4 Ways to Embellish with Statement Pieces for Fashion Week Part One: Fun Feather Collar

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Necklaces are the standard when it comes to dressing up your neck, but sometimes it’s better to do your own thing and really make a statement! Stand out from the flock with this gorgeous feather collar. It’s so simple to make, and looks so elegant on.

Materials for Feather Collar

What You’ll Need:

4-5 Light Blue Feather Patches #42641

2 White Beaded Jewel Feather Patches #43077

Hook and Eyes #43922

E-6000

Felt

Scissors

Needle

Thread

Felt Collar Outline

1. Create a collar that fits your neck out of felt, and cut it out.

Placing Feathers on Felt Outline

2. Starting at the back, lay your light blue feather patches down. Make sure that the tips of the feathers are pointing out when you get to the end of the collar.

Gluing Feathers to Felt Outline

3. Take the next two light blue patches and repeat the same step but further down the collar. Glue down.

Positioning Embellished Feathers on Collar Ends

4. Lay the white feather patches on the tips of the collar where the closing will be. Leave a little space for the hook and eye. Glue feathers down.

Sewing Hook and Eye Closure

5. Sew your hook and eye onto the tips of the collar for closing.

Finished Feather Collar

Check out our selection of feathers and other materials that would work really well for variations of this DIY!

Reuse Holiday Ribbon

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The presents have been wrapped, the cookies have been iced, and the seasonal DIYs are done. Well..almost. Before you throw out that holiday ribbon that’s wrapping your present, give it another glance. Ribbon is like DIY platinum. It’s a great resource to DIY with! Trust us on this one. We went all the way back into the M&J Archives and dug up some of our favorite ways to use ribbon, along with updated seasonal suggestions!

Ribbon and Applique Necklace from M&J Trimming

Use a beautiful solid-colored ribbon to show off some jewels. This DIY would be easy to recreate with some of our rhinestone buttons or appliques!

Curtain Tieback from M&J Trimming

If you’re left with a lot of the same seasonal ribbon, use it to spruce up your winter decor! Gold or rich velvet ribbons would look great against a dark winter curtain. Need a little more hold for heavier curtains? Secure the curtain with a thick craft wire first, then wrap the ribbon around it and tie a beautiful bow!

Pearl and Grosgrain Necklace from M&J Trimming

Pearls add fun to the sophisticated look of pearls by making this cool ribbon and pearl necklace!

Ribbon Shirt from M&J Trimming

Reuse that ribbon to accent a basic shirt. Imagine how pretty a bright red shirt would look with this plaid ribbon as an accent.

We hope these suggestions have shown some new light on those oft-forgotten ribbons. Now that you have those ribbons safety stashed, go enjoy some cookies and watch Home Alone already! From all of us at M&J Trimming, we wish you a very merry Christmas, and happy holidays!

DIY Roundup: Make a Statement

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If you want to jazz up your outfit without having to get out of your comfy tee and favorite jeans, we have a fashionable suggestion. Throw on a statement necklace! Dainty chains need not apply because this piece is meant to draw some attention! The easiest way to get your hands on one of these style lifesavers is to make it. Here are a few of our favorites to try out TODAY! You’ll thank us on Monday.

The New Nautical

Braided Neon Necklace from A Beautiful Mess

A Beautiful Mess’s braided statement necklace made from parachute cord is to die for! We’re always a huge fan of anything neon, hence why we’re one of the only places WE know that carries neon studs.

Trim’n’Chain

Fall for DIY Ribbon and Chain Necklace

This simple ribbon and chain necklace from Fall for DIY is making our creative gears turn. The combinations we could make out of M&J ribbons and chains is practically endless! We’re doing this. Today.

Bold and Beautiful

Stacked Necklace from A Pair and a Spare

This stacked necklace from A Pair and a Spare  makes a serious statement. It takes a few different necklaces to get this over-the-top look that’s guaranteed to turn heads! 

Inspired By

Prada-Inspired Floral Necklace from M&J Trimming

We made a Prada-inspired necklace last spring that is screaming to be shared again!  It’s so easy to jazz up some simple acrylic chain to make an outfit impact.

Refined Style

Statement Necklace from Refinery 29

Our friends at Refinery29 made this stunning black statement necklace, perfect for breaking your style out of the doldrums!

Have we convinced you to make a statement yet? Good! We can’t wait to see them!

Project DIY: Introducing Joan of Arc

Every month we make it a point to bring you the most cutting-edge and trendy collections, and we work with our designers to produce top-quality projects using only the best materials. November’s collection was inspired by a tough girl whose story (and style) stands the test of time. We’re talking about the one and only Joan of Arc!

We created the Joan of Arc collection with her persona and era in mind. Think lots of chainmail, mixed metals, and pieces that are strong with a feminine edge.

Joan of Arc Cuff | M&J TrimmingJoan of Arc Cuff | M&J Trimming

Our first project is a mixed metal cuff that screams tough girl glam! One of  Joan of Arc’s most inspiring attributes was her ability to be a great leader through mountains of adversity. The idea of a teenage girl leading an army into battle was absolutely unheard of! Plus she wore pants and had a cropped haircut, style icon much? Channel your inner Joan, and be the leader of the fashion pack with this gold and gutsy cuff!

Joan of Arc Statement Necklace | M&J TrimmingJoan of Arc Statement Necklace | M&J Trimming

Our second project is this beautiful necklace that is sure to make a statement anywhere you go! The thick metal chains are reminiscent of the chainmail Joan may have worn in battle, but the silver tubing give the chains a modern edge. We chose the bronze statement pendant because it looked similar to a glammed-up shield.

Joan of Arc Completed Projects | M&J Trimming

We hope you enjoy this month’s Joan of Arc collection, and embrace your inner warrior with this fierce jewelry! Which project are you looking forward to making? If you’re interested in making these beautiful pieces, subscribe to Project DIY today!

DIY: Medieval Renaissance Choker Necklace

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At M&J Trimming we have no qualms about our love of lace. This Renaissance-inspired DIY is perfect for those ladies who share our love of the dainty look of white lace.

Supplies for Lace Cameo Necklace

What You’ll Need:

Stretch Lace #57291

Oval Woman Head Cameo #41584

E-6000 Glue

Snaps

Scissors

 
Measuring Neck Width with Lace

1. Take your lace trim, and wrap it around your neck to measure how much you will need. Leave a little overlap so you have room to place the snap closures.

Adding Snap Closure to Lace Band

2. Open your snap, and glue the stud to one end of the lace trim.

Lace Trim with Snap Closures Drying

3.  Take the other half of your snap, the socket, and place it on the opposite side of the other end. You’re trying to create a closure so that you can wrap the lace around your neck.Gluing Cameo Piece 4. Place your cameo button in the center of the choker, and glue it down. Let the project dry at least 3 hours!

Cameo Button on Lace Choker Necklace

There you have it Madame! Wear your choker to your next grand ball, or just out for the night when you’re feeling extra feminine. Love our lace? Take a look at some of the other lace styles we have in stock! Looking for more inspiration? Check out our Medieval Renaissance Inspiration page for trim and notions that are fit for a queen!

Top 5 Floral D.I.Y

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Top 5 Floral D.I.Y’s

This week we are obsessed with floral prints. The once girly print has transitioned itself into a wearable everyday piece.  Each of these D.I.Y Bloggers has showcased a floral project in a diverse way making these blogger our top 5 d.i.y’s of the week. Click on the images for the full tutorials on each piece and stay tuned on Tuesday for our take on the spring trend.

SwellMaybe DIY ShortsSwell Mayde’s D.I.Y Floral Denim Shorts

Free PeopleFree People’s D.I.Y Denim Repair

Floral Embroidered Bib Necklace DIY 2Home Heart Craft’s floral bib necklace

Beautiful-Ideas-For-Necklace-12Fashion Diva Design’s Floral Necklace

lana del rey flower crown wreath diyFuji Files’s D.I.Y Flower Crown

Top 5 DIY Collar Necklaces

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We are big fans of collars and have seen them all over our favorite magazines and blogs.  We are now in love with necklaces in the shape of collars and bibs.  They look great on oxford shirts and thrown over our favorite worn-in tees.  We searched the web for DIY collar necklaces that we could make ourselves and these are our top 5!

And don’t forget…our Winter sale ends tonight at 11:59pm.  So hurry and get 50% off select buttons, ribbons, fringe, and leather trims!

DIY Chain Collar Necklace via Hello, Whimsy

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DIY Rhinestone Collar Necklace via taylor & DEMOLISH

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DIY Marc by Marc Jacobs Collar Necklace via Court & Hudson

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DIY Chain Collar Necklace via A Pair and A Spare

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DIY Rhinestone Collar Necklace via Where Did U Get That

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DIY Metallic Rope Necklace

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Grace of Stripes and Sequins always wows us with her creative DIYs, and we’re especially obsessing over her latest project, this metallic rope necklace. She used metallic trim from our store to add a bit of shine to the necklace, and we love the way it looks with the nautical rope and the green electric tape. Stop by Stripes and Sequins to see Grace’s full tutorial!

 

DIY Tassel Necklace

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We were recently browsing one of our favorite DIY blogs, Thanks I Made It, when we spotted this lovely DIY tassel necklace. Erin used some chain and tassels from our store, and combined them to create this pretty, vintage-looking necklace. This is such a simple DIY, and we love the final result! Head on over to Thanks, I Made It to find out how Erin made this beautiful necklace.