Brooklyn Limestone Blogger of the Month – March

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Hi everyone – Stefanie of Brooklyn Limestone here.  MJ Trim is one of my favorite NYC stores to get lost in so of course I jumped on the opportunity to work on a mystery box project with them.  As soon as the box arrived, I tore it open to find this lovely presentation.  So pretty!  

I knew I wanted to make a camera strap cover even before the box arrived.  I pulled out all the pretty ribbons until I decided on the pleated twill tape and the green grosgrain would be the perfect pairing with some map fabric I had set aside.

Camera strap covers are a very simple project – even for a very poor seamstress like me.  Essentially all you are creating is a very long, narrow pillow case with two open ends instead of one. I measured the length I’d need and cut out the fabric and ribbon to just larger than that. I sewed down the short edges to finish those before adding the grosgrain. Then I ironed the grosgrain in half to make a faux piping treatment along each edge, pinned place, turned down the edges into the sleeve and sewed it up on both edges. As an after thought, I made a quick rectangular pocket for the inside of the strap (the part that rests against my shoulder) to sock away a little cash for those times I’m not carrying a purse.  At this point the cover was pretty much functional but a little too plain.   Time for the cherry on top – the off white ruffle tape.  I just hand stitched it every few inches to the cover and voilà…a feminine and practical accessory for anyone like me who drags their camera everywhere made in no time at all.  

I just love it.  Thanks MJ!

M&J Materials Used:

Here are the steps – Click on Photos to enlarge

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Project 2

After the camera strap I had that lovely Greek Key ribbon staring back at me.  Oh what would I do with it?  A mini inspiration board was just the thing. 

I started off with a stretched canvas I had laying around and covered it with a bit of drop cloth canvas fabric. Out came the tools: a staple gun, scissors, a hammer, the ribbon and the nailheads. I played with various layouts of the ribbon until I settled on a simple frame.  After cutting the ribbon to size, I pulled it taut and stapled it at the back. 

Finally it was time for a little bit of hardware.  The precise way to apply the nailheads would be to carefully measure out the spacing but I was looking for a quick alternative so I simply used two fingers as a guide.  I set the nail heads tentatively into the frame to make sure it looked good before hammering all the way in.In less than 30 minutes, I had a lovely little inspiration board perfect for a desktop.  You could easily do this on a much larger scale with just a little more time and materials invested.

Materials Used:

  • 33mm Greek Key Jacquard Item#41897  Pale Blue/Antique
  • 11.5mm Dome Furniture Nailhead Item#45321 in  Antique Brass  (1-800-9-MJTRIM)

Here are the steps – Click on Photos to enlarge  

  

Visit her blog Brooklyn Limestone to see some Stefanie’s other Amazing DIY’s

Phosphene Blogger of the Month – Febraury!

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M&J’s First Blogger of the Month!!! *February

Pretty Little Things

A grosgrain ribbon here and a handful of appliqués there is all it takes to add a few pretty accents to your wardrobe. Using some bows, iron-ons, and tulle trim, this is how I revamped an old shirt, made a brooch perfect for pinning onto bags and jackets, and whipped up a hairband.

Dotted Collar Blouse

 What you’ll need:

Directions

  1. Before any ironing, experiment with how you’d like to place the iron-on nailheads. I decided on outlining each collar and then filling them in with rows.
  2.  Iron the sequins one at a time. Place one onto the fabric and press down firmly for about 10 seconds. I recommend placing a thin piece of fabric between the iron and the surface of the iron-on nailhead so as to not damage them with direct heat.
  3. Make sure each iron-on nailhead is in place and can’t be flicked off easily. After all of them are in place, iron all of them one last time.
  4. Add a large black ribbon around the collar for a girly touch.

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The Super Easy Brooch

What you’ll need:

Directions

  1. Sew the rhinestone to the center of the grosgrain bow.
  2. Fold the tulle ribbon like a fan. Gather on the bottom and sew into place to the back of the bow.
  3. If you don’t have a pin back sitting around, a safety pin is a possible substitute. Just stick one in the back of the bow.
  4. Affix the brooch to lapels and collars, canvas bags, and more.

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Gold Pompom Hairband

What you’ll need:

 Directions 

1. Sew appliqué into middle of the bow.

2. Sew both onto the side of the hairband. If the box can’t be sewn onto the hairband, for instance if you chose a metal or plastic hairband, you can use hot glue instead.

Our Favorite Blogger of the Month!!!

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By Blerona

We have very exciting news!! Starting this month, (and every other month) we are choosing one of our favorite bloggers to guest post on our blog as M&J’s Blogger of the Month!  We will send the blogger some of our finest trims and see what he/she can do with them! Similar to the DIY Challenge! Each blogger we chose  every month will have to create some amazingly creative DIY’s with all the trims we send.

Our First ‘M&J Blogger of the Month’ Goes to Phosphene See her M&J DIY’s on Tuesday 15th, 2011 

Sophia Chou of Phosphene is a Boston-based style blogger. Though currently a full time graduate student, she is a multi-tasker at heart, dabbling in computer programming, web design, and DIY for good measure. She drinks at least 3 cups of coffee a day and enjoys polluted city air, open spaces and, of course, fashion. Check out some of her Amazing DIY’s on her Blog!

 What we sent Sophia

 

Think you have what it takes to be M&J’s Blogger of the Month? Well leave a comment with a link to your blog and we might contact you soon!!