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M&J Challenge 2 Giveaway!!!

This Giveaway is now Closed. Congratulations Beth!

Check Out the M&J Challenge 2! And Leave a comment about the Challenge 2 Here and you could be the lucky winner!! We’re Giving Away the Same Mystery Package we sent our challengers!! Winner Will Be Picked On Friday!

Be sure to Leave a Comment On the M&J Challenge 2 Page and your email address!

Whats in the Package?

5/8″ POLY GROSGRAIN RIBBON Item# 00305 in Calypso

1.5″ HAND DYED SILK SATIN RIBBON Item# 25179 in Echinacia

RIT DYE (POWDER)  Item# 46301 in Teal & Golden Yellow

THREAD 274YDS SPL Item# 42681 in Purssian and Goldenrod

GLUE-ON  KIT Item# 77334

4MM BRAIDED VINYL BOLO Item# 48591 Orange Neon and Aqua

1.5″ NET RIBBON Item# 46935 Fushsia

SS20 Flat Back Rhinestones  Assorted Colors


Dismount Creative – M&J Challenger 2!

 Dismount Creative is  as a place for people to step out of their day-to-day routine and get together to make cool, modern crafts.  Here are the great projects she came up with for the M&J Challenge 2.



Project 1: Tie-dye Camera Strap

Like many bloggers I carry my camera almost everywhere. Lugging around a DSLR can be a pain, but it’s much more fun with straps that feel like a cool accessory!

Muslin 3” x 60”
Squirt bottles
Hardware store chain 36”
Leather: 2 strips 3/8” x 12”
Rivets + rivet setting tools


  1. Sew along the length of the prewashed muslin strip and then turn it right side out using a safety pin. Tuck in the ends and topstitch to secure.
  2. Use the string to tie every few inches along the length of the fabric and then wet the fabric and put it in a safe place for dying. (I used my sink.)
  3. Mix up the RIT dye into the squirt bottles according to directions. Squirt the dye randomly on the fabric. Allow 20-30 minutes to set before rinsing, washing and drying.
  4. Weave the dyed fabric strip through the chain, sometimes wrapping around or tying knots to keep it from looking too uniform.
  5. Punch two holes in the end of each leather strip and insert into the final length of chain. Secure with a rivet.
  6. Insert the ends of the leather strap through the brackets on your camera and secure using new or existing buckles or rivets.



Project 2: Simple Ribbon Camera Strap

My little Diana Mini is way too cute to be carried by the 70’s vinyl strap that came standard. Right as I was leaving for a party one night I made this strap from some jewelry chain (better suited for light cameras like this one than your heavy DSLR) and the gorgeous bright pink ribbon from M&J Trim. It was a hit!

Split key rings – 2
Ribbon – At least 36”
Jewelry Chain – At least 24”


  1. Weave the ribbon through the chain and knot on each end to secure.
  2. Attach the chain to the brackets on your camera using a split key ring. 



Project 3: Braided Wrap Bracelet

One of my favorite things to make is a nice long wrap bracelet because it can also be worn as a necklace or headband.

Hand-dyed silk ribbon: 2 pieces each 36”
Diamante chain- 20”
Ribbon crimp ends – 2
Jump rings – 5
Stamping blank
Crystals+ setting kit


  1. Braid together the two pieces of ribbon and the diamante chain to a length of 20” – 21”.
  2. Use a small piece of wire to wrap each end to secure the diamante chain. Cut off any excess chain and ribbon.
  3. Put a small bead of glue on the ends of the ribbon before attaching the ribbon crimp ends and securing tightly with pliers.
  4. Add one (or several!) crystals to the stamping blank charm following the instructions in the crystal setting kit. I also stamped my initials into the charm.
  5. Attach the clasp to one end of the bracelet using a jump ring. On the other end of the bracelet, connect the remaining jump rings into a short chain and add the charm to the very end.



Project 4: Sparkly Bolo Cord Bracelet

Nothing makes a bright-colored bracelet more on-trend this summer than a healthy dose of sparkle!

Bright bolo cord- 3 pieces 6”
Diamante chain- 5 ½”
Thread- matching or contrast
Ribbon crimp ends – 2


  1. Use the thread to sew the diamante chain to the first piece of bolo cord by wrapping between each stone and sewing into the cord.
  2. Line up the second piece of cord alongside the first and sew together from the backside. By weaving in and out between the leather you can make your stitches nearly invisible.
  3. Sew the final piece of cord on the opposite side so that the diamante chain is in the center.
  4. Run a bead of glue along the cord ends and add the ribbon crimp ends to finish.
  5. Attach the clasp.



Project 5: Thread-wrap Bolo Bracelets

Thread wrap bracelets are a fun and fast alternative to traditional knotted friendship bracelets.

Bright Bolo Cord – 3 pieces 6”
End caps – 6
Jump rings – 2


  1. After you cut the pieces of bolo cord, immediately add a dot of glue to each end and attach the end caps. This will keep the cord from unraveling.
  2. Use different color thread to wrap parts of the cord. Try a pattern, or keep it simple. When you are finished wrapping tie a double knot and then either use a bit of glue to secure or use a needle to sew the thread tail into the cord.
  3. Attach a jump ring to the cord ends and add a clasp.



Project 6: Leather & Ribbon Cuff

Of all the great supplies M&J Trim sent I didn’t expect that I’d find grosgrain ribbon the hardest to use! I love ribbon, but really wanted to do something different with it. This cuff was inspired by chevrons and the Southwest. As soon as I saw the color of the ribbon against this scrap of leather I knew I had to find a way to put them together.

Leather- 1 ½” x 10”
Ribbon- at least 36”
Jump Rings- 5 with diameter of ½”
Rivets – 2 (small) + setter



  1. Cut out the bracelet shape. On one side, cut out a U-shape leaving two straps 3/8” wide and 1 ¼” long. One the other side, cut out a U-shape leaving two straps 3/8” wide and 2 ¼” long. (I also recommend cutting the end of the end of the long straps at an angle.)
  2. Fold the two short straps behind and punch a hole through both layers. Add two jump rings onto each strap, fold over and secure with a rivet. This will make up the buckles.
  3. Punch three rows of holes, each ½ inch apart. Make the center row of holes start and end ½” closer to the buckles than the strap.
  4. Thread the ribbon through the holes making a chevron pattern on the front of the bracelet. I started by pulling half of the length through the center hole (from back to front) near the buckles and working down one side. Then I came back to the other half and added a jump ring from the back to prevent it from slipping out and repeated my steps down the other side. At the bottom (near the straps) I tied a knot to secure both ends. 



Project 7: Crystal Hair Pins

In an effort to not wear a ponytail *everyday* I keep tons of bobby pins around. These crystal pins have enough sparkly to make them feel special, but not so much that they scream “Prom!” And, attached to a card like this they make a great gift!

Bobby Pins
Glue (I use Aleene’s Glass + Bead Glue)
Crystals+ setting kit


  1. Put a small amount of glue into the syringe and run a fine bead along the end of the bobby pin.
  2. Pick up the crystals using the wooden stick and beeswax and place carefully on the bobby pin. Press down to secure.
  3. Allow at least an hour to dry before wearing or packaging.

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Made By Lex – M&J Challenger 2!

I was absolutely thrilled to be asked to be a part of the MJ Trimmings challenge. When my package arrived I was so thrilled opening it. (So thrilled, that I didn’t even stop to take a picture of the gorgeous package!) After looking through it all, I knew I didn’t want to make a bunch of little things. I wanted to work off a theme. So I chose a beach afternoon with all my essentials.


Project 1:

The first thing you need- a beach bag. Often times I’ll find adorable bags but the handles are so cheap! They’re either fake leather or something that makes the whole bag seem low end. A great way to spruce it up is to add your own straps. I actually made this bag ( which I’ll do a tutorial on soon). But the frist thing you’ll want to do to change the straps is get to strips of leather and some trim pieces.

Fold the leather pieces in half and stitch them along the sides.

Next, get your trim pieces and place them in the center of the strap.

Set your sewing machine to a long and wide zig zag stitch. Here were my machine’s settings.

The stitch was just wide enough to enclose the blue trim. If your machine doesn’t go this wide, you can always just use one piece of trim. You can reattach them to your bag where you replaced your other ones. Such an easy change!

How great does that make the bag look?

OK! Moving on to bag update number two! I thought it would be fun to use this bright orange trim to write, “la mer” on the outside of the bag. All I did was write in invisible marker how I wanted it to look.

Then with fabric glue glued it right on! I love the bright pop of it on the muted grey.


Project 2:

Beach essential number two- a beverage bottle. Why use a plain ol’ cup when you can make it so much more glamourous? I think this would also make a GREAT gift! I got a piece of leather that measure the circumference of my water bottle.

I sewed it then slipped it on my bottle. Then I used the rhinestone kit that MJ Trimming sent me. I started glueing the rhinestones down the center in straight lines. I was going for high impact glam.

I just kept on gluing them until I got one solid, sparkly strip!


Project 3:

Next beach essential- a towel. I fell in love with this beautiful ribbon that MJ Trimmings sent. It reminded me of beach coral.

I was inspired by barcodes for this towel. I got a plain white towel and cut up different length strips and began pinning them on.

I pinned them all in place then stitched it right on.

I love the way this pop of color modernizes a plain towel. And how great is the water bottle cover?!


Project 4:

I didn’t do a picture for this tutorial, but another one of my beach essentials is a sun hat. To make it more coordinated with my entire look I added this gorgeous gradient dyed silk ribbon from Mj Trimmings. I wrapped it around a few times then tied it in the back. I thought it was a great way to add a color combination that you can easily switch out to different ones.


Project 5:

My next beach essential is a light, summer scarf. I live in a cool, coastal town so it doesn’t get too hot here. I always take a wrap with my in case I get chilly. I used this RIT dye to create an extra long and skinny scarf.

I wanted to get a gradient effect on my scarf so this is how I do mine. Get two buckets next to one another. Put about 70% of one dye in one side and 30% in the other. (Follow the other instructions on the box in terms of water temperature, etc…) I dipped each end of my scarf in one side then teeter totter it back and forth. That way each end will come out a different color and the middle will be blended.

After drying I took each end and cut little strips to add fringes.

Then I tied them in little knots.

It’s a great way to stay warm against any cool breezes.


Project 6:

Now for my final beach essential- a breezy kaftan. This is EASY! It’s just a giant, loose robe so follow along! MJ Trimming sent me another great dye in golden yellow.

I knew I wanted something transparent for my kaftan, so against advice I used a polyester sheer material. I knew in my dying experience that it would still dye, just very light which was fine by me. So for the record, if you use a polyester it will barely pick up the dye. I got a large pieces and folded in it half over at the head. Here it is pinned on my mannequin so you can see what I did. (notice there’s no head hole yet)

I cut a slight shape out of the sides. After unfolding it, sew the sides together.

Next, fold it in half again and at the top folded corner, cut a little hole out for the head.

Now slip it over your mannequin or lay it on the floor.

Now I cut a diagonal slit across the front. I wanted the opening to be across and open at the leg.

Then I took some pins and opened it up the way I wanted it to lye on the front. Notice how it’s taking shape?

Repeat that on the other side.

Then from there you can cut off the excess and sew the openings, along with the hem and it’s complete! I love the way it covers and flows in the beachy wind!

For an optional belt I got two extra strips of the fabric along with some teal grosgrain from MJ Trimmings that matched my scarf perfectly. I braided them all together.

For the ends I got a small piece of grosgrain and glued them closed.

Here’s the belted kaftan.

I hope you enjoyed my beach tutorials! Now you can have all these great updates to your normal summer outings gear!

I’m so grateful to MJ Trimmings for asking me to be a part of this challenge. It was such a fun, creative experience! I hope you all enjoyed it!



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M&J Challenge 2

We are so excited to announce that M&J Challenge 2 is here! Last year was a great success and we loved what each blogger made so much that we decided to do another challenge with New Bloggers!  Next week on Wednesday, June 29th we will show you what each blogger made with the Mystery Box of Trims! But until then Meet the Bloggers!



I founded Dismount Creative after moving to Houston from Chicago in 2010. In an effort to make new friends and do something more creative I started teaching DIY craft classes over cocktails in area bars and restaurants. Dismount Creative is now as a place for people to step out of their day-to-day routine and get together to make cool, modern crafts. When I’m not teaching I post my fashion and style DIY projects, inspirations and other musings twice a day to the Dismount Creative blog

My name is Beverly from Flamingo Toes and I am a SoCal girl who loves to create! I spend my spare time (and some of my not-spare time) in sewing, embroidery, home décor, jewelry making, and blogging about my creations and adventures.

 Kristen Turner has a taste for life’s glittery things, but a bank account that can’t support it. Glitter ‘N Glue is dedicated to every fashion forward girl with champagne dreams living on a beer budget. Every week Kristen show’s her readers the latest in celebrity fashion trends and how they can DIY the look for less.

Jill from Homemade by Jill is a self-taught sewist with a passion for creating handmade items for her two children, friends, family, and home.  She loves fabric, staying up too late sewing, peanut butter and chocolate, and singing in the car.

 Alexis, from Made by Lex, began sewing about 6 years ago. As her passion grew she began a blog designated to showing people new, fun ways to sew. She now has her own label, Lex Designs, and sells many of her original pieces.

Here’s a Sneek Peak of what we sent!