| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments

DIY Fabric Storage Boxes + Tokyo Apartment Tour ?

Welcome. Welcome. Welcome to our very spacious Tokyo apartment. [upbeat electronic music] This video is sponsored in part by Bernina. Hello. If you haven’t been keeping up with me on
Instagram then this is probably a bit of a surprise. I’m living in Tokyo for the next three months. We’re actually here, out me and Luciano, for
Luciano’s work. He got a three month position as a researcher
at a Tokyo University from April till June and I wasn’t about to let him go for three
months without me, but because I, my work is on the Internet, I am lucky enough to be
able to work from anywhere. Anyway, we basically got confirmation about
this position and our apartment one month ago. So It’s been a hectic, stressful, busy month
trying to get everything prepared for moving our entire lives overseas for three months,
with the added benefit of being chronically ill. ‘Cause when you’re chronically ill it just
makes everything, especially moving and traveling, just that little bit more difficult. But we made it and we’re here. Anyway, Tokyo apartments are not known for
being the most spacious spaces. We actually lucked out and got a whole 30
square meter apartment. Most places that we looked at, were actually
15 to 20 square meters. Basically they just consist of one room, a
tiny bed, tinier kitchen. So the apartment we ended up with actually
has a small living room as well as a tiny bedroom and a tiny kitchen. So we’re feeling quite lucky, but it does
make me feel like our small two bedroom place in Sydney was literally a mansion. Anyway, 30 square meters is a lot smaller
than the space we are used to living in. And when we arrived, the apartment had very
minimal furniture. It had a couch, table, TV, bed. That’s it. So when we got here, we were like, oh no,
where do we put our things? Like, we don’t have heaps of stuff, but like,
where do we keep my sewing supplies? Our laptops, my cameras and filming equipment? After living here for a couple of days, it
became clear that we needed some storage solutions if we didn’t just want to live among our possessions. So that’s when I came up with the idea of
sewing some fabric storage boxes. I wanted to make some that can slip underneath
the TV cabinet here, maybe one that can sit next to the bed to keep cords tidy or in this
random empty corner of our bedroom that is just sitting here not being useful at all. Annika, how are you going to sew fabric boxes? I’m assuming you didn’t take your sewing machine
with you? I didn’t. But Bernina Japan have generously loaned me
their B 335, which is honestly a perfect sewing machine for a really small space. If you’re interested, I’ll be talking about
this later at the end of the video. But for now, let’s get into the tutorial. Let’s Marie Kondo this [inaudible 00:02:28]
and make some really pretty fabric boxes. First, I’m going to figure out the dimensions
of the boxes I want to create, I want my boxes to go under here. So I measured out this space and what I want
to do is make two boxes that fit side by side together here, each with dimensions of 10
inches wide, 11 inches deep and 5 inches tall. The template for a box looks like this. So imagine you’ve cut down the edges of the
box and laid it flat. And this is the 5 faces that make up the box. So from here I can translate the dimensions
that I want my box to be to this flat box, to out just how much fabric I’ll need for
each box. So the base is going to be a rectangle, that’s
the width times the depth, so 11 by 10 inches. And each side of the box will be 5 inches
tall. And then depending on which side it is, it’ll
either be 10 inches long or 11 inches long. That means the piece of fabric that I’ll need
in order to cut out this box template is 5 plus 11 plus 5 equals 21 inches on this side
and 5 plus 10 plus 5 equals 20 inches on the other side. I’m going to add a whole inch to both side
for seam allowance, and Bam, too easy. So for each box of the dimensions that I want,
I’m going to require a rectangular piece of fabric that’s 21 by 22 inches. After figuring this out, I went to a fabric
store, Yuzawaya, looking for fabrics that are heavyweight, so canvas, non-stretch denim,
et cetera. Apparently this fabric of the scent of Scandinavia. Hot tip, bring a Luci with you to wheel around
your fabric bin. So I ended up getting this plain, heavyweight,
100% cotton non-stretch denim for the outside of the box. This pretty midweight canvas material for
the inside, the lining of the box. And thick, heavyweight iron on interfacing. That will keep the box sturdy. Then for each box I cut out a rectangle of
fabric that’s 21 inches by 22 inches. Next I ironed the fusible interfacing to the
denim piece with the adhesive side facing the wrong side of the denim. Next, I’m going to cut out a 5 inch by 5 inch
square from each corner because 5 inches is the height that I want my box to be. Hot Tip, once I measured and cut out one square,
I used this as a template for all the other squares so I didn’t have to spend time measuring
those out as well. And save those cutouts squares. They can come in useful, I’ll show you in
a second. I repeated this for the pretty lining piece
as well. Now there’s leftover squares. I’m going to use the lining squares to make
pockets for the inside of my box. To do that, I sandwich two squares right sides
together and then I sewed them together like this, with a three eighths of an inch seam
allowance, leaving a two inch gap down the bottom. I cut the corners off the seam allowance,
making sure not to cut through the stitches. Then turned this right size out through the
gap, making sure to push up the corners. And then I sewed up the gap and I gave this
whole thing an iron. I want to sew this to the side of the lining
here, but I can’t go past here, this kind of invisible line, because that will be the
bottom of the box. To figure out where that line is. I folded the flap down like this and created
a crease. Now as long as the pocket is placed above
this crease, it’ll be fine. It won’t be on the bottom of the box and it
won’t mess up the box’s structure. So I lined up the bottom of that pocket piece
with that crease and then I pinned it into place and I sewed it around three edges, like
this. I also used up the squares cut out from the
denim and interfacing bits to make myself little mini boxes. Okay, so I still had these extra tiny squares
left and I don’t know what to do with those other than continuing to make recursively
smaller boxes like some [drust-esque 00:05:59] sewing nightmare. There is a limit to my thriftiness is what
I’m saying. Anyway, I’m making these little boxes because
I desperately needed somewhere to put my sewing clips because I forgot to bring any container
for them. So I made this little denim box out of those
scraps with a matching lid. Anyway, back to the main project. Time to put handles on this. I want to put two handles here and here on
opposite sides of the box. The handle material is going to be this bag
strap webbing. So I’ll show you how I did this on one side
of the box. On one of the shorter sides of the outside
box, I made a mark two and a half inches from the edge here and two and a half inches up
from the bottom here. I repeated this on the other side, and then
measured the distance between those two marks, which is six inches. And then I added three inches to that measurement
to get a total of nine inches. I then cut nine inches of bag strap webbing. And while we’re here I cut one for the other
side as well. Okay, so I attached the strap by first placing
it right sides down on the left mark here. I pinned this into place and then I sewed
it on going back and forth with a zigzag stitch a few times to make sure it’s attached really
securely, half an inch from the edge of the strap. Then I pulled the strap up and over like this
to the other mark on the right. I then placed the strap on top of the mark
like this and pinned it into place. Now I’m going to sew it like I did on the
other side, about half an inch from the cut edge of the strap here. However, this one is a little bit more difficult
to sew on, so watch carefully. After setting the presser foot down on the
strap, I moved to the strap forward out of the way of the needle with one hand while
going back and forth with the Zigzag a few times to make sure it’s sewn strongly into
place. Then I pressed the strap down at the sides,
doubling it over at the edges, leaving this bulge of strap in the middle so that I have
plenty of fabric to use as the box’s handle to get my hand in there and pick it up. Then on each end of the strap, I sewed a little
square shape with the cross in it, like this. I repeated this on the other end and that’s
the handles done. Now let’s construct this box. For accuracy, although you can skip this step
if you want, I’m gonna make a mark with pen where I need to stop sewing at each corner
while sewing the side seams for the box. So going from the corner, I’m going to make
a mark half an inch straight down and half an inch going straight across. Drawing a straight line that protrudes from
both, I’m going to draw a cross where these two lines intersect, here. This shows the spot I need to stop sowing
in the next step. Next I grabbed the two adjacent edges and
I folded them right sides together to match them up. I honestly showed this a lot better when making
my mini box ’cause I could fit it all in the frame more easily. So using my model, the tiny box, this is what
you have to do. Once those two adjacent edges are pressed
together, I am going to sew them together using a straight stitch and a half inch seam
allowance from the top edges right down to that x that I drew on before. I repeated this on all four sides and ended
up with this. It’s kind of a box shape. Wo-hoo! I then repeated the exact same thing to make
a box out of the lining fabric, so now I have one outer box that can stand up on its own
and one rather more floppy lining box. Next for both of the boxes I clipped the seam
allowance smaller on all the seams that I just sewed and then I turned to the outer
box right side’s out. Now, it doesn’t look very box shaped yet,
but all it takes is a good ironing to put the box’s creases into place. I turned to the lining right sides out as
well. This is so I can iron in the creases, but
it will be turned back inside out before being sewn to the outer box. To iron the creases in place, first I folded
down each side from corner to corner. I pressed on this firmly with my iron and
it gives me a nice edge to the box. I repeated this for the other three sides. Once that’s done, I folded the box wrong sides
together along the seam that I just sewed and I ironed that down. Then I repeated this for the other three seams. Now it’s a box! It’s still has a little bit of give at the
edges, it is made fabric after all, but this is what a fabric box should look like. And then I repeated this ironing process for
the lining to give the lining shape. Now time to put the two together. First I turned to the lining back around so
it was inside out again, and then I placed the outer box into the inner lining box, which
took a little bit of time and struggling because the two are the same size, after all. If your box is of rectangular prism like mine,
rather than a cube, make sure the outer short sides match up with the lining short sides
and the long sides match up with the long sides, et cetera. Also, the right sides of both fabric should
be touching. I clipped the lining to the outer box at each
corner and then along the entire top edge all the way around. Next I sewed the lining to the outer with
a three eighths of an inch seam allowance using a straight stitch and I made sure to
leave a gap of about 4 to 5 inches along one edge. Then I trimmed down the seam allowance as
close as possible to the stitches. And then I reached through that gap. I left open in the lining and I pulled the
box right sides out through it. Now this part is a little bit tricky because
the box is quite thick and sturdy, but don’t be too worried about messing up the box creases
because they can be ironed back in. If you’re struggling to pull it out, go back
and seam rip a larger gap at the top of the box. So I got to here where the lining is out of
the box and then I pushed the lining back down into the box and there we go. Almost done. Next I rolled the edge of the box so that
the lining is just on the inside. And then I ironed this into place all the
way around the top edge, including where the gap in the lining is. Then I top stitched around the entire box
starting at that gap that we pulled the box through to close it up and then continuing
all the way around the top edge. This is a little bit tricky. I found it to be a real work out for my arms
because of how heavy the fabrics are at this point. So go slowly and take your time. After a final iron to make sure the box is
looking most boxy, it is done! Storage achievement unlocked. So this took me about two and a half hours
to make. So it’s a really good project that can be
made and an entire crafternoon or leisurely over a few days. Now, I’m going to do a little apartment tour
of my 30 square meter Tokyo space. But first I want to talk about this sewing
machine here. Last year I became a Bernina ambassador. Bernina makes amazing sewing machines. And I filmed this super professional advertisement. Like a whole film crew, came to my house. And now that ad of me is in their stores and
in pamphlets and magazine ads and stuff. Like this came with this machine that I’m
learning here in Japan, which was a bit of a trip. Unboxing the machine, taking up the information
and seeing my face. Working with Bernina has been amazing. Although this bit here that you’re watching
is technically a sponsored spot, I want you all to know that it was me who approached
Bernina, because before I was an ambassador I used a Bernina sewing machine myself for
many years. Before this I had an entry level Bernina Bernette,
but even though it was the entry model, it never let me down. This sewing machine here, the B 335, it is
certainly a level up. So it’s above their cheaper entry level machines
but still below the super fancy high end, does everything for you, industrial level
sewing machine. Now, I talk about this in the advertisement
that I did for Bernina, which I’ll link down below if you’re interested in watching. But the difference between an entry level
machine and this machine is very noticeable. The way this machine feeds through fabric. Oh, I drool. It’s basically like every fabric that I’m
using, even if it’s satin or silk or something hard to work with, it’s like it’s just woven
cotton, the way each fabric feeds so easily through the machine. There’s certainly no bunching up or eating
of fabrics, ever. And remember when I was sewing on the strap
through the boxes back in the tutorial. Yeah, so I just used the standard universal
sewing needle, didn’t have to change to a thicker heavyweight needle. I could sew through two layers of thick bag
webbing, one layer of heavy interfacing and one layer of thick denim, all together with
ease. That is hecking impressive. Also this baby, she purrs. It’s so nice and quiet compared to any machine
I’ve ever used before. And it sews at 900 stitches per minute, which
is 15 stitches per second! Which is also very impressive and very good
for an impatient Annika. And finally, while it’s a super powerful machine,
it’s also really compact and easy to move about. It’s a testament to the size of this machine
that it’s really easy to use in a 30 square meter apartment and not get in the way. I love the Bernina 335, and it’s sister machine,
the B 325, which I also got to try out. Also while this one is a loan from Bernina
Japan. I was given one of these to keep for myself. And it’s back at Sydney awaiting my return. I honestly believe that I’ll have it and be
using it for the rest of my life, it’s just such high quality. And I know that Berninas are built to last. They’re the machine of choice for schools
and universities and hospitals where they need something sturdy and reliable. And finally, you know that I get pretty sad
when companies are not at all transparent about who is making their products or where
they’re being made, because that means they’re likely hiding something. I’m very proud to say that Bernina is totally
upfront with where and how their machines are made. They own their own factories and they have
videos and photos of all of their factories up on their website. They have a factory in Thailand which is here
and one in Switzerland which is here. They’re not hiding anything, which is a big
thumbs up if you’re looking for a product that is made ethically. Okay, I’m going to stop popping on about how
much I love this machine. I could go on for hours. It is time to do an apartment tour. Let me go get my fish eye lens, it will be
needed. Oh, hello. Welcome to our apartment. So here’s the little designated shoe only
area where you have to take your shoes off. And here I’m switching to my very cute little
bear slippers that I got here in Japan. So there’s some rubbish in the corner, which
is great to see, don’t feel mad. Luciano: It’s recycling. Annika: It’s recycling. This is where we keep our shoes. Luciano: So when you come in you put your
shoes in here. Annika: Okay, so when you first step into
the apartment, on the left here you have the laundry room. We’ve got a pretty decent washing machine
and laundry powder and like towels and stuff like that set up there. Luciano: Laundry room, is very generous. Annika: Laundry room is a stretch. Luciano: Okay. Annika: On my right here, as you walk in,
is the toilet. Unfortunately, it’s not a Japanese style one,
but it does have this cool feature where when you flush it, the system refills and you can
wash your hands here. Although, when you actually sit on the toilet
and close the door, your knees do, you hit the door. It is quite petite. Annika: And then just past the washing machine
is the fridge. Firstly, I put this really cute, I found this
at a thrift store here in Japan. I think it’s a really cute little photo, but
Luciano disagrees with me, but please back me up. Luciano: Not cute. Annika: It’s really cute, right? Luciano: Creepy. Annika: And it’s really good and it’s not
creepy, right? I’m correct. The fridge is a pretty decent size and we’ve
also got the microwave on top of the fridge and a kettle and then here in the little kitchen
room we’ve got the sink and we’ve got a one burner stove which is really easy to cook
on, isn’t it Luciano? Luciano: It’s a little bit challenging. Annika: And then we’ve got plates and stuff. After they’re washed, they kind of, they’ve
got their drying rack, so they drip into the sink. And then we just kind of shoved food and medicines
up here, not In a very well arranged way, and maybe we need some boxes up there. Annika: Then across from the kitchen is the
shower room. This is its own little self contained sort
of unit. So it’s really easy to clean. You just close the door and you can shower. Just spray it around anywhere, it doesn’t
matter. For the bathroom, there has a control panel,
you’ve got one for the air circulation, for the fan. You can make it dry, hot, not so hot and something. Luciano: You got the whole thing wrong. Luciano: Okay. This one is for the extraction fan. You can seal it off. So the whole thing is a plastic unit that’s
like kind of air tight. And then you can turn this one on to actually
heat it up like a heater. This one is dry air, so you can put clothes
in there and dry your clothes if it’s rainy outside. And then this one is cold air for summer if
you want to be, keep the bathroom cool. Annika: And then you can also, you turn this
on and that is the water heater and you can turn it to whatever temperature you want for
showering. We usually have it on 42 degrees for showering. Luciano: Yeah. Annika: And that’s the bathroom. Luciano: This is the actual unit that we were
talking about that you control. Annika: Now let’s take you in to the main
part of the house, the living room. So there’s a door that separates- Luciano: No! Annika: Oh. Annika: There’s a door that separates the
kitchen and bathroom. We’ve got my sewing machine sitting nicely
here on the table. Now this is a little bit unusual for the Tokyo
apartments we were looking for. Most didn’t actually have this living room. It was just that and then straight to the
bedroom. So this is fairly spacious. The fact that we even have a living room at
all. The apartment came with a couch, a TV and
a table that has like a little extendel, extendel? Extendable thingy if you wanted to, I guess,
have guests over, although having more than two people in this space would be quite cramped. Annika: We have a closet which has my underwear
in it, so I don’t really want to show anybody. And there’s an air conditioning unit. Oh, and here is where I put my boxes. Ooh, ooh, ooh, such storage, so nice, yes. I put all my recording equipment in that one. This is how they’re actually used. And my fabric in this one. Yeah. Luciano: Nice. Annika: And then finally, this is the bedroom. The bed is actually massive. It’s actually two single beds kind of smushed
together to make a big bed, but they gave us some very attractive brown and other brown
blankets to use, but they are quite snugly and warm, which is good. Luciano: What’d you call this, brown? I’d call it like, puce. Annika: Puce, what an attractive name for
an attractive color. This is my friend, Buggy. Buggy, I found Buggy here in Japan and we’re
best friends now. And it’s not just because I’m missing my dog
at home a lot. I actually just, I can’t sleep without a plush
toy. Yes, I’m 26, who cares. Never too old for a plush toy. Luciano: Hi Buggy. Annika: “Hey”. Annika: Oh yeah, there’s even slidey doors
that separate the living room from the bedroom, which is pretty neat. And then finally you can scooch around here. Finally, heres the balcony where there is
a clothes line set up for us to dry our clothes on and I guess stand here being cool. Yup. Luciano: Very cool. Annika:So cool. Annika: Our balcony looks out over all of
our neighbors so we tend to be quite quiet out here. It’s very quiet in Tokyo neighborhoods. Let’s go back inside. Annika: I’m putting that in the video. Luciano: Please don’t. Annika: Also, the wall texture is something
that’s kind of interesting in Japanese homes and apartments. A lot of them have this sort of texture. If you can see it on the camera, it’s like
fake paper and it’s kind of spongy. It’s very interesting. Annika: And so that is our 30 square meter
apartment. This is kind of the typical apartment that
you would see in Tokyo. And we’re pretty happy with it. We’ll have to do a little bit more storage
organization, but apart from that, it’s a really good place to be for three months. Annika: I really hope you enjoyed my video. Thank you so much to Bernina for supplying
me with a beautiful sewing machine, the B 335. Let me know if this video was useful for you
or if you’d learn something new and I will see you all in my very next video. But bye for now. Annika: Thank you to all of my supporters
on Patreon and Ko-fi for making this video possible. To support these videos, so that I can keep
on making them, go to ko-fi.com/annikavictoria for a one off donation. Or to support me on a continual basis, go
to patreon.com/annikavictoria. Even if you can only give $1 a month, that
he’s extremely helpful to ensure this channel keeps running.



Apr 4, 2019, 4:35 pm Reply

MUST VISIT SIMON AND MARTINA! They love your videos!

Jessica Colon

Apr 4, 2019, 4:57 pm Reply

Congrats on the movie and the new job for Luciano. Those boxes came out to cute.

Haley Faye Miller

Apr 4, 2019, 5:28 pm Reply

Needs ART

felix d

Apr 4, 2019, 5:41 pm Reply

11:54 looks like a very shocked face

Dandi’s Den

Apr 4, 2019, 6:55 pm Reply

Given I've got a large earring collection I wanna reduce, i'd actually take those left over squares and put the earrings I don't want into so they wouldn't get mixed up and after a good thorough cleaning, I could then turn around and donate the earrings. I can't tell if you've got your ears pierced, but use them to stick things into for storage of their own might work.

Lotta M

Apr 4, 2019, 7:46 pm Reply

Could you pleeeeease do this Shirt it is soooooo cute https://www.princesspolly.com/vintage-tie-up-top


Apr 4, 2019, 8:30 pm Reply

Will you take up J-Vlogging now?

Tilly Timperm

Apr 4, 2019, 1:33 am Reply

Loved your video! Picture on your fridge is great

Tilly Timperm

Apr 4, 2019, 1:34 am Reply

Ps I LOVE yizaweya


Apr 4, 2019, 5:26 am Reply

Tip from Tokidokitraveler, if you need more counter space in your kitchen you can get a cutting board slightly larger than the sink and extend the counter covering the sink with it 🙂

Sage Preaumx

Apr 4, 2019, 8:11 am Reply

I'm a grandma, living alone and have a plush toy. It's not something I share with others but you're right you're never too old. There a MANY women of all ages that have them. It's important to keep those cuddle muscles toned.


Apr 4, 2019, 12:47 pm Reply

Have you visited Okadaya in Shinjuku? The fabric selection is insane there!!! You should definitely go!!!

Crysilyn C

Apr 4, 2019, 1:12 pm Reply

A fabric box to hold your fabric. Ugh your mind ?

Jennifer Bruce

Apr 4, 2019, 1:55 pm Reply

Thank you Bernina

Jennifer Bruce

Apr 4, 2019, 2:05 pm Reply

Very nice!

Alex 1885

Apr 4, 2019, 4:47 pm Reply

It totally looks like something my cat would sleep in

I love it

Brieanna Loyer

Apr 4, 2019, 6:02 pm Reply

i love your videos and the style pile episodes.
i thought your newest video would be easier to get a hold of you. H&M takes old fabric to be reused for future style. They even give you discount coupons!! Worth checking out in your area 🙂
Also cute af place.

Crafty Loops

Apr 4, 2019, 9:24 pm Reply

My home in Northern Ireland is just over double your square metres…..and that's just my normal home, lol. My house is super tiny compared to other houses here. We do tend to have smaller houses anyway as Ireland is a small Island. But even my house is teeny tiny for us. Great tour and I love the wee boxes you made. Lee xx

Celeste Consuelos

Apr 4, 2019, 9:42 pm Reply

Pls can u do your version of thigh high socks with kitty ears like those anime ones…I will appreciate it so much thx your the best

Cheryl Land

Apr 4, 2019, 9:45 pm Reply

What an awesome opportunity! Also great tutorial =)!


Apr 4, 2019, 11:16 pm Reply

it wasn't until this video that i realized what the x's on the bin handles are for


Apr 4, 2019, 12:03 am Reply

You could sew the mini squares together to make boxes that are just a bit smaller than the little ones.

The apartment looks pretty cute! The efficiency of space is interesting, though the tiny toilet room and it being separate from the bathroom would drive me nuts.

Also I'm totally here for the 'adults who sleep with plushies' club. I'm 29, and my bed is basically a nest of plushies and blankets, it's so cozy.

Melissa Roscher

Apr 4, 2019, 5:50 am Reply

Sqft; In Kansas city been studio apartments shopping 400 sqft to 600 sqft, basically 1.00 per sqft (37.16 meters 55.74)

Dark Iris

Apr 4, 2019, 1:33 pm Reply

Congratulations on the new adventure! I’m very impressed with the way the Japanese design their living spaces. Your apartment is very efficiently appointed. I’m particularly impressed with the way the shower area is put together. I suspect I would not like the plastic, but I do like how you’re able to control both the heat and humidity to the point you can use 5he entire area to dry clothes or whatever. The “kitchen” is a disappointment though. No oven? Only one burner? No counter space to speak of…Entertaining is out. I truly envy the Bernina you have. My dream sewing machine was a Babylock but I will take a closer look at the Bernina line. Like you, the social conscience of a company is very important to me. I know you and Luc will take advantage of the time you have there to make it an experience to remember. Cheers!

Mel W

Apr 4, 2019, 3:31 pm Reply


Mushroom Congee

Apr 4, 2019, 5:05 pm Reply

You finally did it!!! You madman!! I'm so happy for you CONGRATS!!!!


Apr 4, 2019, 7:12 pm Reply

Those apartments exist not only in Japan ;p. Thanks for the tour! And tutorial 🙂

K. A. U.

Apr 4, 2019, 9:23 pm Reply

I wish I'd thought about this BEFORE moving into my dorm this year… as it is I'm seeing this video less than a month before moving out haha.
Also idea based on my laundry hamper – using boning on all the corners instead of interfacing on the sides! A bit more of a puzzle to sew, but more easily collapsible possibly and also if you have scrap boning laying around and not interfacing, use what you have, right?

K. A. U.

Apr 4, 2019, 9:34 pm Reply

Most toilets refill from drainage from used water in some way or another, just not as blatantly obvious as that! Most people just just don't realize it because it's just part of the invisible plumbing of our lives.

I remember when I was a young kid (this must have been late 90's early 2000's – but my house was built by my parents in the 80s/90s and I guarantee we hadn't updated the plumbing system) I lost a small star shaped toy that was part of a little mermaid set down the bathtub drain. Lo and behold, we then flushed the toilet, and it came UP into the toilet bowl as it refilled! I live in the central U.S. too, so this isn't a new innovation or a strictly Japanese one, though I wouldn't doubt if they came up with it first, just in the 70's 80's or earlier.
So, I always find it funny when people say "why do we ** into fresh water?" or say that in an emergency you can drink the fresh water in the toilet reservoir. Nope!


Apr 4, 2019, 9:56 pm Reply

Your logo is just floating near the middle of the video.

Grace Holt

Apr 4, 2019, 11:31 pm Reply

your apartment reminds me of simon and martinas officetel on korea!


Apr 4, 2019, 10:08 am Reply

Actually how did you find an apartment for just three months? P.S. I think the wall covering is vinyl so they can clean it easily.


Apr 4, 2019, 10:52 am Reply

The apartment was actually a lot more spacious than i thought

Technosaurus Punk

Apr 4, 2019, 3:44 pm Reply

aaaah your apartment looks so much nicer than mine was in kyoto. How much do you pay a month, if you don't mind me asking? it'd be good to know for when I go back to Japan, and possibly for others who are interested in an extended visit/move!


Apr 4, 2019, 6:00 pm Reply

Kippis design looks so cute and fresh!

nathie kupfer

Apr 4, 2019, 7:18 pm Reply

Uh wow you have patience I would have sewn the lining fabric directly by hand so that I didn't need to turn it through the tiny hole. I always tend to rip the fabric or my stiches.

Perla Medrano

Apr 4, 2019, 1:24 am Reply

The fish lens makes me sick. Like very dizy

Miriam Bartley

Apr 4, 2019, 2:23 am Reply

I loved your review of Bernina.. It was so full of information


Apr 4, 2019, 5:59 am Reply

this still looks bigger than my new york studio xD


Apr 4, 2019, 6:00 am Reply

I love this! I, like seemingly everyone else, binge-watched Marie Kondo's Netflix show, and I'm on a big organization kick. I'm going to try this out, and avoid having to turn the box by topstitching some ribbon along the top edge. That looked painful. I also want to add some cardboard to the bottom to give it more structure.


Apr 4, 2019, 10:11 am Reply

Creepy picture of a dog

Lemon Lime Turtle

Apr 4, 2019, 5:03 pm Reply

I'm 38 and I still sleep with a stuffed animal every night, so don't feel bad <3

Rijacki Ledum

Apr 4, 2019, 7:37 pm Reply

Stunningly small apartment. That's smaller than most hotel rooms!
As for sleeping with a plushy, I'm 53 and still sleep with a plushy. I sleep so horridly without one that if I forget to bring one on a trip, I buy a new plushy.

Amaya Ellingsworth

Apr 4, 2019, 11:32 pm Reply

you should make the unif becca top:)

eve ruby

Apr 4, 2019, 1:30 am Reply

that fabric is nice…


Apr 4, 2019, 4:51 am Reply

I found this and think you should do a Make Thrift Buy video. Cause if I could make these that would be awesome!!

Wandering Helen

Apr 4, 2019, 10:14 am Reply

Ooh can I just ask if it is okay, is Luciano teaching in English? I'm currently doing my PhD and working towards a lecturing career and to have the opportunity to work in Japan for 3 months would be great.

Kalena Heyyys

Apr 4, 2019, 2:04 pm Reply

I hope you can do a video with Simon and Martina ✌️ It would be an iconic collab!

Stella Guo

Apr 4, 2019, 2:36 pm Reply

good luck re finding clothes in Tokyo 🙂 I hear average ladies here in Oz are XXL in Japan. then again, with your awesome sewing skills, it won't be a problem 😉

Charlene Colter

Apr 4, 2019, 2:47 pm Reply

Yesss !! Very cute

Carole Just Carole

Apr 4, 2019, 4:18 pm Reply

This is a very nice tutorial, I have usually just taped fabric over cardboard boxes which works but you either have to find correct sized boxes, or make them, which is a lot of work. Cute!

Elissa Powell

Apr 4, 2019, 5:04 pm Reply

The wall finish makes me think of soundproofing tiles, and considering how many people live close together in Tokyo, sounds logical that they would do that.

Marija Beišytė

Apr 4, 2019, 7:30 pm Reply

I dont think ive seen a hairstyle more suiting to you <3 you look gorgeous!


Apr 4, 2019, 2:30 am Reply


ZoAnn Sites

Apr 4, 2019, 4:23 am Reply

I love your box.

M Lapizar

Apr 4, 2019, 2:52 am Reply

Welcome to Tokyo!! 🙂 I've been following your blog since I moved here because clothes adjustments in Tokyo are sooo EXPENSIVE and I learned to DIY for my ultra petite frame. ? So I was actually quite surprised to see a Tokyo vlog. ?


Apr 4, 2019, 9:27 am Reply

I'd just go to Daiso or 3 Coins. XD But materials are probably cheaper in Japan and it's nice to get exactly what you want. ^^ Looking forward to more vids!

Suzy T

Apr 4, 2019, 11:56 pm Reply

I love plush toys too!

Odd Bird

Apr 4, 2019, 4:58 am Reply

I love the new hair <3


Apr 4, 2019, 11:12 pm Reply

We know about being chronically ill and dealing with it on top of everything else. It’s tough and like you we persevere and keep sewing on our Bernina??

Magic Bean Creations

Apr 4, 2019, 2:28 pm Reply

My goodness that is adorable! Thanks for the upload!?


Apr 4, 2019, 6:02 pm Reply

I looked into the Bernina 335 price in Poland – it's 5000 pln :') Idk if it's really good for a beginner or me :')

Mai Li Ra

Apr 4, 2019, 7:15 pm Reply

the caption for the swearword being "[inaudible]" cracked me up lol

Brenna Crozier

Apr 4, 2019, 8:30 pm Reply

Love this tutorial! And it’s so crafty how you used your scraps to make the cutest mini boxes for your sewing accessories. You could use the left over tiny squares as little pads to put under furniture legs to protect the ground? Love your channel! ?❤️


Apr 4, 2019, 12:28 am Reply

It’s okay, i’m 21 and have 30+ stuffed animals in my room 🙂 i sleep with a giant elephant named Baby.


Apr 4, 2019, 1:32 am Reply

Bernina did good making you an ambassador! You've pretty much convinced me to get one when my old sewing machine finally bites the dust.

Love the video, thanks for always making such wholesome content!

Katrina Matroze

Apr 4, 2019, 7:56 am Reply

You could make a video of giving advice on how to fix clothing, or how to alter it or how you would do it, because i have this dress that i just don’t know how to fix as a beginner haha!

jiminie ;

Apr 4, 2019, 8:39 am Reply

Whoa, your apartment is still a lot bigger than mine lol suffering in zero storage language

Julie Mills

Apr 4, 2019, 8:58 pm Reply

Very informative!! Love the math part!! You took the guess work out of it!!

C King

Apr 4, 2019, 6:51 am Reply

I love how you break this down into the Geometry of the project. It's super super helpful! <3 Thank you.

Imp Again!~

Apr 4, 2019, 7:40 pm Reply

How do you get your chair in and out of that hallway, yikes?? with the step up and all!

Ethel Ebin-Babas

Apr 4, 2019, 1:11 am Reply

The sewing Machine is too Expensive.. 🙁

Mythic Apricity

May 5, 2019, 11:20 am Reply

I don’t know why, but when she sewed that little box shape on the handle, it made me smile quite a bit.


May 5, 2019, 5:09 pm Reply

you could've sewn the lining on while the outside box was inside out. makes it easier if you just turn the lining over the edge of the outer box giving it a border on the outer edge (make sure the lining is slightly bigger in this case.)


May 5, 2019, 5:38 pm Reply

The picture's only mildly satanic


May 5, 2019, 10:43 am Reply

Perfect cat bed idea! Thank you!!!

Michayla Lovitt

May 5, 2019, 6:50 pm Reply

Annika stepping in to the toilet room with her house slippers on made me twitch… my ojisan didn't raise no heathen. ??‍♀️ no house slippers in the toilet room! Toilet room shoes only!


May 5, 2019, 5:22 am Reply

Such a cute box. Definitely never too old for a soft toy 🙂 Exciting about the partnership but I had such a terrible bernette for my first machine. 🙁 It quickly left the house when I realised I was sticking with sewing. I don't like I could ever trust bernina now.


May 5, 2019, 3:54 am Reply

I would love a sewing machine anywhere near the level of the one you use. On my Singer Simple, I broke a needle when sewing velcro onto fabric.


May 5, 2019, 10:20 am Reply

Tokyo is getting funner and funner with more and more super creative creators moving there. from all over the world!!!!

Kayelin Rutledge

May 5, 2019, 9:41 pm Reply

Oh my god, this turned out SO cute! Amazing job again

Taryn Quinn

May 5, 2019, 1:42 pm Reply

The tiny squares might be big enough for button covers.
Also, I'm 22, and all my stuffed animals have names, and get told goodnight.


May 5, 2019, 7:49 pm Reply

This is a good idea for grocery bags

Mimi pigen

May 5, 2019, 9:26 pm Reply

3:53 if smells of rain/wet and cold nature, maybe some snow and global Warming resulting in a hotter summer than usual and snow in the spring, then you are close.??
that’s as close as I can get from a Danish persons point of view.

Audrey Landreville

May 5, 2019, 6:03 pm Reply

Gosh, I LOVE Bernina. My serger as well as my sewing machine are from them, and I just love them so much ! I have the B535 and it is the best sewing machine ever. I would love to work for them in a few years.

Also, might try out your fabric boxes, they look really convenient 🙂

Keep up the good work 😉


May 5, 2019, 10:36 am Reply

Where the pink robot iron? Wait is this pre robo-iron…

Kt Balcom

May 5, 2019, 2:21 am Reply

Its creepy! Sorry lol but apt really cute!!???

Naideine The Manic Maker

May 5, 2019, 4:08 pm Reply

"… hecking impressive!" Most adorable kid friendly expletive! Lol I love you Anna. You're the best. I can't thank you enough for all your sewing tutorials. I especially love your enthusiasm and support for Luci. You two are so awesome. ??


May 5, 2019, 2:52 pm Reply

Wow. Our camping trailer is bigger than that apartment!


Jun 6, 2019, 11:18 am Reply

My favorite YouTube star stay in Tokyo 3m!? Wow because I live in Tokyo. Hope you enjoying tiny room and Tokyo?
(And your Tokyo room is completely normal size to me as Tokyo survivor??)


Jun 6, 2019, 7:14 pm Reply

I knew this would come in handy soon, I just got really annoyed at my closet for mostly being a big open space and not having any real shelves,
so I made a few handy dandy little fabric storage boxes 😀

Evelyn Pinkard

Jun 6, 2019, 1:15 pm Reply

Greetings Annika, I have always love Bernita. I would like to know if this model has the knee pressure foot lever? I think I see my next machine. Thank you!!!

Phoebe Hynes

Jun 6, 2019, 5:16 pm Reply

I love this and I did watch it along time ago but I just made it and I love it!!!


Jul 7, 2019, 4:01 pm Reply

My oh my! That Bernina sowing machine is a jewell? ?


Jul 7, 2019, 8:14 pm Reply

Girl, you are a kickass inspiration! Go get your life! You are a fantastic inspiration!

Ella Bourg

Jul 7, 2019, 10:33 pm Reply

You are adorable. Keep the diys coming kiddo !

Youzhen Zhang

Aug 8, 2019, 2:51 pm Reply

Ok you've convinced me. I want that sewing machine one day lol. Those boxes turned out so lovely 🙂


Aug 8, 2019, 8:43 pm Reply

Would this work for a crocheted bag? im doing a square-ish one with a flat bottom and def wanna line it.. does anyone know if this technique would be a good or bad idea for that?


Aug 8, 2019, 6:41 am Reply

Thank you for this simple and easy to follow tutorial! I'm going to try and make these in pink for my new dorm. I desperately need some storage boxes for my sewing supplies haha. Using the interfacing is such a good idea and I would have never thought of it myself!! 😀

Yasmine Padilla

Aug 8, 2019, 11:13 am Reply

You are awesome Annika! I thank you for these videos.

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