Mathew Boudreaux of Mister Domestic learned to sew as a kid, but never really got into it until he had his daughter Helena, who is now four and a half. He thought it would be a great way to connect with her if he could make her cool clothes. With a new motivation to up his attention-to-detail, the quality and coolness far exceeded even his own expectations.

Once he started posting his projects on social media, the quilting world quickly took notice of his fearless use of color and print, incomprehensibly fast output, carefree enthusiasm and humor, and ability to seek out, acquire and share new skills. Making projects from fabric weaving to English Paper Piecing to apparel to the 3-dimensional, you can find his fabric party on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube. As a fabric designer, get ready to bring this party into overdrive as he translates his chic, edgy, and whimsical style into an in person experience for everyone to enjoy.

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47 Comments

  1. karen swann

    Hi, Mathew! So glad I tracked you down! I’ve seen your daughter’s amazing secret agent trench coat in several places in just a few days, and the Hawthorne Threads newsletter says you’re making one in denim, too. You are one creative artist, Mister Domestic, and I am gladly subscribing in order to keep an eye on you 🙂

    1. MathewBoudreaux

      Omg Karen you are the sweetest. Thanks a million!!!

  2. Pam Harris

    ‘Artistic Gypsy’ – I love that! For myself, I have always used the term ‘Dabbler’ to mean much the same thing. It is always a treat to meet ‘another one ‘ expressing their artistic creative spirit in many different ways. And hello neighbor from Vancouver.

    1. MathewBoudreaux

      Ooooh hiii neighbor! I love where we live! So much inspiration!

      1. Barbara Bangert

        Mr. Domestic, love your video instructions soooo to the point cutting through the fog of sewing and making it clear. BUT,,,, when you use wonder tape, I bought some, and sew through the tape does the glue adhere to the needle, as mine did, and I had to change needle. What am I doing wrong?

        1. MathewBoudreaux

          Did you heat set it and let it cool before sewing? Mostly the wondertape should be inside of the seam allowance so you shouldn’t even be sewing over it. Try both heat setting and cooling and adjusting where you put it

  3. Kelly

    Hey Matthew, found out about Mister Domestic and your wonderful creations, through an Australian website, called “http://www.babyology.com.au”. These designs are so creative and unique. The colour, design and weaving technique that is integrated into each individual piece of clothing and backpack, is simply remarkable. You truly have a great gift and I would be over the moon, as I am sure many others would, if you decided to go into business, selling these works of art. Please consider. Blessings, Kelly.

  4. Jean

    I love your weaving and really want to get into it. I quilt and sew. I have a question. Why don’t you weaving with the wrong side up so you don’t have to flip it? Thanks for your ideas.

    1. MathewBoudreaux

      To me, that would be like sewing only looking at the seams and not the front. I basically just wanna see my weave emerge as I’m weaving. And if you use tape on the border, it’s honestly no big deal to flip it. However, now I mostly weave with interfacing underneath and then I press the weave with a steam iron when I’m done to set it before unpinning.

  5. Rita Diewald

    I noticed that you were wearing really cool pants in one of your pictures. They were two different colors of gray. Did you make them? I LOVE them!!!

    1. MathewBoudreaux

      Haha. I didn’t make those but they gave me ideas for the future! Glad you dig them

  6. Janet

    Hello Mathew,
    I am interested in using one of your images in a publication. Will you please contact me? Very nice work!

  7. Gene Black

    HI Matthew. I am an artistic gypsy too. I paint, sew, quilt, weave, and spin yarn. I have also done some acting on stage and in one TV commercial. I have also made jewelry. In the past, I did hair design – but didn’t find it artistically fulfilling. (Where I live probably was the reason.)
    I worked in healthcare also. I was in public health and retired from it.

    I love your “I am a maker” shirt. I need one of those.

  8. Liz L

    I would LOVE a tutorial on spinning seams of Half-Square Triangle blocks where there are more pieces of fabric plus the diagonal seam in the corner. And, in real 1/4” seam size so we can see the best way to accomplish them. Thanks so much!

    1. MathewBoudreaux

      I have officially added that next level tutorial to my list. Great idea

  9. CARRIE WOOD

    Hey Mathew, I just discovered your blog and shared your woven basket tutorial (it’s GORGEOUS) on my fabric shop blog at More Love Mama Global Textiles. Then I came to find out a little more about you and discovered we have a few crazy connections. You’re from Houston and I am located in Houston (well, Cypress). You moved to Camus and I adopted 5 of my 6 kids through an organization based in Camus. So while I’ve never been there myself, I know quite a few people who live there! Love your blog, love your Pinterest Page! You have a new follower!

    1. Janet Galm

      I wanted to comment on the sewing machine give away but couldn’t find where to comment for it so I did here. I just found out my machine is unrepairable so could really use a new one! Hope you will consider this a comment for the give away. Thank you.

  10. Denise Bell

    Hi..I ordered the More than a pocket bag from Cotton Cuts and am having trouble finding some of the items I need for it. I also have questions about it. Is there someway I can find these? And I have questions about it also
    Thanks,
    Denise Bell

  11. Kathleen A Jenkins

    I so love watching your videos. You put a smile on my face and somtimes I actually laugh out loud. Thank you so much for bringing joy back to my life. Can’t wait to try the EPP techniques.

  12. Lisa Holbrook

    Matthew, how have I just now discovered you? When you said “super duper in your rug tutorial I thought “Okay, where’s the subscribe button? This guy is cool.”
    (My husband has said for years “we need more use of super duper in the world.) You are so entertaining and fun. You feature some great videos and I am going to have the best time learning from you. Thanks for sharing your talents with all of us here on the other side of the screen. I can’t wait to get started on the rug, and so many other projects.
    Hugs to you my new friend.

  13. Liz

    Hi Matthew, discovered your site about a month ago and enjoy it so much. I have made the Swedish fabric star, but I got my Wefty today so on to bigger and badder fabric weaving!

  14. Sarah

    Hi Mathew! I love your YouTube shows! I was wondering what sewing machine you are using right now? And what function is your favourite?

    1. Stuart Oakes

      Yeah! Where Felecia at? I miss her. I hope she didn’t say “bye”.

      1. MathewBoudreaux

        Omg haha. She’s still around. I just need to clean all the crap off the desk she’s on ??

  15. Barbara Bangert

    Hi Matthew, thank you for the info on ‘wonder tape’ it was me not wonder tape oops! Happy holidays to you and your family, Barbara Bangert

  16. Kerry Marchese

    Hi Matthew! You’re YouTube channel has been such an inspiration to try new sewing projects! My grandmother and great aunt taught me to see when I was 9 (I’m 64) and I was burned out about 23 years ago. My granddaughter asked me to teach her to sew and here I go again! You have made it fun, inspirational and taken the stress and dread away with your tutorials and awesome personality! I’ve also bought supplies you’ve recommended! Thanks you, thank you, thank you!! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    1. MathewBoudreaux

      Omg Yaaaaay! I’m so excited for you and your family and your sewing and yaaaay! And I’m so honored to have been a part of your journey.

  17. Terrie

    OMG! I can’t believe you live in Camas! So do I. Love all your creations. I am retired and now trying as many sewing projects as possible. You are very Inspiring.

  18. Debbie Reynolds

    Hi Matt aka- misterDomestic
    I am retired Histologist ( pathology) and I am finally able to start to sew ? like I love, before I retired I was just too tired. I worked at University of Alabama Medical Center, Birmingham. I now live in Crestview,Florida north east end of the state. I have fibromyalgia so some days it’s hard, I love you and you passion for the art of sewing. Your awesome you inspire me. I will stop talking ? by the way where can I find the pattern by Saija “The Hibiscus ? Hugs for your family kisses for Helena!!!???

  19. Gay

    I have just found you on the internet/YouTube. I love your style and your designs are great. I love the weaving and have ordered supplies to do this with. Can’t wait! You now have a new fan. Thanks so much for your great mind.

  20. Donna Gurley

    Have been following you for a number of months and just love your approach to life and sewing. Keeping it joyful, I love it. Today, I was lucky enough to sign up for your lecture and trunk show in August, the 24th, at Top Shelf Quilts in Mokena, IL. Am really looking forward to meeting you and getting your Autograph. I’m sure your presentation will be great fun.
    Donna Gurley

  21. Maria Lihs

    Watched you with Kimberly Jolly from Fat Quarter Shop a few weeks ago and have enjoyed watching your videos. Thanks for making it fun.

  22. Gail Schmieder

    Love you. Just watched you free Felicia.
    Your desk top with the side drawers, is that Ikea. If so which one. I really like you easy way to do a jelly roll rug. Keep it simple.

  23. Denise

    Hi there and hello from Covington! I have watched a few of your you tube videos and never thought, until now, to see if you had a blog or page! Duh! I am planning on making the star ornaments with a few teenage girls this fall. Both are artistic but, being teens, we’ll have to see how they feel about the project.

  24. Marlene Whitman

    Was in a slump. Smith Owen (Grand Rapids, MI) sent a notice about a class and I looked you up on the internet. Thanks, I now can make a Granny Square. Don’t laugh, I am 75 years old and have been trying to learn how to do this for years. Somehow we connected. Love the hexagon, my next learn to do project – Grandmothers Flower Garden was my favorite quilt pattern. Oh the posssibilities flodding my head. Thanks for sharing the love of creating and the passion to do something for onself. May God Bless You. Give Helena a hug from me. She must be so proud to have a Mom like you. MW

    1. MathewBoudreaux

      Was totally following you until the “mom” part. Was that an intentional attempt to insult me or accidental? Also you’re welcome for everything else yaaay that part makes me happy

  25. Bunhead

    Hi!
    Just discovered your fabulous YouTube videos! They’re amazing! What sewing machine is it you use? I love the little sissies!

  26. Jeanne

    Hi Matt, I stumbled on to your video’s looking to make a fabric star, great by the way. I just love your positive outlook and fun approach and now have another artistic gypsy following you. I noticed in the comments that you have named your sewing machine, I didn’t think anyone else did that! Keep creating =)

  27. Kathy M

    Oh my goodness! Where did your YouTube channel go? ?

  28. Tee Govette

    I missed getting the kit for your rainbow Colorblock Love quilt. Is it possible to get a list of. The colors you used from either you or Hunter’s Star?
    TIA
    Theresa

  29. Amber Pierce

    I was hoping to try my hand at all the different ornaments you have/had on your YouTube channel. That bad bad person has now made so I can’t. Is there any other place that the tutorials might located?

    1. MathewBoudreaux

      I have some on my blog here and stuff on my Facebook and the fat quarter shop YouTube.

  30. Teri

    I was looking for your video on fabric folding amd cannot find it!

  31. Teri

    OMGoodness, I just read through the attached link. I guess it is time to spread the word via Instagram, FB, and other chat forum links. We can be LOUD.
    You and we need Mr. Domestic back!
    While I do not chat so much per say, this is just WRONG!

  32. Pam Hillier

    Matthew, people love to criticize others. It is not right that they hide behind the internet and it is hard to understand why. It is tuff to have broad shoulders and let things roll off but rest assured there are even more of us that support you and enjoy what you do, love the way you teach and get inspiration from you. I know that a break can help the body and soul so take as long as you need!

    Pam from Ontario, Canada

  33. Laurajoy Newman

    Hi,
    I started crocheting about 4 years ago, but I only knew how to make blankets. During lockdown, I started making amigurumi and I also started quilting for the first time. When I saw your Hooked fabric for AGF, I was obsessed and searched and emailed for weeks until I could get it the UK. It was the perfect fabric for me! Now I need to decide what to make with it. I have since looked at more of your stuff and I am a big fan!

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