The idea to start up Noby Designs came in the summer of 2011. My oldest was almost three and getting ready to start preschool. We knew that we didn’t want him to carry a backpack and were looking for the perfect tote bag.

I had very specific requirements for his tote and couldn’t find what I was looking for anywhere.

In my mind, I’d envisioned a personalized canvas tote with his name appliqued on the front. This tote bag also had to be reversible, so that meant it had to have a fun lining on the inside

I searched everywhere, both online and off. I found personalized canvas totes and reversible bags made with fun printed fabrics, but nothing with both features combined. Feeling both discouraged and motivated, I ended up designing and sewing his bag on my own. Not only did my son love this tote, but his teachers, friends, and family did too!

After that, I was hooked on making bags and quickly sewed more for family and friends. With a little persuasion and encouragement from my husband, Noby Designs was born in the fall of 2011!

Over the next few years, both the size of our household and the selection of items available in the shop have grown, but one thing hasn’t changed… I still love what I do and look forward to bringing a little bit of handmade from my home to yours!