If you’ve ever allowed yourself to become swallowed by the universe of Pinterest, you’re well aware there are trillions of clever and cute craft ideas that aren’t just for kiddos. But life doesn’t always hand you the time or place to get crafty. Plan ahead and set aside an hour or two to check out one of these upcoming craft workshops. Let the pros guide and inspire you. Crafts are good for the soul. 

Christmas Cards in July at Bizzy B’s Stamp and Scrap (2100 Bloor St. W., 416-203-0433)

July 26, 7 – 9 PM
Fee: $25.00 (+ tax and $5 material fee)
No candy cane martini should go unsipped because you’ve left your “uber thoughtful gift ideas” to the last minute. Make your (awesome) cards now so you can party your face off in December and won’t have to worry about cutting and pasting while the clock is ticking.

License to Quill at Bizzy B’s Stamp and Scrap 

August 21, 7 – 9 PM
Fee: $25.00 (+ tax and $5 material fee)
Learn basics of quillin’ like a villain. Twisting paper strips into designs on paper – simple technique, impressive results. And a cool history – French monks used to decorate the covers of manuscripts using this art form. Heavenly!

Needlepoint Workshop at The Knit Cafe (1050 Queen St. W., 416-533-5648

Aug. 20, 6:30 – 9 PM
Fee: $30.00
Needlepoint seems to have found a home in the same category as mom jeans – these days, you’re as likely to see it on a 20 something DIY enthusiasts as you are on G dawg. Learn how to read needlepoint charts at this introductory class and soon all your couch cushions won’t know what hit ‘em.

Crocheter’s Crash Course at The Knit Café

August 3, 6:30 – 9 PM
Fee: $35
Think beyond the doily: crocheting is a super versatile craft form that enhances any crafters skill set, from graffiti enthusiasts to knitters. This workshop will teach the basic stitches and how to read a crochet pattern.

Socks 101 at Lettuce Knit (86 Nassau St., 416-203-9970)

Thursday August 23 + 30, 6 – 8 PM
Fee: $40
Those chilly fall nights aren’t too far away …

Custom Stationery Workshop at Re: Creative (1342 Queen St. W., 647-273-8985)

Aug. 14, 7 – 8:30 PM
Fee: $32
For the snail mail enthusiasts. Take your letters to the next level by making everything from scratch. Then make all your friends care packages full of paper crafts. 

~ Kait Fowlie