Monday, 30 September 2013

October Workshops

We are pleased to announce our schedule of workshops for October - a very exciting line up this month, with quite a few new classes coming up, including truffle making, a dessert demonstration, new quilting classes and how to make a fabric flower fascinator!
If you've had a browse on our new website, you'll notice that you can now view what classes are coming up on our Workshop Calendar. We hope this will make it easier for you to quickly browse month by month the workshops available and find exactly what you're looking for! 

We can now also take class bookings and payments over the phone, so booking into a workshop has never been easier! 

Learn to Sew - Tuesday 1st October, 7.30–9.30pm - $40
In this complete beginner's workshop, you will get plenty of one-to-one tuition to help you learn how to use a sewing machine to make a basic cushion cover. Maximum of four students.

Knitting for Blokes - Thursdays from 3rd October, 7.30–9.30pm - $10
Over the course of 5 sessions, learn the basics of knitting and gain the knowledge needed to make several handmade items, such as a dishcloth, beanie, iPhone sock and fingerless gloves.

Bezel Necklace and Earrings - Monday 7th October, 7.30–9.30pm - $45
Make your own necklace and pair of earrings whilst learning the techniques behind making resin jewellery. A very addictive hobby!

Make a lampshade! - Thursday 3rd October, 7-9pm           
                                  Tuesday 8th October, 7.30–9.30pm - $70
                                  Monday 21st October, 7.30–9.30pm                                              
Learn how to make your own lampshade completely from scratch! All materials provided – choose from our range of 250 quilting weight cottons; we have something to suit any interior!

Cupcake Decorating - Monday 14th October, 7.30–9.30pm - $50
Learn to master the basics of cupcake decorating and make four scrumptious looking (and tasting!) culinary delights!

Tumbler Quilt - Wednesday 16th October, 7.00–9.00pm - $55
Learn the basic quilting techniques needed to make this beautiful tumbler quilt in your choice of fabrics!

Dessert Demonstration - Thursday 17th October, 7.30–9.30pm - $55
Come and watch a master dessert maker at work and learn some tricks of the trade!     


Fabric Decoupaged Furniture - Saturday 19th October, 9am–5pm - $75
In this full day's workshop, you will learn how to apply layers of fabric, glue and sealant to a piece of your own furniture. A perfect craft for fabric addicts who don't sew!

Truffle Making - Tuesday 22nd October, 7.30-9.30pm - $55
Come and learn the art of truffle making and take home a box of your own handmade delicacies. 
Stack & Slash Quilt - Wednesday 23rd October, 7.00–9.00pm - $50
Learn a very easy way to quilt – the stack and slash method! If you’re new to quilting or want to learn a fast new technique, come and join us for a taster class.

Make an Advent Calendar – Session 1 - Thursday 24th October, 7.30–9.30pm - $25
                                             Session 2 - Thursday 31st October, 7.30–9.30pm - $25
In this two part workshop, we will be showing you how to make a unique handmade advent calendar using some basic quilting and embroidery techniques.

Make a Flex Frame Purse - Tuesday 29th October, 7.30–9.30pm - $45
In this advanced beginners sewing class, you will learn how to work with flex frames to create either a useful little coin purse or a glasses case to protect your specs!

Fabric Flower Fascinator - Wednesday 30th October, 7.30–9.30pm - $45
Work with a professional bridal jewellery maker to learn how to make gorgeous fabric flower hair fascinators, just in time for the races and Christmas work parties, at a fraction of the cost

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Calling all Chefs!!

The Make Cafe is looking for a talented part-time chef for their kitchen.  The ideal candidate will have a passion for cooking and will take responsibility for managing the savoury food selection, including stock management, food preparation and serving.  We are looking for someone that can bring creativity into our kitchen, that works well under pressure during busy periods and will have the ability to work with the rest of the team to ensure consistency in food presentation, hygiene, and ensuring stock levels are maintained.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

Managing the menu and stock
- Maintaining a cabinet menu which offers variety, has been fully costed and is familiar to the rest of the team.
- Defining stock requirements and frequency of cost effective stock ordering
- Regular communicating with staff member responsible for ordering to ensure adequate stock levels are maintained
- Ensuring storage hygiene and cleanliness in the kitchen

Food preparation
- Providing frequent training to the team to ensure consistency in food preparation, presentation and shelf-life
- Stocking the display cabinet, and stock-piling backup food for busy periods/ times when you are not in the kitchen
- Plating up orders during your shift and serving customers

The successful applicant will also be a team person who is always keen to support the rest of the team with other jobs in the kitchen, such as taking orders, washing dishes and cleaning tables.

We are looking to fill this role as soon as possible but otherwise applications will close on 4th October 2013

Please send your CV to

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

New in the Cafe - Belgian Hot Chocolate!

Since the launch of our collaboration with Jamie from The Cake Eating Company, we have introduced a whole new range of delicious sweets in the Cafe.

One of these new additions is an irresistibly tasty Hot Chocolate, made with whole Belgian Chocolate drops and available in five scrumptious flavours.

Choose from:
  • Classic blend - a 50/50 mix of milk and dark chocolate, perfect for lovers of the traditional hot choc
  • 70% dark - a mysterious and rich tasting dark chocolate experience
  • Orange - we love this classic jaffa flavour, so zesty and beautiful
  • Mint - a subtle fresh mint taste to wake up the senses
  • Chilli - a few sips of this warming flavour will put some colour in your cheeks

All served in tall pastel coloured mugs, perfect for wrapping your hands around. Available every day! 

We will also be selling these yummy hot beverages at the Encraftment Market this Saturday so come down and say 'hello', won't you?

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Join us - Cafe

With the recent changes in our cafe incorporating a new and exciting menu, we now have a new position open within our cafe.

Part time Cafe Assistant  

Image courtesy of Lion Rock Photography

We are looking for a strong person to join our team of creative people at The Make Café. The ideal candidate should have previous cafe experience with Barista experience preferable but not essential. They also need to show the ability to work well and efficiently under pressure in this customer facing role.
This is a part time position to cover busy lunch periods, Tues – Friday and a full afternoon shift every Saturday.

Responsibilities will include:
Operating the café till, taking orders and serving food.
Making hot/cold beverages
Clearing tables and cleaning dishes.
A small amount of baking and food
If you think you suit this role, please email your cv or cover note to
Applications initial close off date is 6th September 2013

Three Things... Jersey Knit

Have you ever tried sewing with jersey knit?

It is a knit fabric which has stretch to it and is great for leggings, t-shirts and dresses.

If you haven't sewed it before then can I suggest that you start by reading these tips. Sewing with knits is not difficult, but it is definitely a different technique and a few small tips (such as using the right needle and stitch) can make it significantly easier.

If you're looking for some inspiration what to sew with jersey knits, I've got three suggestions for you"
Photo courtesy of:  Icandy Handmade
I love the idea of sewing a light weight jersey cardigan for myself. As an added bonus, I found a tutorial for a childrens cardigan- this would be so cute in some of our fun patterned jersey knits don't you think!?
Photo courtesy of: Made by Rae
I have not made a flashback skinny tee myself, but I have heard rave reviews from those who have! Its a really clear pattern with lots of instructions. The only note of caution to add is that this really is a skinny tee, so if in doubt, make a bigger size!

Finally, jersey knit is perfect for making girls leggings. You could easily use the same method to make pyjama bottoms if you prefer. A quick and easy project!

So what do you think? Are you brave enough to give sewing with jersey knit a try?