Take the M&J Blogger Challenge!

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Are you feeling inspired after seeing all of the amazing DIY creations each of the M&J Blogger Challenge participants created? Why don’t you take the M&J Blogger Challenge!
Blogger Challenge Box PictureThese are the supplies we gave each of the bloggers that participated. 

8MM Foldover Elastic in Grey-Style No. 25068
Metal Clip in Matte Gold- Style No. 30438
Embroidery Thread
Flatback Rhinestones
1.5″ Double Face Satin Ribbon in Wild Berry- Style No. 44334
Rayon Weave Ribbon in Fuchsia/Multi-Style No. 58325
4MM Metallic Vinyl Braided Bolo in Gold- Style No. 48588
E-6000 Craft Mini Glue

Send us pictures of your own creations! #MJTRIMMING

If you’d prefer having the supplies shipped to you with easy to read instructions, PROJECT DIY may be perfect for you!
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Box 7

DIY Frog closure

By Blerona

I love keeping planners and journals. And recently I bought a journal that opens from the middle but it was to plain for my liking so I decided to dress it up a bit. Frog closures have always reminded me of a vintage classic look. So I attached a frog closure to stretchable trim and it looks a lot more expensive than what I paid for and I love it. This is such a good idea for those on a budget gifts I will definitely be thinking about this around Christmas.

 

Materials:

Directions:

  • Step 1: Measure the stretchable trim around the planner or book and cut
  • Step 2: Sew one frog closure onto one end of the stretchable trim
  • Step 3: Then sew the other closure on the other side of the trim
  • Step 4 (Optional): Take your hot glue gun and glue the back of the stretchable trim to the back side of your planner or journal. This way if you want to unhook your closure you won’t lose or forget it.
  • Step 5: And you’re finished, start writing!

Lace Sheet Trim

By Eleah

 

Got boring sheets? Tired of plain old cotton sheets?  Me too.  But there is a solution to mundane nights.  Ladies and gentlemen…lace never dies.  Trimming your bed-sheets with lace does not have to mean transforming your sleeping quarters to grandma’s doily collection.  Lace comes in so many different patterns and designs that it’s easy to select one that suits your style.  *Machine sewing parts of this project are recommended for a more professional finish. *

 

Supplies:

  • Good old fashion elbow grease because you may be hand-sewing parts of this project.
  • Iron + Ironing board
  • Sheet set + 2 pillowcases
  • Four yards of lace for a full or queen sheet set and 2 pillowcases -OR- five yards of lace for a king sheet set + two pillow cases.  I chose the 88mm Cotton Eyelet Lace. Style #38903 for my sheets.  If you are looking for a something a little less soft than regular lace, you should try metallic lace for a more modern look.
  • Needle and thread to match the lace
  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors

 

Directions:

  1. Preshrink your sheets if they are new
  2. Preshrink your lace if it is 100% cotton on the gentle cycle and I recommend putting it in a lingerie garment bag or tied pillow case to protect it. No need to preshrink if it is a cotton blend.
  3. Iron sheets + pillowcases
  4. Cut two 41″ pieces of lace for the pillowcases. The rest will be for the top sheet.
  5. Fold one piece of lace in half, right side in and hem the two ends together with a ½ inch seam allowance.  Repeat with second pillow case piece.  Press open seams with iron.
  6. Pin lace loops right side out onto the pillowcases so the top lines up with the hem on the cases. Machine-sew the top edge of the lace to the pillowcase.  Remember to backstitch!  Hand sew all other parts of the lace down the pillow cases…the need for this step can be omitted if the lace you choose looks better free-flowing. 
  7. Lay the remaining piece of lace across the top hem of the flat sheet.  Fold ½” at each end of the lace around the back of the sheet + press + hem.
  8. Machine hem the top edge of the lace across the width of the sheet.  Hand-sew the rest as needed.
  9. Make your bed, turn on some tunes and take a nap. You deserve it.

Favorite Blog Post

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The numbers of blogs available online have grown increasingly fast in the past few years.  There are blogs about politics, movies, life, fashion and even garment embellishments. 

There’s so many things you can do with buttons, ribbons and trims.  We’d like to share with you some of our favorite blog posts and their unique creations. 

 

Arts & Crafts:

 Create & Live Happy - Button Candle

 

Cuteable – Button Crafts

 

Purple Faerie Paper Crafts – Button Crafts

 

Card Positioning System – Button Crafts

 

Thinking Ink – Baby Bib Card w/ Ribbon & Button

 

A Little Imgination & A Pile Of Junk – Crochet & Knitting

 

Michelle’s Rubber Room – Embellishing w/ Ribbons

 

HemiDemiSemiQuaver – Ribbon Flower

 

 This and That Blog - Altered Tin w/ Beads and Buttons

Fashion:

This Year’s Dozen - Button Bracelet

 

 

 Just One More Line… - Ribbon Purse

 

Zakka Life - Ribbon & Button Brooch

 

Storage Box

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By Eleah

 

Fabric covered storage help keep your little odds and ends in order while simultaneously adding a splash of color to your space.  It’s a pretty quick and inexpensive project to undergo.  The supplies are minimal and the usefulness factor is high. 

 NOTE: The decorating method described below is merely a suggestion that happens to mimic the common design of storage boxes seen in home décor magazines.  Remember, you can also use buttons, rhinestones, Appliqués, fringe and tassels to decorate your box.  This can also be a fun project to do with a kid to help encourage putting away toys although I would suggest doing the fabric wrapping of the box yourself if your child is under the age of 12.

Supplies:

  • ½ yard of medium weight opaque non-stretchy fabric in a color of your choice
  • 2 yards of ¼ inch grosgrain ribbon in a color that compliments your fabric or ties into the boxes designated setting
  • 1 yard of 2-¼ inch grosgrain ribbon for the inside of the box
  • 1 old shoebox

Making the box:

  1. Lay the main compartment of the shoebox on your fabric and estimate how much you will need to wrap the entire outside of the box, adding an extra inch and a half to fold into the inside of the box.  Cut a square/rectangle from your fabric that will accomplish this.
  2. Repeat with the lid of the shoebox, except measure the depth of your shoebox lid to determine how much overhang you will need to pull and glue down the fabric.
  3. Lay the shoebox in the middle of the first piece of cut fabric and begin to fold into the center of the box.  Put down a strip of fabric glue on the inside rim of the box and seal down the first edge.  Go around the box wrapping in snuggly.  With the excess fabric, fold in a similar fashion as you would if you were making your bed… Consult 1950’s housewife if you don’t know how to do this. You want this to be pretty flawless or your box will look messy.  Make sure to apply glue in areas needed to hold fabric in place.
  4. Repeat steps with shoebox lid.
  5. Now you should have a wrapped shoebox that sort of resembles one of those TV show presents that doesn’t require actual tearing of the wrapping paper.
  6. Wrap your ¼ inch ribbon around the lid of the box applying fabric glue to the ribbon as you go.  You only need a thin spread otherwise the glue will push out from behind the ribbon and look messy.
  7. With the remaining ¼ inch ribbon, glue down along the raw edge of the fabric on the inside of the shoebox lid for a more professional finish
  8. Repeat on the shoebox/raw fabric edge with your 2-¼ inch ribbon
  9. Use any access ribbon to make bows or extra lines on the outside of your box.  This is especially useful if you are making multiple boxes and want to be able to differentiate them from one another