Studs and Pearls Blogger of the Month – May!

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I had so much fun creating these projects with the surprise box that M&J Trimming sent me. There’s a lot of variety within these 6 projects, so I hope you’re inspired to try out at least one of them! Enjoy, and Happy DIY’ing!

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Project 1: Multi-Finger ring

Multi-finger rings have been spotted everywhere lately. As one of this season’s hottest trends, you can make your very own multi-finger ring with just a few supplies.

Supplies:
- 3 Fashion Dome Buttons Item# 46459 in Teal
- Button shank remover
- Scissors
- Scrap of pleather or leather (1.5″x2.5″)
- Super glue
- 3 ring blanks

1) Fold the scrap pleather/leather in half, lengthwise.
2) Glue along the inside.
3) Remove the shanks from the back of the buttons.

4) Glue the buttons onto the rectangle.

5) Glue the ring blanks on the back of the rectangle.
6) Let dry.

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Project 2: Chain and Cord Bracelet

This statement bracelet looks complicated, but it really isn’t! I love the combination of different textures, between the chain and the cord.

Supplies:
- Cord/Braid Item# 887060198 in Ovocado (1.800.9.MJTRIM) , about 60 inches
Kelly Green Color thread Item#42681
- 1 Fashion Dome Buttons Item# 46459 in Teal
- Thick wide curb chain
- Sewing needle
- Scissors
- Jewelry pliers
- Jewelry clasp and jump rings
- Clear nailpolish

Tip: Wrap tape around the ends of the cord to prevent them from fraying while you make the bracelet.
1) Cut the cord into two 30 inch pieces, and thread one piece through the first link of the curb chain. Fold the thread in half to make sure that there’s the same amount of thread on either side. Take the bottom strand, fold it over the top strand and then through the second link. 
2) Take this strand and fold it back over the chain, and under the other strand. That other strand then goes through the chain.

3) Repeat steps 1-2 until you reach the end

4) Thread the other piece of cord through the first link of the chain, and repeat until you’ve braided the other side.

5) Sew the ends together, and sew on the button to accent the bracelet.

6) Sew the clasp onto the cord, trim the ends and secure with clear nail polish to prevent fraying.

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Project 3: Ribbon Wrap Bracelet

This Ribbon Wrap Bracelet is the ultimate spring accessory; it totally reminds me of flowers, sunshine and nature. You can also use the same method with different types of ribbons to create a completely different vibe.

Supplies:
- Hand Dyed Silk Satin Ribbon Item# 33583 about 120 inches for a 7 inch bracelet
- Rhinestone trim (*this is actually from M&J Trimming as well, but I had this beforehand.)
- Scissors
- Hot glue gun

1) Fold the ribbon in half about 4 times. You might need to fold more or less times depending on the size of your wrist.
2) Tie the ends together in a bow.

3) Wrap a 1.5 inch piece of rhinestone trim around the bow, and secure with hot glue.

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Project 4: Shoulder Trim Shirt

You can give some life to a plain old shirt by using gold trim to accent the shoulders. I love the way the trim hangs off the sleeves – it adds a sultry, flirty element. Regardless of what color shirt you choose, the gold trim will look amazing with any color.

Supplies:
Gold Chain Item# 44522  (1.800.9.MJTRIM)
Peacock Color thread Item#42681
 - Sewing needle
- T-shirt of your choice
- Scissors

1) Find the seam on the shoulder of your shirt. Line the trim along the seam and sew the edge of the trim to the edge of the shirt.
2) Sew the trim in the middle, with just a one or two simple stitches.

3) Sew in a few more spots along the trim.

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Project 5: Gold Trim Headband

This headband is my personal favorite; it can add some gypsy-inspired flair to any outfit, and will look great whether you have short or long hair.

Supplies:
- Gold Chain Item# 44522  (1.800.9.MJTRIM), about 13-15 inches
- Elastic, 7-8 inches
- Super glue1) First and only step – glue both ends of the trim to the elastic. Instant headband.

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Project 6: Thread Tassel Keychain

Tassels are one of the hottest trends right now. You can easily make your own tassel with some thread, a pair of scissors and a small book. The best part?  You can even use different colored threads to create fun, multi-colored tassels.

Supplies:
- Metal Tooth Pendant Item# 42406
- Peacock Color thread Item#42681
- Small book
- Key ring
- Scissors

1) Create your own skein of thread by wrapping the thread around the book, about 40-50 times.

2) Slowly slip off the thread and tie the top section off, with a spare piece of thread. This will form a loop.
3) Attach the tassel and horn pendant to a key ring.

This Weeks Giveaway!

By Blerona

 This Week we’re are giving away this beautiful necklace that we did a tutorial for last year. I’m still in love with it and suprisinlgy still in for Spring Fashion with its bright beautiful chic colors.

So, To Enter this Weeks Giveaway and Win the necklace above - Like Us On Facebook - Suggest Us to Friends-  and finish this sentence – “My Favorite Spring Accessory is…”

Winner will be announced on Facebook Friday, April 22nd 2011 – Good Luck!

 

Or You Can Watch the Video to Make Your Own :)  

 

Sketch42 Blogger of the Month – April

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Hey Everyone!  Nicole from Sketch42 here! I am delighted to be this month’s blogger of the month, and even more delighted when I opened the gorgeous little package that the folks at M&J sent over! 

This spring I am SO inspired by neons and color so when I opened the box and found neon grosgrain ribbon and Rit Dye, I was thrilled! I have been dying to do some dip-dying ever since I made some tie-dye napkins this summer. Dip Dying seems just a tad more sophisticated and is a much simpler affair. 

So for my first project, I made a place setting that I would use for a spring lunch or brunch. The great thing about this project is that even just by using the neon grosgrain bow as a napkin ring, you can set a totally current and chic table with very little permanence or cost. 

After I made the dyed napkins and the co-ordinating napkin ring and placed them on a white plate, I knew I wanted to add way more color. So I added a peacock colored placemat that I already had. Then I realized I had these amazing vintage neon glasses and that they would add even more color to the table. And then after that, I thought of making the orange coaster! (I was considering making a placemat but I didnt have enough cord…)

For my second project, I spruced up one of my daughters shirts, by adding a strip of neon grosgrain underneath the buttons. I love this idea because its so subtle and yet it really makes the shirt seem super fresh. I also adorned the collar with a beaded flower to add that little extra something. I totally want to make one of these for myself using the neon yellow ribbon… but thats a project for another day. For a man’s shirt, I would add the ribbon on the underside of the collar. Just a little peak of color is the key to keeping this DIY sophisticated. 

Materials Sent
4mm Imported Rayon Twist Cord Item# 42950 in Orange 
1” Imported Chromspun Grosgrain Item# 02224 in Neon Orange  
1” Imported Chromspun GrosgrainItem# 02224 in Neon Yellow
1” Imported Chromspun Grosgrain Item# 02224 in Neon Pink
2mm Round Learther Cord Item# 00260 in Turquoise
Thread Item# 42681 in Golden Rod and Poppy
Rit Dye Powder Item# 46301 in Fuchsia and Sunshine Orange 
Seed Beads Item# 76010 in Paque

Project 1

Project 1 Instructions: Dip Dyed Napkins

  • Follow the instructions on the Rit Dye Box. I chose to do mine on the stove. Mix dye with hot water, salt and a small amount of detergent. Stir and wait until desired color is achieved.  
  • Take clean, washed napkins and dip into the dye bath. I dipped the edges of one napkin, the side of another and the bottom of another. Ultimately, the napkin with the dyed bottom was the most successful.
  • Immediately rinse with warm water, then cold until the water runs clear. 
  • Dry and iron. 

Project 2

Project 2 Instructions: Neon Grosgrain Bow. 

  • Begin the  bow by winding the ribbon back and forth to form three loops. To do this, first form one loop. Holding the loop at its midpoint, wind the ribbon underneath to form another loop that is slightly larger than the first. Now hold both of the loops together at their midpoints and wind the ribbon underneath in the opposite direction to form a final loop, again slightly larger than the previous.
  • Staple them together at the midpoint. 
  • Wrap a small piece of ribbon over the staple and secure in the back with a glue gun. 
  • Attach to the center of the extra ribbon , and using the glue gun secure the ends of the ribbon to each other. 
  • Place the napkin inside. 

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Project 3 Instructions: Orange Cord Coaster

  • Remove the tape from the edge of your cord. 
  • Using a glue gun, apply a little bit of glue to the edge of your cord to stop fraying . 
  • Place the cord flat on a table and wrap the cord into a spiral, using one hand to keep it flat and the other to twist. 
  • Take your glue gun and cover the entire cord with glue. Make sure that the glue gets in between the cord. Finish the edge of the cord with a little more glue and tuck it into the side of the coaster. 
  • After the glue dries, turn it over and voila! 

Finished Look

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Project 4

Project 4:  Neon edged white button down: 

  • Take a plain white button down shirt.  Find a ribbon that matches the width of the area you want to cover.
  • Remove all the buttons. 
  • Using a no-sew iron on stitching, fold over the edge of the ribbon and iron it so that fraying is not exposed.  
  • Measure the length of the ribbon to your shirt adding a 1/8 of an inch (for folding over) and cut the ribbon. Then finish that edge with the iron on stitching as well. 
  • Iron on the entire ribbon to the length of the shirt. (I made sure that the side edge of  my ribbon would jut out just past where the shirt would cover so that the ribbon would show the entire length of the shirt even when it was buttoned.)
  • Sew on all the buttons using colored thread. (Even just simply changing the thread would have subtly spruced up this shirt!) I also stitched the top and bottom edges of the ribbon to the shirt.
  • Stitch a few beads in a flower pattern at the collar.  
  • I paired it with jeans and a bracelet I made by braiding the enclosed leather cord. 

 

 

Brooklyn Limestone Blogger of the Month – March

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Hi everyone – Stefanie of Brooklyn Limestone here.  MJ Trim is one of my favorite NYC stores to get lost in so of course I jumped on the opportunity to work on a mystery box project with them.  As soon as the box arrived, I tore it open to find this lovely presentation.  So pretty!  

I knew I wanted to make a camera strap cover even before the box arrived.  I pulled out all the pretty ribbons until I decided on the pleated twill tape and the green grosgrain would be the perfect pairing with some map fabric I had set aside.

Camera strap covers are a very simple project – even for a very poor seamstress like me.  Essentially all you are creating is a very long, narrow pillow case with two open ends instead of one. I measured the length I’d need and cut out the fabric and ribbon to just larger than that. I sewed down the short edges to finish those before adding the grosgrain. Then I ironed the grosgrain in half to make a faux piping treatment along each edge, pinned place, turned down the edges into the sleeve and sewed it up on both edges. As an after thought, I made a quick rectangular pocket for the inside of the strap (the part that rests against my shoulder) to sock away a little cash for those times I’m not carrying a purse.  At this point the cover was pretty much functional but a little too plain.   Time for the cherry on top – the off white ruffle tape.  I just hand stitched it every few inches to the cover and voilà…a feminine and practical accessory for anyone like me who drags their camera everywhere made in no time at all.  

I just love it.  Thanks MJ!

M&J Materials Used:

Here are the steps – Click on Photos to enlarge

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Project 2

After the camera strap I had that lovely Greek Key ribbon staring back at me.  Oh what would I do with it?  A mini inspiration board was just the thing. 

I started off with a stretched canvas I had laying around and covered it with a bit of drop cloth canvas fabric. Out came the tools: a staple gun, scissors, a hammer, the ribbon and the nailheads. I played with various layouts of the ribbon until I settled on a simple frame.  After cutting the ribbon to size, I pulled it taut and stapled it at the back. 

Finally it was time for a little bit of hardware.  The precise way to apply the nailheads would be to carefully measure out the spacing but I was looking for a quick alternative so I simply used two fingers as a guide.  I set the nail heads tentatively into the frame to make sure it looked good before hammering all the way in.In less than 30 minutes, I had a lovely little inspiration board perfect for a desktop.  You could easily do this on a much larger scale with just a little more time and materials invested.

Materials Used:

  • 33mm Greek Key Jacquard Item#41897  Pale Blue/Antique
  • 11.5mm Dome Furniture Nailhead Item#45321 in  Antique Brass  (1-800-9-MJTRIM)

Here are the steps – Click on Photos to enlarge  

  

Visit her blog Brooklyn Limestone to see some Stefanie’s other Amazing DIY’s

This Weeks Giveaway!

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This Week’s Books

“Sew Fast Sew Easy” 

“Beautiful Button Jewelry”

“The Party Dress”

Here’s How to Enter:

 Like Us on Facebook, then post a comment on our page by finishing this sentence “My Favorite Trim from M&J is…”

We’ll announce the winner on our Facebook page  on Friday March  11th at 1pm EST

Phosphene Blogger of the Month – Febraury!

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M&J’s First Blogger of the Month!!! *February

Pretty Little Things

A grosgrain ribbon here and a handful of appliqués there is all it takes to add a few pretty accents to your wardrobe. Using some bows, iron-ons, and tulle trim, this is how I revamped an old shirt, made a brooch perfect for pinning onto bags and jackets, and whipped up a hairband.

Dotted Collar Blouse

 What you’ll need:

Directions

  1. Before any ironing, experiment with how you’d like to place the iron-on nailheads. I decided on outlining each collar and then filling them in with rows.
  2.  Iron the sequins one at a time. Place one onto the fabric and press down firmly for about 10 seconds. I recommend placing a thin piece of fabric between the iron and the surface of the iron-on nailhead so as to not damage them with direct heat.
  3. Make sure each iron-on nailhead is in place and can’t be flicked off easily. After all of them are in place, iron all of them one last time.
  4. Add a large black ribbon around the collar for a girly touch.

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The Super Easy Brooch

What you’ll need:

Directions

  1. Sew the rhinestone to the center of the grosgrain bow.
  2. Fold the tulle ribbon like a fan. Gather on the bottom and sew into place to the back of the bow.
  3. If you don’t have a pin back sitting around, a safety pin is a possible substitute. Just stick one in the back of the bow.
  4. Affix the brooch to lapels and collars, canvas bags, and more.

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Gold Pompom Hairband

What you’ll need:

 Directions 

1. Sew appliqué into middle of the bow.

2. Sew both onto the side of the hairband. If the box can’t be sewn onto the hairband, for instance if you chose a metal or plastic hairband, you can use hot glue instead.

Enter To WIN a Custom Swarovski Crystal Cathedral Length Veil

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M&J Bridal Salon is giving away a beautiful Custom Swarovski Crystal Cathedral Length Veil for your wedding day.

Here is how to enter: First, Like M&J Bridal Salon on Facebook. Second, Post your engagement story. We would love to hear how creative your Fiancé was. Were you surprised? How did you feel, etc? We will be announcing the winner on February 16, 2011.  Read more here…

This Week’s Giveaway!

This week’s giveaway is all about the DIY’s

This Week’s Books
“Get Your Sparkle on”

“Rip It”

“One Ball Knits Accessories”

Here’s How to Enter:

Join our Facebook Page then tag yourself in the photo! It’s that Simple!

We’ll announce the winner on our Facebook page on Friday January 28th at 1pm EST



Printed Ribbon Giveaway!

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This week’s giveaway is all about the Ribbon!

We’re giving away some of M&J’s Best Printed Ribbon‘, with over 30 different styles of printed ribbon all in one scrap bag

Here’s How to Enter:

Join our Facebook Page then post a comment on our wall.  By Completing this sentence, “I love using M&J Trimmings because…”

Don’t forget to tell your friends about this Giveaway!


We’ll announce the winner on our Facebook page on Monday January 14th at 1pm EST

Giveaway Alert!

“Fashion For Dummies”

“Survival Sewing”

“Fashion Tribes China”

 

Here’s how to enter.

Join our Facebook Page and suggest our Fanpage to Friends, then post a comment on our wall.  By Completing this sentence, “My Favorite product from M&J is…”

We’ll announce the winner on our Facebook page on Thursday, the 23th of December at 1pm EST.