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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)

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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