Flower Girl Dress & Basket

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By Kristin

Using silk ribbons, it’s so easy to match the flower girl’s dress to the flower basket.  Rhinestone buttons can be added to give it that extra elegant finish.  This is a great idea for brides who are looking for something easy yet still beautiful for her flower girl.  You can choose silk ribbon colors that match with your wedding theme.  All you have to do is tie the bow onto the dress and stitch the ribbon onto the wedding basket.  Then finish it off with a glistening Swarovski rhinestone button and you’re all finish.

New Cameos @ MJTRIM.com

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25X18mm Oval Women Head Cameo14X10mm Oval Women Head Cameo40X30mm Rose Oval Cameos25X18mm Rose Oval Cameos18X13mm Rose Oval Cameos25X18mm Oval Women Head Cameo

Have you had a chance to view the “New Product” section lately?  If not, then we’d be glad to let you know what to expect.  M&J Trimming has recently added new cameos online in various designs.  Here is just a sample.  There are many more colors of each design available.  M&J would like to thank everyone for visiting MJTRIM.com often for new updates.  As you may have noticed, we’ve been adding many new products online lately.  If there are certain things you’d like to see more of, feel free to e-mail us or call us.  We can be reached info@mjtrim.com or 1.800.965.8746.  We’d love to hear from you.  Until then, please do enjoy browsing some of our new products. 

Personalized Custom Printed Ribbon

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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. 

M&J’s DIY Costumes on Martha Stewart Show

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Frog Prince and Princess Hoodie CostumesLittle Red Riding Hood and Big Bad Wolf Hoodie CostumesShark and Bat Hoodie Costumes

M&J Trimming’s was recently featured on NBC’s Martha Stewart Show on October 9th.  Kristin along with Martha embellished some hoodie’s and created some fun crafty costumes.  Besides having to be careful about the candies on Halloween, parents also have to worry about the health of their children.  Especially since Halloween night is usually a little chilly.  Which means kids can’t stay out trick or treatin’ for long.  However, Kristin and Martha came up with some really fun ideas for creating a DIY costume while keeping warm simply by embellishing hoodies with items from M&J Trimming.  You can find the template and more information on how you and your children can create your own fun costumes at MarthaStewart.com. 

Cake Jewelry

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By Kristin

 

Cake jewelry is a popular item that Brides call me for daily.  Although M&J Trimming don’t sell premade cake jewelry, you can easily use M&J products to create your own custom look.  When I was browsing through M&J for ideas for the blog, I noticed these gorgeous crystal spray and pearl sprays.  I was inspired immediately! 

Take the sprays and arrange them so the stems are all lined up and the sprays create nice large flower look.  Tape the top, middle, and bottom to secure for wiring.  Take a piece of beading wire and wrap it (starting at the top) around the stems until you reach the bottom, clip the excess wire.  You can then simply place the new large stem directly into the cake.

Another way to do it is to take one stem, surround it with 4 stems positioned slightly lower (by 1″), position the remaining 7 stems around those 4 another inch lower.  Tape and wrap the same way as before.  This will create a tiered firework effect with the sprays.

If you want a fuller look, try 2 or even 3 packs of sprays.  You can also mix the rhinestone sprays with the pearl sprays for a multi-textured look.  Rhinestone buttons can be added to the tiers with ribbon to carry the cake topper look to the rest of the cake.

Halloween Ribbon Candy Basket

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By Eleah

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. 

Supplies:

Directions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Fill with candy and you’re done.

A Touch of Gray (DIY Bridal Shoe Clip)

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By Kristin

The hottest trend it seems lately is that brides are heading towards shades of gray for the new accent color.  They are incorporating into everything ranging from the invites to the wedding dress itself!  I decided to create a simple pair of shoe clips done in this hot new shade to show how versatile it can be. 

 Shoe clips were at their most popular during the Victorian era, they were used to dress up your shoes, but could also be clipped to hats, scarves, and bags.  I’m a huge fan of shoe clips, I usually make my own using mostly buttons and ribbons, but I do have a few vintage pairs too.  Why not try to make a pair today, you’ll quickly see how addictive it is to own a ‘new’ pair of shoes!

 

 

Materials Used:

 

Instructions:

  1. You will need 2 pieces of ribbon measuring 8 inches and two measuring 3 inches.
  2. Fold the ends of the 8″ ribbon towards the middle and glue in place with Unique Stitch Glue, then take the 3″ piece and fold over the ends about ¼” and glue in place.  Wrap the small 3″ piece around the center of the long folded piece to cover the seam, glue in place.
  3. Take your needle and thread and sew the shoe clip to the back of the ribbon.  You can use E6000 as well, but I find that the thread holds up better over time.
  4. Take your rhinestone button and clip off the shank back (the small metal loop on the back).  Clip it as close to the back of the button as you can, a little extra remaining is okay, so long as the button lays flat.
  5. Glue your button to the middle of the front of the ribbon.
  6. Let everything dry overnight. 
  7. Clip on and look gorgeous!

New Body Glue

By Dara

Fall has officially arrived.  I’m sure some parts of the country are still a bit warm, but I can definitely feel the chilly breeze in New York.  Which reminds me that we have one month before Halloween.  This is a great time to introduce everyone to the “Body Glue”. 

A lot of M&J Trimming customers have been requesting for body glue.  So by demand, M&J decided to to stock up on the new merchandise to satisfy customers.  It literally is body glue and it’s about the same size as a mascara tube.  All you have to do is dab a tiny drop onto the area you’d like and then add rhinestones, loose sequins or half pearls.  This is also great for stage make-up. 

Velvet Ribbon Striped Pillow

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By Eleah

This week I wanted to make an accent pillow with stripes but didn’t have any striped material on hand. What better solution than to make my own stripes! With the cool weather rolling in, I wanted it to be extra soft. I selected some leftover high-pile apoulstery fabric for the body of the pillow. For the stripes I used 22mm velvet ribbon that complimented the color of the fabric. Since I used two different fabrics for each side, I wanted something to break between them with out clashing with the ribbon so I picked out velvet cordedge in a neutral color so the stripes would not disappear.

Materials:

  • Two 13×13 inch squares of fabric
  • 51 inches of 22mm (style# 00856) cordedge
  • 3 ¼ yards of 22mm velvet ribbon in 1 color, or 1.6 yards of 2 different colors.
  • Sewing Machine, needle, thread to match ribbon
  • Stuffing

Instructions:

  1. Pin down ribbon evenly spaced on 1 of your 13×13” squares of fabric
  2. Remove pins as you hem down the ribbon. Try to keep the stitch as close to the edge of the ribbon so as not to interrupt the pile of the velvet.
  3. Refer to one of my earlier blogs for instructions on the rest of the pillow. Begin with step 8 from my textile transformation blog. FYI-you will probably want to pin the cordedge to the side of the fabric that has the ribbon sewn to it. Since that will be the front, you will want more control of a perfect hem.
  4. And you’re done!