More laces and trims are coming!

683 Sales


More laces and trims are coming!

683 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars

meilingsketchbook is taking a short break


Note from shop owner Thanks for dropping by! We are off for the summer till October!


Note from shop owner

Last updated on Aug 5, 2017

Thanks for dropping by! We are off for the summer till October!


Meiling Shimatsu

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Meiling Shimatsu


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars

lynngreetis on Aug 18, 2016

4 out of 5 stars

the bag took a few days longer to make and ship than I was originally told, but the product itself is great and seems to be good quality. the bag is a good size and has plenty of internal pockets.


catalinaloo1 on Jun 20, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I am absolutely thrilled with the messenger bag that was made for me. Will definitely come back for another

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Practical bags from Meilingsketchbook

One day while I was fabricating some custom draperies, all of sudden my daughter told me about Etsy, where may be I can make something besides custom interiors soft finishing.

I have always like to sew and create beautiful pieces since I had the children. When the kids were young, I used to embroider, crochet, knit and smock dress for them. Now that I read about Etsy, I really wanted to make bags, bags that I love and practical to be use.

15 years ago, when my children were still children, I started my creative workroom as a part-time designer, full-time mother basis. Now that they're grown and flown the nest, I'm excited to pursue my dream of a full-time studio filled with beautiful fabrics and inspirations I hope you'll enjoy.

We truly love what we do (my mother and I). My studio is our space to design, ponder, and develop ideas into reality.

Besides fabricating interior soft finishing, I am also an experienced upholsterer (don't be fooled by my tiny wrists!). So don't be surprise if you see upholstered pieces in the near future.

Should you have questions, please feel free to contact me!

Shop members

  • Meiling Shimatsu

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Hi! My name is Meiling and I have 2 daughters who have graduated college (and now taller than me!). Now that they're grown up and wise, they've inspired me to go for my dreams, too!15 years ago, when my children were still children, I started my crea

  • Anna Lo

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Anna is my mother, also one of the owners of this studio. She loves designing and fabricating beautiful pieces. Everyday she has to accomplish at least one project. She is a hard worker, takes pride of her work. she is also my role model!

Shop policies

Last updated on August 19, 2011
Welcome to meilingsketchbook!

We are a team of mother and daughter. My mother was a tailor for over 50 years, and I was a interior workroom designer for over 20 years. Together, we combined our skill, passion and love for design and sewing.

We love almost all nautical items and love creating them. We take pride in designing, cutting, sewing, packaging and shipping our products to you. All items are crafted by me and my mother from start to finish. All our sailor bags are created in a smoke free home. We pledge our highest priority towards customer respond and satisfaction.

For any other requests, please feel free to convo us or email me at meilingshimatsu [!at]


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  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Payment to be made within 2 days from the date of purchase; Do inform me in advance if there is any delay in your payment.

If you are having any issues with PayPal, please do not hesitate to contact me and I will assist you in any way that we can

I accept payment though PayPal (You do not have to have a Paypal account to pay with Visa/Mastercard through PayPal. Click the payment button and it will give you the option 'I don't have PayPal account', where you can pay with your credit card.)

Money Orders are also accepted. Order will not be sent until payment is received and cleared.
We will only ship to your correct PayPal address. It is your responsibility to have the correct mailing address in your payment source.

For U.S buyers, if you do not receive your package after 5 working days, please contact me before leaving me a negative feedback. Your cooperation is very much appreciated.

Please note that international buyers are responsible for any and all duties and customs charges that may be incurred.

~ U.S. Purchases: shipped via USPS 1st Class Mail if under 13 oz, and have a delivery confirmation in place. Purchases over 13 oz. will ship Priority Mail and have a delivery confirmation and tracking number available.

~ Bag will be pressed, nicely folded, and wrapped with tissue papers. It will be then be packaged inside a right-sized box for you.

~ International purchases (including Canada): shipped via International 1st Class mail with no insurance and tracking. If you feel that Priority is best for you please convo me for accurate shipping cost. We donot want to charge you more than you have to.

I don't ship to Indonesia, China, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, for their postal services are not reliable.

Please ask any questions that you may have.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you are dissatisfied with your purchase, please send me a message within 3 days of receiving your item. I'd love to try and work out the problem with you and refund you as soon as possible.

We will need to receive the merchandise in the exact same condition in which it was sent. We will only accept return or exchange from a smoke-free environment. Also, the items have to arrive to us completely pet hair free and be folded neatly.

We will not refund you for shipping charges.

Please be sure to contact us for the returning address, we can't refund you or exchange if the parcel is lost or sent to a wrong address. Buyer needs to bear the shipping costs (including forward and return shipping cost).

** Custom orders are not refundable or exchangeable *
** All return bags are entitled to 10% re-stocking fee.

* Pictures / Photos are requested for damages claim.

We are glad try to resolve the problem and appreciate any constructive feedback. We can be contacted at meilingshimatsu [!at]
Additional policies and FAQs
--------Please DO NOT COPY !-------

We have worked so hard to create one bag design. Please do not take our design and claim it as yours.

My home studio is smoke free.
We are not a sewing factory.