You could say that designing and crafting is in my blood. As a child, I always enjoyed writing, arts and crafts. I grew up with strong ties to my grandmother. She worked as a seamstress in a factory where I spent many afternoons and weekends. I enjoyed being there, feeling the fabric, seeing the process of product creation from start to finish and watching her sew. I made my first bag when I was six years old. As simple as it was, I was so proud of that little bag I designed and finished. My mother had a part in my curiosity also. During my childhood, she attended FIT training to be a patternmaker. I fondly remember watching her practice at home in preparation for her classes. She made many dresses for me during my adolescence. In between all those observations, it lead to me making my first outfit when I was 11.
I remember my days designing, sketching, writing, drawing and photographing. Whether it was writing, drawing, coloring, taking pictures or sewing, it made me happy. I loved the different colors of crayons and the feel of a pencil when sketching or clicking the camera. The humming from my sewing machines. The results of my imagination on paper and fabric made me smile.
As a teenager, I found my solace in writing and art. Poetry, books and museums brought me to another world.
While I continued to craft, sewing went on a hiatus during high school, college and the early part of my career. I lost myself in my studies in college and kept busy in life once my career began making less time for writing, art, sewing and designing. I wanted to be the “career” woman with my briefcase, black suit and heels in NYC.
Then, in 2009, like many people, I was laid off from the corporate world. It was my second lay off experience. Left without a job and a bad economy once again, I began doodling in my sketch book, cutting fabric and making baby shower gifts for friends. Later that year, I became pregnant with my first child. After a few months of designing, cutting fabric and sewing, the first two product lines for Yippy BeBe® was born.
After my first child arrived, I saw him gravitate to art, music and books. That made me smile. I made every effort to encourage his love for these things and found myself drawing and writing again. When I did, I realized of all the things I’ve done, writing, designing, drawing, sewing and photography make me at peace.
Mission & Vision
Parents’ lives simplified™ thru handcrafted, practical and joy-filled creations from home decor to baby products.
We strive to make parents’ lives a little easier through practical and efficient products. From diaper changing with a sprinkle of baby blankets for loving cuddles, burp cloths for catching dribbles to home decor.
YIppy BeBe® is about happy babies and happy parents.
Created out of frustration and necessity for our own family, our products bring efficiency to the world parenting. Each of our designs are created not just with concern for the baby but also with the busy parent in mind. Yippy Bebe® believes that parenting and family life should be less stressful for parties involved.
Each of our products are handcrafted with extra care for your family.
Rita P. Cheng
Founder & Designer