DIY Roundup: Update Your Curtains

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Curtains are among the first details you notice when you enter a room. They are both functional and fashionable. In order to get that dramatic effect curtains should be embellished with fringe, pom-pom trim, or greek key Jacquard. Purchasing these curtains ready-made can get pretty expensive which is why we always take the DIY route at M&J. To make your own customized curtains you can purchase inexpensive curtains from a department store and embellish them with any decorative trim. The options are endless!

To give you some inspiration we’ve rounded up some of our favorite curtain makeovers. Let us know what you think!

DIY Back Tap Curtains via I Heart Nap TimeDIY-back-tab-curtains1

DIY Pom Pom Curtains via 6TH Street Design School pompom-5

Ikea Curtain Makeover via Lilikoi Joy DSC_0323 pm

Ikea Curtain Makeover via Dwellings by Devore 3

Curtains from Drab to Fab via …Love Maegan

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Customize Store-Bought Curtains via The Shabby NestGirl's Bedroom 1

Don’t forget about our Promo – Ends Tomorrow!

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DIY Fur Pom-Pom Shoe Clips

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It’s easy to get stuck in a style rut in the winter, especially with the freezing cold weather in NYC. Even though we might be tempted to throw on a giant coat and boots every day, there are some fabulous winter DIYs out there that encourage us to stay stylish. Recently, we’ve been loving these DIY fur pom-pom shoe clips by Meredith and Gwyneth, The New Yorkie. Meredith used faux-fur pom-poms from our store to create these adorable shoe clips, which are a perfect way to to jazz up a winter outfit. Check out her tutorial to find out how to make these cute clips!

 

Blogger Highlight: Elisa McLaughlin

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Elisa McLaughlin is a crafting genius, and we’ve been reading her blog ever since we stumbled upon her DIY lace headband. She creates pretty, delicate DIYs, and we keep coming back to her blog to see her new projects. Check out a few of our favorites below, and head over to Elisa McLaughlin to see more!

DIY Double Strand Lace Headband

 

DIY Dreamcatchers

DIY Bow Tie Ring

DIY Pom Pom

DIY Pom Pom Shorts

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A while ago we shared our pom-pom inspiration with you, and ever since then, we’ve been on the hunt for the perfect silky pair of shorts for a pom-pom DIY. We finally found a pair at the thrift store, and of course we grabbed some pom-pom trim from M&J Trimming. Follow along below to see how we made our pom-pom shorts, and let us know what you think in the comments!

1. Gather your supplies. You’ll need:

2. Cut your pom-pom trim in half so you have two long pieces. Lay the shorts down and flatten them out. Along the bottom hem, begin applying a thin line of glue. Make sure you stay close to the bottom of the shorts so the pom-poms can dangle down.

3. After you’ve applied a few inches of glue, lay the pom-pom trim directly on top and press down firmly. Continue to repeat this process, applying a few inches of glue, and then adding the trim on top. You’ll have to rotate the shorts in order to go all the way around, so make sure the glue is fairly dry first.

4. When you’ve added trim all the way around the bottom of one side, snip of the excess trim and wait a few minutes for it to dry. Use the same process to add trim to the other side of the shorts.

5. You’re all set! Now you’re ready to show off your new shorts.


We’ve Been Featured….Ways to Decorate a Gift

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We’ve been featured in Martha Stewart’s Living Magazine December issue. They use M&J’s pom pom trim to show us different ways to decorate a Christmas gift.

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Materials Used:

3/8” Pom Pom Fringe, white Style# 31664

 

New Shopping Category

 

 

M&J Trimming is proud to announce that we now have three new categories, Sew-on, Sequins and MoreHere at M&J Trimming we strive to make a memorable shopping experience for all customers.  Therefore, we have created these new categories in order to make your search easier for when you’re in need for these specific garment embellishments. 

 Within the “Sew-on” category, you’ll notice that we have recently added new items.  We have also separated the sew-on jewels into multiple subcategories.  Whether you’re in need of glass sew-on or shell sew-on, you’ll be sure to easy find what you are searching for. 

 Our other category is “Sequins”.  For years, sequins have been quite popular on various garments.  However, its’ popularity and demands have grown tremendously within the past couple of years.  For this reason, M&J Trimming had decided that sequins deserved its’ very own category.  You’ll be able to find items such as basic sequin trims to loose sequins and sequin-decorated appliqués. 

 Last, but not least, we have the “More” category.  The title of the category may seem a bit odd and the decision did not come easily.  After months of deliberation, we decided that this category would have items such as flower pins, chains, boas and more.  Within this category you’ll be able to find unique embellishments and accessories. 

 We hope that the new category will assist in making your search easier when you’re looking for these items.  We’ll keep you updated with more changes coming soon. 

 

 

 

Lighting The Mood For Mom

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By Eleah

Mothers day is just around the corner.  Almost any sensible woman above the age of 25 will tell you that lighting is key.  Bad lighting such as overhead fluorescents can drastically alter her appearance not to mention the all around mood of the room.  Help a lady out this Mother’s day with the gift of flattering light. 

This week I transformed a thrift store lamp into 2 different looks using spray paint, fabric and trimmings. I wanted to lean towards a monochromatic color scheme for the lamp itself, leaving a broader range of possibilities for the trimmings to match any room or style.

You will need:

  • A lamp + lampshade
  • Primer and Spray paint
  • Fabric (amount depends on the size of your lampshade)
  • Trimmings of your choice (You will have to measure out the appropriate amount depending on the size of your lampshade and how much coverage you want)
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Magna-tac 809 permanent adhesive
  • And of course a lightbulb with the appropriate wattage.

Making the Lamp:

  1. Lay your lampshade on its’ side and roll it across your fabric tracing it with a pencil as you go.  You will only need to roll it about ½ way around. 
  2. Create a second line about 1 inch outside of your original tracing and cut it out.
  3. Wrap the fabric around the lampshade folding the 1 inch seam allowance behind the top and bottom edges of the shade.  Secure with Magna-Tac as you go. (keep in mind that if your fabric is thin and covering a shade that is thin as well, your seam will show through once the lamp is turned on…so try to be as neat as possible.)
  4. Lay down 2 coats of primer to the lamp base and when it is dry spray paint a couple coats of top coat in the color of your choice.
  5. Secure the trimmings you have selected using Magna-Tac.  I used 3/8″ Pom Pom Fringe (31664)in mint and 5.25″ Pearl with flower fringe (14021) in black.
  6. Turn on your new creation to test out the final product and if you’re happy with it, wrap it up and give it to your favorite mom.