Style On-the-Go: How to Make a DIY Travel Jewelry Organizer
Time to vote! Which one is worse: Tangled necklaces or losing one earring? They’re both pretty terrible. Our solution: this all-in-one travel jewelry case! This is a MUST for your next trip, whether it’s a two-week-long journey or a quick overnight to Southern Cali. If you’re not sure what else to pack, may we suggest cute sandals to match your summer dresses and a punny beach cover-up for lounging at the pool? ;)
– patterned and solid fabric
– sewing machine
– sewing pins
1. Cut 2 rectangles out of canvas that measure 10 x 13 inches. Then cut one rectangle that measure 11 x 15 inches out of canvas and another out of your patterned fabric.
2. Find the center of your 11 x 15-inch canvas rectangle and then pin on your desired pouch. Sew onto the canvas.
3. Use your solid colored fabric to create a pocket and loops for necklaces to hag from. Sew onto the canvas.
4. Once you have prepared the desired jewelry holders on your canvas, pin to the patterned fabric with the pockets (good side) facing in.
5. Sew around 3/4 of the rectangle, then turn right-side out and sew up the hole.
6. Do this same process for the 10 x 13-inch rectangles. Attach your desired pockets and sew.
7. Cut a piece of paracord and sew to the front side (patterned) of your rectangle.
8. Pin the center line of the smaller rectangle to the center line of the larger rectangle. Then sew down this line.
9. Fill with your favorite jewelry and head off to your tropical vacay!
Fire up that sewing machine, and let’s get started.
You will need canvas and a fun patterned fabric to complete this DIY. Cut two canvas rectangles that measure 10 x 13 inches, one canvas rectangle that measures 11 x 15 inches and one pattern rectangle that measures 11 x 15 inches.
Since we’re making a travel jewelry book, find the center of each sized rectangle. This will make it easier for you to center your pieces on your “page.”
Pin your pouch to the canvas page and sew. We used fun neon thread to amp up the neutral canvas.
Use your solid colored fabric to add loops and pockets to your canvas page. You’ll want to create pieces that are about 8 inches wide. When pinning, add extra space so your jewelry can slide in.
Pin your canvas to the patterned fabric. Make sure to pin good sides facing in. Sew 3/4 of the way around and then turn right side-out and sew closed.
Follow the same process for the 10 x 13-inch piece of canvas. Sew your desired add-ons to the inside page.
Pin the center of the pages together and then sew. You’re almost ready for vacation.
Cut a long piece of paracord, pin and sew onto the patterned side of the rectangle.
Check it out! A four-page jewelry-holding slice of heaven.
When choosing your color palette, try to use brights that will pop and complement each other.
Pop in your jewelry. Canvas is a great material to hold your earrings. Stick the posts through the canvas and attach the back on the other side. The neutral color makes the earrings pop and easy to spot.
Attach your bracelets to the sewn loops. Wait — is that a Katy Perry fast food charm bracelet? Yes. Yes it is.
The clear pouches are perfect for extra long necklaces that could get tangled.
The loops paired with the bottom pouch will keep delicate chains separated and not tangled when traveling. Total win!
All packed and ready to go!
Summer plans? Tell us where you’re going and your favorite packing tips and tricks.
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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