Vintage Inspired Headbands

By Milton

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Here is an easy way to create vintage inspired headbands. To make these two  I  used Beaded Trim to cover the headband and then glued the edges at the bottom with Gem Tac and a Glue Gun. Gem Tac is great when working with trims that have tiny beads because it prevents the beads from falling and  dries completely clear. Even  if the bottom of the headband will never show when you wear it, its always good to finish the inside wit a braided trim, it will make the headband stay better while you wear it and hide the edges of the trim you glued under.

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Materials:
-Gem Tac Glue
-Glue Gun
-Embroidered Beaded Trim # 28596 (Call 1-800-9-MJTRIM)
-Beaded Trim #37107 (Call 1-800-9-MJTRIM)
-Black  and Brown Braids # 00407

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DIY EMBELLISHED LEATHER CUFF

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By Roseann

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Today embellishing is seen everywhere, from necklines to ankles.  It’s a great way to add color and a little flash to an everyday piece.  I was really inspired by John Hardy’s new bamboo and sterling silver cuffs.  Since I am not an expert jewelry crafter, I figured a leather cuff would be a great way to get the look.

 

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 Materials:

 Please note that M&J Trimming offers a wide selection of sew on jewels and beads. So explore our selection and be creative.

 You will also need:

  • Gem Tac glue
  • 2 18mm snaps  (1-800-9MJ-TRIM)
  • Thread
  • Leather needle

 Instructions: 

  1. Measure wrist
  2. Cut Leather 2″ longer than wrist measurement.
  3. Create your design
  4. Using Gem Tac lightly glue down your design to the leather.  Be sure to measure and center.  I like to wait about 4 hours to allow the glue to set.  Once you feel that your jewels are adequately attached you may sew the jewels on to the leather.  I like to glue the jewels down first, I think it makes this step easier.  If you’re comfortable with sewing them without glue feel free.
  5. Measure in 1″ from sides.  Center snaps in center of 1″ edge. Sew them down in a vertical position from one another.  The female piece should be sewn on the outside of the cuff and the male piece on the inside.  This will make the cuff easiest to get on and off.
  6. Wear, enjoy!

DIY Wired Ribbon Christmas Tree

By Dara

Okay, I’m a little early but early is better than late.  What am I talking about?  Well, I’m talking about getting ready for Christmas.  I’ve already kept my eyes open for gifts and decorations.  Besides purchasing decorations from department stores, I also like making them myself.  It’s one of the best time of the year to spend with family and work on a fun project.

This week, I decided to create a miniature Christmas tree out of wired ribbon.  This is really fun and it’s great to do as a family or teachers can use this for school projects also. 

 

Materials: (1-800-965-8746)

Directions:

  1. Using the scissors cut 6 inches of the 1 1/2″ ribbon.  You’re going to need five pieces of this.  Then five pieces in 5 inches, five pieces in 4 inches, and five pieces in 3 inches.
  2. Once again using the scissors cut 6 inches of the 1″ ribbon.  You’re gong to need six pieces of this.  Then six pieces in 5 inches, six pieces in 4 inches, and 3 pieces in 3 inches.
  3. Now take the craft stick and place it into the styrofoam.  The styrofoam will be the base. 
  4. Remember the 6″ of the 1 1/2″ ribbon you cut earlier?  There was five pieces.  Take the ribbon, add glue to 1/2″ of the ribbon on the edge and wrap it around the stick towards the bottom.  Do this with the rest of the ribbon.  It’s okay if you overlap the area that you already placed the ribbon. 
  5. Once you’re done with those five pieces.  The next part is to do the same with the six pieces of the 1″ ribbon.  From then on, you pretty much just have to wrap the ribbons around the stick; switching between the 1″ and the 1 1/2″ ribbon.  Go from the largest cut ribbon to the smallest.  Such as from 6″ to 5″ to 4″ to 3″.
  6. Once you reach the top, you can glue the rhinestone button on as a star.
  7. Then start shapping the wired ribbon and decorate using the rhinestones, pearls, nailheads and gem-tac glue. 
  8. After you’re finish, wrap the base with the velvet ribbon and you’re done. 

Do-It-Yourself Button Bouquet

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By Dara

As some of you may know, M&J Trimming is like a candy store for the creative mind.  Every time I’m in the 5,000 sq ft showroom, I feel as though it is neccessary that I create something.  So after browsing around the button section, my little hands got right to work.  I decided to to create a button bouquet.  For what reason, you ask?  Well, for no particular reason.  I just wanted to dress up my desk in the office.  I know I could always use real flowers, but can you image how empty my pocket would be if I changed the flowers in my office every week?  So to save on some cash and still be able to dress up my desk, I’ve decided to use buttons instead.  Now, let’s put it together.

Materials:

Buttons I used:

You can pretty much use any style buttons you like.  Four-hole and two-hole buttons are the easiest to work with.

How to:

  1. Using the pencil, draw a few leaves on the 12 pt card stock.  Then cut it out using the scissors.  I used some green and white color card stock.  The white didn’t show up in the picture very well, but you can use any color you like. 
  2. Adjust the wire according to your project.  It can be as long or as short as you’d like.
  3. Stack your buttons onto the wire. Use as many–or as few– buttons in a stack that you want.
  4. After you finished stacking your buttons, make a loop at the top of the wire.  It should be long enough to slip backthrough the buttons & still have 1/2″-1″ left sticking out.
  5. Twist the excess 1/2″-1″ of wire that is sticking out the back of the buttons with your fingers. Use the pliers to secure & tighten the buttons in place.
  6. After completing the twist, stick the wire through the edge of a the leaves your cut out. 
  7. Repeat the steps again until you finish the desired amount you like.
  8. After you’ve finished, then twist the wires together to make one large stem. 
  9. Once that is done, then use the satin ribbon to wrap around and cover the stem.  Use can use gem-tac glue at the beginning and end of the ribbon to make it stick.
  10. Then tie a bow with the 3/8″ ribbon and you’re done!

Besides using it to dress up your desk, you can also use it for weddings, parties, gifts, etc.