Kick Your BFF’s New Hobby into High Gear With This DIY Tool Holder
Confession time — sometimes it’s really hard to buy gifts for friends. Sure, there are tons of gift guides out there, but what do you get for the person that has everything?! Well, you can give your bestie the gift of creating something herself. If you didn’t know, Brit + Co has an amazing collection of online classes. Pair one of these classes with a handmade tool holder for all of her new supplies and inspire your bestie to dive into her new creative lifestyle.
Materials + Tools:
— 10-inch embroidery hoop
— 1/4 yard of fabric — in two colors
— sewing kit — small scissors, needle, sewing pins, seam ripper, measuring tape, sewing chalk
— sewing machine
— fabric scissors
1. Trace your embroidery hoop onto your first piece of fabric and then cut out the circle.
2. Fold the circle in half and trace onto the second piece of fabric, then cut out.
3. Hem the top edge of the half circle, then pin to the larger circle. Sew around the perimeter of the half circle, leaving the straight edge open to create a pocket.
4. Place pins every two inches and then sew three straight perpendicular lines.
5. Cut out a heart from your pocket fabric, pin and sew onto the circle above the pocket.
6. Fill your hoop with all different sewing or embroidery tools.
Trace your embroidery hoop onto your first piece of fabric, leaving a little extra wiggle room, and then cut out the circle. It doesn’t need to be perfect.
Fold the circle in half and trace onto the second piece of fabric.
Fold the straight edge of the half circle over to create a hem, then pin to the full circle. Sew around the perimeter of the circles to connect the two pieces. Be sure to leave the straight part of the half circle unsewn to create a pocket.
Time to create the mini pockets in your embroidery hoop holder. Place pins every two inches and then sew three straight lines where you’ve pinned.
Use your pocket fabric to create a heart shape. Pin and sew onto the circle above the pocket.
Place the fabric into the embroidery hoop, pull the fabric tight and tighten the screw. Trim the extra fabric off of the back using your fabric scissors.
Add the sewing supplies to the pockets, placing bigger tools on the bottom and pins and needles at the top.
Wrap a bow around the hoop and hand letter a cute note to encourage your bestie in her new creative endeavors.
Show us your project by tagging us on Instagram + using the hashtag #iamcreative!
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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Head to Office Depot's Selfmade page to check out even more amazing business resources (and discounts!) to help you accomplish more on your entrepreneurial journey. These offers are available for a limited time only, so be sure to take advantage of all this goodness while supplies last. Want to join the next Selfmade cohort this summer? Check out all of the scholarship details right here.