22, 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM CDT
    The Great Frederick Fair, 797 E Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21701, USA
    Whether you love to knit or are just learning, you won't want to miss the 2022 Fall FiberFest. Join us for all kinds of fibery goodness and enjoy: • 60+ vendors • Kids Zone from 11am-4pm including petting zoo, bounce house and face painting by Tigers & Unicorns, Oh My • Local Food Trucks and more!
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  • 2022 Juried Art and Craft Fair
    Sat, Dec 03
    Greenbelt Community Center
    Dec 03, 7:00 AM – Dec 04, 5:00 PM
    Greenbelt Community Center, 25 Crescent Rd, Greenbelt, MD 20770, USA
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Sharon Elstein

Founder

The CreateTricks Story

"It started with buttons.  Hundreds of them, maybe a thousand.  I’m not making that up.  My Mom is a 'collector.'  She loves going to thrift stores to find treasures--buttons, jewelry, and other shiny objects.  I offered to take the buttons off her hands to clear some space and she said I could have them but only if I used them. I found a small knitting project bag pattern I liked and made it, adding one of the buttons.  Then I made another. And another (there were a LOT of buttons)! I started changing up the patterns, adjusting them to fit my needs. Friends started asking whether they could buy my bags.


Fabric for my bags comes from various sources.  Most comes from estate or garage sales.  I have found fabric from the 1930’s, batiks from Indonesia, curtains from the 1970’s, sheets from 1960.  Friends and coworkers who hear about my small business love to gift me fabric from their mothers/grandmothers. 


I’ve been given upholstery fabric remnants of dining room chairs from 1969, corduroy fabric left over from overalls made in 1974, and fabric purchased in 1980 for curtains but never made.  I also have obtained fabric swatches from interior design firms, often quite expensive silks and tapestries.  I love the idea of recycling and reusing materials, and also keeping production costs reasonable."


- Sharon Elstein, Founder