DIY: Sexy Bra Makeover

Want to have sexy lingerie this Valentine’s Day without hurting your wallet? Just give your bras a sexy makeover! You’re only limited by your imagination but here’s three ideas to get you started:

Products used in the Video:

Rhinestone Bra: 

Gem-Tac Glue

Rhinestone Glue-on Kit

Brilliance Rhinestones

Fringe Bra:

E6000 Glue


Leather Fringe

Flower Bra:

Flower Trim

Needle and Thread



Remodel Your Lamp

By Goldie

Here is another way to add your own personal touch and style to your home from what you already own. I would like to share with you two quick and easy ways to remodel your lamp.

I used:


  • Start by choosing your trim.
  • Once you have decided on your trim you can glue the trim to the lamp, for this project E600 would hold the trim best.

  • For the first lamp I decided to go with a funkier look with a feather trim.
  • Then I glued a braided trim over the feather trim to give it a neater look.

  • My second idea was more traditional, using this black brush fringe.
  • You also have the option of cutting the extra string off the bottom to give it a more elegant look.

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, I hope they inspire you to try something different.

DIY Beaded Fringe and Denim Cuff


So, as many of you may or may not already know, I am absolutely in love with beaded fringe and certainly cuffs.  This week I’ve decided to combine my two loves, and am loving the result.  Hope you dig it too.


  • ½ yard 3” beaded fringe
  • 1 package of ss30 nail heads
  • Scarp denim (I used a piece 2 ½” wide and 9” long.  The length measurement depends upon your wrist size.  Take your measurement and add 2”)
  • Craft glue
  • 1 12” separating zipper
  • Ez rhinestone setter  or you could use the side of a pencil t o finish the prongs of your nail heads
  • Needle and thread



  1.  Cut your denim into 4 equal sections and cut 3 pieces of fringe 2 ½” pieces.
  2. I used a little glue to secure the pieces of fringe between 2 pieces of my denim and stitched.  Stitch as close to the twill tape of the fringe as possible so that it will not be visible from the other side.
  3. Mark two columns down the two center panels of your denim cuff.  My marks are 1/2” apart.
  4. Apply nail heads at your marks
  5. Fold the ends of your cuff over ¼”, you may press this down or secure it with a little glue or stitch. 
  6. Attach the bottom portion of your zipper to finished ends.  To shorten the zipper cut the top portion off, then using a needle and thread wrap some thread around the top tooth.  Doing so will keep the zipper from coming off the teeth.
  7. Wear and Enjoy!

Halloween Costume Series: The Ultimate Flapper Dress

By Roseann


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:

  • Slip or cocktail dress, I used black but you can word with any color you like.  Remember that the flapper look put emphasis on the hips and not the waist, so you want a dress that is strait up and down and not contoured to the waist line.
  • 5 yards 3” poly chainette fringe style: 00217-bk The dress that I used I found at Salvation Army and already had fringe on it, so I added 3” fringe in white to bulk it up and give the dress more dimension.
  • 1¼ yard 6” poly chainette fringe style: 06006-bk
  • ¾ yard 5” bugle bead fringe style: 14290-bks all materials listed above can be ordered by calling 1-800-9-mjtrim
  • ¾ yard cut bugle / seed beaded trim style: 14622
  • Unique stitch glue
  • Sewing machine and thread


    1. Before you purchase your supplies be sure to take measurements around your neckline and around the skirt portion of your garment to be sure you are ordering the correct amount of trims.  The amounts listed above are for the dress that I used which is about a size 4 or 6.
    2. Add your 6” fringe around the neckline, you can stitch or glue it is completely your preference.
    3. Then add your bugle bead fringe on top, then measurement given above will only be enough to add the front of the dress
    4. Complete the neckline by adding your seed beaded trim, again I added just to the front
    5. Measure 2” from the bottom of the skirt and mark all the way around.  Repeat until you have marked 5 rows 2” apart.
    6. Add your 3” chainette fringe along your markings.  You may repeat with a complimentary color for more flash.  I added white to every other row.
    7. Be sure to add the correct accessories such as; a feathered headband, strand of pearls, and boa.
    8. Now, go be the most glamorous one at the party!



Rev Up a Classic Shawl with Biker Chic Embellishments

By Roseann


Biker influenced details will be seen everywhere this fall such as; fringe, studs, zippers, and other hardware.  Although this is a trend that has been seen time and time again, designers this season are pairing the hardened classic look with more feminine pieces like gowns and flirty skirts. Although it’s not quite time to pull on a leather biker jacket, the weather is quite right for soft jersey knit shawl.  I experimented with some ultra suede fringe and antique brass nailheads and am quite please with the contrasting robust embellishments on a soft draped fabric.



  • 2 yards of cotton or silk jersey knit fabric or a shawl purchased or preowned
  • 2 packages Ss30 Dome Nailheads 4-ProngStyle: 04030
  • 2 yards of 2″ Faux Leather Cut Fringe Style: 30246, I used a 6” fringe Style: 00807-bk which can be purchased by calling 1-800-9mjtrim.
  • 1 bottle Gem-Tac Glue 4 Oz. Style: 29471
  • 1 Ez Rhinestone Setter Set Style: 39318, or Brisk-Set Rhinestone Setter Style: 16512 and Nailhead Adapter for Brisk-Set Style: 16509 if you plan to work more frequently with nailheads.  The latter setter is more expensive, but will save you an immense amount of time.


  • Cut fabric down to 1 yard wide, or the desirable width you’d like for your shawl to be.  Finish ends with a sewing machine.
  • Cut your fringe into two 1 yard pieces and sew to the short ends of the shawl.
  • Choose which side you’d like to embellish.  Then measure up 16” on the right side and mark.  Using a yard stick create marking for studs in a straight line 1” apart beginning at the bottom left corner to the 16” mark on the right hand side.  Be sure to create your marking on the wrong side of the fabric. Since I used a black fabric I used a whiteout pen to make my marks, a paint marker will work equally as well.
  • Continue with another line of markings 1 ½” bellow the first, repeat until you have created 7 diagonal lines.
  • Now you are going to add each of your nailheads to the markings on the fabric using your setter.  Since jersey is such a light weight fabric I added a drop of Gem-Tac to the back of each nailhead.  I notice that the prongs are more likely to come out of the fabric if you don’t secure it with a little glue.  You are also going to want to let your glue dry for a full 24 hours before wearing.
  • Enjoy!



DIY Beaded Fringe Reversible Necklace

By Roseann


In the wake of the slow economy many people have turned to do it yourself fashion projects.  As a result I have seen some of the most innovative and creative pieces in decades.    The best of these hand made accessories display bold mixes of materials and colors.  And hey, if you’re going to use the remnants of previous projects you can throw out, “The less is more attitude”.  So, go a head and dive into your scrap box and mix it up.





  • On the back side of 1 6” fabric square mark the middle at one edge.  Measure up 2 ¼” and mark.  At top right corner mark ¼” in from the side.  From your 2 ¼” mark draw curved line to ¼” mark in right corner.  Do the same from the bottom mark to right corner.  Fold square and cut on lines so that you have an even crescent shape.  Repeat steps with the other fabric square. 
  • Find the outer measurement of your crescent.  Subtract 2” and cut fringe to this length. 
  • Pin fringe to bottom curve and baste.
  • Embellish face of the other fabric crescent.  I chose flat sew on jewels so that the piece can be reversible.  If you like you can embellish with larger sew on jewels and beads and where your piece from 1 side only.
  • Pin fabric crescents back to back and stitch around. 
  • Finding the placement of you piece is up to you.  I left my chain a little longer so that it can be adjusted depending on my outfit.
  • Stitch chain to the corner of you crescent
  • Add jewelry clasp.
  • Wear, enjoy!


DIY Fringe and Feather Sandals. HOT! HOT! HOT!

By Roseann


I am very much in love with two of this season’s biggest trends, feathers and fringe.  Designers are using these two elements to embellish everything from clothing, jewelry, and accessories, and I am looking for any way to incorporate them into my wardrobe.  As I am searching my closet I find a pair of gladiator sandals from last summer and decide they are perfectly in need of a make over.  By adding just two simple trims to a past “must have” I now posses this summer’s hottest look.

 To Get the Look:

  1. 1 yard of 2” faux leather fringe. M&J carries leather fringe in many different styles, colors, and sizes.  So please, take a look and be creative.
  2. 1 yard of feather fringe.  Style #26796 in Turquoise  available by calling    1-800-9-MJTRIM 
  3. 1 pair of sandals
  4. 1 bottle of Sobo Craft Glue
  5. 1 leather needle.
  6. 1 spool of thread, rayon or a cotton/poly blend work best.


  1. If you are using a pair from your closet, clean them first.
  2. Next measure down the center vertical strap.
  3. Cut two pieces of the fringe about a ¼” longer than strap measurement.  I like to dap just a touch of glue on the ends of the fringe to keep it from fraying and coming apart.
  4. Using glue tack the center of each piece of fringe down the center strap of your sandal.  Let this set up for about 45 minutes.
  5. You may skip this step if you wish, I choose to do it because I like the way it keeps my work in place while I am trying to sew by hand.
  6. Using your leather needle begin to stitch the fringe to the strap.
  7. Using glue once again top the two center pieces of fringe with your feather trim.  Allow to dry for 24 hours.
  8. You may carefully stitch the feather trim down using your leather needle, I would use a very thin thread, being careful to hide all stitches.
  9. Wear, enjoy!

Beaded Sequin Fringe Table Cloth

By Eleah


Table looking a little drab?  Fancy it up with a tablecloth!  This week I wanted to spruce up a little a night stand with a tablecloth and fringe.  It’s a quick project and requires no sewing!


  • Measure the surface of the table you would like to cover and add 5 inches to the length and width. So…if your table surface is 35″ x 30″ then you would need a piece of fabric that is 40″ x 35″. HINT: most fabric stores sell fabric that is between 44″ to 54″ wide, so for a small table you might only need 1 yard (FYI: 36″ in a yard) I picked medium weight cotton in mint green to match the ball fringe from my lampshade project.
  • Add the width and the length of your fabric measurement and multiply that number by two. Add a couple inches for good measure (Pun fully intended) and now you have the measurement for your fringe. I decided on 4.25″ Beaded Bone Sequin Fringe in black…. mostly because in combination with the mint green fabric, it reminds me of mind chocolate chip ice cream and that is my favorite.
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Unique Stitch Glue


Making The Table Cloth:

  1.  Once you have cut out the fabric, all you have left to do is glue the fringe to the edge. No need to hem it since the glue will prevent any fraying. You can sew this project if you like, but today I was feeling especially lethargic and sometimes there is nothing wrong with cutting corners.
  2.  Apply glue to the backside of the ribbon that the fringe hangs from. I would suggest adding it in about 5 inch sections at a time to ensure a straight application. Press the glued-up side of the ribbon to the edge of your fabric. Remember to let the dangly part of the fringe point away from the fabric.
  3. When you get to the end fold over a piece of the ribbon and secure the fold with some fabric glue. Pinch it together for a moment until the glue begins to dry. Let this finished end overlap slightly over the raw edge of where you started. Cut off access fringe.
  4. You’re done!