Rugrat Design is a one woman shop – me! I’ve been married 10 years to my college sweetheart, am mom to two amazing girls, work part time outside of the home and run Rugrat Design. I personally sew all items and am flattered (and floored) to have had the support I’ve had for Rugrat Design. To date, I’ve sold items to 42 states and 7 countries!
In reality- I just don’t sit well. I’ve never been able to sit and read a book cover to cover or just sit and watch the sunset. (It sounds so nice- but I am not able to sit.) Staying busy is what keeps me going and Rugrat Design surely has keep me going as it expands!!
Rugrat Design offer children’s clothing and accessories. As a mom, I know clothes have to be practical, comfortable and a kid friendly style if it will be worn. I use bright colors, mixed patterns and comfortable fabrics to ensure kids like what they’re wearing. I also aim to design products that are often reversible which provides two looks into one style and also maximizes the dollar spent while providing additional practicality (flipping a dirty dress to the clean side can save having a melt down!) I make products for girls and boys including dresses, overalls, hats, jackets, super capes and more.
For accessories, I try to make things that solve problems for parents and kids such as crayon holders (mobile monets) that solve digging in the bottom of purses for crayons at ever doctor appointment, meal or long car ride. I like to be environmentally conscious so creating reusable snack bags, sandwich wraps and reusable Un-paper towels is an area I also have enjoyed.
In addition to the children’s items, I have expanded to some women’s items including hospital maternity delivery gowns, purses, snack bags, skirts, cocktail napkins and more.
If someone says “I wonder if there is a way to make __________” I usually try to make that a reality. A lot of the ideas that are now in my shop were solutions made as a result of a “problem” a customer presented to me (such as the Epi Pen case which provides an easy way for kids to travel with the pens and keep medical contact information with the pens.)
I’m a local girl- born and raised in Worthington, Ohio. I left the state for grad school but returned and have no plans to leave anytime soon. I love to travel, but when it comes down to it ,I feel “ home” is where family is- and mine is in Ohio.
I officially started my business in early 2010.
When I was first pregnant, I was sure we were going to have a boy. I mentally had designed the nursery down to the adorable navy and tan bedding set I planned to purchase for the baby. Fastfoward to our 20-week ultrasound and I heard the words “it’s a girl.” What!? How was my first intuition as a mother SO wrong!? I was just thrilled to
have a healthy pregnancy- but that tan and navy nursery was not going to work for our daughter. I went store to store seeking bedding and nursery decore. Pinks, purples and frills consumed me. I left each store a little more disappointed than the last. I’m not a super “girly girl” so a nursery full of frills was only going to leave me nauseous. I finally accepted that if I was going to have the nursery look I wanted, I was going to have to make it myself. And I did. One thing led to another and I made the bedding, curtains, chair covering, pillow. Then I made some dresses. And made a few dresses for friends’ kids. One thing led to another and someone asked me if they could buy a dress from me.
And then another sold. And another. By 2010 I thought I should try to turn random orders into a business. And low and behold- it worked!!
Running a children’s clothing line was never on my list of things to do. I have my undergraduate degrees in marketing and business. My graduate degree is in clinical counseling. Those two aren’t exactly the logical combo for a the children’s clothing line, but it has worked out wonderfully.
I sewed as a child. My mom taught my sister and I to sew. It was a hobby. I sewed a few skirts for myself in school, a bag here or there, a quilt, etc. but it was a hobby. Nothing
more When I graduated from college, my mom got me a sewing machine. It was used occasionally but mostly stayed in the closet…until we heard the words “it’s a girl.” I don’t think the sewing machine has been back in it’s case since!
I have a home studio where I sew and am a self diagnosed (remember- I have a
counseling degree- so it’s OK!) fabric hoarder. I love fabrics. I love to be creative. Sewing has become a great outlet for me to be creative, to provide boutique quality clothing without the boutique price tag. I always dislike when I hear a parent say “don’t play- you’re dressed up.” REALLY!? They’re kids! Let them play. I think kids should be able to run- play-explore- jump- etc. And if they get dirty- that’s OK. That’s what bleach, Tide and washing machines are for. So I believe all clothes are play clothes- but that doesn’t mean they can’t be trendy in the process too!
My kids sew with me. My oldest (6) got a real sewing machine of her own for Christmas last year and has made a couple dresses for herself. My youngest (3) loves to sit, cut fabric and “make things” and have me sew her scraps together. It’s a great time to see them exploring design, creativity and their own imagination. As one could guess- I have a LOT of scraps that they get to use for their own designs.