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The Best DIY Spots In Toronto

Posted by Alexandra Grigorescu / March 14, 2013

diy torontoThe best DIY spots in Toronto offer something for everyone--whether you want to learn how to make a fascinator, build a bike, learn to silkscreen, master knitting, or even those looking to learn the basics of film. In short, everything you need to be well on your way to Etsy stardom.

Aside from those listed below, there are a wealth of other options as well, such as Spark Box Studio's immersive, weekend-long solar plate workshop, pottery lessons at The Pottery, knitting at The Purple Purl and Lettuce Knit, glass art at Nanopod Studio, and sewing classes at Sew Be It and The Sewing Studio.

You can also create beautiful ceramics at All Fired Up, Gardiner Museum, and The Clay Room, and jewelry at Jewel Envy, or just explore the many possibilities of art in general at Articulations. For mechanically-minded creative types, the 3-D printing and motor workshops at Interaccess are a must-do.

Here is the list of the best DIY spots in Toronto.

Bike Pirates

Bike Pirates

This Bloordale bike co-op is non-profit and manned by volunteers. The super-altruistic collective offers low-priced bikes and tries to salvage bikes and bike parts that might otherwise end up discarded. They won’t fix your bike, but cyclists can stop in to learn about bike mechanics and how to maintain or upgrade their two-wheeler by themselves, or even build their own bike (payment is by donation). More »

The Make Den

The Make Den

The Make Den has recently made a move to Bloordale, and features two sewing areas outfitted with Janome 625E machines, and a retro-themed interior complete with checkered floors and vintage chairs, which carries through into the vintage patterns they have readily available. Their introductory class is $160 for 4 weeks, and they’ve added workshops such as millinery and fascinators for 2013. More »

The Workroom

The Workroom

Parkdale’s The Workroom is the first shop in the city to offer independent sew-by-the-hour ($7/hour) studio time, fully equipped with sewing machines. If you don’t have previous experience, try the essentials class ($55) or try your hand at making a T-shirt ($110). They also offer sewing machine repairs, and even sell brand-new machines so you can take the experience home with you. More »

The Devil's Workshop

The Devil's Workshop

Located near Queen and Crawford, The Devil’s Workshop is home to the infamous Wedding Band Workshop, for those lovebirds looking to put a unique, handmade stamp on their wedding bands. Available for $300 per couple (plus the cost of materials), it’s available every Saturday, and the shop’s expert jewelers can add jewels or detailing after you’ve created the base. Other classes include silversmithing (also $300), or glass fusing. More »

Graven Feather

Graven Feather

Graven Feather is squirreled away near Trinity Bellwoods Park, and serves as both studio space for its artists, as well as retail, open gallery, and workshop space. Classes on offer include making letterpress cards ($50), a 2-week-long linocut workshop ($95), and drop-in printmaking ($25). Materials are included in the price of most classes. More »

ReStyle Studio

ReStyle Studio

For interior design fiends, ReStyle Studio in Bloorcourt offers a solution to outdated furniture upholstery or an armchair that sticks out like a sore thumb in your new digs. Home to Toronto’s only DIY upholstery workshop, the shop is spearheaded by an illustrious designer, and takes a fashion-forward approach by teaching basic re-upholstery ($225.99, bring your own items), as well as classes on decor, re-upholstery studio time ($200 for 2 days), and even a DIY wedding seminar. They also sell furniture and furniture parts (if you’ve given it the ol’ college try, and want to leave it up to the experts). More »

DesignHer Co.

DesignHer Co.

On Bathurst near St. Clair West, Designher offers DIY classes that yield gift-worthy goods, fashionable accents, and even inspired solutions to home organization. Try the 1-hr workshops ($25 including materials) that range from jewelry design and textile design, or busy your kids with her kid-tailored classes. The studio also doubles as an event space for birthdays and bridal showers. More »

Discussion

32 Comments

MrsPotato / March 14, 2013 at 04:06 pm
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Oh this is a great post! Thanks!!
Bryonix / March 14, 2013 at 05:17 pm
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Great shops to keep a makers hand busy!
but i was actually assuming to find a DIY Electronic/Woodshop, i live in a condo and there is just no space for tools and machinery such as table and band saw. i always have small project in mind and i am tired/embarrassed of going to a friends place to use their garage all the time.

if such shop exist please let me know i would really appreciate it :)
Linda / March 14, 2013 at 05:25 pm
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Why are there no listings for anything east of Yonge Street?
Ryan / March 14, 2013 at 06:52 pm
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You can also check out the Toronto Tool Library if you want to borrow a tool to use at home. All tools are donated and annual memberships are just $50 (or sliding scale). Opening day is March 23rd!
Emily / March 14, 2013 at 08:29 pm
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Hi Linda, do you have any suggestions from the East end of Toronto? I can't think of any off the top of my head but a lot of the places mentioned here did pop up when I saw the post. I don't live in the East end though and the comments section is great for introducing people to places that are lesser known.
Sylvie / March 14, 2013 at 11:13 pm
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Awesome post!!! Very useful and inspiring =))) Thousand thumbs up!
soybomber / March 14, 2013 at 11:44 pm
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http://site3.ca/
Liz / March 15, 2013 at 12:22 am
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You guys forgot to mention the Craft Studios at Harbourfront Centre!!!
Donna / March 15, 2013 at 07:51 am
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Learn to weave this spring!
Donna replying to a comment from Donna / March 15, 2013 at 07:52 am
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Oh yes...that's "Learn To Weave" this spring at Edge Of Your Seat! http://www.edgeofyourseat.ca/classes/!
Sam / March 15, 2013 at 08:50 am
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www.3dphacktory.com
John / March 15, 2013 at 02:05 pm
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I wish we had something like The TechShop in Toronto. www.techshop.ws
jackima d / March 31, 2013 at 10:36 pm
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I had alot of tools. Black people and Roma Gypsies stole them. A pox on them. Goddamn poo heads
Lauren / April 6, 2013 at 06:57 pm
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You didn't link Jewel Envy's website!
Http://www.jewelenvy.ca
snickers / May 15, 2013 at 06:18 am
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Oh this is so useful! Thanks so much.
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MIG Welder / July 21, 2013 at 05:35 am
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Not what I was expecting on a DIY site. But an interesting twist and some nice ideas for city living. Inexpensive to compared to here.
TTL / August 12, 2013 at 07:28 am
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Toronto Tool library is opening its second location this september (2013) at Coxwell and Danforth. It will be a tool lending library and makerspace with a woodworking workshop, laser cutter and 3d printers as well as space for doing your own project. Check out the website!
The Leslieville Flea / September 3, 2013 at 09:20 pm
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What an amazing blog.Thank you so much for posting it!
Maker Kids (@Maker_Kids) / September 16, 2013 at 02:13 pm
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For anyone interested in 3D designing and printing, tinkering with electronics, woodworking, learning about Arduino and more, MakerKids offers programs for kids, teens and adults who are into making, DIY, electronics, crafts, etc.

www.makerkids.ca
John replying to a comment from John / October 10, 2013 at 05:19 pm
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The closest thing to TechShop is a hackerspace. They don't have everything, but for $50/month in Toronto they have enough to get you into a lot of trouble!

https://hacklab.to/

John
alex replying to a comment from Bryonix / October 14, 2013 at 12:20 pm
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Theres actually a woodworking diy shop.
Although the equipment and layout is tailored more for dabinet making, other projects can be accommodated. You must have a registered business to use their space due to liability issues.
Otherwise, its perfect. I completed a wall unit for my condo in 2 days. It costed me $400 material included vs $1600 ....huge difference. See their site diyshop.ca
Good luck
rimowa激安 / October 19, 2013 at 01:07 am
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Chris / November 5, 2013 at 08:29 am
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The Toronto Tool Library is a must if you need to do a few things here an there but aren't interested in investing a lot of money in tools. Definitely worth checking out for any DIY enthusiasts.
Cosmo / February 16, 2014 at 11:33 pm
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Thanks for the tips! I love DIYs! We just did an event at http://www.CosmopawlitanPets.com - decorating pet-themed Christmas ornaments. Would love to get more ideas from these other places.
Clarice replying to a comment from Bryonix / February 17, 2014 at 12:25 am
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For DIY tools - the tool library http://torontotoollibrary.com/

Toronto West Toronto East
1499 Queen Street W. 1803 Danforth Ave

Opening Hours:
Sat:10am-3pm | Sun:11am-4pm
Wed:4-10pm (East only)
Thurs:3-8pm (West only)
Phone: 647-498-1258 (West)
647-559-6734 (East)

3-D printer even!
workshops
memberships
large inventory
Marc R-N / March 2, 2014 at 01:44 pm
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Just wanted to put in a comment for Site 3 (and yes, I am a member). We're at Ossington and Bloor (all the info you need is on our website). Classes range from woodworking, to electronics, to machining to flame effects. The best time to drop by is the Thursday night open house.
Tara / March 4, 2014 at 07:20 pm
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If you're looking for tech related classes, Camp Tech is another awesome DIY spot. Workshops on WordPress, blogging, Photoshop... basically everything. http://camptech.ca
Charles / April 8, 2014 at 01:04 pm
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There are lots of other great KNITTING stores is the city, some are even north of Bloor, like Knit-O-Matic at 1378 Bathurst St (next door to the above mentioned Designher Co), who offer very affordable private lessons: knitomatic.com
Jared replying to a comment from Bryonix / May 12, 2014 at 01:05 pm
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The Shop is a new makerspace at College and Dufferin that has woodworking, ceramics and a metal shop. Check it out at theshoptoronto.ca
Clarice / August 15, 2014 at 09:45 am
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Courtney / September 10, 2014 at 04:43 pm
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Anarres Apothecary! http://www.blogto.com/fashion/anarres-apothecary-toronto

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