Mom-Made Bibs: An Interview With Bibana

Jeanne Sager
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Meet Lindsey Lally of Bibana, a crafty mom from San Francisco, California, who makes and sells funky bibs for wee hip droolers.

We've got a serious Etsy habit going on here at The Stir, but while we're drooling, moms like Lindsey are finding time to make some seriously cute crafts. We track down one mom every week to give you a look at what it means to buy Mom-Made.

Tell us the story behind Bibana:

Where to begin?! I started sewing when I was 4 years old; my mom gave me an old Singer sewing machine for Christmas. Before this I would sew dresses for my dolls by hand from whatever scraps I could find from my old clothes and my brothers'! I made my first gingham dress when I was 4 and proudly wore it everywhere, delighted with any and all compliments.  

I then continued to sew and took every class I could find (including a summer learning technique from a lady down the road) and entered all contests I could find throughout grade school and high school. This set me up for my future career as a clothing designer, going the usual route: design school and working my way up in the industry. Which led me to working at Levi's for 7 1/2 years as a women's denim designer.  

After leaving Levi's I was looking for a way to integrate a much less stressful work life and family life. My daughter loved me being around all of the time, but of course I still needed to pay the rent! And then, as it does, divine intervention came along! A few requests for my sewing skills and design skills came up, which in turn produced my little cottage industry, Bibana San Francisco.

My love of bold color combinations and quirky design details has led to a very cute and fun product! I am selling to a few local San Francisco small boutiques and a few in New York City. I am also working on getting my stroller blankies and changing mats up on Etsy! All in time, when I have it!

How many children do you have?

I have one daughter named Aoife who is turning 14 soon and starting high school at the School of the Arts in the Media Arts department! Can you tell that I am one proud mama!

How much time do you spend crafting every week?

As much as possible, I work part-time at the moment, so this affords me a bit more time.

How do you make the time to craft while being a parent?

I craft whenever possible, very early morning, late night, a half hour here and another somewhere else. Sometimes it comes to me in my sleep and I literally get up and write it all down to work on later!

Do you have your own craft room or do you share space with your kid?

bibanaMy little business is on my dining room table, much to the concern of my husband -- we move it for dinner parties! My daughter has been such a huge fun part of my product, she is a great critic and supporter. She is going to help me in an upcoming event where I will be a vendor. She also sews at the same table creating her own fun little crafty items.

What are your favorite craft blogs and/or shops?

I don't know if it qualifies as a proper blog, but my daughter and I both love Readymade magazine; we read it from cover to cover. They always seem to have the right mix of inspiring DIY stuff and artists.

I have just starting getting into Craftzine and would love to plug my favorite store to get the most fabulous mix of fabrics for my bibs. The store is Peapod Fabrics in the Inner Sunset. The owner has the most amazing mix of fabrics and she sells end cuts, which are perfect for creating very cool sets of unique bibs.

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