Hi! I’m Naomi, owner of Drop In Designs. I am a professional seamstress with a focus on reusable and sustainable goods and personalised products.
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. The decision to cloth nappy had been made long before the decision to have babies, so when I came across groups dedicated to making your own cloth nappies, I was excited to jump on in and have a go at it. Nappy making soon became an addiction! I read everything I could, watched all the tutorials, and bought all the pretty fabric.
I found the world of ‘pretties’ and fell in love with all the embroidered designs. After a bit of encouragement from family, friends and my new online community, I started up a page making nappies for other families desperate for cute, unique, and environmentally friendly nappies for their own little rascals. 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 passion! Since then we’ve welcomed a little miss Rascal 2 to the family.
I’ve come a long way since starting DiD! I have recently made the decision to stop making nappies and focus on other product lines and my personalisation services. I will also be making available pdf patterns, embroidery files and other design files for other 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 have rethought 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. I like keeping them there though as it symbolises where I’ve come from.
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. It turns out I am much more passionate about reusable products, and unique items, than I was about not only weddings, but also my career in Human Resources. The product offerings grew and changed as my babies did, the name stuck, and here we are today!