Tag: Buttons

DIY: 3 Ways To Give Your Throw Pillows a Fresh Look

Sometimes I put things on a list just to cross them off. Really simple things like “Finish watching Season 10 of …..”. Ah the sense of accomplishment. What if you could do that and be productive at the same time? These 3 quick updates for your throw pillows will make you feel like you made a lot of effort (when you really didn’t). Check out this video to see how you can cross off easy DIY throw pillows off your list:

Check out the individual tutorials here:

Tufted Pillow

Embroidered/Patched Pillow

Tassel Pillow

DIY: Tufted Pillow

One of the easiest updates you can give a throw pillow is the classic tufted look. It looks complicated but it’s so simple to do. You can do this with armchairs, cushioned benches and pretty much anything with cushion/padding that you can tuft. Check out the video at the bottom of the page if you want a quick tutorial on how to tuft pillows.

Disclaimer: If you’re going to tuft something, it’s going to stay that way. So if you have a pillow with a cover and an insert, make sure you’re not going to want to change it in the near future.

What you’ll need:

Throw Pillow

5 Buttons of your choice – We used This One

5 Small Buttons

Decorator’s Needle

Extra Strong Thread

Pencil

Step 1: Mark where you want the tufts.

Step 2: Tie a knot at the end of the thread. Pull the needle through to the other side (through your marking)

Step 3: Thread the needle through the button’s shank. Pull the needle through the pillow to the back.

>Make sure you pull the thread through as tightly as you can.

Step 4: Thread the needle through the smaller button that will anchor your main button.

And you’re done!

Check out the video to see how to make this pillow and two others:

 

DIY: Valentine’s Day Card

Love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is a time to express to the ones you love how special they truly are. What is more special then making your own Valentine’s Day card! We’ve made it super simple with these fun DIY ideas! Moonlight as Cupid by following these easy steps:

HEART VALENTINE’S DAY CARD

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What you’ll need: 

Cardstock

Pencil

Pink and Red Buttons

Magna-Tac Glue

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Step 1: Download the templates for the outside and inside (links provided) and print it on cardstock paper.

Step 2: With a pencil, draw a faint heart shape on the paper.

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Step 3: Apply a thin layer of glue along the line of the traced heart.

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DSC_0784.jpgStep 4: Apply the buttons onto the glue and wait for it to dry!

 

 

Look’s like someones been struck by Cupid!

TWO HEART VALENTINE’S DAY CARD 

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What you’ll need: 

Cardstock

Pencil

Magna-Tac Glue

Rhinestone Glue-On Kit 

Brilliance Rhinestones 

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Step 1: Download the template provided and print it on cardstock paper

Step 2: With a pencil, trace 2 small hearts side by side.

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Step 3: Apply a thin layer of glue in the heart.

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Step 4: With a small amount of Beeswax on the Wooden Applicator, pick up each rhinestone and place within the outline of the heart until filled.

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Step 5: Repeat Step 4 with other color.

Wearing your heart on your sleeve never looked so pretty!

M&J Trimming - Knee High + Heels

How to Wear Knee High Socks

Attention all sock lovers! We’ve rounded up one of our favorite styles of socks, and how to wear them with different styled outfits. Yes, we are talking about knee high socks! Is layering season, and what’s a layered outfit without something to layer your shoes with? Knee high socks are so great for this season. It always compliments your outfits, and it’s your shoe’s best friend. Here we have different ways on wearing knee high socks. For embellishments on knee high socks, add a lace trim, or ruffled trim around the top edge of the socks, or you can add buttons on the outer sides for detail.

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We love this outfit combination!

M&J Trimming - Rainy Days

Perfect for those rainy/snowy days.

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It’s all about the layers!

M&J Trimming - Knee High + Heels

This combination is just so adorable. The ideas are endless!

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Knee high socks works with all different styles of shoes.

DIY: Button Embellished Shoulder Dress

As a salute to spring, our latest DIY involves a spring fashion favorite: the dress! The light and sweet dress we used as a base gets an extra kick of personality with an embellished shoulder of buttons. You can also use this technique on your favorite blazer or cardigan!

DSC_0315 What You’ll Need: 

Dress

Shiny Button 4-Holes

Needle and Thread

DSC_0319 1. Lay out your dress. Line up 5 buttons (or an many as you want depending on the size of the button) on one shoulder for placement.

DSC_03162. Once you know the placement of button on the shoulder, you can start to sew each one on. We sewed them on so the buttons are over lapping.

DSC_03243. Repeat on the opposite shoulder.

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4 Ways to Embellish Back to School: Button Locker Magnets

Keep your locker organized while also adding some much needed personality to that slate gray space. Create locker magnets for your personal cubby using our fun fashion buttons. You can also use these on your fridge, or any other magnetic surface that needs a dash of color!
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What You’ll Need:

Dome Faceted Button

Two-Hole Polka Dotted Striped Button 

Floral Beaded Button w/Shank

Two-Hole Flower Button

Round Magnets

E6000

 

DSC_01931. Snip the shank off of the back of the button if it has one.

DSC_01992. Place a small drop of E6000 onto the back of the button.

DSC_02003. Press down and let dry for an hour.
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Need more inspiration for your back-to-school gear? Check out our 4 Ways Back to School Shop!

4 Ways to Embellish Spring Home Decor Part Three: Buttoned Up Bottle Stoppers

We’ve been seeing these creative bottle stoppers all over the internet, and it’s no wonder why! They’re funky, add a little fun to your party, and make a terrific gift. This DIY will teach you how to make these cool bottle stoppers out of decorative buttons! 
Materials for Button Bottle StoppersWhat You’ll Need:
3 Corks
Domed Buds Metal Button
Glitter Button with Shank
Curved Top Metal Button with Shank
E6000

Creating Hole in Cork with Button1. Push your button into the top of the cork.

Placing Glue on Shank of Button2. Pull your button out of the freshly made space, and add some glue to the shank of the button.

Adding Button to Cork3. Push it back into the hole you’ve created in the cork.

Buttoned Bottle Toppers

It’s really as simple as that! Now you can dress up any bottle with a few simple materials, and we guarantee you’ll be the life of the party!

New in January

Well ladies and gentlemen the holidays are over, but obviously that won’t stop M&J Trimming from bringing in beautiful trims, ribbons, and buttons! (Who says Christmas comes but once a year?) This month the website is full of new goodies that will be perfect for inspiring your DIYs. Here are a few of the new items we know you’ll go nuts over!

Webbing and Elastic from M&J Trimming

The month of January was all about elastics and webbing. We love this 1 1/2″ Botanical Pattern Webbing and the varied sturdy elastics we received. They’re simple, yet have small details like ribbing and weaving to really set them apart.

Patterned Menswear Elastic Trim from M&J Trimming

We put up some understated elastic trim with a dark muted color palette. These are perfect for menswear and menswear-inspired DIYs!

Novelty Buttons from M&J TrimmingIf you’re a fan of adorable things, these new novelty buttons are perfect for you. From funny bunnies to pretty kitties, we have everything you’d need to really amp up the cute.

Which items would YOU like to see on the web? Let us know below!

Our Favorite DIYs of 2013

New Years Day is a time to reflect on the year before, and make plans for the year ahead. As we start planning our fabulous DIYs for the upcoming year, we wanted to take a look back at some of our favorites from this year and share them with you!

Rhinestone Lucite Bag DIY

It’s clear why this bag made it into our favorites! Our Rhinestone Lucite Bag DIY is perfect for carrying everything you’d ever need, and the addition of the rhinestones really makes it pop.

Great Gatsby Bracelet DIY

We aren’t sure if it was 2013 or 1922 because this year was all about the Roaring 20s! Inspired by the Great Gatsby, we made this gorgeous bracelet/ring combination.

Tie Dyed DIYs

So this summer we went a little crazy for dye. We made a series of projects using Rit Dye. From the swirl scarf to the abstract tank, we loved all of them and can’t pick a favorite! Which is yours?

Rhinestone Clutch DIY M&J Trimming

Glam up your graphic clutch with rhinestones. It’s the perfect way to give your clutch a super stylish touch!

Chainette Fringe DIY

If you’re feeling edgy, or fringe-y for that matter, take your sweater to the next level with this DIY using chainette fringe.

Vintage Button Necklace DIY

This vintage button necklace definitely makes a statement! We loved the bold look of thick chain and antiqued buttons.

What DIY was your favorite this year, and what are you looking forward to seeing in 2014? Let us know in the comments below, and you may just see your DIY suggestion in 2014! We hope you have a happy new year from all of us at M&J Trimming!