Create your own Masquerade Mask at M&J Trimming this Halloween. Everyone will want to know who’s behind the mask!
A pirate costume is a fun and great costume which you can easily make yourself. You may think this costume is not the most unique idea, but by making it yourself you can add your own creativity and edge and can achieve the perfect feminine pirate costume.
1. I used an inexpensive shirt I purchased at the Salvation Army. I felt the red and white stripes fit the pirate theme.
2. Using scissors or a blade tear around the edges of the shirt in a triangular motion. The triangles should not be equal in size or shape or done neatly you want to give the shirt a worn out look. I also replaced the collar strings with brown Italian leather trim 88742-BROWN to give it a vintage feel.
3. For the belt I used 2 yards of faux leather metal mignon metallic gunmetal 42157-ANTR. To create a thicker belt it will be wrapped twice around the hips.
4. I embellished the belt to give the pirate feel I was going for. First I glued 2 metal coin bracelets 36770ANTS than I scattered different color metal coins. Nickel #36772SHINNY, silver #36772ANTS, gold #36772SHIG, and brass #36772ANTBR
5. To finish your belt simply put it around your waist and decide exactly how you want it to fit. Use a blade or leather hole punch to add a hole for your buckle, I choose a metal sword buckle #37242ANTB, slide your buckle through the leather and attach the clasp through the hole.
*All materials listed in green can be purchased by calling 1-800-9-MJTRIM.
Another popular Halloween and certainly one of my favorites is the Flapper. I think all of us girls try this costume at least once. And, why not, who doesn’t want to be a glamorous liberal minded woman breaking free from the shackles that were once placed on us. This spirit is still alive in most of us and is a fun look for your Halloween shindig or any other costume party through out the year.
You will need:
I love this time of year. The leaves are starting to fall, the air is crisp, and Halloween is around the corner. Every year I try to do something different. Last year I was a Zombie Princess Leia. This year I decided to be the classic 1966 Catwoman. I’m going to show you how to make an easy pair of kitty ears for your kitty costume.
**For a quick and easy catwoman costume, get a black unitard at any dance supply store, some cute black boots, add a gold belt, big gold chain necklace, and the ears – and you are set to take over Gotham!
Take a walk down the costume aisle of any Halloween store and you will find the same unimaginative costumes year after year. I believe that the best costumes are the ones we make ourselves. Our Halloween costumes should speak volumes for our own personalities. Over the next several weeks I will show a couple of quick and easy DIY Halloween costume ideas in the hope that it will stimulate your own imaginative DIY pieces. Please share with us what you too have created.
A very popular theme for Halloween costumes is medieval and renaissance. This is a great theme for DIY if you are detailed oriented and can be easily be done with treasures from an attic or thrift store finds. Interestingly home décor trims are quite suitable for detailing your medieval garments. I purchased in inexpensive robe (under $20) and added a rabbit fur trim style: 41563-WT and 2” wide gimp style: 36808-10 both can be purchased by calling 1-800-9-mjtrim. I replaced the ties with 5/16″ rayon twist cord style: 00618 in old gold and added imported fancy key tassel style: 50015 also in gold at the end of the new ties. All of the trims were added by using fabric glue, since I know that not all of us are so inclined to sewing and I don’t want that to hinder anyone’s creative side.
Check back through out the week as I will try and post a couple times each week leading up to Halloween. And again, we are very interested in your own thoughts and ideas, so please share.
Have a happy DIY!
It seems like yesterday it was summer and now Halloween is just around the corner. Maybe you haven’t even begun planning or are somewhat perplexed over your theme for your holiday gathering this year; well don’t fret because we’ve got some inspirational ideas in store for you. This Halloween try a more elegant approach to decorating for your holiday gathering. I worked up a few ideas for our decorations this year using feather trims and some inexpensive finds from your local floral or craft shop.
Materials for Wreath
How To Wreath:
For the wreath I just wrapped the two boas around it and secured with jewelry wire.
How To Centerpiece: The centerpiece was a bit more involved, but still very easy.
In 1982 President Ronald Reagan declared September national sewing month “in recognition of the importance of home sewing to our nation.” This could not be truer today; the theme this year is “Reuse, Remake, Restyle.” Our blog has been dedicated to the do it yourselfer since the beginning and in the spirit of the month I’d like to share some helpful sewing tips in hopes that your creative projects this month go a little smoother. I have put together a list of the most helpful tips for what I’ve found to be the most common hang ups in a sewing project.
The single most important thing to do before you even cut your fabric is to wash it. If this is not done your fabric will shrink and your garment may not fit after the first wear. Keep in mind that the width will shrink more than length; consider that you will probably lose about 10% of your width after washing when deciding how much fabric to purchase. Before washing my fabric I like to serge the cut edge, you can leave the selvage as is, this prevents fraying. If you do not have a serger at home a zigzag stitch can be done along the very edge, it works the same.
Gathering for me has always been a bit of a pain. Pulling on basting threads can often times cause them to break and cause uneven gathers. If you created a zigzag stitch over a piece of dental floss instead of basting be sure not to get the floss in the stitches, it’s much easier to control gathers and will not break.
Sewing curves can be daunting, I cannot tell you how many times I have had to pull stitches and restitch to smooth out pinching and create a smooth line. To gain more control reduce your stitch length around curves and corners. It helps greatly. Reducing stitch length can also be done at the beginning and to end seams instead of backing up which can be difficult with very thin fabrics.
Matching Stripes and Plaids
You can spend all the time you like on a project but if your fabric patterns and prints don’t match at the seams, no one will notice the rest of your hard work. There’s a easy way to match your patterns pieces so that your garment doesn’t end up looking like an unintended Picasso. Cut out your patterns pieces one at a time. Cut one side then use the fabric you just cut as the other side, be sure to flip it over you want mirrored pieces. Fabric to fabric will help you line up your lines.
It’s been a while since I last wrote an Arts & Crafts blog. So here I am today, finally updating after so long.
I’ve been contemplating on getting a puppy lately. Can you guess what kind of puppy? Yes, I want a bull dog. They’re just so adorable. I know a lot of people think they’re ugly, but they just make me so happy whenever I see one.
Well, I haven’t gotten one yet, but I did get a poster with three cute puppies on them. The wall in my office is kind of dull right now, so I decided to place the small poster in a picture frame. It’s not just any picture frame. It’s one that I handcrafted myself and is pretty proud of it. The best part is that it was fun and anyone can do it.
If you want to make one similar to mine, you’ll need is a small foam core board (you get this at an arts and crafts store. You’ll only need one small enough to fit your picture with an extra inch around all corners of the picture. You’ll also need one weight sheet protector, cords, sequins, sew-on jewels, glue-gun, double sided tape and a pair of scissors.
Using the double sided tape, attach your picture of the center of the form core board. Trim the weight sheet protector to fit over the board. You can tape down along the edges. Use the glue-gun for attachment, start decorating the frame according to your style. It’s really that simple.
The sun is quite hot today, which also mean its still summer. We have a long way to go before it starts getting cold again. Of course summer time usually means a little less fabric, more skin and more accessories. I know that the recession has everyone on a budget, but it doesn’t necessarily mean looking fashionably attractive has to also be on a budget. Just turn to DIY projects and you’ll notice that making things on your own can turn out just as great as a finished piece from the department stores.
This week, we’re going to create and design our own Swarovski bracelet. To make the bracelet, we’ll be using the Swarovski sew-on stone collection. Here’s the list of the materials and instructions.
Summer is finally here! It’s about time. Well, actually it doesn’t quite feel like summer in NYC. It still feels like spring time especially since it’s raining almost every day. If it wasn’t for the tall buildings, you’d think its Seattle.
Anyways, summer is a time for celebration. There’s graduation, Independence Day, and just time to enjoy the warm sun. If you’re planning a celebration this summer for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries or graduation, then why not make it recession friendly. Instead of receiving gifts, ask for a thick envelope with cash instead.
You’ll need a safe place to store all that cash. So today, I decided to make a money box! The money box should be very popular this year; especially with the recession, who wouldn’t want some cash instead of a toaster for your gift.
The money box I made today measures 8 inches all around. If you plan on doing the same size then you’ll need: