Recently we’ve been seeing tons of cropped tops all over the place. With Coachella rolling in we thought it was the perfect time to spruce up one of our cropped tops with neon accents. We had so much fun creating this piece and can’t wait to rock this look all summer long.
3/8” Imported Chromspun Grosgrain in Neon Green
Magna Tac Glue
Cropped Top (Forever 21)
Wrap your 3/8” Imported Chromspun Grosgrain Ribbon around the hemline of your cropped top.
Cut the 3/8” Imported Chromspun Grosgrain once it circles around the top.
NOTE: If there is an elastic band in the back make sure to leave it uncovered or else your top will no longer stretch
Now that your 3/8” Imported Chromspun Grosgrain ribbon is measured, carefully glue it down.
Use a small amount of glue since the ribbon is very thin. You can add more glue later if you feel it is necessary.
Repeat the above steps for any additional area you choose to embellish. We chose to highlight both straps by measuring the ribbon, cutting it and gluing it down.
Make sure your top is perfectly dry before you show it off to all of your friends!
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Earlier this month Chanel presented the Fall 2009 collection at Paris Fashion week. Lagerfeld stayed true to many design elements that are so classically Chanel, while adding his own soft touch. The Chanel runway exhibited an array of ruffled collars, sweet pleats, and cuff treatments. The embellished cuff really stood out to me, and I realized that this would be easy to incorporate this look into my own closet using an old shrunken jacket.
To get the look you will need:
- 1 to 2 yards of pleated lace (36194), this depends on the measurement around your sleeve, take this measurement and multiply by 4. To order please call 1-800-9MJTRIM
- 1 yard of pleated lace (2387) Use the measurement around the sleeve and multiply by 2. To order please call 1-800-9MJTRIM
- 1 yard of cotton grosgrain Just a note that I used grosgrain to complement the material of my jacket (corduroy). M&J Trimming carries many different types of ribbon and other trims that may be used.
- Begin by choosing a jacket to embellish.
- Then take the measurement around the sleeve. I took the measurement 5 inches from the bottom of the cuff. I like the look of it when the actual cuff of the jacket is exposed.
- Cut two pieces of the longer lace the length of the sleeve measurement. Cut 4 pieces of the shorter lace, and two pieces of grosgrain adding one inch to the measurement.
- Next mark the cuff at desired measurement chosen. Again I used a 5 inch measurement.
- At your markings begin to pin the longer lace down, followed by the shorter style. These two pieces may be stitched one on top of the other using a sewing machine if you prefer.
- Hand stitch the laces to the jacket sleeve. If your sleeve is wide enough a machine may also be used.
- Pin the another piece of the shorter lace around the cuff with the binding pointing down and the ruffle of the lace pointed towards the shoulder.
- Hand stitch the lace to the jacket.
- Take one side of the grosgrain ribbon and fold over ½ inch and tack down. Pin the ribbon over top of the lace to hide all bindings. Start with the raw cut end at the sleeve seam, then around the back to the front so that the finished end lays over the unfinished end and is pointing toward the back of the sleeve.
- Hand stitch the ribbon to the sleeve at each edge of the ribbon.
- Wear, enjoy.
Kerry’s Paper Craft
Looking through the lens
Have you ever visited your local holiday card store and found nothing that really expressed how you felt? If you have, then that’s when making your own homemade card comes in handy. It’s quite enjoyable. It sort of reminds me of when we were in elementary school working on arts and crafts. Who said that after we grow up, the creaitivity and fun has to go away?
I found some really cute homemade cards. Each image links to the owner’s blog; which has more inspirational ideas. If you notice, each card is embellished with either grosgrain or single face satin ribbon. Go ahead and give it a try. Make your own homemade card and decorate with will beautiful ribbons.
M&J Trimming now offers cutomized printed ribbons. Make every occassion special with ribbons that are personalized especially for the event. Custom ribbons can be used for weddings, birthdays, company parties, custom packaging and almost any celebration. M&J offers custom ribbon on double face satin and grosgrain. They come in two sizes; 5/8″ and 7/8″. Visit the page for a quote and more information.
This week I threw together a cute little basket for handing out Halloween candy. The supplies are simple and it only takes a few minutes to make.
Spray a couple coats of polyurethane on all surfaces of the basket. Let dry for 15-30 minutes between coats. This step is optional, I just like the way it glosses the surface of a wooden basket.
Line the basket with fabric. Keep raw edges exposed or fold under and seam with craft glue. No need to bother hemming with the machine since this is really just a seasonal project.
Tie your piece of wire edge Halloween print ribbon
in a bow + glue to the back center of the rim of the basket (onto the fabric of course). Shape the arms + loops of the bow as desired.
Cut the polka dot grosgrain ribbon
into 8 inch segments and tie all of them into bows. Along the remaining blank fabric covered rib of the basket, glue each bow using the sobo craft glue
Fill with candy and you’re done.
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.
It’s been a while since my last blog post, but now I’m back with a new project to share with everyone. I, like many other females enjoy styling my hair. However, it’s not always as simple as using a comb and some hairspray. Every now and then I use some accessories such as bobby pins and hair clips.
I use to keep all my hair clips in a basket. I spend quite a good amount of time searching through the basket just to find the clips I want to use. All this wasted time spent searching for my cilps in the morning before work inspired me to be a bit more organized.
I took some fabric and covered a foam center board using 3M Super 77 multipurpose spray adhesive. Remember to iron your fabric before covering the board.
Now is the fun part. I chose different colors and sizes of some grosgrain ribbon to make a flower. For example, I take a 3/8″ yellow grosgrain ribbon and laid it on top of a 5/8″ williamsberg blue grosgrain ribbon. And I cut it at every 2 1/2″ so I that I can create a full circle and stitch the ribbon from one end to the other. I made a total of four circles. Then I placed each circle on top of each other to create a star shape. I stiched the center using thread and also added a button. After that I just pin down the flower to the board and pin a another grosgrain ribbon underneath so that it’s dangling.
You can decorate your hair clip organizer anyway you want. The main idea is to have a ribbon that dangles so you can clip your accessosries to it. Don’t forget to add a ribbon at the top of the board from behind. This way you can hang it anywhere you like.
This week take 15% off your purchase of polka dot ribbons. We’ve added some new ribbons online and wanted to launch the addition with a special sale. So shop away and enjoy browsing through the different colorful ribbons. Be sure to visit us at www.MJTRIM.com often and see what might be our next hot sale. Also if you sign up for M&J’s newsletter, you will also receive e-mail alerts about specials that are exlusively available only to M&J’s e-mail list. Happy Shopping.
Sale Ends July 22, 2008
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.
Making the box:
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.
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.
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.
Repeat steps with shoebox lid.
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.
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.
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
Repeat on the shoebox/raw fabric edge with your 2-¼ inch ribbon
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