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Meet Cady, Blogger in Residence at The Makehouse

Hello! My name is Cady and I am so excited to join the Makehouse team as a blogger in residence. I will be sharing workshops, patterns, events, and tips and tricks in collaboration with The Makehouse that will aim to inspire you to get creative. Below are some questions and answers that share a bit about me and why I like to make stuff.

Why did you start Cady Made and what drew you to entrepreneurship?

Cady Made is a personal blog where I share what I make: clothing, accessories, home goods, and beauty products. It’s also a place where I am exploring what it means to lead a more mindful and caring life toward other people and toward this beautiful planet we all share. The slow living movement has been of great inspiration to me, as burnout used to be my best friend. Since graduating university I have been focusing a lot of my time on doing things that truly feed my soul, and that means making things by hand and sharing them with others.

I studied entrepreneurship in business school and finished my degree about 8 months ago. Attending the University of Victoria largely influenced my passion for sustainability in business. As I continue to do work, experiment with my lifestyle and habits, and make things by hand, it is important to me that I am continuing to think about how this will benefit or harm the planet. I shared a post early on my blog about making your own beeswax food wrap and I have had such an interest in that post and from people wanting to buy handmade beeswax wrap from me that it blows my mind. But it also shows me that there are a lot of other people who also value the health of the planet and want to live a more sustainable life. It fills my heart that I can help them on that path through tips or projects on my blog and support them on their journey for a more sustainable lifestyle.

What is your background in making and sewing?

I grew up in a home where my mom made our Halloween costumes and my dance costumes at the kitchen table. She would spend hours in the garden in the summer. And when she wasn’t making something for us or the home, she was in her office creating work for clients of her own graphic design business. On snow days, mental health days, or sick days my mom and I would sit down at the table and make stuff with our hands. When my mom had friends over we would all sit at the table together and scrapbook or make holiday cards, hand sew stuffed animals out of old socks, draw and paint. My mom is a woman who makes up her own rules. Recipes always turn into her own creation, and I am the same way. If we see something in a store, we dissect the item and figure out how we could make it ourselves. Both of my grandmothers sew, and when I would spend summers with either of them you could either find me watching them sew or at the kitchen table sketching and drawing things that I wanted to make. Creativity and the need to make things is in my blood.

I had so many interests growing up that I often stressed myself out because I could not pinpoint a concrete career path that I wanted to do. Now that I have gone through business school and have worked for a few small businesses I have realized that what makes me happy and motivates me to work is being able to create my own stuff. For me, being creative is not just about putting together a physical product or piece of clothing, it is also about creating a space and a lifestyle and a business that I can share with others.

What are your favourite things to make?

I love designing and sewing my own one-of-a-kind clothing. I often do it with very little planning. I will be inspired by a piece of fabric and I will have an idea about what type of garment I want to make. I will quickly sketch a plan and then just start cutting out fabric. Since I am only making things for myself at the moment, I often copy cut parts of the pattern from clothing I already own. Sometimes I will take the time to plan out a proper pattern, but usually the rush of inspiration carries me away and I figure it out as I go along. It is fun, challenging, and makes me think about how I can best utilize a certain amount of fabric. I am often sewing clothing for myself from scrap fabric that my mom or my grandmother has found and passed on to me so I have to think about how to best use the fabric and get the most out of it.

What does zero-waste fashion and sewing mean to you? How has that changed the way you sew?

Since moving to Victoria and attending a sustainability focused business school, the well-being of the planet has become extremely important to me. Now that I am sewing my own clothing and projects, on a tight budget, and often using scrap fabric for things, I am very conscious about how I am using my fabric. Recently I made a top from some beautifully patterned cotton blue and pink cherry blossom fabric. I have some leftover from that project and have been using that to make beeswax wrap. I also save all my small scraps in a box for stuffing handmade animals and pin cushions. When I have to buy new fabric for a project I look for natural fibers and organic cotton because in my opinion the entire supply chain matters, even with my own handmade items. The concept of zero-waste is something that I want to integrate into more than just making in my life. I am excited to see how I can challenge myself to grow as an individual and change my habits to be more focused on living a zero-waste lifestyle. It all starts with small steps!

In one sentence what is Cady Made?

Cady Made is a personal blog where I share what I make: clothing, accessories, home goods, and beauty products. It is also a space where I am sharing ideas around living a more mindful life, and considering the well-being of the planet in our everyday actions.

I am so excited to join The Makehouse team and share more about workshops, events, and projects for The Makehouse community. If you see me at a workshop, say hi!

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Made by You – Feb 2018

Here are some of your latest and greatest creations!

Quilt Making for Beginners
Quilt Making for Beginners
Leggings made in Making Kids Clothes workshop
Leggings made in Making Kids Clothes workshop
Pants made in Making Kids Clothes workshop
Kids set made in Making Kids Clothes workshop
Sleep sack made in Making Kids Clothes workshop
Cargo pants made in Making Kids Clothes workshop
Cargo pant detail made in Making Kids Clothes workshop
Rabbit pillow made by grade 10’s from SMUS
Rabbit pillow made by grade 10’s from SMUS
Needle felt creatures made a the Babin Dentistry staff party
Sock babies sewn at Esquimaltsss Stitch Lab
Pencil cases made at Kids Learn to Sew
Winter woodland animals made at a birthday party

Bamboo undies made by 2 sisters!
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February Pattern Sale


Shop and save big on planning your next sewing project throughout the month of February!

2 for $5

* Sewing patterns – big brands include Vogue, Butterick, Simplicity, Burda, Stretch & Sew, McCall’s and more.

  • Sale includes modern + vintage, womenswear, menswear, childrenswear, homewares and costume patterns

Save 50% 

* Select Indie patterns by Colette Patterns, Victory, Christine Haynes & Cashmerette

* Seasonal fabrics and I Heart Stitch Art embroidery kits

Shop Open hours:

Tuesday – Thursday 10am-8pm

Friday – Saturday 10am-6pm

Sunday 12pm-4pm

Sale ends February 28th

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The Makehouse is Hiring!

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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 a wonderful customer service experience.

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
– Desire to deliver a strong customer experience that exceeds expectations
– Genuine interest in sewing and the products we carry
– Able to follow direction & work independently
– Reliability
– 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. You will also be helping customers book workshops and private lessons.

Our amazing customers make up Victoria’s diverse sewing/textile community. Staff members must be friendly, knowledgeable and enjoy helping others. We aim to create a fun work environment, so a sense of humour is very important too!

APPROXIMATELY 20 HOURS PER WEEK (mainly evenings and weekends) – Additional hours are sometimes available.

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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Grand Opening Celebration

Grand Opening - The Makehouse new sewing studio

We opened our new space on October 4th and have already started hosting workshops in our bright new space. We continue to design our dream space over the coming weeks and invite you to join us on November 4th to officially celebrate grand opening and belated fifth birthday!

This will also be a chance to meet our awesome team, Tanya, Mollie and Shayna as well as some of our guest workshop hosts!

When? Saturday November 4th, 2017

Where? The Makehouse – 2950 Douglas Street (just behind Lifestyle Market – enter on Douglas or Burnside)

12-4pm – Open crafting table for all ages

12:30 – Official opening including a few words from Jenny  featuring our giant Texan scissors!

1pm – Nibbles and sweets until they run out!

1-4pm – Tom Vickery plays our beautiful walnut piano

Here’s a sneak peak of how the space is starting to take shape!

Help us spread the word by sharing this post or the Facebook event page.

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Holiday Makers Market 2017

Holiday Makers Market

Join us for our annual holiday makers market featuring some of Victoria’s finest artisans!

This year our market is a daytime event taking place at our brand new location in the Douglas Centre (right behind Lifestyle Markets on Douglas Street).

Music and treats along with a few surprises in store!

When? Saturday November 25th, 2017 – 10am-5pm

Where? The Makehouse – 2950 Douglas Street Victoria, BC V8T 4N4

Market Vendors

Studio Robazzo
Radjuli Leather Designs
Suebi Apparel
Miss Belle’s Caravan
Two Blooms Design Studio
Uniquely Cedra
Annelly Art & Illustration
Hearts and Woodcrafts
Coral Barclay Fine Artist
Puck Clothing

Facebook Event Page

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Volunteer Librarian for The Makehouse


The Makehouse is looking for a volunteer librarian to help us better organize our huge collection of sewing, craft and needle point patterns and books. We have so many great resources, but we’ve not been able to allocate the time it would take to truly make this collection shine!

We need someone who can commit to helping us initially setting up the library in our new space (Burnside at Douglas Street) during the month of October. Once the library is set up, we would need a weekly check-in to stamp and categorize new books, make sure that things stay organized and send reminders to borrowers. The librarian would ideally be a person with a keen interest in sewing and crafting who likes to organize and has a couple of hours a week free. Our regular staff will be responsible for the records book to make sure that books coming in and out are accounted for. If you’re interested in this role, please email for more details about the role and perks!

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Made by You

Watermelon skirt made at Fashion Camp
Animal pillow with zipper mouths made at Make Camp
Custom dress made at Fashion Camp
Happy needle felters at Fibrations
Rainbow Hedgehog made at Make Camp – Cedar Hill Recreation
Felted Gandalf made at Make Camp – Cedar Hill Recreation
Felted puppy made at Make Camp – Cedar Hill Recreation
Unicorn pencil case made at Make Camp – Cedar Hill Recreation
Owl pencil case made at Make Camp – Cedar Hill Recreation
Yes that’s Wendy in felt – made at Make Camp – Cedar Hill Recreation
Sushi pencil case made at Make Camp – Cedar Hill Recreation
Little bears dress made at Fashion Camp
Literal pencil cases made at Make Camp
Custom duffle bag made at Make Camp
Convertible dress made at sewing camp
Animal pillow with zipper mouths made at Make Camp
Animal pillow with zipper mouths made at Make Camp
Animal pillow with zipper mouths made at Make Camp
Dog coin purse made at Make Camp – Cedar Hill Recreation
Felt dudes made at Make Camp – Cedar Hill Recreation
Sock monkey made at Make Camp – Cedar Hill Recreation
Sock monkey made at Make Camp – Cedar Hill Recreation
Felt carrot made at Make Camp
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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)