DIY: Pretty Patch-Embellished Denim Overalls

Earth Day is right around the corner, which means we’re looking for little ways to reduce our carbon footprint, and reuse what we have to make something completely new! Kids grow out clothes quickly, but that doesn’t mean the clothing needs to fall into the waste bin. This small update will make that too-tiny piece into an item younger siblings will want to wear instead of a dreaded hand-me-down.

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What You’ll Need:

Flower Love Applique
Flower Peace Applique
Rainbow Peace Flag
Rainbow Heart Applique
Love Heart Applique
Sobo Craft Glue
Denim Overalls, Jacket, or Jeans

DSC_00551. Play with the arrangement of patches until you land on a layout you love.

DSC_00542. Either use glue or iron patches on to affix them to your garment.
DSC_00583. Continue this process until all of the patches are attached, and then let dry 24 hours before wearing.

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Have you ever up-cycled a piece of clothing or accessory? Let us know below, and share any projects you’ve made in honor of Earth Day!

DIY: Ribbon-Embellished Spring Basket

We’re hearing the hop of the Easter Bunny just around the corner, and he’s inspired our latest DIY! This Easter we’re approaching DIYs differently. Why should eggs have all the fun, when the basket they come is just as inviting for DIY enthusiasts? We’re using grosgrain ribbon to add a little pastel pop to a basic basket.
M&J Trimming: Spring Basket DIY Items

What You’ll Need:

Small Woven Basket

Sobo Glue

8 1/2″ Mundial-Dressmaker Shears Scissor

3/8″ (9mm) Grosgrain Ribbon

9mm Grosgrain Polka Dot Ribbon

40mm Wire Edged Taffeta Ribbon

22mm Ruffle Elastic Trim

Green Paper Basket Filler

M&J Trimming: Spring Basket DIY1. Follow the horizontal weave of the basket with your grosgrain ribbon.

M&J Trimming: Spring Basket DIY2. Switch between the polka dot and solid grosgrain.

M&J Trimming: Spring Basket DIY3. Cut and glue the ends of the ribbon down once you’ve wrapped the basket once around.

M&J Trimming: Spring Basket DIY4. Try to place the end of the ribbon underneath an opposing basket groove to hide edges.

M&J Trimming: Spring Basket DIY5. Top it off with a big bow! We recommend using wired-edge ribbon because they’re malleable and great for making statement bows that hole their shape.

M&J Trimming: Spring Basket DIY

DIY: Holiday Gift Wrapping

Sometimes, it’s not only about what’s on the inside that counts! Taking time to wrap a gift shows care, and makes the gift recipient even more appreciative of the effort. If you’re looking to upgrade your gifting game, check out these three fun ways to wrap your holiday presents!
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What You’ll Need:

DSC_02891- Place the largest velvet ribbon going across the front. Flip over and glue the two pieces together when they meet.

DSC_02922- Flip box over, and place the 36mm velvet ribbon on top of the larget velvet you just pout down. Flip over and glue down.

DSC_02993- Take a piece of the 36mm ribbon and place under the two velvet ribbons you placed down. Create a bow.

DSC_03024- Take a piece of your 50mm velvet and create a 4 inch. motif. Glue end to the back of the ribbon. Place aside.

 

DSC_03055- Repeat step 4 but with 36mm velvet and 2 inch. motif.

DSC_03116- Take your 22mm ribbon and place the tassel threw it.

DSC_03137- Take the 50mm velvet motif and 36mm velvet motif and place together with the smaller one on top.

DSC_03168- Lay the 22m velvet and tassel combo across the motif and glue on the back. Place in the center of the gift.

 

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What You’ll Need:

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1- Place velvet ribbon across and glue end on the back.

DSC_03192- Place a piece of grosgrain ribbon an each side of the velvet  and glue on back.

DSC_03273- Take the silk ribbon an create a bow. Create another bow by adding another piece of silk ribbon.

 

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What You’ll Need:

TapeDSC_03281- Place velvet ribbon across box and glue on the back.

DSC_03322- Take a piece of velvet ribbon and place the fur pom pom threw. Tie a knot so the fur pompom does not slide off.
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What You’ll Need:




DSC_03441- Create a hole with your hold puncher at the end of each ribbon. Make the tags as long as you like.

DSC_03462- Cut at different angles to create different styles.

DSC_03483- Take your maker and write the person name or desired text.

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DIY Holiday Week Three: Chain Bracelet

It’s Finally Here,

Check out our new DIY Holiday Gift Idea Video for your gift inspiration. Last week Carlos and I showed you have to apply an iron-on appliqué.  This week I show you how to make this fun and simple chain bracelet. A great gift for anyone who loves fashion.

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Click here for material

Happy Holiday, Blerona  =o)

M&J Holiday Style Guide

By Blerona

No more plain tops for your holiday fun, this season it’s all about dressing up, and standing out. Here are some fun pieces perfect for any occasion, the hottest holiday looks start with silk, sequins, and all-out statement pieces.

Gold and black are the new colors of the season, lots and lots of chains to tie you up for a fun night of kisses under the misltoe and dancing competitions. Shimmering colors and sequin dresses that will make you the center of attention. Let’s face it when you look great, you feel great! Here some of my favorite looks and pieces for the holidays.

2009 Holiday Style Guide

DIY Holiday Week Two: Iron-on Applique

Hello Holiday Lovers,

As part of our Holiday Season, we are creating DIY Holiday Gift Idea videos for your gift inspirations. Last week I took you on a tour in our NYC’s 5,000 sq ft showroom. This week Carlos and I show you how to apply an iron-on appliqué. A great gift for anyone on the holidays!

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Click here for a list of materials 

Tune in next week for a look that will have you chained to our website!

Happy Holidays, Blerona

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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 

 

 

Christmas Decorations

Rhinestone Jingles

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Decorating the Christmas tree with family and friends is a very special time.  Making the ornaments yourself also means the quality time spent together more memorable.  Here are a few ideas you can use for decoring this holiday. 

 

Materials

Instructions

You can create any design you’d like on the jingle bells using gem-tac glue and flat back rhinestones. Also laying one ribbon on top the other, you can tie it around the handle of the jingle bells.

 

Ribbon of Jingles

 

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Materials

Instructions

  1. Using pliers take one end of the wire and hook it onto the jingle bell handle.
  2. Using the emerald velvet ribbon, tie a bow onto the wire to cover the area that was hooked onto the jingle bells.
  3. On the red velvet ribbon, measure 1″ and poke a hole through the ribbon.
  4. Insert the wire through the hole.
  5. Insert one silver pearl or as many as you prefer.
  6. Create a zig zag shape with the red velvet ribbon and poke a hole through the ribbon where appropriate.
  7. Repeat steps 4 through 6 until there is no more ribbons left.
  8. Using pliers been the left over wire to create a loop.

Note: you can use any size or color of pearls and ribbons you like.