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Make in May Fabric & Pattern Sale


Visit The Makehouse from May 13-31st and save big on fabric and patterns! We’re making room for a couple of new brands so this is a great chance to get a deal on materials for your next make!

Buy one get one free on all rolled remnants, selected fat quarters and sewing patterns.

BUY ONE GET ONE FREE PATTERNS – Brands include Vogue, McCall’s, Burda, Simplicity, Kwik Sew, New Look and more.

Colette and Victory Patterns are 50% off while stocks last.

Save 15% on all regular priced fabrics and patterns including new arrivals!

Tues 10 – 6 | Weds – Thurs 10 – 8 | Fri – Sat 10 – 5 | Sun 12 – 4

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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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Huge Inventory Clearance Sale

Fabric Clearance Sale

We need to downsize for our end of year inventory! Come shop and save big on sewing patterns, books, fabrics and trims in-store!

Buy One Get One Free

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

* All pre-cut fabric rolls & bundles including upholstery, swimwear, wool, cottons, bamboo knits, yarn and selected fabrics by the meter

* All pre-cut lace, ribbon, packs of bias binding, piping, buttons and other trims

Save 30% 

* Indie pattern brands Colette Patterns, Victory, Christine Haynes, Cashmerette, Grainline Studios & Thread Theory

*  Bamboo knits & Cotton + Steel prints by the meter

*  New & used sewing & craft books

Regular open hours:

Tuesday/Wednesday 10am-6pm

Thursday 10am-8pm

Friday/Saturday 10am-5pm

Sunday 12pm-4pm

Sale ends at 5pm on December 10th
(or while stocks last!)


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Vintage Expo – The Makehouse Booth 51 & 52

Group of women crafting around a table at the Victoria Vintage Expo

victoria vintage expo 2016 banner

Come visit us at the Victoria Vintage Expo on September 30th & October 1st! This year marks our third year participating as an event sponsor.  This time we’re in a new location upstairs near the cafe at Booth 51 & 52. 

You don’t need a reason to stop by and say hello but we’ll give you a few…

We raffling off a gorgeous sewing machine, offering fun interactive workshops and showcasing your favourite shop items!

Vintage Themed Workshops

We’re hosting a jewellery upcycling and card making station (included with your ticket!) throughout the show. We have a team of  fun and friendly volunteers on hand to help you get creative and relax from all the shopping mayhem! Our station is open to all ages and abilities so don’t be shy!

Paper crafting and stamping papers spread on a table.

Accessories – Take old bits of jewellery combined with a vast array of beads, feathers, felt, lace and other trimmings to create new accessories including brooches, hair clips, earrings and necklaces.

Card Making – Delve into our inspiring stash of stamps, art papers, shape punches and decorative scissors to create a special card for someone you love.


Green suitcase full of ladies bamboo underwearWe’ll be stocking  a range of sewing supplies from our shop including sewing patterns, Cotton + Steel retro inspired cotton prints, laces and trims. We’re also bringing our cute 1950’s Betsy McCall paper dolls, collage magnets by Uniquely Cedra and our beloved bamboo knickers!

This year the stage is being sponsored by

Friday night

D.J.’s from The Truth Sound system playing vinyl motown hits, all night long!

Cash bar & Food concession located upstairs

5:15pm Hair & Make up demo by Richard Mar Advanced School of hairstyling

6:00pm  Daniel Cook & The Radiators-Original West Coast Roots Music fused by contagious melodies with timeless stories

7:30pm Legends of the silver screen fashion show-all original vintage clothing in the legendary style of the 40’s & 50’s movie stars. Elvis is rumoured to make an appearance! Organized by local vintage enthusiast Lucky J

815pm Best dressed contest (open to the public, free registration on site between 5:30-7:45pm & great prizes!)

Saturday main room:

12:00-2pm Slim Sandy duo playing rockabilly hits – look for them near the concession.

Free tea samples from sponsors Davids Tea!

Saturday Presentation area:

10:30am-Avery & Madelaine singer songwriter indie folk harmony

Join ReLoving Furniture in two exciting workshops & demos

11:30am First, to learn how to transform an image (your own or from the internet) onto furniture or signs and then add dimension with glazes!

12:30pm Next to learn how to distress and wax furniture to bring out layers of colours to add age and patina to your piece. Registration is free and onsite at the show!

1:30pm Learn how to do easy everyday vintage style braids with a demo by

2:00pm Heritage productions history of fashion show. Looking at how fashions garments have changed in the last 130 years and why.

3:30PM An exciting talk by the Makehouse on DIY clothing & patterns & how you can learn to create your own original clothing!

4:00pm Customer show and tell! Bring something from home or something you bought at the show and tell everyone why you love it or what you collect!

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Halloween Costume Fabric Sale

Halloween yellow Star Trek shirt with toy communicator

We are hosting our annual Halloween fabric sale!

Every year we do a one off sale where you can fill a bag for $5 on selected fabrics, trims and odds n’ ends suitable for costume making in all types and colours in big and small pieces!

Halloween fabrics include:

Fun fur, spandex, shiny bits, sparkly bits, solid colours (stretch & non-stretch), prints, pieces of leather, vinyl and more.

We also have a selection of adult and kids costume patterns for just $4 each!

This event is from 12pm – 4pm.

First come, first serve. Get down early to get all the ghoul deals!

Shopping bags provided by


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Furniture DIY: Chairs

One of our most popular workshops is Simple Upholstery. This is a class we run regularly and spans four weeks, giving you the opportunity to reupholster a small item of furniture. If you are a fan of vintage chairs, this is a great opportunity to learn how to fix things up.

In the meantime, here is a round up of our favourite chair DIYs which you an find on our Upcycled Furniture Ideas Board.

The “Upholstered” Wooden Chair

Okay so this first one would probably horrify Miro, our upholstery teacher, and you couldn’t really do it to a better chair than the one used, but for a bottle of Mod Podge and some cute fabric, this is pretty cool. For the full how to, go to the blog, Designer trapped in a lawyer’s body.


The Mash Up

Take an old dining room chair, reupholster (come to our class to learn how) and then go all Frankenstein on it and attach it to an office swivel chair. We found this tutorial on MyMorningInspiration.

mash up chair

The Blah Office Chair

Again, this apartmenttherapy how to doesn’t require authentic upholstery skills, but instead calls for fabric and a nail gun. Looks pretty sassy for a blah chair!


The Belt Chair

Although this tutorial from EchoPaul Official doesn’t call for fabric, it does call for traditional furniture tacks, which we just love as they look so darn classy. The seat of this chair is made of belts.


The Vintage Webbed Chair

This tutorial from A Beautiful Mess might be a little more difficult than it looks, but we’d definitely give it a try. Keep your eyes peeled for frayed or seatless aluminum chairs and given them a new lease of life with coloured paracord.

cord chair

The Burke Chair

Although you might have a hard time finding a good vintage version of the Burke, look out for a similar style. This chair we found on is refurbished with a vintage blanket!


We hope our finds have inspired you. For more information about our traditional upholstery class, click here.

The girls at ( took our Simple Upholstery class and loved it, taking a cute vintage foot stool back to their office. Take a look at the video they made.

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Upcycling Men’s Shirts

We are huge advocates of upcycling clothing and making the most of fabric scraps. If you can’t pass it on at one of our legendary clothing swaps, then turn it into something else.

You can follow us on Pinterest for a ton of upcycling ideas or attend one of our Wardrobe Surgery workshops to learn techniques and tips to turn clothing you can’t wear anymore into revived functional fashion pieces.

This blog post focuses on upcycling men’s shirts. Men’s formal shirts can be picked up cheaply in very good used condition and there are so many fun options for them.

Turn a man’s shirt into a summer skirt or dress


There is a really easy way to do this and that’s just to climb into a men’s shirt and wrap the sleeves around your waist. Or you could tailor something. This is a nice and easy skirt from men’s shirt pattern on (image shown) whilst there are many links to dress patterns on our Pinterest board, from easy pinafores to structured peplum styles.

From men’s shirt to girl’s shirt


Boys can wear girl’s, who wear boy’s, who wear girl’s! But if you want something a little more feminine there are lots of great options. Our favourite is this cute tank style shirt because of the added bow.

Turn men’s shirts into kid’s clothes

Daddy's little girl dress

Again, lots of options here but the love the classic pinafore style dress like this one from

Turn men’s shirts into cute collars

We love an added Peter Pan collar and it’s so easy to do from men’s shirts of any size. Check out this tutorial from Leafy Treetop for an easy to follow Peter Pan collar pattern.

Patterns galore

Remember we have a large selection of patterns online and in-store that can help you on your way to upcycled clothing heaven!

patterns galore




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Halloween Fabric Sale!

Table full of purple cloth bags containing fabrics.

Halloween is coming and it’s time to start planning your costumes!

The Makehouse and invites you to come down and FILL A BAG FOR $5!

Date: September 27th, 2015

Time: 11am – 5pm

Way pay big bucks for costume fabric that may only get worn once?! We have a load of great costume fabrics including fluffy things, sparkly things, shiny things and everything in-between!

We will also have big selection of kids and adult costume patterns for sale a just $4 each! We even have a few for your pets!!!

Bags are provided by so all you need to bring is you (and your costume ideas of course!)

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Costume Fabric Sale


Halloween is coming and it’s time to start planning your costumes!

The Makehouse and invite you to come down and FILL YOUR BAG FOR $5!

We have a load of great costume fabrics and we’re going to share them with you! Bags are provided by Used Victoria.

Come by and see us between 11am and 6pm. You can browse our pattern library too for costume ideas!

You can also visit our neighbours at Satin Moon Quilt Shop! They are hosting a costume fabric sale from October 10-14th raising $$ for Our Place [great local charity!]

Satin Moon sale features cottons, knits, fleece and fancy fabrics all in pre-cut pieces for just $2/meter! All proceeds go to directly to Our Place!

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Fabric & Yarn Swap


Are you hoarding load of textiles that you’re never going to use? How much cash do you think you’ve spent on this hoard? Would you love to refresh your hoard with new fabrics and yarns to inspire you to start making again?


Here are a few swap rules…



Guests may arrive from 2pm [swap wraps up at 4:30pm]

If you pick it up first – it’s yours. This rule has always worked in every swap I’ve been to. If you love it too don’t get green-eyed – just get over it and find something else! There’s always plenty to go around!

We ask that everyone label their fabric to indicate how many meters [or yards] are bundled together.

All fabric should be clean and free of stains, holes, or major damage. It’s true that “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” but no one wants to be stuck with actual trash.

Please drop off your bags in the days leading up to the swap as this helps immensely with the setting up [if possible].

We hope to see you there!

There will also be prizes up for grabs!

Leftover fabrics & yarns will be donated to MAKE FOR CHARITY, local schools and other related projects.

Registration for this event is $8

Register online:

We can have a maximum of 50 swappers in The Makehouse at any give time. Therefore we will accept 50 pre-registrations. Entry after 50 people will come down to waiting for swappers to leave so that we can let in new swappers. You will still get in, it will just take a half hour or so from the opening!