DIY: Preppy Pocket Towel

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Going to the beach is always an adventure, but sometimes it can also become a treasure hunt when your items go missing in the sand! Stop losing your beach essentials with this cool DIY that makes a simple towel into the perfect accessory for carrying everything you need. DSC_0135 What You’ll Need:

Towel
Sewing Machine
1.5” Roman Stripe Ribbon
7/8” Grosgrain Ribbon in Pistachio

DSC_01381. Lay out your towel, and fold it up to create a big pocket.

DSC_01512. Place ribbons where you want the pockets to be, and sew closed. Sew a ribbon to the top of the towel without going through both layers.

DSC_01473. Sew the the ends of the towel in place as well.

DSC_01624. Take your pistachio ribbon and create two bows. Sew at the top of each spot where the ribbon goes down vertically.

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Spring Cleaning Clearance

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This week we welcomed some new items to our Clearance section, just in time for spring! Take a look at a small preview of the items we now have in stock, and head on over to MJTrim.com while supplies last!

Spring Style Grosgrain Ribbon in Striped Pattern

We’ve added a huge selection of multi-stripe grosgrain to the website in color combinations that are perfect for spring. Use them for Easter baskets or as a ribbon for a beautiful wedding present. You can even attach an elastic to the bottom, and make a cute spring headband for the little lady in your life!

Nautical Striped Grosgrain in Navy and WhiteFeeling nautical? We’ve added new styles of blue grosgrain ribbon that are perfect for summer day on a sailboat! Add them to your cover-up or captain’s hat for a personalized look that will have you ready for the seven seas!

Lovely Lace TrimSpring is the time for love, and we believe lace is the loveliest trim around. It’s romantic, delicate and usually floral, and a few select styles have made their way into the clearance section. Grab them while you still can!

4th of July DIY: Stars and Stripes Shorts

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The 4th of July is almost upon us, so of course we’ve been getting ready with some American-themed DIYs! We found some awesome starred and striped ribbon in our store, so we jazzed up a pair of denim shorts and gave them some patriotic spirit. Keep reading to find out how to make it yourself!

Supplies:

1. Lay the starred ribbon over the top of the back pocket of your shorts, then cut it so it perfectly fits across the top of the pocket. Cut another piece of the same size. While the starred ribbon is still placed at the top of the pocket, place the striped ribbon underneath and cut it so it fits across the middle of the pocket. Cut another piece of the same size. Use the same process to create two bottom strips of the starred ribbon.

2. Flip the top piece of the starred ribbon over and add some glue to the back. Place it on the top of the back pocket and press down while glue dries.

3. Continue to glue down the other pieces of ribbon, making sure you have a starred piece at the top, then a striped piece, then another starred piece. Do this for both pockets.

4. Let the glue dry, then you’re all set. Pair your shorts with a flowy white top and a bright red bag, and rock them at 4th of July celebration!

From the Runway to the Streets

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By Roseann

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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.

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Instructions:

  1. Begin by choosing a jacket to embellish.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Next mark the cuff at desired measurement chosen. Again I used a 5 inch measurement.
  5. 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.
  6. Hand stitch the laces to the jacket sleeve. If your sleeve is wide enough a machine may also be used.
  7. 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.
  8. Hand stitch the lace to the jacket.
  9. 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.
  10. Hand stitch the ribbon to the sleeve at each edge of the ribbon.
  11. Wear, enjoy.