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Generations - Sewing Susan Vintage Ad

Introducing Generations – a series of workshops designed to put you in touch with other generations!

We are launching an new series of workshops on the first Saturday of each month from 1:30pm – 3:30pm.

The ‘Generations’ platform will feature a volunteer guest who will do an introductory workshop to share a skill or art form that has been passed down from another generation. We’ve already had someone interested in sharing the art of macrame for example. We have a large library resource (including lots of vintage sewing & crafting books!) which can be used as teaching aids and wherever possible we will try to donate the supplies and tools needed.

These workshops will be offered by donation directly to our hosts and kits related to the workshop can be sold directly to guests.

Generations Host Requirements:

  • Workshops must fit in to a 1.5-2 hour period
  • Be able to be taught around a table without the use of electricity
  • Hosts must have good working examples ready to share
  • Skills must not be conflict with our existing core workshop or courses

Dates available: Oct 7, Nov 4, Dec 2, Jan 13, Feb 3, Mar 3, Apr 7, May 5  & June 2

These workshops will take place in our new location at Unit #400 -2950 Douglas Street (just behind Lifestyle Markets).

If you’re interested in hosting a Generations workshop please email your idea and images to jenny (at)

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Enter to Win at The Saanich Fair

Have you thought about entering some of the pieces you’ve made into the Saanich Fair? Show your work in front of thousands of people over the Labour day weekend!
There are lots of categories and prizes for adults and youth in the sewing, needle art and knitting categories! The Makehouse has sponsored some of the prizes for the last three years and we’ve put up a few again this year!
Here’s a little info:
Deadline for Entry Forms and Fees ($.50 per entry) – Wednesday August 16th, 2017 at 7pm
Exhibits to be Dropped off: Thursday August 31st, 2017 (between 2-8pm)
Prize Pick-Up: Entries Office Sunday 5-6pm and Monday 1-7pm
All needle arts (quilting, clothes, costumes, etc) are section 18. Juniors (kids) is section 19.

Click here for full information about prizes! 

You can contact Dianne Humphrey – 250, 652-2949 if you have any questions about this event.

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The Makehouse is Moving – October 2017

Vintage moving truck filled with furniture

We are thrilled to announce that The Makehouse will be re-locating to the Douglas Shopping Centre (just behind Lifestyle Markets) this October!

You might have heard the news that our block of Fort Street is going to be re-developed in the new year. Well, the rumours are true and we’ve taken this as an opportunity to offer an enhanced customer experience. Our new location will offer more space for both retail and classroom, beautiful (and ample) natural light, an outdoor patio area and free customer parking!

We will also be launching a member-based sewing studio, which will be separate from our teaching area. More details about this new feature are coming soon! We welcome your suggestions in regards to equipment and tools you would like to see in the work room. Please email jenny (@) or call 778-430-MAKE (6253).

All scheduled workshops and courses beyond October will be located at Unit #400 -2950 Douglas Street. It will be business as usual at 833 1/2 Fort Street until the end of September.

You can stay up to date via our newsletter and social media outlets, or come on by the shop and talk to us, the good old fashioned way!


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Made by You

We’re so impressed with your summer makes! Here’s a few that we managed to capture before they left the studio!

navy shorts with fox print

Foxy shorts made at Fashion Camp

‘Don’t go bacon my heart’ – apron designed and sewn at Make Camp
Sun hat and dress made at Fashion Camp for a lucky four year old girl!
Arnold the sock mouse – created at Make Camp
Sewing Boot Camp graduate rocking her new dress!
Dress designed and sewn at Fashion Camp
Bamboo underwear made by 5 ICBC team members
Circle skirt made at Fashion Camp
We loved when this young designer brought her dads work pants in to path at Fashion Camp!
Shorts made at Fashion Camp
Floral sun dress made at Fashion Camp
Shorts made at Fashion Camp
Handmade backpacks made at Make Camp – photo by Anne Ly-So
Gorgeous summery shift dress designed and sewn at Fashion Camp
Hi-lo skirt made at Fashion Camp
Sock fox made at Make Camp
Waster Wu from Ninjango made at Make Camp
Dress designed at Fashion Camp by recreating taking a pattern from a favourite dress!

We have featured just some of the amazing pieces that you’ve been making this summer! If you have any images that you would like to include in our next ‘Made by You’ please send them to jenny(@)

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Made by You – June 2017

Girl’s dress made by Karen Murray
Instructor Tanya with Sewing Boot Camp student in her new frock!
Textile artist Nicola Mark in her awesome handmade apron – made from Cotton + Steel Wonderland fabric complete with clockets!
Teen skirt made from upcycled tee-shirts
Custom doll clothes made at a birthday party
Custom doll clothes made at a birthday party
Custom doll clothes made at a birthday party
Girls dress – sewn in the Making Kids Clothes workshop
Boys shirt – sewn in the Making Kids Clothes workshop
Custom knit hoodie made at Make Club
Custom silk French Knickers made in workshop
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The Makehouse in Esquimalt

The Makehouse is launching programs at Esquimalt Recreation this summer!

Jenny from The Makehouse will be an ArtLab guest on July 25th and August 29th. We’ll also be offering a one week Ready Set Sew program the week of August 14-18th.

Watch out for StitchLab coming in the fall/winter 2017! You can find out more and register at Esquimalt Recreation.

You can find The Makehouse crafting station at the Esquimalt Farmers Market on June 29th and July 27th! We are looking for 2 crafty volunteers to help out at our booth. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact

Esquimalt Farmers Market

Esquimalt Farmers Market


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Volunteer Sewers Wanted for Grad Dress Boutique

We’ve had a volunteer request that we are sharing with anyone who has sewing expertise and a little time on their hands.

Michelle Roberts and colleague, Carrie Crowley work for the Ministry for Children of Family Development. They are putting forward a “Dress Boutique” on Monday, May 29th , for youth in foster care (or other marginalized youth) who are in need of a grad dress (or suit) for their graduation ceremony.

They are looking for people with sewing expertise to attend on the 29th  (10am – 3pm at our office) to assist with alterations.  The alterations would need to be done prior to the grad or formal event of course.  If you are interested, or know someone who might be, please pass on the contact details below.

If you have any clothing that you would like to donate, they are also still looking for dresses (casual, dressy, formal… anything really) to be donated for this purpose as well so feel free to spread the word.

Please contact Michelle directly:

Michelle Robertson – South Island Child Protection Consultant

Ministry for Children and Family Development – 301 – 2955 Jutland Rd., Victoria.

Direct Line: 250 952-6246 Cell :  250 588 3564


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2 for MOM Sale

Mother's Day Mom Sale

To celebrate our Mother’s Day we’re holding a 2 for MOM Sale on Saturday May 13th from 10am-6pm!

Bring mom shopping with you or surprise her at Sunday brunch!

Here’s what’s included in the sale:


Fat Quarters (yes including Cotton + Steel!)
All Fabric Remnants or Pre-Cuts


Ribbons (but the meter or pre-cut bundles)
Lace Remnants & Appliques
Buttons (individual & packaged)

Locally Made:

Cotton Tea Towels & Napkins (made in-house)
Cushions (made in-house)
Ladies Bamboo Underwear (made in-house)


Womenswear, menswear, childrenswear, accessories, quilting, homewares & costumes from McCall’s, Simplicity, Vogue, Butterick, Burda, Quick Sew & New Look


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The Makehouse is Hiring

The Makehouse - Retail Fabric

The Makehouse is looking to welcome a new part-time staff member to our team!

We are a one-of-a-kind sewing studio and retail store offering a diverse range of workshops for children and adults. We carry a range of sewing patterns, fabrics, books, notions and tools. We are a small team committed to carrying great products & delivering the best customer service.

As a growing business we’re looking for an experienced & reliable Retail Sales Associate to join our team on a part-time basis. The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following:

  • Outgoing personality, positive attitude, great communication skills
  • Retail sales experience
  • A desire to deliver a strong customer experience that exceeds expectations
  • A genuine interest in sewing and the products we carry
  • Excellent math skills and a good memory
  • Able to follow direction & work independently
  • Reliable and stable lifestyle
  • Well established, mature work ethic
  • Able to work entire shift removed from personal social media, e.g. cell phone or Facebook
  • Attention to detail & the ability to work efficiently under pressure

A background in sewing is essential for this position as you will be helping customers chose fabrics, patterns and notions for their projects. Our amazing customers make up Victoria’s diverse sewing/textile community. Staff members must be friendly, knowledgeable and enjoy helping others.


Resume must be current with at least three previous employers listed.

Please apply in person or via email to and let us know why The Makehouse needs you! Please visit our website ( and familiarize yourself with what we do before applying and be sure to include a cover letter.

Thank you in advance for your application. Due to time constraints, we will only contact you if we are interested in setting up an interview.

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Made by You – April 2017

March was a big month for sewing here in Victoria! Here are some of the things that you’ve been making!

Striped Bamboo Moneta Dress – made in the Sewing with Knits workshop
Striped Bamboo Moneta Dress – made in the Sewing with Knits workshop
Cotton + Bamboo Knit top – made at Fashion Camp
Wonderland Skirt – made at Fashion Camp
Wardrobe Surgery lace applique top – made at Fashion Camp
Dress cut in 2 to create a new dress and skirt – made at Fashion Camp


Hand Embroidered Tag – made by student after the Talking Threads with Diana Weymar workshop


Tee-Shirt Quilt – made in the Memory Quilt workshop with Caroline Heinrichs
Bubble Skirt and Lace Top – made at Fashion Camp
Felt Unicorn – sewn at Make Camp
Felt Elephant – hand sewn at Make Camp
Fabric Flower – hand sewn at Make Camp
Felt Cat – hand sewn at Make Camp
Bamboo Underwear made in workshop
Felt Orca Pillow – machine sewn at Make Camp
Handmade doll – created at Make Club
Pusheen Pillow – machine sewn at Make Camp
Pusheen Pillow – machine sewn at Make Camp

If you have awesome projects that you would like to share, please send them by email to jenny(at)!