Glass Jewel Embellished Braided Bib Necklace

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By Roseann

It seems that the fashion world can’t get enough of the statement necklace.  The great thing about these pieces is their versatility; they can be worn day or night and can really add personality to a plain T shirt and jeans.   I am thrilled with how this one turned out.  The braiding adds interesting texture and the glass jewels just the right amount of bling.  Do not be intimidated it looks like a lot of work but it is actually very simple to do.

Materials:

  1.  
    • Piece of fabric at least 6” by 28” I used denim but you can use any woven fabric you desire.
    • Assortment of glass sew on jewels
    • Nail heads (optional)
    • 1 yard 2” silk ribbon
    • Needle and thread
    • A pair of hands and a creative mind

Instructions:

  1. Cut piece of denim into three 2” strips 28” long.
  2. Pin the three strips on top of each other and loosely braid. 
  3. Secure the other end of the finished braid with a pin.  Be sure that the finished ends of your braid do not exceed 2”.
  4. Hand or machine stitch your finished ends.
  5. Drape the braid around your neck.  By folding the braid in the center work the bib so that it lays flat to the chest and pin.  It may help to have a friend present, this is more easily done on someone else than yourself.
  6. Put a couple of hand stitches in the areas that you folded flat to secure the braid.
  7. Now embellish as desired.  If the mood strikes you or you want to add a little more pop nail heads make a great addition.
  8. Now cut the one yard of ribbon in half.  Fold one end over ¼” and press.  Fold over again ½” and press, now fold back in the opposite direction and press again. 
  9. Sandwich the ends of your braid into your folds of ribbon.  If done correctly you will not see any frayed edges of the ribbon or braid on either side.  Stitch to secure.
  10. Wear and Enjoy!

M&J Trimming Featured on The Martha Stewart Show 12/3/09

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M&J Trimming was featured in the Martha Stewart show today along with Matha’s in-house crafter, Hosanna Houser.  Hosanna and Martha teaches us how to make fashion bib necklaces using M&J’s glass sew-on jewels and Italian faceted jewels.  Click here to learn how to make the necklace. 

 

Refreshed Table Setting

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By Eleah

Spring is finally here and what better way to celebrate the season than throwing a gathering for you and a few of your closest friends and family. Set the mood with homemade table decorations. The addition of a few simple elements can create a more inviting atmosphere for you and your guests. The supplies to create a sophisticated and playful table are few, and the steps to put them together are quick. In half a day you can have a matching breadbasket with fabric lining, napkin rings, candles and a runner.

This project yields 4 napkins, 1 breadbasket lining, 1 table runner, 2 candleholders and 4 napkin rings. Adjust as needed.

You Will Need:

  • 1 wooden or wicker basket (can be found at most craft stores)
  • Candleholders
  • Napkin rings with a flat surface (see mine below)
  • 4 ½ yards of cotton linen fabric
  • Approx. 65 Glass rectangular Sew-on Jewels (I chose blue and white)
  • 5 square Glass Sew-On Jewels (You will need these for corners)
  • Sewing Machine, Needle, Thread, Scissors
  • Strong bonding glue, I recommend E6000 Glue for glass and metal. 

Making the Setting:

  1. Cut the following sizes from your fabric:
    ONE -12”x38” (I cut the ends of mine into points so it wouldn’t be so simple)
    FIVE- 19”x19” squares
  2. Hem ½ inch along all raw edges…repeat with another ½ inch hem to seal the deal.
  3. Arrange your glass stones along the short edges of the runner and sew on (Tip: I used some fabric glue to hold the stones in place as I sewed them on)
  4. Arrange 1 square and two rectangular glass jewels on the corners of one of the hemmed square pieces: apply using same technique
  5.  Arrange rectangular glass jewels on flat surface of napkin rings and begin adhering with E6000 or your glue of choice.
  6. Glue rectangular glass jewels along outside of candleholders
  7. Fold and press 4 remaining square pieces and roll into napkin rings, lay bread basket lining in your basket so the embellished corners drape over the edges, lay out runner + candles and start cooking.
  8. And Serve!