Keeping Your Crafts Organized

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When it comes to organizing craft and fashion supplies, we’ve got it down to a science. Just go visit our store and see for yourself! You’ll find rows of rainbow ribbons, aisles of beaded trims, and walls of colorful buttons; and somehow everyone knows exactly where to find what you’re looking for. We would like to share some of our favorite tips with you, so that your space is relaxing and beautiful!

Sort by style first. This is a simple tip, but sort like with like. We keep our jute separate from our braided trim because it makes finding exactly the type of trim you’re looking for really easy.

Ribbon Wall M&J Trimming

Color code. Take a cue from our organization and sort by color. When it comes to craft supplies, it’s great to know what colors you have on hand quickly without having to look through your entire stash to find the right shade. Plus it can look really gorgeous!

Purple Buttons from M&J Trimming

Use boxes to separate different items or styles. It easier to have items in their own designated area instead of floating around in miscellaneous dishes or strewn on countertops.  Label each box so you know what goes where without having to search through stacks.

We hope these simple tips will help you when you’re reorganizing your space! If you have any additional suggestions, share them down below!

What’s New in December

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This month we’ve stocked up on some amazing items that are ideal for making a very stylish DIY. This accessory is perfect for pairing with pants because it keeps them in place. It can be made out of many materials, but is most commonly made with leather, and usually has a fixture on the front to make it adjustable. We’re talking about belts! We’re sure that our beautiful new trims and buckles will guarantee that a handmade belt will be on everyone’s holiday wish list!

Tri-Color Trim from M&J Trimming

These tri-colored trims consist of three vinyl braids sewn together. We love the idea of a fun colored belt with a modern buckle.

Embossed Trim from M&J Trimming

These beautiful embossed trims are ideal for an understated belt with a little bit of edge, and this style comes in six colors, from tame neutrals to a vibrant green! Why not pair this trim with this buckle?

Buckles from M&J Trimming

We got a LOT of fantastic buckles in this month, and we think they’re perfect for pairing with our braided trim! We particularly love the 2″ Crescent Buckle with Prong and the Bottle Opener Interlocking Buckle!

So we know what we would make with our latest treasures, but what would YOU make? Would you embellish a pair of boots or a bag? Add the braided trim to an accent pillow? We would love to hear your DIY ideas, or better yet, see them!

M&J Trimming Cyber Monday Sale

M&J Trimming Cyber Monday Sale

We know you’ve started holiday shopping, but what about holiday wrapping shopping? Don’t miss out on M&J Trimming’s Cyber Monday Sale for the best deals on the most beautiful trim! Receive 25% off of trims, ribbons, buttons and notions. Also, save a 15% off of rhinestones. It’s the perfect way start your holiday decorating off right. Don’t delay, the offer is only good today!

M&J Trimming Goes Abroad

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M&J Trimming is going across the pond, over the river, through the woods! Well, sort of. We’re going to be offering our international customers something to make their M&J Trimming shopping experience much easier.
M&J Trimming Interior

Hundreds of people walk through our story every day, and many of them are visiting from all over the world! We are so fortunate to have customers from every corner of the earth because we get to hear their amazing stories, check out their fashion-forward styles, and ask what DIYs they’ll be working on with what they pick up at the store. Unfortunately, when they’re home their accessibility to M&J Trimming’s eclectic items is restricted.

M&J Trimming ExteriorSure, international customers have been able to order our incredible trim, gorgeous rhinestones and beautiful buttons over the phone; but with time differences being what they are, that can prove to be a little inconvenient. That’s why we’ve introduced international shipping for online orders!

M&J Trimming Interior

International customers can now experience the same convenience of buying a button whenever they see fit: on their commute in the Tube,  while looking at inspiring masterpieces in the Louvre, or walking across the Great Wall of China. (How many bars can you get on the Great Wall anyway?)

International Shipping | M&J Trimming

While we love seeing your faces and hearing your stories when you visit, we’re happy to be able to bring a little bit of M&J Trimming to you in a convenient and simple way. We can’t wait to see what you create now that you have easy access to all of our trims!

Gucci-Inspired Belt DIY with Carlos

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Working at a store like M&J Trimming it’s hard not to become completely overcome with creativity! This place is really a DIYer’s dream. That’s why when Carlos saw this amazing green and red canvas ribbon, he knew exactly what to make with it: a Gucci-inspired belt! Learn how to make this stylish belt with just a few items, and in only a few minutes!

Gucci Inspired Belt DIY Materials | M&J Trimming

What You’ll Need:
2 2.5″ Bamboo Rings

35MM Polyester Webbing

A Striped Grosgrain ribbon or Jacquard ribbon for a vintage touch. You can order this style (55160) by giving us a call!

Gucci Inspired Belt DIY Measuring | M&J Trimming1. For this project we’re using printed ribbon, and lining it with webbing to make it sturdier. The webbing can also be used by itself for a fun solid belt. Line up the webbing and ribbon, and measure how much ribbon you will need by wrapping it around your hips and adding six inches.

Gucci Inspired Belt DIY Gluing | M&J Trimming2. Once you’ve cut the ribbon and webbing to your desired length, glue them together using a hot glue gun or E-6000. If you’re using a glue gun, work in sections. This way the glue won’t dry before you’ve reached the end of the ribbon!

Gucci Inspired Belt DIY Bamboo Rings | M&J Trimming3. Take the two bamboo rings, and loop the belt through them. Glue the end of the belt down past the rings. There should be a little bit of wiggle room between the two rings.

Gucci Inspired Belt DIY Carlos | M&J TrimmingExtra step: If you want to make a belt loop for your belt, take a piece of that patterned ribbon and glue the two ends to the back of the belt, while making sure to create a loop on the other side. Make sure you can fit your belt through the loop before gluing it down!

What did you think of Carlos’s quick and easy belt tutorial? This belt is a great way to jazz up any outfit!

New in November

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At M&J Trimming we’re constantly getting new trims, notions and findings to dazzle and delight! Every month we bring in the most beautiful and unique trims from all over the world because we know our customers want the best and finest. If you happen to live outside of the city and can’t see our fabulous selection of trims in person, we have good news. All of the new arrivals below are available online!

Lace | M&J Trimming

We absolutely adore lace at M&J Trimming. It’s a borderline obsession, really. This month we’ve received a lot of beautiful eyelet lace like the Ruffled Eyelet Lace, the Scallop Lace Edging, and the Scallop Eyelet Lace above! This lace is durable and perfect for trimming a dress or a shirt! Many of these beautiful eyelet trims are made in Spain, and they’re also 100% cotton!

Thread | M&J Trimming

Sometimes all you need is a little bit of thread. This button thread we’ve recently started stocking is perfect for those pesky loose buttons! It’s strong and sturdy, and will keep the buttons on your winter coat right where you left them!

Dark Green Moss Swarovski | M&J Trimming

Crystal Lilac Shadow Swarovski | M&J Trimming

Aside from ribbons and trims, we also love anything that sparkles! We have a huge selection of Swarovski crystals that are ideal for adding a little bit of bling to your outfit. We’re happy to introduce two captivating new colors: Dark Moss Green and Crystal Lilac Shadow. If you like to DIY with a little sparkle check out our Rhinestone Clutch, Rhinestone Beanie, and Rhinestone Clear Minauderie posts!

Are you a lover of lace? A Swarovski savant? A fan of threads? What new products do YOU love seeing at M&J Trimming?

M&J Halloween 2013

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Halloween is a big deal here at M&J because the holiday is all about getting to show your creative side! (The candy doesn’t hurt either.) Every year we like to dress to impress, and show our customers how versatile the products at M&J Trimming are. Check out our costumes from one of the most exciting holidays of the year!
Pharaoh M&J Halloween Pageant Don’t just walk like an Egyptian, walk like a pharaoh!

Minnie and Pirate M&J Halloween Pageant

The beauties from the M&J Bridal Salon look great as Minnie Mouse and a swashbuckling pirate!

Flock of Birds M&J Halloween Pageant

This creative flock decided it’s better to be birds of a feather than to fly solo. Guess which one of them took home 6th place at the M&J Halloween Pageant!

Waldo M&J Halloween Pageant

Guys, we found Waldo. “He” was staring at the striped grosgrain ribbon wall for like…hours.

Cat M&J Halloween Pageant

No Halloween is complete without a black cat. Crossing paths with this one won’t give you bad luck though, just really great fashion advice!

Psy M&J Halloween Pageant

Forget Madison Square Garden. We had Psy performing on the M&J Trimming runway!

Nancy and Brawny Man M&J Halloween Pageant

Just two dudes being dudes as Nancy from the Craft and the Brawny man.

Zipperface and Mermaid M&J Halloween Pageant

The two finalists for the M&J Trimming Halloween pageant! Check out those accessories, and that makeup! It’s no wonder these two made it to the top.

Zipperface M&J Halloween Pageant

And the winner of our M&J Trimming 2013 Halloween Pageant is Charlie as the totally terrifying zipperface!

M&J Trimming Halloween 2013

Everyone from M&J Trimming seriously stepped up their costume game this year! We can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with next year!

Our Favorite M&J Costumes

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At M&J Trimming, Halloween is one of our favorite holidays! Our favorite aspect of this glorious day isn’t the treats, the spooks, or the tricks. It’s the, you guessed it, costumes! We love getting creative using the items we have in the store to make totally customized costumes! Here are a few of our favorites  from over the years!

Halloween | M&J Trimming

This cute gypsy costume is easy to recreate. You just need a skirt with some volume, a scarf to tie around your waist, and some gold coin trim!

Halloween | M&J Trimming

These costumes are positively terrifying. If you see these guys stalking you in the store, we promise that they’re just trying to help you pick out some trim!

Halloween | M&J Trimming

How creative are these troll costumes? The use of Troll Beads takes these costumes to the next level, and we love the color coordination and crazy hair!

Halloween | M&J Trimming

Looks like someone is “taking it easy” in a hippie ensemble. This look is super easy to recreate using our ribbons for the headband!

Halloween | M&J Trimming

This costume was inspired by the classic film and novel, Clockwork Orange. We may be biased, but we think this looks way more stylish than the original!

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These pictures were taken during our Halloween event a few years ago. Guests got to trim, bedazzle and embellish to their heart’s content. Look at that amazing chained corset one guest made!
Halloween | M&J Trimming

There was no absence of cats and dark costumes at this year’s Halloween. Meow!

Halloween | M&J Trimming

Everybody smile and say trick or trims!

Can’t wait to see what we’re going to be? Come into M&J Trimming on Halloween to see some of your favorite trimmers all dolled up in hilarious and creative costumes!

A Lesson in Lace

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At M&J we have a serious love of lace. You might call it an obsession really. We have walls of the stuff at our store! Of course not all lace is the same, and we’re not talking about just patterns either. There are many unique styles of lace from all over the world! Some are made by hand, others are strictly manufactured by machine.  Some are created with using the needle method, others use bobbins. Each method and material used creates a different, but equally beautiful, style. Here are a few of our favorites styles, and a little history behind each!

Alencon Lace

Alençon – One of the most popular types of lace for wedding dresses, Alençon is a French-style lace. It is also one of the most difficult, and thus most expensive, types of lace to make. This style is characterized by floral or leaf motifs on a mesh background. Fun fact: The process of creating this lace by hand has been preserved over the years by Carmelite nuns in Alençon.

Battenburg Lace

Battenburg – Popular in the 1930s and 1940s, Battenburg is a needle lace. You can find it mostly on tablecloths and linens. It is an easy-to-make lace, and much less labor intensive than other embroidered varieties.

Cluny Lace

Cluny – A bobbin-style lace, cluny often features small flowers and loops. This lace is sturdy, and more durable than most. Its name is derived from the Abbey of Cluny in Cluny, France, where it was used by monks.

Schiffli Lace

Schiffli – This is the lace of the new age. Strictly made using modern machines, Schiffli is created by embroidering both the front and the back of a piece of light fabric, usually tulle.

Venise Lace

Venise – This needle lace was once more coveted than jewels. Originating in Venice, Italy, using this lace as an adornment proved you were very wealthy indeed. Thankfully it is now more affordable, and easy to obtain! Its design features no netting, with motifs held together by braids or threads. This makes it perfect for using as a dramatic trim!

These are just SOME of the many styles of lace available at our store. Which look or style do YOU prefer?

Behind the Scenes: Papillon

People know M&J because of our amazingly colorful storefront filled with trims of all shapes and sizes. More and more people know about our subscription DIY box, Project DIY. But there is one area of M&J Trimming that most people aren’t privy to. This section of M&J is a magical place filled with unicorns, pandas, jewelry and accessories, and it’s called Papillon Accessories.

Papillon Accessories is a division of M&J that creates licensed and private label products. What does that mean? Papillon Accessories buys a license to create hats, jewelry, cold weather accessories, and Halloween accessories, featuring some of your favorite characters and brands like Lisa Frank, Hello Kitty, Angry Panda, and Sharknado! Papillon then sells these items to retailers who offer them to customers in their retail locations.

Papillon Accessories is always busy creating lots of amazing goodies just for Halloween, and we wanted to see what kind of items they were working on. We took a little trip to the Papillon Accessories studio to give our readers a behind-the-scenes look at what goes on in this little-known, but very important, part of M&J Trimming.

Just in time for Halloween, Papillon Accessories has created some costumes inspired by one of the most popular (and strangest) sci-fi movies of the last year. That’s right ladies and gents. We’re talking about Sharknado.  You can buy our very own Sharknado Shark Fin Costume Headband and the Sharknado Shark Mask Hood today on Amazon, and get it just in time for Halloween.

Sharndado Hat with Male Model | M&J Trimming Sharndado Hat with Female Model | M&J Trimming Sharknado | M&J Trimming

Right now Papillon Accessories is inspired by the sea, and their designers are creating a ton of adorable “sea punk” pieces! These necklaces will be sold to stores like Claire’s or Hot Topic, where YOU can buy them!

Sea Punk Necklaces | M&J Trimming

We love these pendant necklaces. The keys and cogs make them look a little bit steam punk! It’s very Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea if you ask us.

Sea Inspired Jewelry | M&J Trimming

These pieces are a little more sparkly and refined, like the jewels you would find in a sunken pirate treasure chest! And the teal starfish ring is such a showstopper!

Sea Punk Charm Necklace | M& J Trimming

We love this charm necklace, and what’s that one charm on the middle right? A dinglehopper, right?

Next time you’re at the mall, the Halloween store or doing some online shopping, and you notice your favorite characters or styles on an accessory in your shopping cart, remember that it might have been made by us here at M&J Trimming!