DIY Video Week Four: Hand Dyed Fringe Necklace

One of my favorite DIY’s so far, check out this new DIY Holiday Gift Idea Video to learn how to make this statement piece one of kind necklace.Perfect for a night out, pair it with a plain top and jeans. This fun DIY will have heads turning.

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DIY Wine Charms

By Roseann

Tis the season to entertain, Christmas parties have already begun and people are starting to plan their New Years Eve.  If you are among those who will be hosting than these next series of blogs are just for you.  Each week I am going to give some quick and easy DIY projects useful for your holiday parties.  This week I decided to create some cute wine charms using nothing more than simple hoop earrings, which can be purchased at most craft or jewelry findings stores, and rhinestone buttons.   Our collection of rhinestone buttons is quite extensive, so no matter how large or private your shindig each one of your guests can have their own unique charm.  Don’t be caught asking “Which glass is mine?” this season.

Have a happy DIY and a safe holiday season!

 

Decorative Placemats

By Goldie

The Holidays are finally here, so I suspect that many of you will be doing a lot of entertaining at home.   Part of being a great host is creating a festive and inviting environment.  Table setting preparation is key, so to help you out I have created a couple of easy DIY placemats that will look great on your holiday table.  Not only are these projects quick and easy they can also be done pretty inexpensively.  I purchased these mats for under a couple of dollars and if you are handy with a sewing machine you can create your own from some colorful fabrics purchased at your local fabric store.

  

  

 

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Sewing is not necessary for these projects.  I used my glue gun to attach all the trims listed above.  M&J Trimming has a wide variety of trims to choose from, so be creative.  We’d love to hear about any of the looks that you’ve designed.

Happy DIY

Trim the Tree with M&J Trimming!

By Roseann

The thought of having to design Holiday decorations was a bit scary for me, I have to admit.  I wanted to design a décor that is not the same old boring red and green you see year after year, yet it should some how be traditional.  I was perplexed, so I began to rummage through decorations of the past.  I found a box of traditional Christmas bulbs used for decorating trees and garland and began playing with some of my favorite trims.  The trims I found work best include; all sorts of fringe from glass to leather, sequins, pleated ribbons, and cording.  The results are well, interesting.   I think the looks are funky and fun and with our Black Friday Sale on November 27th at www.MJTRM.com, I hope they inspire you to try something different.

Martha Stewart Holiday Craft Sale

Attention holiday shoppers!  Will you be in New York City on December 5th?  Well, then you’re in luck because it is same day as Martha Stewart’s Holiday Craft Sale at their headquarters in NYC. 

There will be about 50 local crafters, bakers, jewelry makers, and artisans all under one roof selling their handmade items.  This is definitely a great year to purchase unique gifts for your loves ones made by local crafting experts!  There will also be music, raffles, baked goods and few other treats and surprieses. 

On your way out or on your way there, don’t forget to drop by M&J Trimming for creative inspirations for the hoilday! 

Martha Stewart Holiday Craft

601 West 26th Street, 9th Floor (Between 11th & 12th Ave) NYC 10001

Time:  12 – 6PM

 

M&J Trimming

1008 Sixth Ave (Between 37th & 36th Street) NYC 10018 

 

 

Twilight Fever

By Blerona

To get into the spirit of the ‘New Moon’ premiere on November 20th , I wanted to make some kind of jewelry that represented the Twilight Series. I had in mind the charm that Jacob made for Bella in ‘Eclipse’, but I came across this picture of Alice. She has on this cool necklace that looks like a pendant attached to ribbon. So I decided to make a necklace like hers instead.

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Here’s what I came up with

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Materials all from M&J Trimming:

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Directions:

  1. Cut the ribbon in half to make two smaller ribbons each should measure 9-10inches
  2. Take apart snap and sew one part onto each end of both ribbons.
  3. Make one slit 2inches from the other end of both ribbons
  4. Insert shank through slits and glue together
  5. Let it dry and enjoy the movie.

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Halloween Recap

 By Roseann

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Over the past month I have been posting ideas and instructions for creating your Halloween costumes.  It has been a very busy month and I was unfortunately unable to post everything that I would have liked to, so I’ve decided to do a little recap of the events held here at  M&J and share a couple of last minute ideas from a basic garment that everyone has in their closet that maybe useful next year.

The Halloween DIY bar went over very successfully.  People brought in all kinds of things to embellish and take to the next level.  My favorite was a bustier that was part of a mail order bride costume. We embellished it to the max using everything from feathers, chains, sequin, beading, and nailheads.   Masquerade masks were created, an Elvis costume adorned, and cat woman accessories made saucier.  The event took place Fri evening in the store; it was the first of what I hope will become an annual event here at M&J.

One of the things I wanted to show people this year for Halloween was that costumes can easily be created from pieces already in your closet.  I made a couple of simple pieces from men’s white button down shirts.  The process in seven steps was easy and fun to do. 

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Straight Jacket:

  • First you will need a white button down shirt, this can be oversized. 
  • 10 D rings
  • 5 yards of 1 ¼” webbing style: 42216-0 (1-800-9-mjtrim) and 2 yards 1/14” twill tape.  You could use twill tape for the entire project if you prefer. 

1. Remove the top portion of the collar as well as the sleeve cuffs, front pocket, and buttons.

2. Cut the webbing into

      Four 10” pieces finish 1 end by folding 1” over and secure

      Four 16” pieces finish both ends

      Two 25” pieces finish 1 end on one and both ends on the other

3. Finish around the sleeves and the bottom with twill tape.  If the bottom of the shirt is not straight you will need to cut it even.

4. Attach 10” pieces equally apart on the left side of the center front of the shirt.  Leave 1 ½” extra, slip 2 d rings through this and secure to inside of the shirt.

5. Attach the 16” pieces to the right side at same intervals leaving 8” free.

6. Attach about 4” of the 25” pieces to sleeves and then attach 2 d rings to the left.

7. Attach strip of webbing down center back starting 4” below neck line.  Attach 5” of webbing at top stop and attach 9” at bottom.  Same piece, you want a gap so that the arms can be thread through.

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Ukrainian Folk Costume Inspired Shirt

1. Measure 2” from neckline and mark all the way around, cut.

2.  Remove sleeve cuffs and pockets.

3.  Measure down center front of shirt; add 2 inches to that measurement. Cut two pieces of the 62 mm jacquard equal to the measurement from before and apply to front of the shirt; finish ends by folding over.

4. Cut another piece of the 62mm jacquard and apply to front of neck by tacking the front down push up a wave and tack. Continue around entire neckline.

5. Add tassels and cording to the back of the shirt at the center front neck line.

6. Cut cluny lace in half; apply to the sleeve 4” down from shoulder seam finish ends.

7. Apply 12mm jacquard around sleeve opening, use what’s left and apply at the edge of cluny lace at the top of the sleeve.

The belt is simply a jacquard ribbon 1 1/2 yard long wrapped and pinned.

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DIY King of Pop Military Inspired Jacket

By Roseann

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I suspect that we will see a lot of MJ impersonators this Halloween, so I’d like to help those who are interested in celebrating the King of Pop’s iconic style do it right.  The late pop star’s style was always evolving and maturing from his bell bottoms and afro in the early 1960’s to tailored and refined yet glitzy looks of late.  While the white glitter glove became the corner stone of MJ’s on stage uniform, military inspired jacket’s endowed with cording, crests, and rich shoulder embellishment will forever remain inscribed in my mind as his most important contribution to fashion.  Creating the jacket is easy and paired with the right accessories will make a great Halloween costume or an awesome addition to your closet this Fall.  

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Materials:

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How to:  

  1. Remove the buttons from your jacket.
  2. Cut 8 pieces of metallic cord to 8” long.
  3. Curve the cord around so that the two sides are parallel to each other and the ends are even.
  4. For ease of workability I stitched the parallel sides together
  5. Remove the closure loop and knob of your frogs, you just need the design loops.
  6. Glue the rhinestone appliqués to the shoulders of the jacket.   If this piece is for more than costume, I recommend stitching the appliqués on.
  7. Attach your patches or crest to the left arm.  In case you wanted to get really authentic you could attach a band of ribbon or leather around the right arm.
  8. Glue or stitch (recommended) the metallic cord pieces to the front of the jacket in place of the buttons and covering the button holes.
  9. Attach the ornament portion of the frogs over the unfinished ends of the cords
  10. Measure 1 ½” from the end of the sleeve and mark.  Following these marks sew or glue the remaining metallic cord around the sleeve.  Depending on how much is remaining you could do a second row.
  11. If you used glue let dry for 24 hours before wearing out.
  12. Happy dressing up!

Masks for a Masquerade Ball

Create your own Masquerade Mask at M&J Trimming this Halloween.  Everyone will want to know who’s behind the mask!

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Supplies used: plain half mask, Multi-Grip Glue, feathers, trim, sequins, rhinestones, and anything you can think of.