Meet Our Team

Hi everyone!  

I'm Melissa, owner + maker of all things 521handmade. I'm a 28 year old wife, nanny, & crafty entrepreneur living in Fargo, North Dakota.  I started 521handmade in 2014 on an impulsive thought that I could make this crafty dream happen. At the time, I actually had an entire business plan written about starting my own women's fashion + home boutique & was researching product vendors when I decided I wanted to learn how to sew after looking at so many products online. I had never sewn anything in my life.

I taught myself how to sew and embarrassingly enough, I was too afraid to take a sewing class in college, even though I have a Bachelor's Degree  in Apparel & Textiles. Once I figured out how to sew a straight line & invested a lot of time into watching videos online, reading tutorials, and asking friends silly beginner questions; I started this business.

I'm a HUGE believer in creating your own opportunities & taking steps towards building a life you love. 

Kelsey joined our team in 2017 and has been an amazing addition to all of our daily operations. She's a busy young mama who loves cupcakes, crafting, and spending time with her hubby & son. She is the sweetest person you will ever meet and makes everything we do SO MUCH FUN! We look forward to meeting you at an upcoming 521Workshop!!

521handmade is growing pretty rapidly and we create + design everything in our studio. Everyday that I wake up, I am reminded that hard work + hustle always pays off. Owning this business is the single most thrilling thing I have done in my life and it is safe to say that I am completely obsessed with every little part of it.



Come hang with me on Instagram @521handmade and @521workshops

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