How to Wear Knee High Socks


Attention all sock lovers! We’ve rounded up one of our favorite styles of socks, and how to wear them with different styled outfits. Yes, we are talking about knee high socks! Is layering season, and what’s a layered outfit without something to layer your shoes with? Knee high socks are so great for this season. It always compliments your outfits, and it’s your shoe’s best friend. Here we have different ways on wearing knee high socks. For embellishments on knee high socks, add a lace trim, or ruffled trim around the top edge of the socks, or you can add buttons on the outer sides for detail.

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We love this outfit combination!

M&J Trimming - Rainy Days

Perfect for those rainy/snowy days.

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It’s all about the layers!

M&J Trimming - Knee High + Heels

This combination is just so adorable. The ideas are endless!

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Knee high socks works with all different styles of shoes.

DIY: Button Embellished Shoulder Dress


As a salute to spring, our latest DIY involves a spring fashion favorite: the dress! The light and sweet dress we used as a base gets an extra kick of personality with an embellished shoulder of buttons. You can also use this technique on your favorite blazer or cardigan!

DSC_0315 What You’ll Need: 


Shiny Button 4-Holes

Needle and Thread

DSC_0319 1. Lay out your dress. Line up 5 buttons (or an many as you want depending on the size of the button) on one shoulder for placement.

DSC_03162. Once you know the placement of button on the shoulder, you can start to sew each one on. We sewed them on so the buttons are over lapping.

DSC_03243. Repeat on the opposite shoulder.


4 Ways to Embellish Back to School: Button Locker Magnets


Keep your locker organized while also adding some much needed personality to that slate gray space. Create locker magnets for your personal cubby using our fun fashion buttons. You can also use these on your fridge, or any other magnetic surface that needs a dash of color!


What You’ll Need:

Dome Faceted Button

Two-Hole Polka Dotted Striped Button 

Floral Beaded Button w/Shank

Two-Hole Flower Button

Round Magnets



DSC_01931. Snip the shank off of the back of the button if it has one.

DSC_01992. Place a small drop of E6000 onto the back of the button.

DSC_02003. Press down and let dry for an hour.

Need more inspiration for your back-to-school gear? Check out our 4 Ways Back to School Shop!

4 Ways to Embellish Spring Home Decor Part Three: Buttoned Up Bottle Stoppers

We’ve been seeing these creative bottle stoppers all over the internet, and it’s no wonder why! They’re funky, add a little fun to your party, and make a terrific gift. This DIY will teach you how to make these cool bottle stoppers out of decorative buttons! 
Materials for Button Bottle StoppersWhat You’ll Need:
3 Corks
Domed Buds Metal Button
Glitter Button with Shank
Curved Top Metal Button with Shank

Creating Hole in Cork with Button1. Push your button into the top of the cork.

Placing Glue on Shank of Button2. Pull your button out of the freshly made space, and add some glue to the shank of the button.

Adding Button to Cork3. Push it back into the hole you’ve created in the cork.

Buttoned Bottle Toppers

It’s really as simple as that! Now you can dress up any bottle with a few simple materials, and we guarantee you’ll be the life of the party!

Our Favorite Florals at M&J


We don’t know if this incredibly chilly winter is to blame, but we are eagerly anticipating the day that the flower buds start blooming. We are obsessed with florals. So much so that we wanted you to become as obsessed as we are by having a sale! Get on the botanical bandwagon with us, and receive 15% off of floral trims from now until Sunday March 30th! Here are some of our favorite floral products that you can pick up now:




The 4″ Polka Dot with Tulle Flower Pin is so cute! We adore the mixed-media look, and the tiny gold dot accents. Pin it to a basic dress to add a little garden style to your outfit.



Cameos usually feature a delicate silhouette, but this Rose and Leaf Oval Cameo is for the florist! Use our Medieval Renaissance Choker DIY as a guide to make a flower-inspired necklace.



This 10MM Imported Iron-On Floral Trim comes in an assortment of colors, and can add a delicate touch of daisies to anything you want! The best part it’s iron-on, so there’s no mess and no sewing involved!


This floral foil button is so cool! It’s unique design will ensure that anything you put it on stands a tier above the rest.


This rhinestone and pearl trim will take your evening wear to the next level. You can even cut the individual flowers out, and use them as appliques to make a headband! This is also a great time to buy rhinestone trim to make a DIY bridal belt!

To see more floral items, check out our Floral Shop!

New Items for March

This March we’re welcoming a number of new items to the website, from shining buttons to practical notions. Here are some of our favorite new additions for this month!

High Shine Buttons

These buttons are the perfect statement-making addition to any coat or jacket. They come in a wide assortment of colors and boast a unique circle of light in the middle ensuring that they stand out!

Fabric Applique Patches

Add some attitude to any garment with these cool fabric patches. We think they would look great on a denim jacket or an anorak.

Tomato Push Pin with Needles

If you love sewing, March is the month for you. We’ve added lots of new pins, needles and other sewing notions, including this cute Tomato Pin Cushion!

Ivory Lace Trim

We added so much beautiful lace to the website this month! From eyelet to cluny, there’s a lace trim for everyone!

So which items are you eyeing? Let us know below!

Upgrade Your LBD


The little black dress, or LBD as it is affectionately referred to, is a staple in almost every woman’s closet. It’s versatile, classic, and you can wear it over and over again! Sometimes though, your LBD needs a little TLC in the form of an upgrade. Check out these super simple ideas to turn your LBD into a SATULBD, or Super Amazing Totally Unforgettable Little Black Dress.

Flared Dress with Beaded Trim Collar

Alice and Olivia Dress4″ Embroidered Beaded Floral Lace2″ Embroidered Pearl  Beaded Trim

This dress has a very classic shape, and will look great for any occasion. The flared skirt gives the bottom interest, but what about adding a little something to the top? Glue beaded trim to the collar of the dress for some sparkle. We love the subtlety of black trim, but a contrasting color would look great too!

Cutout Dress with Lace

Topshop Black Dress, 6″ Chantilly Floral Lace

Remember when cutout dresses were having a total moment last summer, and everyone was walking around with missing sleeves and backs and sides? If you’ve suddenly realized that your cutout dress from last season isn’t going to make the cut this time around, DIY a more modest option! Just sew lace into the inside of the dress where the cutouts are! Your dress will leave more to the imagination, while still looking super flirty!

High Collar Slim Fit Dress with Buttons

Newlook Black Dress, Metal Mask Button, Metal Fashion Button, Two Hole Metal Concave Button

This slim-fitting dress is already beautiful, but it’s pretty basic! We think the way to go is buttons. Give the dress a military vibe by putting two rows of small buttons down the front. You can also have a single line of buttons on the back of the dress for an eye-catching feature that is more discrete. As they always say, business in the front, button party in the back.

What does YOUR little black dress look like, and how do you style it to keep it fresh?

What’s New in February


This February we have put some really special items up on the web. From furry pom poms to the perfect blazer button, we have everything you would ever need to create some stylish winter gear. We even have some cool new home decor additions too! Take a look below to see what’s new this February.

Fur Pom Poms

These colorful fur pom poms are the perfect addition to any winter hat! We love the gorgeous rainbow of colors they come in.

Fashion Buttons

Need to make a fashionable style statement? Try one of our fashion buttons! The Dome Faceted Button adds some dimensional sparkle, and the Concentric Ridge Button comes in an unexpected design. Our Perforated Faux Leather Button with Shank is also a great choice for adding some classic style to your clothing!

Metallic Buttons

Nothing looks better on a blazer than our gorgeous Dome Blazer Button with Crest! For added interest, try our Two Hole Metal Concave Button or Cast Metal Flat Rim Button!

Home Decor Fringe

Dress up your home with this gorgeous Braided Tassel Fringe! It comes in an array of colors to match any decor and style.

Which of these items are you most excited to try out?

DIY: Valentine’s Day Heart Art


When it comes to Valentine’s Day, one of the sweetest gifts to give and receive is something handmade! This year, why not make your sweetheart something they can see every single day? This DIY is a perfect piece of wall art, and will fit right in no matter what your home decor looks like because this DIY is completely customizable.

Heart Wall Art DIY Materials

What You’ll Need:

Buttons: (Use different sizes)

Hexagon Fashion Button 4 Holes #39945

Octagonal Fashion Button #41710

Shiny Fashion Button 4 Holes #39789

4-Hole Button Classic #20919

6 Yards of Black and White 25 mm Herringbone Ribbon #43800


10″ x 10″ Foam Core Board or Canvas Board



Cutting Ribbon

1. Lay out your herringbone ribbon on one side. Be sure to leave enough ribbon to cover the sides of the foam board.

Mirror Image with Ribbon

2. Begin creating the pattern with the ribbons. Make sure that what you do to one side, you mirror on the other side.

Pinning Ribbon to Board

3. Pin down or glue the ribbons, and cut the excess.

Create Pattern with Ribbon

4. Keep creating a pattern with the herringbone until the entire board is covered.

Cutting Excess Ribbon

5.  Turn the board over and cut the excess ribbon.

Creating Heart Shape

6. Lay your buttons out into a heart-shaped pattern.

Gluing Button Pieces

7. Pick one button up at a time, and glue down to maintain your desired shape.

Heart Wall Art

We love how personalized you can make this project. You can grosgrain ribbon, metal buttons, or make the shape into a monogram. The options are endless, and allow you to make a DIY that really comes from the heart!

New in January


Well ladies and gentlemen the holidays are over, but obviously that won’t stop M&J Trimming from bringing in beautiful trims, ribbons, and buttons! (Who says Christmas comes but once a year?) This month the website is full of new goodies that will be perfect for inspiring your DIYs. Here are a few of the new items we know you’ll go nuts over!

Webbing and Elastic from M&J Trimming

The month of January was all about elastics and webbing. We love this 1 1/2″ Botanical Pattern Webbing and the varied sturdy elastics we received. They’re simple, yet have small details like ribbing and weaving to really set them apart.

Patterned Menswear Elastic Trim from M&J Trimming

We put up some understated elastic trim with a dark muted color palette. These are perfect for menswear and menswear-inspired DIYs!

Novelty Buttons from M&J TrimmingIf you’re a fan of adorable things, these new novelty buttons are perfect for you. From funny bunnies to pretty kitties, we have everything you’d need to really amp up the cute.

Which items would YOU like to see on the web? Let us know below!