Button Basics

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Buttons have a place in our hearts at M&J Trimming, and for good reason! This often overlooked item is on some of the most beloved staples including the blazer, the button-down shirt, and almost every jacket! We thought we would let you know a little bit more about the so-called “basic” button. Natural and Leather Buttons M&J Trimming

Before the invention of plastic, buttons were primarily made out of natural materials like bone, horn, pewter and shell. While they were originally used as an adornment, the invention of the buttonhole during the Renaissance took them from stylish to practical. Who knew they were initially created with fashion over function in mind?

Rhinestone Buttons M&J Trimming

Buttons fall into one of two categories determined by how you attach them. There are sew-on buttons, which are flat with visible holes going through them. These provide a more secure hold, which is why they are more often used on heavier materials like coats and winter jackets. Then there are also shank buttons which attach through a loop in the back of the button. These are usually more decorative. Our rhinestone buttons look more like elegant brooches than buttons!

Blue Buttons M&J TrimmingButtons are measured by their diameter using millimeters in the United States. In European countries they use ligne as the unit of measurement. There are 40 ligne in an inch!

If you need help figuring out what size button you need, check out our handy Button Size Chart!

We hope this post has inspired you to give those buttons a second look! Not only are they great for keeping your jacket from flailing, but they’re also a great way to give your clothes a little upgrade!

Cocktail Ring DIY

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Most women joke about wanting a big rock on their finger…Why not a big flower? This easy to create cocktail ring will leave you questioning why you every wanted something so plain on your ring finger. Cocktail rings are intended to be fun, so why not indulge yourself with a youthful ring that will leave you smiling each time you glance down at it. Pair this ring with edgier jewelry to balance the amount of playfulness it gives off.

SUPPLIES

Supplies

Rhinestone Button
Plastic Pendant- Style #36919- Contact info@mjtrim.com for this exact pendant since it is not available online.
Ring( We picked this one up from Fun 2 Bead)
E6000 Glue
Pliers (Needed if you want to remove a shank)

STEPS

If your button has a shank, be sure to remove it with your pliers.
Simply clip the shank as you would an additional piece of thread.
Once the shank has been removed, place a small amount of E-6000 glue on the back of your button.
GlueCarefully flip your button over, making sure it is evenly placed on the pendantPush RingAdd a small amount of pressure to the button making sure the stone is set in place.
Place ringFlip the applique over placing a small amount of glue in the opening.
Quickly place the flat end of your ring down.
You can either use an old ring, or purchase a new one at the local bead store.
NOTE: We added extra glue since our button and pendant were on the heavier side.

Put Back On
How easy was this DIY cocktail ring? We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Ring

DIY Highlight: Buttons

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We loved creating yesterday’s DIY button card, and we’ve been busy brainstorming other DIYs that we can make with all the buttons in our store. We wanted to share the fun with you guys, so we’re offering 10% off all buttons at MJTrim.com! Simply use the code MJBUTTONS at checkout, and you’ll receive 10% off all buttons. The offer expires November 18th at 11:59 PM EST, so make sure you hurry! And if you’re in need of some inspiration, check out some ideas for DIY button projects below.

DIY Button Bobby Pins by Craft and Creativity

DIY Button Rings by Glitter N Glue

DIY Button Pillow by The Ivy Cottage Blog

DIY Skull Button Jacket by Mr. Peacock

DIY Button Bracelet by I Spy DIY

DIY Bohemian Button Hair Pin by Elisa McLaughlin

DIY Inspiration: Buttons

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If you’ve ever been to M&J Trimming, you’ll know that we have walls and walls of buttons. Aside from simply sewing them on a blouse, we’re always trying to come up with new and creative ways to use our buttons. So we browsed over our favorite DIY blogs to find some inspiration, and we came up with quite a few ideas! See our inspiration below, and don’t forget to check out our selection of buttons!

DIY Button Monogram by American Crafts Studio/ Jen Jockisch

DIY Vintage Button Necklace by Born in ’82

DIY Button Bookmark by Goodknits

DIY Button Heart Card by K Werner Design Blog

DIY Button Earrings by Grosgrain Fabulous

M&J Holiday Special Everyday This WEEK!

Everyday this week, we are having 24 hour sales on various popular items.

 Starting this week, all buttons are on sale for 15% off. Rhinestone buttons, fashion buttons, leather buttons and any buttons you can imagine are all on sale for 15% off. Sale ends at 11:59 PM EST.

Hair Clip Organizer

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By Dara

It’s been a while since my last blog post, but now I’m back with a new project to share with everyone.  I, like many other females enjoy styling my hair.  However, it’s not always as simple as using a comb and some hairspray.  Every now and then I use some accessories such as bobby pins and hair clips. 

I use to keep all my hair clips in a basket.  I spend quite a good amount of time searching through the basket just to find the clips I want to use.  All this wasted time spent searching for my cilps in the morning before work inspired me to be a bit more organized. 

I took some fabric and covered a foam center board using 3M Super 77 multipurpose spray adhesive.   Remember to iron your fabric before covering the board. 

Now is the fun part.  I chose different colors and sizes of some grosgrain ribbon to make a flower.  For example, I take a 3/8″ yellow grosgrain ribbon and laid it on top of a 5/8″ williamsberg blue grosgrain ribbon.  And I cut it at every 2 1/2″ so I that I can create a full circle and stitch the ribbon from one end to the other.  I made a total of four circles.  Then I placed each circle on top of each other to create a star shape.  I stiched the center using thread and also added a button.  After that I just pin down the flower to the board and pin a another grosgrain ribbon underneath so that it’s dangling. 

You can decorate your hair clip organizer anyway you want.  The main idea is to have a ribbon that dangles so you can clip your accessosries to it.  Don’t forget to add a ribbon at the top of the board from behind.  This way you can hang it anywhere you like. 

Materials Used:

  1. Swirl Button

Wedding Favors

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By Kristin

Wedding Favor Box

Picking out your wedding favors is one of the many exciting part of planning your wedding. I think using some handmade favor boxes is a great way to give your guest a special little “Thank you”.

A fun idea for using favor boxes is setting up a bar filled with your favorite candies and confections. You can pick candies that coordinate with your wedding colors or ones that remind you of your childhood. Place the candies in pretty jars, vases or bowls and have the boxes on the side for your guests to fill at their leisure.

You can also use the boxes as seating cards. Write your guest’s name and table number on a little card and tuck or tie it on top of the favor box. The boxes can be placed on tables and your guest will be sure to enjoy opening up their little gift from you.

The favor boxes are very easy to make and can be personalized in a variety of ways. Stamp your monogram on the side, glue on a photo or tie them with a coordinating ribbon, topped with a cute button or flower.

You can fill the boxes with anything you like such as candies, cookies or candle. I find edible favors to be the most popular and most enjoyed by guests.