meeabee

Handmade bags for toddlers and preschoolers, since 2007

Sano, Japan · 845 Sales

meeabee

Handmade bags for toddlers and preschoolers, since 2007

Sano, Japan 845 Sales On Etsy since 2007

5 out of 5 stars
(368)

Announcement   hello there
handmade in japan
for little adventures

Committed to imagination-inspiring designs, no commercial characters, all fabrics designed and made in Japan, non-toxic, child-safe.

Jacqui
Mee a Bee

Announcement
Last updated on Aug 29, 2016

hello there
handmade in japan
for little adventures

Committed to imagination-inspiring designs, no commercial characters, all fabrics designed and made in Japan, non-toxic, child-safe.

Jacqui
Mee a Bee

Jacqui Miyabayashi

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Jacqui Miyabayashi

Toddler Messenger Bag - Ballerina in Paris
US$25.00
Toddler Messenger Bag - Wise Owls (pink)
US$30.00
Toddler Messenger Bag - Dorothy in Oz
US$30.00
Fox Messenger Bag for Little Kids
US$30.00
Toddler Lions Messenger Bag
US$30.00

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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(368)
kegrosser

kegrosser on Feb 14, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Very cute! Arrived in plenty of time for Christmas. Thank you!

ksantanna

ksantanna on Dec 6, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

This was a splurge for my daughter for Christmas and I'm SO glad I ordered it. You can feel the care that was put into making this purse. It's the perfect size for her to store her favorite things and the print it adorable. Thank you!!

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Updates

Little customer feedback. His mom bought this bag in January '14 - it's still going strong and he still loves it! He is adorable, I love his little shoes.
I wish my 'home studio' were a bit sexier but the truth is I sew in a tiny walk-in closet. I share the space with our family camping gear precariously balanced on the shelf above my head. Sewing in such a small space means I keep tidy and stay focused.

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Fox Messenger Bag for Little Kids
US$30.00
These will be in store very soon. Owls and terriers. So many cute animals live here at Mee a Bee.

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About

How did a New Zealander end up living in Japan sewing bags?

After having two kids and being a stay at home mum for about five years the question on everyone's minds was when was I going back to work.

Returning to the corporate scene was very unappealing so I secretly started a blog where I worked through several small business ideas and asked for feedback from my readers. There were only a few readers at first, of course, but they were a huge support and source of encouragement.

So I tried card-making. Cake decorating, party planning and catering were other ideas.

It was when I was sewing for my son's kindergarten craft fair that I hit upon the idea of sewing for kids. I already knew that Japan produces the most amazing fabrics. Once I started looking at the fabrics for children I became absolutely hooked on them myself.

I am a perfectionist when it comes to my work. I just love seeing how a new fabric looks as a bag and feel a great sense of pride when I see how many bags I have made and sold over the past eight years.

So how did a New Zealander end up living in Japan sewing bags? Well I blame my husband for me staying in Japan - he was too great a catch to let go. As for sewing bags, sometimes you hit upon an idea that just seems right.

These days I balance my time between sewing, mainly as a hobby, and working with other creative entrepreneurs. Now that my kids are both at school I have returned to my main profession and work as a marketing consultant. I am still steering clear of corporate life. Suits and commuting are just not me anymore. Mee a Bee is still a wonderful creative outlet for me and I love it dearly.

Thanks for reading! I would love to hear from you or connect via any of the social media websites.

Jacqui

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  • Jacqui

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    hello! I am Jacqui, a New Zealander living in Japan. I have been living here for twenty years, have two children and am happily married to a great guy. I love sewing, especially bags but I also read a lot, swim in a Masters Club and do aquarobics.

  • Tyler

    Model

    My two sons have been a huge source of inspiration and motivation. They give the final approval for most of the boy's designs!

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Last updated on Aug 29, 2016
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Custom and personalized orders

Strap color or length change out? YES, I can do that, just let me know the color and the age or height of the child.