Spring Cleaning Clearance

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?

Upgrade Your LBD

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The little black dress, or LBD as it is affectionately referred to, is a staple in almost every woman’s closet. It’s versatile, classic, and you can wear it over and over again! Sometimes though, your LBD needs a little TLC in the form of an upgrade. Check out these super simple ideas to turn your LBD into a SATULBD, or Super Amazing Totally Unforgettable Little Black Dress.

Flared Dress with Beaded Trim Collar

Alice and Olivia Dress4″ Embroidered Beaded Floral Lace2″ Embroidered Pearl  Beaded Trim

This dress has a very classic shape, and will look great for any occasion. The flared skirt gives the bottom interest, but what about adding a little something to the top? Glue beaded trim to the collar of the dress for some sparkle. We love the subtlety of black trim, but a contrasting color would look great too!

Cutout Dress with Lace

Topshop Black Dress, 6″ Chantilly Floral Lace

Remember when cutout dresses were having a total moment last summer, and everyone was walking around with missing sleeves and backs and sides? If you’ve suddenly realized that your cutout dress from last season isn’t going to make the cut this time around, DIY a more modest option! Just sew lace into the inside of the dress where the cutouts are! Your dress will leave more to the imagination, while still looking super flirty!

High Collar Slim Fit Dress with Buttons

Newlook Black Dress, Metal Mask Button, Metal Fashion Button, Two Hole Metal Concave Button

This slim-fitting dress is already beautiful, but it’s pretty basic! We think the way to go is buttons. Give the dress a military vibe by putting two rows of small buttons down the front. You can also have a single line of buttons on the back of the dress for an eye-catching feature that is more discrete. As they always say, business in the front, button party in the back.

What does YOUR little black dress look like, and how do you style it to keep it fresh?

DIY: Beautiful Bookmarks

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From sleeves to screens, it seems like tablets are getting the most stylish accessories nowadays! Well what about books?! Dress up your books with these pretty fabric bookmarks, and make your techie friends jealous. They’re also the perfect present for the bookworm in your life!

Baby Blue Pom Pom Bookmark

Baby Blue Pom Pom Bookmark MaterialsWhat You’ll Need:

1 Yard of Bluebird 1.5” Grosgrain Ribbon #00307

1 Yard of Pink 3/8” Pom Pom Fringe #31664

Scissors

Sobe glue

Paint brush

Measuring tape or ruler

Baby Blue Pom Pom Bookmark Cutting

1. Cut 1′ of grosgrain ribbon, and paint a small amount of glue onto the edge of the ribbon. NOTE: Every time you cut a piece of ribbon, you should seal the edge with some glue to prevent fraying.

Baby Blue Pom Pom Bookmark Measuring Pom Pom Trim

2. Line the pom poms against the width of the ribbon, and cut. Each piece should have four pom poms.

Baby Blue Pom Pom Bookmark Gluing Pom Pom Trim

3. Glue the pom pom trim to the top of the ribbon. Repeat the process on the other side.Baby Blue Pom Pom Bookmark Cutting Edge

4. Using your scissors, fold the end and cut on a diagonal starting from the corner to the other side. The cut should make a V shape with the negative space.

Coral Velvet Bookmark

Coral Velvet Bookmark Materials

What You’ll Need:

1 Yard of Light Coral 36mm Imported Velvet Ribbon #02436

1 Yard of Sage 5mm Mini Pom Pom Loop Fringe #58606

Scissors

Sobe glue

Paint brush

Measuring tape or rulerCoral Velvet Bookmark Cutting Velvet Ribbon

1. Measure 1′ of your velvet ribbon. Cut to measure, and glue the edge.

Coral Velvet Bookmark Measuring Pom Pom Trim

2. Line the pom poms against the width of the ribbon, and cut. Each side should have three pom poms.

Coral Velvet Bookmark Gluing Pom Pom Trim

3. Paint a strip of glue, and adhere the pom poms to the edge of the velvet. Repeat on the other side.

Coral Velvet Bookmark Cutting Edge

4. Using your scissors, fold the end and cut on a diagonal starting from the corner to the other side.

Coral Lace Bookmark

Coral Lace Bookmark Materials

What You’ll Need:

1 Yard of Coral 5 1/4” Floral Pattern Chantilly Lace

1 Yard of Ivory 1.5” Single-Face Satin Ribbon

Scissors

Sobe glue

Paint brush

Measuring tape or ruler

Coral Lace Bookmark Gluing Satin

1. Cut  1′ of your satin ribbon, and glue the edge.

Coral Lace Bookmark Gluing Satin and Lace

2. Paint one side of the satin ribbon with glue. Coral Lace Bookmark Laying Lace

3. Quickly place the lace on the satin ribbon before the glue dries.

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4. Once dry, cut off the excess lace on each side.

Coral Lace Bookmark Cutting Lace Angle

5. Cut on a diagonal starting from the corner to the opposite side. Apply some glue to the freshly cut piece so it does not fray.

Coral Lace Bookmark Cutting Lace Angle

6. Repeat step 5, but cut going the opposite way from one side to the corner. Apply some glue to the freshly cut piece so it does not fray.

Ribbon Bookmarks Finished DIYs

Now your books look stylish, and can compete with any trendy accessory!

M&J Trimming Resource Guides

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We don’t like to brag, but we’re kind of experts when it comes to ribbon, buttons and all sorts of trimming. (We should be, we’ve been in the business for over 70 years!) We try to provide our customers with the best, most unique trim and findings; but we ALSO want to help you learn what to look for and how to use it. We’ve created some great guides, videos and tutorials for some of our most-asked questions. Here are a few of our favorite resources!Purple Buttons from M&J Trimming

If you’re looking for some information on buttons, check out our Button Basics blog post! If you’re ready to purchase but the measurements are confusing, take a look at our Button Size Chart. It will show you the conversions for popular-sized buttons.

Store Photo | M&J Trimming

If you don’t know the difference between E6000 and Gem-Tac, our Glue Guide might be just the ticket to get your DIYs to a good (and mess-free) start!

Pink Swarovski Crystals from M&J Trimming

One of our most popular items is our collection of Swarovski crystals. Learn the AB & Cs of Crystals, check out our Rhinestone Size Chart, or  find out what crystals are REALLY made of.

Rainbow Ribbon Wall from M&J Trimming

Do you know what you’re looking for, but have zero idea what it’s called? Take a look at our Product Glossary for terms and definitions of popular products.

If you’re obsessed with lace like we are, take a look at our Lesson in Lace!

We have a lot of great resources for DIYers new and advanced, and we’re always going to strive to bring you the latest news and resources. The question remains: what would YOU like to know more about?

Project DIY: Baroque n’ Roll Materials

This month we’re rolling out a Project DIY collection that is sure to turn a few heads. (Probably because it’s packed with sparkle!) Our Baroque n’ Roll collection is lavish, elegant and luxe; perfect for the holiday season. While we aren’t revealing what the projects are just yet, we wanted to give you a sneak peek of what materials you’ll be introduced to in this collection.Project DIY: Baroque n' Roll Collection Lace

This is our first Project DIY collection to feature a big band of trim, and beautiful lace trim at that! If you’re wondering what you’ll be making, we aren’t spilling the beans yet, but you will need to use a needle and thread to create it.

Project DIY: Baroque n' Roll Collection Gold Project DIY: Baroque n' Roll Collection Gold

It wouldn’t be a Baroque n’ Roll collection without a little bit of bling! From pearls to rhinestones, we picked materials that were incredibly glamorous and elegant. You’ll also be using rich gold pieces that invoke Baroque with their scrolling filigree details.

Project DIY: Baroque n' Roll Collection Cameo

Since this collection is so elegant and feminine, we wanted to include one of the most elegant and feminine items we know, a cameo embellishment. It’s delicate, charming and a perfect addition to one of our projects.

Any guesses about what projects are in the latest Project DIY collection? Leave them down below!

 

DIY: Glamorous Holiday Gift Wrap

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We’ve been going on and on about butcher paper being used as holiday wrapping the past few days because it’s so versatile. Despite its less-than-appealing name, this stuff can be a canvas for some of the most amazing present wrapping ever! If you’re still not convinced you can make a gorgeous gift with it, prepare to be amazed by our totally glamorous holiday gift wrap!

Large Package

Glamorous Large Package DIY Materials | M&J Trimming

What You’ll Need: 

Fine Metallic Lace (Gold) #56468

Fine Metallic Lace (Gold) #56466

Beaded Trim with Fur Edge (Black) #57507

5mm Imported Velvet Ribbon (Reef Gold) #02405

22mm Imported Velvet Ribbon (Reef Gold) #02422

Glue

Tape

Scissors

Glamorous Large Package DIY Gold Ladder Ribbon | M&J Trimming

1. Once you have your present wrapped, start by taking your gold ladder shaped ribbon and wrapping it across vertically. Tape the first ribbon down.

Glamorous Large Package DIY Velvet Weave | M&J Trimming

2. For your horizontal piece, weave in your 22mm velvet ribbon. Weave under and over one bar, skip 4 spaces, then weave up and over one. Keep repeating until you have enough ribbon to wrap around the box. Tape ribbon down onto the bottom of the package.

Glamorous Large Package DIY Wrapped Ribbon | M&J Trimming

3. Tape ribbon down onto the bottom of the package.

Glamorous Large Package DIY Fur Decal | M&J Trimming

4. Cut 3 inches of your fur trim. Fold one side on top of the other to create an appliqué. Glue down.

Glamorous Large Package DIY Metallice Lace | M&J Trimming

5. Take your circle patterned lace, and cut out 3 connecting circles. Make sure each circle connects to form a triangle. Then glue onto the present.

Glamorous Large Package DIY Ribbon Tag | M&J Trimming

6. Add a tag of your choice with the 5mm Reef Gold velvet ribbon.

Glamorous Large Package DIY | M&J Trimming

Small Package 1

Glamorous Small Package DIY Materials | M&J Trimming

What You’ll Need: 

Fine Metallic Lace (Gold) #56477

Fine Metallic Lace (Gold) #56482

16 mm Imported Velvet Ribbon (Bordeaux) #02416

5mm Imported Velvet Ribbon (Reef Gold) #02405

Glue

Tape

Scissors

Glamorous Small Package DIY Weaving | M&J Trimming

1. Take your 16mm Bordeaux velvet ribbon and weave it in and out of the gold lace. You will need enough ribbon to cover the front vertically. When it is the desired length, tape down the ribbon with the ends on the bottom.

Glamorous Small Package DIY Metallic Lace Circles | M&J Trimming

2. Take your gold lace, and cut out three connecting circle to form a triangle.

Glamorous Small Package DIY Glued Lace | M&J Trimming

3. Put your lace triangle circles on each side of the velvet and lace combination.

Glamorous Small Package DIY Tag | M&J Trimming

4. Hang a tag with the 5mm Reef Gold velvet ribbon.

Glamorous Small Package DIY | M&J Trimming

Small Package 2

Glamorous Small Package DIY Materials | M&J Trimming

What You’ll Need: 

Oval Detailed Fine Metallic Lace (Gold) #56473

27mm Butterfly Pleat Taffeta (Black) #40566

5mm Imported Velvet Ribbon (Reef Gold) #02405

Glue

Tape

Scissors

Glamorous Small Package DIY Weaving | M&J Trimming

1. Take your pleat taffeta and weave it in and out of the large circle openings in the gold lace.

Glamorous Small Package DIY Placement | M&J Trimming

2. Place the ribbon across the package, and tape the ends to the bottom.

Glamorous Small Package DIY | M&J Trimming

3. Add a tag with the 5mm velvet ribbon.Finished Luxe Holiday Wrapping | M&J Trimming

With a little M&J Trimming ANYTHING can go from ordinary to extraordinary, even presents wrapped in plain old paper!

DIY: Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards

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When it comes to decorating for the holidays, there seem to be two popular schools of thought: embracing rustic roots or going glamorous. Rustic holiday decor uses warm colors, natural textures like burlap, and brown butcher paper wrapping. On the other hand we have the glam holiday decor which is all about sparkle and shine, metallics, and grandeur!

This holiday season the twain shall meet in our holiday DIY segment! First up we have a set of Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards. The natural-colored card stock offers a nice contrast to the metallic lace and rhinestones. It’s the perfect mix of styles!

Wreath Card

DIY Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards | M&J Trimming

Materials:

Natural Card Stock

Lt. Siam SS20

Emerald SS20

Lt. Colorado Topaz SS30

Fine Metallic Lace #56465

Silver 3mm Cord #00329

Glue

Rhinestone glue syringe

Scissors

DIY Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards | M&J Trimming

1. Cut the lace into individual teardrop shapes. You’ll need 12 teardrops.

DIY Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards | M&J Trimming

2. Lay out the shapes to form a circle, and glue them down.

DIY Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards | M&J Trimming

3. Glue the Lt. Colorado SS30 at the widest end of each tear. Repeat this step with the other two colors.

DIY Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards | M&J Trimming

4. Take your cord and create a bow for your wreath. Glue it down in the middle-lower part of the wreath.

DIY Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards | M&J Trimming

Christmas Tree Card

DIY Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards | M&J Trimming

Materials:

Natural Card Stock

Emerald SS20

Lt. Siam SS16 and SS20

Siam SS34

Capri Blue SS20 and SS34

Peridot SS20

Citrine SS16 and SS20

Topaz SS34

Fuchsia SS34

Tanzanite SS20

Purple Velvet SS34

Lt. Sapphire SS16

Jonquil SS16

Fine Metallic Lace #56465

Glue

Rhinestone glue syringe

Scissors

DIY Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards | M&J Trimming

1. Cut the lace into individual teardrop shapes. You’ll need 23 teardrops.

DIY Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards | M&J Trimming

2. Lay out each piece to form a tree shape, and glue them down.

DIY Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards | M&J Trimming

3. Use the Jonquil and Citrine rhinestones to create a star on top.

DIY Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards | M&J Trimming

4. Embellish your tree with the rest of your rhinestones.

DIY Rustic Lace and Rhinestone Holiday Cards | M&J Trimming

You don’t just have to make the tree or wreath either! Make stars, snowflakes, gingerbread men, and menorahs. The only limit is your imagination!