This year we’ve seen a resurgence in a sorely missed embellishment: patches. These embroidered pieces of personality are a great addition to anything from a classic denim jacket to a sassy cocktail dress. They’re also the perfect element to DIY with! Adding them to your next piece takes little to no work, with an outcome that far exceeds the effort. We’ve added over one hundred new patches to the site to satiate our need for these embroidered emblems! Check out how the fashion world is rocking this trend, and let it inspire your next DIY!
At M&J we don’t only sell buttons and ribbons. We have a wide variety of rhinestones, buckles, pins and appliques that will fit almost any DIY project. This month we introduced some flirty and feminine appliques that you’ll be excited to add to your crafting supplies!
Bloom throughout autumn with our beautiful 2″ Chiffon Flowers!
These beautiful velvet bows are perfect for holiday presents and outfits! You can also add a comb to the back to create a festive hair bow.
If you like your appliques with a little more texture, check out the 3 1/2″ Satin Organza Double Bow and the 3” Tulle Flowers with Beads which combine two different types of fabric.
Patches were all the rage in the ’70’s and again in the ’90’s. Good news for those of you who have held on to your vintage gear…they’re making a comeback. For those of you simply looking to revamp your wardrobe, why not spruce them up with a patch party! Check out our large assortment of patches and appliques for inspiration. We can’t wait to see what you come up with.
We’re excited to announce our Cyber Monday Sale!!
Monday, November 29th 2010 get 15% Off Entire Site Including RHINESTONES!!
Save 15% off your entire order including Swarovski rhinestones on Monday, November 29th 2010. Sale begins at 12am ends at 11:59pm EST. Take advantage of our special sale while supplies last.
Coupon codes are not valid on sale and promotional items.
Ever since my last refashion blog on my old peacoat, I’ve been in a sort of Re-fashion-State-of-mind and I needed to fill my craving by whipping up another re-fashion blog this time on one of my really old, never wear the thing, hidden in my closet since 2008 Jean Blazer. It was old and outdated and I wanted to find a way to bring it back to life. And here is what I came with, unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to take any before pictures and realized it after I added the iron on nail heads. But just picture a really outdated jean blazer. Hope You guys like it.
- 1 pkg of 10mm Hotfix Pyramid Nailheads Item# 43988 in Antique Gold (1.800.9.MJTRIM)
- 1 Hammered Metal Button Item# 39747 in Old Brass
- 1 4.5″X3.25″ Beads Bullion Crest Itme# 44702 (1.800.9.MJTRM)
- Needle and Thread
- Cheese Grater or scissors
- Step1: Apply the iron nail heads on to the collar of the jackets, and I also added some nailheads by the pockets. (Tutorial for Iron-on Nailheads coming soon!!!)
- Step2: Sew on your button
- Step3: Use a Cheese grater to distress the jean blazer – Tutorial here
- Step4: Sew on the applique in desired location.
As I mentioned in my Fall ’09 Accessories post, Zippers are coming big in a new way for this season. Designers are using them not only for their function, but also as embellishments on jackets, bags, shoes and anything you can think of. M&J Trimming just got these new Zipper Rosettes. Here are some ideas of how you can make your own accessories or embellish the ones you already have. It’s a great way to get the look of this seaon’s strongest trends. They have a flat back that makes them easy to stitch or glue, depending on your project. They come as individual 2 ½” Rosettes and a larger 4″ version which comes with 4 Rosettes attached as one piece.
Now you can have fun embellishing your shoes, all you need is a glue gun and attach the Rosette in the center or if they have straps you could glue them on the side of the strap. If you are doing your bag, I would recommend to use needle and thread to attach the Rosettes because you might want to replace it with something else in the future. If you want to make a headband, all you need to do is get a plain headband and glue the Rosette on the side. You can also use a hair clip or a hair comb. Fall is around the corner, so have fun and start getting ready for the season making your own accessories.
By the way, the zipper rossets aren’t available online. However, you can call customer service at 1-800-9-MJTRIM and order them on the phone. All you need are the item numbers.
Fabric covered storage help keep your little odds and ends in order while simultaneously adding a splash of color to your space. It’s a pretty quick and inexpensive project to undergo. The supplies are minimal and the usefulness factor is high.
NOTE: The decorating method described below is merely a suggestion that happens to mimic the common design of storage boxes seen in home décor magazines. Remember, you can also use buttons, rhinestones, Appliqués, fringe and tassels to decorate your box. This can also be a fun project to do with a kid to help encourage putting away toys although I would suggest doing the fabric wrapping of the box yourself if your child is under the age of 12.
Making the box:
Lay the main compartment of the shoebox on your fabric and estimate how much you will need to wrap the entire outside of the box, adding an extra inch and a half to fold into the inside of the box. Cut a square/rectangle from your fabric that will accomplish this.
Repeat with the lid of the shoebox, except measure the depth of your shoebox lid to determine how much overhang you will need to pull and glue down the fabric.
Lay the shoebox in the middle of the first piece of cut fabric and begin to fold into the center of the box. Put down a strip of fabric glue on the inside rim of the box and seal down the first edge. Go around the box wrapping in snuggly. With the excess fabric, fold in a similar fashion as you would if you were making your bed… Consult 1950’s housewife if you don’t know how to do this. You want this to be pretty flawless or your box will look messy. Make sure to apply glue in areas needed to hold fabric in place.
Repeat steps with shoebox lid.
Now you should have a wrapped shoebox that sort of resembles one of those TV show presents that doesn’t require actual tearing of the wrapping paper.
Wrap your ¼ inch ribbon around the lid of the box applying fabric glue to the ribbon as you go. You only need a thin spread otherwise the glue will push out from behind the ribbon and look messy.
With the remaining ¼ inch ribbon, glue down along the raw edge of the fabric on the inside of the shoebox lid for a more professional finish
Repeat on the shoebox/raw fabric edge with your 2-¼ inch ribbon
Use any access ribbon to make bows or extra lines on the outside of your box. This is especially useful if you are making multiple boxes and want to be able to differentiate them from one another
Due to M&J Trimming’s 5,000 sq ft showroom being located in New York City, we have decided to make a video for customers who have not yet had a chance to visit us. We hope this video will help you learn more about M&J Trimming and what we have to offer.
For those who had a chance to visit us in New York City and have photos of the showroom, please feel free to share. You can also share your story about your visit to the showroom. We’d all love to hear from you.