Here at Ohio Creative Collective, we thrive on promoting and supporting our fellow Ohio makers. Each person and company has a story as unique as their products and nothing is quite as unique as the fabric and products that Becky of Kuddle Bumz creates. From rice packs to pillows, her products are wildly fun!
I had the chance to learn more about Becky and Kuddle Bumz and her creations that cater to mothers and babies.
Tell us a little about yourself! Who you are, your family, any other hobbies, etc.
Hi, I'm Becky. I am originally from Pittsburgh (Go Steelers!) but now I live in Gahanna, Ohio with my husband, two kids and two cats. I currently run Kuddle Bumz Designs, sewing pillows, zipper pouches and bags. When I am not sewing, I am a Registered Dietitian who works with seniors. Long distance running is my stress reliever, having run marathons throughout Ohio. You can follow my Ohio adventures on Instagram @kuddlebumz
How did you find a passion for crafting?
My parents. When my brother and I were kids, my mother had us use our imaginations with sewing, painting, cooking, etc. I remember putting on puppet shows and we would create everything from items that we found around the house. My dad's passion for photography helped me to see items in everyday life differently. I loved developing film in black and white. In high school I would obsess over fabrics and patterns, trying to create unique pieces. And then in college I found myself taking on a work study as a costumer at the school's theater. All throughout my life my passion for crafting has just added upon itself.
Was your business planned? Or did it evolve naturally? When did this happen?
Kuddle Bumz started out as a fundraiser. Nine years ago, our daughter was born at 26 weeks and spent 75 days in the NICU before coming home. I realized during this process that many other families of preemies didn't have the financial resources to support a preemie. I started making diaper covers and booties to sell to raise money for these families. A portion of our sales still go to helping various charities throughout Columbus, but my passion for sewing really took hold during that initial fundraising phase. As I found the time, I moved on to creating home goods: pillows, blankets, and quilts. As I gained more knowledge and experience, I moved on to wristlets and clutches.
Tell us about your creative process.
It all starts with the fabric. Whether it is online or at a fabric store, the colors and patterns just jump out at me. Even if I don't have a specific use for a fabric that the "fabric collector" in me "needs", I will surely use it up later. I like to mesh new fabrics with something up-cycled, especially if the textures of them are completely different.
Where do you currently sell your products?
I have an Etsy shop (Kuddle Bumz) but also sell many of my items at Simple Vague (both Tuttle and Polaris), Pure Roots Boutique, Wholly Craft and The Hayley Gallery.
Where do you see your business going in the next few years?
I'd like to narrow down what I create to a certain type of item, but I'm not sure if the creative chaos in my brain will allow it.
What do you consider to be your greatest achievement in your business so far?
Taking the first step to getting my handmade items into retail stores. I am shy and reserved so taking a step out of my comfort zone with my items on display was scary. When I was accepted into stores as well as exceeded my goals at craft shows, I felt a great sense of accomplishment.
What products do you currently make? Any others you hope to make in the future?
I currently create pillows, zipper wristlets, rice packs, pot holders and badge holders. I hope to branch out into large bags, purses, yoga bags, etc. I like to make items that are useful as well as colorful!
What is your favorite part about crafting?
Being able to create something unique for someone else to love.
What do you hope to gain from your membership in the Ohio Creative Collective?
I like the sense of support from makers like me: to learn about a pitfall so that you can prevent it or to help energize a new maker to follow their passion. We are all in this together, so let's have some fun doing it :)
You can find Kuddle Bumz on Instagram--@kuddlebumz or through Etsy.
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