Hi! I’m Naomi, owner of Drop In Designs. I am a professional seamstress and sometimes pattern-maker and graphic designer.
I’ve been sewing most of my life – long before I got to the obligatory sewing portion of home ec class in high school! I’ve always had a unique, crafty streak – I’ve tried everything from drawing (laughably bad at it) to jewellery making (surprisingly good at it) and enjoyed it all immensely, especially in the freedom it gave me to set myself apart from the crowd. So it is no surprise that when I was pregnant with my first child (affectionately known as Rascal 1) I wanted to make him ‘all the things’ so that he too could have unique items. As my ability to purchase fabric and make gorgeous things from it outgrew my little man’s ability to wear all the things, with the encouragement of my online sewing community I started a Facebook page selling Modern Cloth Nappies, children’s clothing and accessories. Originally intended as a hobby to fill in time whilst on maternity leave, I soon realised I didn’t want to go back to the corporate world so I handed in my resignation and proceeded to follow my creative whims! Since then we’ve welcomed a little miss Rascal 2 to the family.
As nappy making materials became increasingly difficult to source and the market became saturated, I made the decision to focus on accessories, gifts and special occasions. I have also started to release my pdf patterns drafted for previous product lines, as well as embroidery and other digital design files for fellow crafters!
I’m committed to providing you with unmatched quality and unique design, both in terms of my patterns, designs and fabrics. I only use quality materials that I have tested and use myself, where possible sourced locally to reduce the environmental impact of transport. Rather than ‘follow the crowd’ I rethink every step of the manufacturing and design process to ensure that the products you receive are safe, easy to use and care for, and will last the distance. So if you are looking for a quality, well made and unique product, you are in the right place!
What’s in a Name?
So how did I come up with Drop In Designs?
Good question, thanks for asking 😉
I actually picked out a name and decided on a logo long before I’d made my first product. As I mentioned above, I have a rather creative streak and have tried my hand at a lot of things. A year before Rascal 1 arrived, I was very lucky to marry my wonderful husband. In the lead up to our wedding, there was a lot of DIY! Luckily it was a rather small destination wedding because I was intent on doing the invitations, bonbonniere, some of the decorations, and even the bridesmaid’s jewellery all myself.
I enjoyed it immensely, so much so that months before the wedding the idea of starting up my own wedding goodies business entered my mind. I even spent a ridiculous amount of time putting together a pretty comprehensive, tricked out wedding planning spreadsheet that would be every bride’s best friend to use as a promotional tool! I did actually make a few things, and came up with the business name “Drop In Designs” because in the big wide world of weddings, the bits and pieces I was planning on making were just a drop in the ocean. That’s why my original logo was bells – after the nappy business was up and running for a while, I updated it to feature a baby rattle and made the bells smaller and less of a feature.
It turned out though that I wasn’t passionate about weddings (although I sure do like looking at the pretty dresses) – I was just passionate about mine. So the idea fizzled out. When I started selling nappies as a hobby, I didn’t think it would last past my maternity leave so I just grabbed the name and logo I’d already thought up – thinking the Drop In still applied anyway – and set up my page. The product offerings grew and changed as my babies did, the name stuck, and here we are today!