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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Happy Holiday, Blerona  =o)

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

Happy Holidays, Blerona

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.

DIY Decorative Feather Throw Pillows

By Roseann

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I was very thrilled when M&J recently began carrying feather patches.  We have been having a lot of fun with them creating all types of accessories that fit right in with this season’s hot trend.  So, you can only imagine my excitement when I discovered the new much larger version, a 20” x 15” feather mat (style #43361-Brown/Green Iris) available by calling 1-800-9-mjtrim.  I thought this would look great on a throw pillow, and since I am currently looking to change the look of my apartment this came in just the nick of time.  Throw pillows make a great accent in any room.  By mixing colors and textures you can liven up the place and create a new ambiance with out the expense of purchasing new furniture or the timely chore of painting.

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M&J Trimming after the Disaster

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While today is a day of celebration for Cinco de Mayo, it also marks the 12th year since the old M&J Trimming showroom in NYC caught on fire.  In 1997, M&J Trimming’s showroom was less than 1,000 square foot yet was still a favorite destination for designers and all crafters alike. 

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Dreams did not end with the fire on May 5, 1997.  Instead, M&J Trimming built a newer and larger showroom.  This brought great hope for designers in the area, especially with the fashion district only a few feet away from the showroom. 

Twelve years later and M&J Trimming continues to stand strong and offer designers a wide variety of fabric trimmings from around the globe.  This popular destination has also become a favorite to celebrities who often stop by like Beyonce Knowles, Lady Ga Ga, Andre 2000, TI,  Sex and the City celebrity, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Popular Project Runway host, Heidi Klum, Christian Siriano and more. 

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DIY EMBELLISHED LEATHER CUFF

By Roseann

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Today embellishing is seen everywhere, from necklines to ankles.  It’s a great way to add color and a little flash to an everyday piece.  I was really inspired by John Hardy’s new bamboo and sterling silver cuffs.  Since I am not an expert jewelry crafter, I figured a leather cuff would be a great way to get the look.

 

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 Materials:

 Please note that M&J Trimming offers a wide selection of sew on jewels and beads. So explore our selection and be creative.

 You will also need:

  • Gem Tac glue
  • 2 18mm snaps  (1-800-9MJ-TRIM)
  • Thread
  • Leather needle

 Instructions: 

  1. Measure wrist
  2. Cut Leather 2″ longer than wrist measurement.
  3. Create your design
  4. Using Gem Tac lightly glue down your design to the leather.  Be sure to measure and center.  I like to wait about 4 hours to allow the glue to set.  Once you feel that your jewels are adequately attached you may sew the jewels on to the leather.  I like to glue the jewels down first, I think it makes this step easier.  If you’re comfortable with sewing them without glue feel free.
  5. Measure in 1″ from sides.  Center snaps in center of 1″ edge. Sew them down in a vertical position from one another.  The female piece should be sewn on the outside of the cuff and the male piece on the inside.  This will make the cuff easiest to get on and off.
  6. Wear, enjoy!

Headband Workshop April 19th

M&J’s Headband Workshop

April 19th, 2009

9:30am -12:00pm

Cost: $20

Location:  M&J Trimming

Call 1-800-9-MJTRIM to sign-up

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Join us on April 19th for a headband workshop.  Bring friends and family while we teach you the tips and tricks to creating some the season’s most fashionable headbands.  Seats are limited.  Please call 1-800-9-MJTRIM to sign-up or for more information. 

 

From the Runway to the Streets

By Roseann

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Earlier this month Chanel presented the Fall 2009 collection at Paris Fashion week. Lagerfeld stayed true to many design elements that are so classically Chanel, while adding his own soft touch. The Chanel runway exhibited an array of ruffled collars, sweet pleats, and cuff treatments. The embellished cuff really stood out to me, and I realized that this would be easy to incorporate this look into my own closet using an old shrunken jacket.

To get the look you will need:

  • 1 to 2 yards of pleated lace (36194), this depends on the measurement around your sleeve, take this measurement and multiply by 4. To order please call 1-800-9MJTRIM
  • 1 yard of pleated lace (2387) Use the measurement around the sleeve and multiply by 2. To order please call 1-800-9MJTRIM
  • 1 yard of cotton grosgrain   Just a note that I used grosgrain to complement the material of my jacket (corduroy). M&J Trimming carries many different types of ribbon and other trims that may be used.

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Instructions:

  1. Begin by choosing a jacket to embellish.
  2. Then take the measurement around the sleeve. I took the measurement 5 inches from the bottom of the cuff. I like the look of it when the actual cuff of the jacket is exposed.
  3. Cut two pieces of the longer lace the length of the sleeve measurement. Cut 4 pieces of the shorter lace, and two pieces of grosgrain adding one inch to the measurement.
  4. Next mark the cuff at desired measurement chosen. Again I used a 5 inch measurement.
  5. At your markings begin to pin the longer lace down, followed by the shorter style. These two pieces may be stitched one on top of the other using a sewing machine if you prefer.
  6. Hand stitch the laces to the jacket sleeve. If your sleeve is wide enough a machine may also be used.
  7. Pin the another piece of the shorter lace around the cuff with the binding pointing down and the ruffle of the lace pointed towards the shoulder.
  8. Hand stitch the lace to the jacket.
  9. Take one side of the grosgrain ribbon and fold over ½ inch and tack down. Pin the ribbon over top of the lace to hide all bindings. Start with the raw cut end at the sleeve seam, then around the back to the front so that the finished end lays over the unfinished end and is pointing toward the back of the sleeve.
  10. Hand stitch the ribbon to the sleeve at each edge of the ribbon.
  11. Wear, enjoy.

Rhinestone Workshop This Sunday

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Swarovski Rhinestone Workshop

There’s still some time left to sign up for this weekend’s Swarovski Rhinestone Application Workshop.  The workshop is held at M&J Trimming’s NYC retail store on Sixth Avenue.  Come and join the fun as our guest speaker from Swarovski teaches you how to apply hot-fix rhinestones onto 10 different types of fabrics.  This event also includes some goodies to take home.  So come and join us this Sunday the 29th  from 9-12.  Admission is only $30.  Call 1-800-9-MJTRIM to register.  Hurry because seats are limited.