DIY: Embellished Lace Zipper Necklace


This week’s DIY is quite a stunner! As we head into cooler weather, it’s up to our outfits to keep us bold, bright and warm. Well we have a few of those bases covered with this statement necklace that we created using a zipper and some glamorous metallic trim. This statement necklace would look great over a little black dress, and if you’re really crafty, you can use it in place of a typical zipper for your next sewing project.M&J Trimming: Zipper Necklace Materials

1 1/2” (38 MM) Metallic Lace

7/8″ Multi-Beaded Trim

18″ Heavy Separating Jacket Zipper 

Sobo Glue


Needle and Thread

M&J Trimming: Measuring Length of Lace1. Measure how much lace and beaded trim you will need.
M&J Trimming: Cutting Beaded Trim2. Add one inch to the desired size, and cut to that size.

M&J Trimming: Sobo Glue on Zipper3. Place glue on one side of the zipper.

M&J Trimming: Gluing Lace onto Zipper4. Glue down your lace. Repeat on the opposite side and let dry.

M&J Trimming: Sewing Lace onto Zipper5. Sew the lace into place for extra security.

M&J Trimming: Gluing Back of Zipper6. Flip the zipper over and place glue on the other side.

M&J Trimming: Gluing Beaded Trim to Zipper7. Add beaded trim to glue. Repeat on the opposite side and let dry.

M&J Trimming: Sewing Beaded Trim on Zipper8. Sew the trim into place for extra security.

M&J Trimming: Gluing Folded Lace9. Add glue to the end pieces of lace, and fold them over so you don’t have any raw edges. This will help to prevent fraying.

M&J Trimming: Zipper and Lace Metallic Statement Necklace DIY

DIY: Rhinestone Button Pins


If you ever need to add temporary elegance to an outfit without cutting, sewing or drastically altering a piece; this is the DIY for you! We used an array of rhinestone buttons to create pins for a cardigan. You can add these pins to a blazer, a canvas bag, or a hat! We love the instant dose of sparkle these flashy pins bring, and the fact that they’re removable and reusable doesn’t hurt either.DSC_0131

What You’ll Need:

Moonstone Rhinestone Button

Crystal Star Rhinestone Button

Dark Crystal Rhinestone Button

Rhinestone Heart Button

Five Petal Rhinestone Flower Button

Blank Pins


Wire Cutter
DSC_01341. Take your wire cutter and cut off the shank part of the button.
DSC_01362. Put some E6000 on the blank part of the pin. Take a button and put on top. Let dry.DSC_0212

DIY: Wire Silk Headband


Keeping your head feeling and looking cool during the summer doesn’t have to be hard! We created an adorable silk headband that hides a secret weapon. Inside the headband is a wire allowing you to manipulate the headband however you want! It also makes the fit completely customizable. You can keep your hair out of your face while the summer heat is blaring, all while looking totally chic.
DSC_0064 Materials:

2” Midori Dupioni Silk Ribbon

16 Gauge Wire

Needle and thread or sewing machine


 DSC_00661. Measure the Dupioni ribbon around your head leaving extra in order to twist once wrap is complete. Once you have your measurement, duplicate the same piece you create to have two pieces.DSC_00692. Start to sew the pieces together.
DSC_00713. Take your wire and create a loop. Twist the wire ends together.
DSC_00774. Insert wire into the ribbon before sewing up the last few inches.


DIY: Leather Tassel


Our latest DIY is great to use as an addition to a project, or on its own as an accessory. Add our stylish leather tassels to a chic pillow, or attach them with a chain to a handbag! They’re also great for using as a stylish key chain. If you really want to amp up your present presentation, use a leather tassel in place of a big bow. DSC_0310


3mm Leather Fringe

5 1/2” Leather Fringe


ScissorsDSC_03111-  Roll your fringe from one end to the other.

DSC_03142- While rolling, add glue as you reach every inch, and keep rolling until you get to the end.

DSC_03203- Let dry.


DIY: Dazzling Ear Cuff


 Ring in the new year with this glamorous accessory!

DSC_0699What You’ll Need:

10mm x 5mm Navette Rhinestone with Setting

6mm x 6mm Swarovski Crystal Square with Setting

10mm x 6mm Pear Rhinestone with Setting

Blank Earring Setting

Glue (E6000)

Small Metal Component

DSC_07031. Glue your metal piece to the front of the earring. Let dry.

DSC_0704 2. Take your square crystal and glue in the center when you placed the end of the metal piece to the center of the earring setting.

DSC_0708 3. Take your navette pieces and glue down going opposite ways toward the top.

DSC_0712 4. Take your pear stone and add to the tip. Let dry.


Leather Glove DIY Roundup


Leather gloves are definitely a high-fashion way to keep your digits from freezing off! But if basic leather gloves are a little boring, upgrade them with these fun DIY alternatives!

DSC_0378+web (1)Upgrade a basic pair of leather or faux-leather gloves with this fun Chanel-inspired DIY!

Final-11Brit+Co. gives us three luxe options for leather gloves!

Screen-Shot-2013-12-18-at-10.44.07-AMHere are two ways to add some edge to your leather with the addition of studs!

gloves2Need added warmth? Extend those gloves with a form-fitting sleeve!


DIY: Monogrammed Leather Accent Tote Bag


Canvas tote bags are practical and great for running errands. But truth be told, they’re a little plain. Make your tote bag stand out with classic details that will instill your DIY creation with a preppy and sophisticated vibe, and avoid the question of paper or plastic once and for all.


What You’ll Need:

Canvas Tote
Faux Leather Bias Binding
Fabric Pen
Flatback Crystal Rhinestones


DSC_00711. Glue the faux leather trim on top on the canvas handles of your tote.

DSC_00882. Once the glue has dried, use E6000 to glue the trim across the top of the bag.

DSC_00903. Use small pieces of the trim to cover the edges of the bag.

DSC_01084. Write your initials, favorite word or phrase out lightly in pencil, and when you’re happy with the marks, go over it with your fabric pen.

DSC_01145. Finish your tote off with some sparkling accents by adding small flatback rhinestones to the top and bottom of your design!


DIY: Edgy Bow Belt


Our latest DIY features a beaded bow applique, and some gorgeous lilac elastic. It’s the perfect way to step into spring with an accessory that’s feminine, with a little bit of edge.

Materials for Edgy Bow Belt

What You’ll Need:

Beaded Bow Appliqué #46230
2 Yards of 25mm Elastic Grosgrain #56038
Button Snaps
Needle and Thread

Measuring Elastic for Bow Belt

1. Fold  your elastic in half. Wrap elastic around your hips or waist depending on where you want the belt to sit, and measure. Make sure to leave an inch to each end for button snaps. Cut to size.

Gluing Elastic in Half

2. To create a sturdier belt, glue the folded sides together.

Sewing Snap to Bow and Elastic

3. Place one end of the elastic on the back of the bow, and sew the male piece of the button snap in place.

Sewing Snap in Place on Elastic

4. Sew the female snap piece to the other end of the elastic.

Finished Edgy Bow Belt

Now you’re ready to hit the town in style this spring! We love this look paired with black basics, or even to cinch a dress.

4 Ways to Embellish with Statement Pieces for Fashion Week Part One: Fun Feather Collar


Necklaces are the standard when it comes to dressing up your neck, but sometimes it’s better to do your own thing and really make a statement! Stand out from the flock with this gorgeous feather collar. It’s so simple to make, and looks so elegant on.

Materials for Feather Collar

What You’ll Need:

4-5 Light Blue Feather Patches #42641

2 White Beaded Jewel Feather Patches #43077

Hook and Eyes #43922






Felt Collar Outline

1. Create a collar that fits your neck out of felt, and cut it out.

Placing Feathers on Felt Outline

2. Starting at the back, lay your light blue feather patches down. Make sure that the tips of the feathers are pointing out when you get to the end of the collar.

Gluing Feathers to Felt Outline

3. Take the next two light blue patches and repeat the same step but further down the collar. Glue down.

Positioning Embellished Feathers on Collar Ends

4. Lay the white feather patches on the tips of the collar where the closing will be. Leave a little space for the hook and eye. Glue feathers down.

Sewing Hook and Eye Closure

5. Sew your hook and eye onto the tips of the collar for closing.

Finished Feather Collar

Check out our selection of feathers and other materials that would work really well for variations of this DIY!

DIY: Coffee Cup Cozy


With the cold winter months looming over us like a dark stormy cloud, we find solace in our delicious hot drinks. But sometimes the cold is just too biting to even have our drinks out unattended because the icy wind will chill them in an instant! Keep your coffee, tea or hot chocolate piping hot (and stylish) with this DIY!

DIY Coffee Cup Cozy Materials | M&J Trimming

What You’ll Need:

50mm Velvet Ribbon (Light Beige) #02450

15mm Grosgrain Fantasy Ribbon (Beige Multi) #34304

23mm x 14mm Swarovski Oval Sew-On Stone (Crystal Golden Shadow) #56006






Paper Coffee Cup (Measuring purposes)

DIY Coffee Cup Cozy Velvet Ribbon | M&J Trimming

DIY Coffee Cup Cozy Measuring | M&J Trimming

1. Wrap your velvet ribbon around the cup. Then using your pencil, mark a line going straight down. Repeat with the other end.

DIY Coffee Cup Cozy Cutting Velvet Ribbon | M&J Trimming

2. Cut where the pencil marks are.DIY Coffee Cup Cozy Double Velvet | M&J Trimming3. Place velvet on another piece of velvet, making sure the soft sides are both facing out. Cut them to match, and glue both pieces together. DSC_0931

4. After the glue has dried, place the ribbon around the cup and mark the spot to sew.

DIY Coffee Cup Cozy Marking | M&J Trimming

5. Sew the velvet ribbon into place using the spot you made as a guide.

DIY Coffee Cup Cozy Grosgrain Measuring | M&J Trimming

6. Follow the steps above with the grosgrain ribbon.

DIY Coffee Cup Cozy Sew-on Gem | M&J Trimming

7. Sew the oval stone onto the center of the criss-crossed velvet and ribbon.

DIY Coffee Cup Cozy | M&J Trimming

Voila! You have a cup cozy fit for a queen! Which of your hot drinks deserves this royal treatment?