Project DIY: Your Projects in February 2014

We don’t know if it’s just the shortened month, but it seems like February just flew by! Our subscribers have been busy bees working on their Project DIY collections, and really customizing and personalizing each piece. Here are some of our favorite projects from this month to help inspire your creativity! Punk and Film Noir Combination

We love how Instagrammer @PrincessLeighLeigh combined the Punk Revival and Film Noir collections! And the pom pom trim she used in the Femme Fatale necklace? So on trend.

Stylecaster Project DIY Collections

Stylecaster got in on the fun by creating four different collections!! They all look fabulous, but we should ask them which THEY liked the most!

Rain Blanken Film Noir

Rain Blanken, DIY guru from About.com, came to visit us and spoke with lead designer Michelle Levy about Project DIY! She made some pretty cool customized pieces from the Film Noir collection before heading back to her home state. Hope you come back into the city soon Rain!

Sketch 42 Film Noir Camera Strap

One of our favorite bloggers, Nicole from Sketch 42, modified the convertible belt into a cool camera strap! Pretty perfect for such a great photographer.

How did YOU customize your projects in February? Share your results with us on Instagram @MJProjectDIY!

How to Rock an Ugly Sweater

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Ugly Holiday Sweater parties are all the rage now. If you aren’t familiar with this theme, the basic concept is simple: find the most heinous looking holiday sweater, and rock it til the reindeer fly home. While your sweater may look absolutely ridiculous, the rest of your outfit doesn’t have to! Here are a few simple ways to make your outfit stylish..or as stylish as possible given the circumstances.

Ugly Sweater

SweaterDiamond Cluster Rhinestone ButtonLarge Jewel Rhinestone Button, Flat Rhinestone Button

Remember our Vintage Button Necklace DIY? Replace those brass buttons with some of the rhinestone buttons above, and your neck may even garner more attention than that sweater! Plus you can wear it after the month of December, which is more than we can say for that ornament sweater.

Ugly Sweater

Sweater, Bugle Beaded Applique, 1 1/4″ Woven Elastic, 18mm Metallic Foldover Elastic

Why stop sparkling with that sequin snowflake? Project DIY Designer, Michelle Levy, showed us how to make a No-Sew Holiday Headband, and we think that a sparkly beaded headband is the perfect complement to this sweater!

Ugly Sweater Dress

Sweater Dress, 1 1/2″ Ribbed Elastic, Buckle

This sweater dress looks comfy, cozy and totally bulky. Cinch it up by making a quick and easy belt!

Now granted we picked some cute, albeit loud sweaters, but we hope our suggestions gave you some ideas on how to upgrade your ugly sweater! Have you ever been to an ugly sweater party? Going to one this Christmas? If you revamp it using any of these tips, send us a photo! Actually, just send us a photo regardless. We would love to see how you rock this style.

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!

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!

DIY: Western Belt

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Whether it’s the rough and tumble attire or the amazing use of leather, there’s something about the Old West that makes us go wild! That’s why our first Halloween DIY this year is featuring this classic theme, perfect for a cowgirl (or boy) costume. Our Western Belt DIY will transform you into a modern day Annie Oakley, and nobody messes with Annie Oakley! Western Belt DIY Supplies What You’ll Need:

1 Yard of Faux Leather Bias Binding #42143

1 Round Cowboy Buckle #30161

1 Pack of 7mm x  10mm Metal Spikes with Screw #57562

Revolving Leather Hole Punch #55264 Scissors #57470

E-6000

Marker

Leather Trim Western Belt DIY

1. Insert about an inch of the leather trim into the buckle opening, and wrap it around the metal fixture. Glue it down, and let dry it for an hour.

Marking Notch for Western Belt DIY

2. Wrap the leather trim around your waist to figure out where to place the notch in your belt. Mark the area to ensure correct placement!

Cutting Leather Trim for Western DIY

3. Once you know where the hole is going, cut off any excess trim.

Hole Punch for Western Belt DIY 4. Using a small hole punch, create a hole for the buckle closure.

Marking Holes for Western Belt DIY

5. Place the spikes or studs you want to use, and mark the spots as you had for the notch. Stud Placement for Western Belt DIY 6. Then take out your hole punch to create holes where you want your spikes to go.

Metal Spikes in Leather Trim Belt

7. Twist the spikes into place.

Finished Western Belt DIY

8. Put on your finished belt, and prepare to be the chicest gal at the rodeo! Love the look but not feeling the buckle? Or maybe you’re looking for a different style of trim. Switch it out! Explore our Wild Wild West page to find all the Western-inspired materials to make a belt that reflects YOUR style.

Evening Wear DIY

Lace Belt D.I.Y

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With Paris Fashion Week rounding up, we are beyond obsessed with anything and everything black and white. The major trend highlighted at every show inspired us to create this lace belt. This Chanel inspired D.I.Y will spruce up a plain white tee or a fab gown ready to be taken out on the town. Check out our selection of elegant lace and beaded trims on our site.

SUPPLIES:
Beacon Magna-Tas 809 Glue

3″ Rigid Lace from M&J Trimming

Grossgrain Bow from M&J Trimming

Mundial 8.5″ Dressmaker Shears Scissor

SuppliesSTEPS:
1. Cut lace in half based on the floral design(One side will be larger than the other depending on which lace was selected)
2. Fold the thinner piece in half3. Glue both halves together creating a thicker piece (You can match the lace or mismatch for a more romantic touch…)

4. Pick up the leftover piece of lace and lay this piece under the now thicker band making sure it is centered.
Step 45. Using your Beacon Magna-Tac 809, now glue down this piece for an additional layered look
0066. Be creative! We glued on a bow, but feel free to add brooches, rhinestones, chains or studs! Make this lace belt your own canvas
0077. Ta Da!

Want to try your hand at making a stylish evening accessory?  See our selection of elegant trims on our site and don’t forget to posts photos of your DIYs on Instagram (#MJtrimmingDIY) and Pinterest (@MJtrim) so we can see!

DIY Body Harness Belt by Taylor and Demolish

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Remember that awesome DIY body harness we posted a while ago? It was created by the incredibly talented Candy of Taylor and Demolish, whose blog we follow religiously. We were so thrilled to see that she created another edgy DIY harness, made with M&J Trimming products, and we just had to share the tutorial with you. Check it out below, and stop by Taylor and Demolish to see more cool DIYS!

Supplies:

3-4 yards of leather trim
Sew-on snaps (or sold in the M&J Trimming store)
Studs
Fabric glue
Needle & Thread
Ruler
Scissors

1.  Measure the length of trim that would wrap around your waist and sit right above your belly button. Add 1 inch to this measurement and cut this length.

2.  Measure 2 lengths of trim – one that would wrap around your waist and sit 2 inches above the trim cut in step 1 and one that would be 2 inches below the trim cut in step 1.  Add 1 inch to each measurement and cut.

3.  Lay the 3 three pieces of trim that you cut on a flat surface.  Space them out so that they are centered and that there is 2 inches separating them equally.

4.  Cut 2 pieces of trim that will fall diagonally across the 3 waist trims close to the center, as depicted in the picture above.

5.  Add a little fabric glue to connect all of the pieces of trim.

6.  Push the 6 studs onto the 6 meeting points of the trim.

7.  Add sew snaps to the ends of the trims.

8. Et voila!

DIY Studded Leather Belt

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Recently we’ve been getting inspired by one of our favorite blockbusters, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. When we think of Lisbeth Salander, we immediately think of black, leather, and spikes, so we created this studded leather belt inspired by the character. Use it to add an edge to a girly dress, or go all out with an all black outfit. Follow along below to make it yourself, and stop by our website to see our items inspired by The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (and other awesome blockbusters!).

1. Gather your supplies. You need a leather hole punch, E6000 glue, scissors, 1 yd of leather trim, 3 packs (or 30) cone studs, a snap closure.
2. Cut your leather trim so it is an inch or two longer than the circumference of your waist.
3. Glue one side of the snap closure to the top side of the leather trim. Once that has dried, flip the leather over and glue it to the bottom side of the other end of trim. Make sure the two sides of the closure connect when the belt is wrapped around your waist.
4. Using your leather hole punch, punch out holes where you want your studs to go. You may want to use a ruler and pencil first to plan it out. We placed our studs about 1 inch apart.
5. Unscrew the studs, then start screwing them into the holes.
6. Finish screwing the studs into the holes, then you’re all done!

DIY Neon Rope Belt by Thanks, I Made It

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We enlisted the help of Erin of Thanks, I Made It to create another cool DIY project for us. Keep reading to find out how she made this awesome neon rope belt!

I love accessories and clothes that are trend multi-taskers, and this belt definitely ticks off a few summer trends. Neon? Check. Nautical? Check. Fun? Check! Here’s how to make your own rope belt with a nice little pop of neon.

Tools and Materials:
Leather punch
2 yards of cotton rope/cord
Tape

Decide where you want to wear your belt. Measure the rope so that it is long enough to wrap around your waist twice, and trim so it is about an inch shorter than that length.

Find the middle of the rope, and bring both ends to the center, like above. Line up both ends, and tape together to the center of the rope, wrapping the tape to secure. This forms a loop on either end.

Spread glue along the tape, and press one end of the thin cord into the glue.

Hold the end in place, and begin wrapping the cord tightly around the tape.

Once you’ve wrapped enough to cover the tape, trim down the cord to about 1 inch, add a drop of glue, and use a toothpick to tuck the loose end underneath the cords.

To attach the buckles, fold the belt closure around one looped end of the cord. Note where the edge wraps around and meets the longer end of the closure.

Using the leather hole punch, punch out four holes, two at the edge of the closure, and two where the the edge meets the longer end (what you measured above).

Lace the thin cord through the holes and over the rope like the picture above.

Pull the ends of the cord tight, and tie the cord into a tight knot. Add a dab of glue to secure.

Repeat with the other side of the faux-leather closure onto the other loop of the rope. Slide the buckles on the cord and into place. Let glue dry.

Top 5 Belt DIYs

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Belts are the best way to accessorize a simple summer outfit, so we have been searching for the best DIY belt tutorials to try. We think we’ve narrowed it down to the top 5 – check out our picks below!

1. DIY J. Crew Style Belt by Sidewalk Ready

2. DIY Rope Belt by Sincerely, Kinsey

3. DIY Door Knocker Belt by Honestly WTF

4. DIY Isabel Marant Belt by Floorteloves

5. DIY Transparent Belt by Love Aesthetics