Howdy! Howdy! This is Mathew Boudreaux (AKA Mister Domestic), presently residing in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, our 3-year-old daughter Helena, and two cats Jordan & Camden. I am originally from Houston, TX and have managed to live all over the country during my adult life, but finally settled down and call Camas, Washington home. During the day, I work in the pharmaceutical industry specializing in oncology, but am an artist by heart and have jokingly referred to myself as an artistic gypsy flowing from theater to modeling to photography to sewing.

I had learned to sew as a kid, but never really got into it until we had our daughter. I thought it would be a great way to connect with her if I could make her cool clothes. Almost 40, I felt that my taste-level had arrived and that I could make some pretty neat-o digs, if only I could figure out how to do it. Before Helena could even crawl, my husband bought me a couple sewing classes at Modern Domestic in Portland, which was the perfect jumpstart that I needed because I haven’t stopped since.

Contact: MisterDomestic@outlook.com

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  1. Hi Mathew. I wanted to reach out to you for some advice. I have been making thing to sell at craft fairs to earn a bit to finance my sewing and trips to see my grandchildren. I am a retired breast cancer survivor. Now that most all of the craft shows are on pause, I find myself with a ton of bags, pouches and smaller homemade items. I would like to sell all of these and split the profits with the Black Women’s Health Imperative. I have done my inventory and I have almost $2000 of product, if I could sell it all. I want to split the profits 50/50. I have a blog and a paypal account and I’m on FB and IG. Can you give me any advice on the best way to do this? I would appreciate anything you can tell me. I am reaching out to you because I follow you and I am so impressed with what you are doing. I want to make a difference too.

  2. Yay! Another crafter that works in the pharmaceutical industry (CNS clinical trials here). Love your online presence ❤️

  3. I’m beyond in love with you! You were the inspiration I needed to learn how to sew stuff. I swear! I’ve made at least 10 drawstring tote bags just so I’d have a valid reason to watch the video repeatedly! I’ve ordered zippers so I can make the pouch too! Educational, inspirational and most importantly entertaining!

  4. Hi Matthew
    I’m so disappointed that MQX has been cancelled due to the virus, but I know this was the right thing to do. Since I won’t get to meet you in your Flowermania workshop, I ordered your kit as a small consolation. I hope that someday I get to take one of your workshops and meet you in person. Best wishes to you and your family. Stay Safe… Debbie Umina

  5. Thanks for your videos. I’m going to make a knit quilt from my daughter’s favorite clothes. Do you think the glue or interfacing with deteriorate the fabric over time? Trying to make an heirloom. What about the best threads to use? Do I need a certain foot? I’ve never sewed with knit.

  6. 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

  7. 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!

  8. 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?

  9. 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?

  10. 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 =)

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

  12. 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. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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

  16. 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

  17. 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.

  18. 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. 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.

  20. 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. 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.

  21. 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

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

  23. 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!

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. 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
    Denise Bell

  27. 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. 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.

  28. 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!

  29. 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.

  30. 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!!!

  31. 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. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. ‘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. 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?

      2. 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

  34. 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 🙂

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