4 Ways to Embellish Summer Shorts: Ruffled Lace

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Lace shorts have been seen on style blogs and in stores all over the country, and we absolutely adore this trend! The light and airy look of lace with a relaxed pair of denim shorts is the ultimate salute to summer. We chose a ruffled trim to capture the carefree nature of the season, but you can pick any style you like. You can even mix up the color with black lace on red shorts for more of an evening look.

DSC_0277What You’ll Need:

Light Wash Blue Jean Shorts
Frilly Ruffled Lace Fringe
Needle and Thread

DSC_02781. Turn your shorts inside out, and line up the lace trim where you want it to go.

DSC_02842. Sew the lace trim around each leg opening.

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To find more inspiring materials to work with, check out the 4 Ways shop!

DIY: Lace and Flower Initial

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Everyone wants their space to be a reflection of their personalities, and if your personality is feminine, flirty and a little shabby chic, you’re going to love our latest DIY. Our cool, customized initial uses faux flowers and lace that look beautiful when paired together. You can make an initial that matches your personality by varying the trims. Use grosgrain for a preppy look, or jacquard for something more vintage-chic.

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What You’ll Need:

5.25” Floral Pattern Chantilly Lace

6” Chantilly Floral Lace

Wooden Letter

Fake Flowers

Sobo Glue

Hot Glue Gun

Paint Brush

Scissors

DSC_00061. Cut your lace into pieces.

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DSC_00112. Paint the Sobo Glue onto the letter.

DSC_00143. Gently lay the lace over the glue. Pat down. Let dry.

DSC_00214. Place on the letter in different spots, and glue down with the hot glue gun.

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Stylish Spring Shoe DIY Roundup

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The weather is fine, the sun is out, and it’s so close to summer you can actually taste the sea salt in the air. If you haven’t already, now may be the best time to banish those tall boots! Don’t have enough shoe options for spring? Don’t worry! These DIY options are perfect solution to your footwear woes.

DIY Gladiator Sandals from A Pair and A Spare

These gladiator sandals are definitely for the bold and stylish. Imagine walking down the beach in these!

Blue Lace Flats DIYJazz up a plain pair of flats with some fun colored lace!

Patterned Flats from Amy New NostalgiaAll you need to embellish these cute flats is a pair of basic white shoes and a marker. Think of the possibilities!

Glitter Sneaker from Teen VogueThese glittered sneakers are just the thing to wear on a sunny day! Your feet will certainly be attention-grabbing!

Ombre Sneakers from M&J TrimmingWe’ve made quite a few warm-weather shoes ourselves, and these ombre flats are perfect for a stroll in Central Park!

Ribbon Party Roundup

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Ribbons are a party staple: they come in almost every color imaginable, are easy to manipulate, and are available in tons of enticing textures. We’re entering garden party and wedding season, which means that you’ll be seeing ribbons everywhere! Here are a few of our favorite ways to style them this spring and summer.

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49164ce1d30d07d8e663737c7dc2b612Add some personality to your tablescape with lace trim or satin ribbon. These trims are perfect for adding a special touch to each place setting or flower arrangement.

Ribbon Streamers

 

 

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f86593dd60d628355816189663fd1478Ribbons are great to use as a backdrop, or to frame a table like in the example below.

 

147915168981732526_AC4PU9OV_fThese ribbon wands are great for weddings! Imagine a wave of ribbons floating through the spring breeze on your wedding day.

 

b58070387bd2aac0c4b1725a689f4f2bUse a few types of ribbons as an unconventional table runner. This is especially beautiful if the table underneath them has a stunning grain like the one above.

 

 

What’s New in May

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We’re finally smack dab in the middle of spring, and you know what they say about April showers, right? This month we’ve added not only flowers, but colorful pompoms, lace, ribbons, and more!

Patent Leather and Chiffon Flower PinsThese chiffon and patent leather flower pins bloomed just in time for May! Which flower is your favorite?

Fur PompomsThere’s a rainbow of new fur pompoms in the store in two different sizes! If candy-colored isn’t your style, we also have beautiful pompoms in natural shades.

Crochet Flowers and Lace Nothing goes better together than these crochet flowers and this muted floral lace. The detail on the lace is absolutely breathtaking, and flowers are soft to the touch!

Textured Woven RibbonThese linen-like ribbons are definitely on our favorites list. They’re thin, have a great texture, and come in an assortment of earthy colors.

Which products do YOU have your eye on this month? Let us know in the comments below!

 

DIY: Sparkling Lace Bracelet

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This season, unlike the bundled and structured styles of winter and autumn, is all about being carefree and fun! We take this to heart when it comes to stylish accessories too, so this spring don’t let heavy metals weight you down! A beautiful bracelet made of lace trim and rhinestones offers just the right amount of sparkle and won’t weigh down your wrist.

Materials for Lace Bracelet

 

What You’ll Need:

1 3/8” Scallop Rosette Lace-White

8mm Round HF Epoxy Nailheads

5mm Round HF Epoxy Nailheads

SS10 Hot Fix Swarovski Pearl

SS12 Swarovski in Emerald

SS20 Swarovski in  Light Sapphire, Emerald, Light Topaz

SS34 Swarovski in Crystal

Crimp Closures

Jump Rings

Lobster Clasp

Pliers

Scissors

Crystal Katana

Glue

Measuring Lace Trim Around Wrist1. Wrap the lace trim around your wrist, and measure how long the lace is when it overlaps on your wrist. Add an inch to that number, and cut.

Folding Over Lace Trim2.  Fold your lace over half an inch, so that the crimp closure will have a thicker grip.

Clamping Metal Crimper3. Place the crimp at the end of your folded lace, and clamp down. Repeat on the opposite side.

Attaching Jump Ring to Lace Trim4.  Connect your jump ring and lobster clasp, and then connect each end to a jump ring.

Laying Out Pattern with Rhinestones5. Now it’s time to design! Lay out your bracelet, and create the pattern you want using rhinestones and nailheads. Use your crystal katana to easily pick up  and place the rhinestones.Gluing Down Rhinestones on Lace Bracelets6. Once you’ve laid out your pattern, glue down each stone. Let the bracelet dry overnight.

Finished Embellished Lace Bracelet

Now you have a bracelet that’s perfect for your next spring adventure!

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!

New Items for March

This March we’re welcoming a number of new items to the website, from shining buttons to practical notions. Here are some of our favorite new additions for this month!

High Shine Buttons

These buttons are the perfect statement-making addition to any coat or jacket. They come in a wide assortment of colors and boast a unique circle of light in the middle ensuring that they stand out!

Fabric Applique Patches

Add some attitude to any garment with these cool fabric patches. We think they would look great on a denim jacket or an anorak.

Tomato Push Pin with Needles

If you love sewing, March is the month for you. We’ve added lots of new pins, needles and other sewing notions, including this cute Tomato Pin Cushion!

Ivory Lace Trim

We added so much beautiful lace to the website this month! From eyelet to cluny, there’s a lace trim for everyone!

So which items are you eyeing? Let us know below!

DIY: Lace Chandelier

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If you want to add some femininity or romance to any room without making it too girly and pink, pick up some lace trim. Lace is the quintessential feminine fabric, and can easily add softness to any room. Our latest DIY uses lace trim to create a sweet chandelier that any princess or princess-at-heart would love. This would be a great addition to a bridal party, and you can even dye the lace blue or pink and use it for a baby shower!

Lace Chandelier Materials

What You’ll Need :

4 Yards of 30mm Cotton Eyelet Lace #38898
4 Yards of 35mm Cotton Eyelet and Scalloped Lace #38907
4 Yards of 1.5” Scallop Rosette Lace #58826
E-6000
Scissors
Wire Cutters
Light Socket and Cord Set*
Light Bulb*
White 6″ Round Metal Lighting Base*
24 Gauge Galvanized Wire*
Round Lamp Socket Ring*
Screw-in Metal Hook and Eyes*

*Available at your local hardware store.

Metal Lighting Base and Round Socket

1. Turn over your round metal lighting base, and place the round lamp socket ring in the center.

Cutting Galvanized Wire

2. Cut out three or four 2 in. pieces of your galvanized wire, depending on the number of prongs in your lamp socket ring.

Gluing Wire with E-6000

3. Put E-6000 glue on one end of the wire, and slide into the socket.

Fixing Wire to Socket

4. Put some more E-6000 on the opposite end the wire, and glue down to metal lighting base. Repeat another two or three times with the other sides. Let dry.

Cutting Lace in Strips

5. Cut your lace into specific measurements:

35mm Cotton Eyelet and Scalloped Lace (12 in. Strips)
1.5” Scallop Rosette Lace (10 in. Strips)
30mm Cotton Eyelet Lace (6 in. Strips)

Layered Chandelier Using Lace

6. Glue down each lace piece into your desired pattern. The longer pieces should go first, followed by the next size, with the smallest going last. Let it dry.

Finished Chandelier Lamp

7. Connect your socket cord into the DIY shade and bulb. You can use a pendant chain to hang your chandelier. You can also screw in two hook-and-eye hooks to hang the light from the ceiling.

Now you have the perfect light that’s soft and feminine, but still really stylish. The best part is that you can recreate this look with other types of trim too! Try metallic or sequin trim for a glam vibe, or mix the lace with jute for a rustic approach!

Lace Decor Inspiration

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Lace is the quintessential feminine fabric. It’s beautiful, delicate and often has a floral pattern. While it’s usually relegated to fashion, lace has a place in home decor too! If you like the rustic shabby chic look, lace is a classic. Here are a few of our favorite ways to use lace in your home.

Lace Dahlia Placemats

These lace dahlia placemats are beautiful, and the floral shape is abstract and modern. It’s a really unique lace look.

Lace Jewelry Holder

We think jewelry should always be on display, and what better way to display your precious jewels than in a picture frame? This jewelry holder actually looks remarkably easy to DIY! You would just need a great frame and some lace trim!

Framed Lace Circles over Bed

Add some interest to your room by displaying different types of lace and doilies in embroidery hoops!

Lighting with Lace in a Dark Room

The lace on this lamp adds romance to this room, and we love the soft glow it gives.

Lace on Rustic Dresser

This is a perfect example of the shabby chic style: muted colors, distressed furniture, and lace.

Do you have any lace in your home? How do you style it?