Hello, I’m Makyla!

Hi, I’m Makyla. I’m so glad you’re here! I’m an ex-fashion buyer turned homemaking enthusiast. For more than 15 years, I’ve pursued my passion for sewing and found joy in sharing my knowledge with others. Through tutorials, advice, tips, and recipes, I strive to inspire and encourage others to embrace their own creativity and create beauty in their homes.

Makyla Ata from Makyla Creates in her cottage garden

About MakylaCreates.com

Makylacreates.com is a website that provides a wealth of resources for anyone interested in slowing down and living a more intentional life. Founded in 2020, this site offers thoughtfully designed sewing patterns, tutorials, tips and encouragement for simple, intentional living.

The goal of Makylacreates.com is to make homemaking skills accessible to everyone and to encourage people to experience the joy and satisfaction that come from creating something beautiful with their own hands.

My website provides easy-to-follow instructions, beautiful images, and helpful guides so you can live your most wholesome life.

Collage of 9 out of 16 easy sewing projects for beginners

About Makyla

I have always been a creative person. From a young age, I experimented with almost every craft and hobby known to man! This love for creating has led me to my current homemaking, slower-paced lifestyle, where I can explore new skills that bring me joy in everyday life.

I first discovered my love for sewing and crafting when I was 12 years old, thanks to my parents, who gifted me my first sewing machine on Christmas. I was instantly hooked and began sewing little things like scrunchies. Later on, in high school, I started sewing my own clothes, and that’s when my passion for fashion design and sewing truly blossomed.

In 2010, I opened my Etsy shop selling watermelon print overalls and shorts, which became an instant hit. As a university student, I experimented with different fabrics and sewing techniques, making mistakes and learning from them along the way.

After completing my studies, I worked as a buyer in the fast fashion industry, but soon realised it wasn’t for me. I created MakylaCreates.com to share my creativity and homemaking journey with those who have similar interests.

Some Fun Facts About Me:

  • I was born and raised on the North Island of New Zealand but now live on the South Island.
  • My nana has always been an avid gardener, so this love for gardening has rubbed off on me. I love all things floral and love tending to the many roses, dahlias, tulips, peonies and lavenders I have planted in my little backyard.
  • The beach or oceanside is where I find the most peace and calmness in such a busy world.
  • I love being at home. I find joy in making our home cosy, warm, inviting and inspiring to be in.

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Featured Work

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For feature enquiries or sponsorships please contact Makyla at [email protected].

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If you’re new to sewing and want to know how and where to start, check out these posts:

If you’re an experienced sewer looking for your next project, check out these tutorials:

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