We all know that chain accessories are thee thing this year! But this season it’s all about the uniqely shaped and fitted chain accessories not the boring old plain chain necklace or bracelet. So we came up with this very easy to make bracelet, that has all the right giltz and glamour for any outfit.
Step 1: Take both appliqués and sew the unchained ends together (I used invisible thread).
Step 2: Sew both hook closures to one end (in the center) of the sewn appliqués
Step 3: Now sew both eyelet closures to the other end of the sewn appliqués (make sure they are parallel to the hook closures)
Step 4: Trace the outline of the sewn appliqués onto felt fabric with tailors chalk pencil and cut out.
Step 5: Glue the cutout fabric to the back of the appliqués for clean finish (do not cover closures with fabric)
Let Dry and your Finished!
This season is all about the bright colors, designers such as Diane von Furstenberg, Mark Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, and Peter Pilotta have all added bright warm colors to there Spring 2010 collection, so what better thing to make then the perfect spring accessory. Hope you enjoy this DIY Video!
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Shoulder Accessories are the new thing this year. They’ve been spotted all over magazines, even on some celebs like Brandon Flowers from The Killers and Natalie Portman and our favorite Beyonce in Lady Gaga’s Telephone music video. These new trend accessories can be worn atop of peacoats, blazers, shirts, even on with a strapless dress for a fun, dramatic and lively look.
DIY Shoulder accessory
Step1: Sew beaded appliqué the front of the top corner of feather patch.
Step2: Cut half a yard of the chain and leave to the side
Step3: Loop the remaining 2yards of chain twice. Sew the chain to the back upper corner of the feather patch
Step4: Take the half yard of the remaining chain and cut it into 5 or 4 small pieces. Sew each small chain to the back of the Beaded Appliqué next to the goldish rustic chains.
Step5: Outline the back feather patch (the fabric holding the feathers together) onto scrap fabric, then cut.
Step6: Hot glue cut out fabric to the back of the feather patch, for a finishing touch.
It has been quite a while since my last post, so I think I’m due for another DIY.
The weather in NYC has been a lot warmer lately, in the mid 50s. I assume it is also starting to get warmer everywhere else as well. If you are tired of hibernating for the winter like me, then you’re probably looking forward to spring and the fashionable outfits that comes along with the weather. So it’s time to shed off that thick coat and start dressing a little more fashionable and creative.
As the season changes, I’m always in need of something new, but the my wallet won’t always allow me to do so. Therefore, for this spring, I’m dressing up my outfits from last year with a little bit embellishments.
This week, I made a shoulder accessory; which you’ll see more of in magazines and clothing stores this season.
- Add a line of glue along the center of the suede fabric.
- Pick up the suede fabric with the glue side up and place along the center of the lace.
- Take one end of the lace and place it over the glue.
- Add glue to the center of the fabric again. Then take the other end of the lace and place that over the glue. The suede fabric should be completely covered with the lace.
- With your finger, pinch the center of the fabric, then using a needle and thread, sew the center in place.
- Once the center is more table, wrap the center with your chains. Leave a few inches off so it can dangle.
- Now stitch on the pin back in the center of the fabric on the back side where there is glue.
Now you’re all done and ready to add this to the shoulder of your tank top, t-shirt or dress. You can also add it onto your clutch or put a clip instead of a pin back and use it as hair accessory. For a little more glam, you can also add sequins over the lace with glue.
The sun is quite hot today, which also mean its still summer. We have a long way to go before it starts getting cold again. Of course summer time usually means a little less fabric, more skin and more accessories. I know that the recession has everyone on a budget, but it doesn’t necessarily mean looking fashionably attractive has to also be on a budget. Just turn to DIY projects and you’ll notice that making things on your own can turn out just as great as a finished piece from the department stores.
This week, we’re going to create and design our own Swarovski bracelet. To make the bracelet, we’ll be using the Swarovski sew-on stone collection. Here’s the list of the materials and instructions.
- Take the Swarovski sew-on stones and lay them on top of the suede patch. Lay them according to the design you like.
- After you finished the design, pick up one stone from the pattern and add glue to the back. Don’t add too much or the glue will end up showing.
- Lay the stone back down onto the pattern. Repeat this with all the stones.
- Let it to dry for a bout 5 minutes. After it’s dry, use the scissors and trim the suede. Follow the pattern you designed.
- Now add a dab of glue onto the back side of the patch, and lay the patch on top of the 1/8” suede tape. Remember to lay it on the center of the tape.
- You’re all done.
Every girl can use a little sparkle in her life, and thanks to M&J’s selection of Swarovski rhinestones and assortment of sew on jewels and pendants, it’s easy and affordable. For $25 I created a piece that could easily retail for $60 or more. I used 1 twisted Swarovski sew on jewel (#40198), and two different pear shaped Swarovski pendants (#38394 in Vitrail, and #41916 in golden shadow) available by calling 1-800-9-mjtrim. I used simple jump rings to attach the stones to the chain. The piece was left long, so it fits easily over the head. The look is simple and chic, and since it can be worn with jeans or cocktail dress it is also versatile. Please check out our Swarvski section online and create a gem of your own.