Memorial Day DIYs for the home

This Memorial Day why don’t you dress up your house in a classic red white and blue motif? These all American colors can be used together or individually to create an updated presence in your home. Each of these easy to follow DIY tutorials will allow you to introduce the colors into your home without looking as if you stepped into the White House.

Pillowi candy handmade made a cozy Pillow Flag

Place SettingDIY Simply Made created this fun Denim Place Setting

WreathThe Scrap Shoppe created a very Patriotic Wreath

memorial day goodie bagsThe Sweetest Occasion made these sweet Memorial Day Goodie Bag

Top 5 DIY Pillows

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Diving into a bed full of pillows is exactly what we need right now.  These pillow tutorials are not only extremely desirable but are, also, extremely easy to recreate.  It’s time to dive through our shelves of lace, sequin, and ribbon trims because we want to make them all!

DIY Stencil Pillow via Wit & Whistle

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DIY Lace Pillow via By Wilma

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DIY Sequin Pillow via My Sister’s Suitcase

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DIY Bow Pillow via Say Yes To Hoboken

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DIY Sweater Pillow via Brassy Apple

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DIY: Spring Home Decor

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By Blerona

I’ve done so many Spring posts and I can’t help but do another one. I’m just really excited about SPRING being here, if you couldn’t tell already, but luckly I decided to skip the accessories and fashion and went into some good old Home Decor. This DIY is a great way to freshen and brighten up your home. Simply use two different types of ruffles and glue or sew it on to your favorite pillow! Can’t get easier than that!

Ribbon Used:
23Mm Box Pleated Chromspun Edging  Item# 30217
1″ Btfly Pleat Twill Center Stitch Item# 40497 
Magna Tac Glue or Needle & Thread

DIY Decorative Feather Throw Pillows

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By Roseann

feather_pillow

I was very thrilled when M&J recently began carrying feather patches.  We have been having a lot of fun with them creating all types of accessories that fit right in with this season’s hot trend.  So, you can only imagine my excitement when I discovered the new much larger version, a 20” x 15” feather mat (style #43361-Brown/Green Iris) available by calling 1-800-9-mjtrim.  I thought this would look great on a throw pillow, and since I am currently looking to change the look of my apartment this came in just the nick of time.  Throw pillows make a great accent in any room.  By mixing colors and textures you can liven up the place and create a new ambiance with out the expense of purchasing new furniture or the timely chore of painting.

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Velvet Ribbon Striped Pillow

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By Eleah

This week I wanted to make an accent pillow with stripes but didn’t have any striped material on hand. What better solution than to make my own stripes! With the cool weather rolling in, I wanted it to be extra soft. I selected some leftover high-pile apoulstery fabric for the body of the pillow. For the stripes I used 22mm velvet ribbon that complimented the color of the fabric. Since I used two different fabrics for each side, I wanted something to break between them with out clashing with the ribbon so I picked out velvet cordedge in a neutral color so the stripes would not disappear.

Materials:

  • Two 13×13 inch squares of fabric
  • 51 inches of 22mm (style# 00856) cordedge
  • 3 ¼ yards of 22mm velvet ribbon in 1 color, or 1.6 yards of 2 different colors.
  • Sewing Machine, needle, thread to match ribbon
  • Stuffing

Instructions:

  1. Pin down ribbon evenly spaced on 1 of your 13×13” squares of fabric
  2. Remove pins as you hem down the ribbon. Try to keep the stitch as close to the edge of the ribbon so as not to interrupt the pile of the velvet.
  3. Refer to one of my earlier blogs for instructions on the rest of the pillow. Begin with step 8 from my textile transformation blog. FYI-you will probably want to pin the cordedge to the side of the fabric that has the ribbon sewn to it. Since that will be the front, you will want more control of a perfect hem.
  4. And you’re done!

Braided Trim & Grosgrain Ribbon in Country Living Magazine

 

M&J Trimming was featured in the September issue of Country Living magazine.  You can find us on page 22.  Our braided trim and chromspun grosgrain ribbon was used to embellish a decorative pillow.  You can also accessorize your pillows just by adding ribbons and trims.

Fancy Fringe Pillow

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By Eleah

This week I designed a little decorative pillow.  I am going to leave the measurements open, so you can make a custom pillow in a size that best suits your room.  I wanted something neutral with a touch of femininity.  I chose a textured brown and cream-colored fabric for the body of the pillow and ribbon fringe in sand for the trim.  The ribbon fringe has a criss-cross pattern that leads to a shower of thin ribbons in various shades from the same color family.  It’s the perfect little accent for a room that needs something soft and inviting.

 

Supplies:

  • Fabric: Decide on the dimensions you want your pillow to be and add ½ inch for seam allowance.  Cut out two pieces of fabric in said measurements.
  • Ribbon Fringe: measure the perimeter of one of the pieces of fabric you have cut out for the body of the pillow and add about 4 inches for good measure. No pun intended.
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine + thread
  • Stuffing
  • Straight pins

 

Making the Pillow:

  1. Pin the two identical pieces of fabric together using straight pins with the right side facing in.
  2. Sew the two pieces of fabric together with a half-inch seam allowance.  Remember to remove the straight pins as you go…if your needle hits one it could break.  Leave about 5 inches unhemmed. You will need this to turn the pillow right side out and to insert the stuffing. 
  3. Turn the pillow inside out (see I told you not to hem the whole way around! Now look at what you’ve done!)
  4. Fold over one end of the Ribbon Fringe about ½ inch and quickly hand stitch the fold in place.  Lay the fringe along the parameter of one side of the pillow and begin to hand sew it in place.  The only part you should be securing down to the fabric is the gimp trim.  The criss-cross and loose ribbons should hang free from the pillows surface.  The more time you put into securing the trim, the longer it will last without need for repair.  When you come around to where you started, cut off all but 1 inch of extra fringe.  Fold that end and hand stitch it in place and up against or even slightly overlapping the beginning. 
  5. You’re done!

Decorative Throw Pillows

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By Nicole Cohen

Is your home desperately in need of some high fashion glamour? Throw pillows are an easy way to punch up a room, and they can be changed at your whim. However, decorative throw pillows can be very expensive, especially if you buy more than one of them.

Now you can add that little extra something to your home at a minimal cost.

I began to notice many high end designer home stores carrying pillows adorned with many of the things sold at M&J Trimming. I improvised on the designs I saw in high end department stores and created this fun pillow for my home. This design works on any shape pillow and any color.

I made a 18 sq” silk pillow, using about 5 yards of brown 3/8” grosgrain ribbon.

The easiest pillow to sew is a simple square pillow.

 

Steps:

 

  1. To make your pillow, cut two squares of fabric that are one half inch bigger than your finished pillow measurement on each side.
  2. Take your grosgrain ribbon and lay it diagonally across the brighter side of one of the squares of fabric.  If you like this arrangement cut the ribbon and sew it on diagonally. Sew to the edge of the fabric, so that when you close the pillow, the ribbons will disappear into the seam. 
  3. This is where the fun begins, begin to sew the strips of ribbon in as many random directions as you can. Alternate horizontal, vertical and different diagonal strips to achieve a random look.
  4. When you are satisfied that the face of your pillow is striped to perfection, place the two squares so that they are on top of each other and so that the brighter side of one square faces the side with the ribbons. 
  5. Sew around three sides of the fabric squares, using a half inch seam allowance. (A seam allowance is the measurement from the edge of the fabric to where you want the sewing machine to stitch the fabric.) On the fourth side of the squares, sew a third of the way in from each side. This leaves you with an open space in the middle of that side. Use that space to turn your pillow right side out.
  6. At last, you are ready to finish your pillow. Stuff it firmly and then hand stitch the opening closed. Now, you can repeat the process to make a matching pillow.

You can also achieve the same look with less work by taking an existing pillow and using SoBo fabric glue to glue the strips of ribbon onto your pillow case. If you do choose to glue the ribbons on, be aware that the edges will not be as clean as the sewed in version.

Enjoy! 

Ring Bearer Pillow

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By Kristin

In these times, most brides opt for the Best Man and Maid of Honor to hold the actual rings.  The ring bearer is now just a part of the wedding that has simply become tradition.  Usually between the ages of 2-5, it can be a nephew, son, cousin, or friend.  Why not save a little cash and make one yourself that matches your wedding style.  It could be something simple with a little ribbon and button, or a more elaborate one incorporating fine laces and silk ribbons.

Materials:

  • 23″ of 1.5″ side pleated ribbon in ivory [34298]
  • 23″ of 3/8″ sheer ribbon with satin edge in ivory (32691)
  • 23″ of 1 3/8″ imported metallic lace (27769)
  • 7″x14″ of silk taffeta fabric in ivory
  • Sewing Machine, straight pins, double sided tape, needle + thread to match the fabric and the lace
  • Loose pillow Stuffing

 Steps:

  1. Cut two 7″x7″ squares out of your fabric
  2. Lay the side pleated ribbon along one of your squares so that the sheer pleated part is going towards the center and the edging lines up with the edge of your square. Pin down.
  3. Machine stitch where you have pinned.
  4. Cut one 7″ piece of sheer ribbon with satin edge and lay across your other square of fabric. Pin and give a quick machine or hand stitch on each edge to hold it in place.
  5. Cut the rest of your satin edged ribbon in half and line one end of each of the two pieces up with the other sides of that same square of fabric.  Give a quick stitch to hold in place.  Leave the loose ends loose; they will be used later to tie the rings onto the pillow
  6. With the same square that you just stitched the ribbon onto, create another square within it about an inch from the edge.  You can use double sided tape to temporarily hold the lace down.  Hand-stitch the lace using matching thread.  You will have to stitch along both edges of the lace so it is smooth to the fabric.
  7. Lay the two squares of fabric together with the wrong sides facing out.  Pin along the edges with your straight pins.  Turn the square so that the side with the machine stitching from the pleated ribbon is facing up.  Use that seam as a guide and machine stitch the two pieces together, leaving about 2″ unstitched.
  8. Turn pillow form inside out and stuff little bit by little bit.  You don’t want it to be overstuffed because that will create lumps and highlight any imperfections in your stitching.
  9. Hand stitch the 2″ gap and you’re done!
  10. Now all you have left to do is wait for him to propose to you.