Applying Appliques

One of the most asked questions we get in the store is how to apply appliques. When it comes to appliques, there are a couple of ways to apply them seamlessly. Here are some of the most common:Bullion Crest

An applique like the Bullion Crest above is best affixed with glue. It is too thick to be sewn by hand unless you’re using a heavy duty needle, and a lot of strength. Save yourself the trouble, and take a look at our Glue Guide to find a glue that fits your needs!

Rhinestone Diamond Applique

This Diamond Shape Rhinestone Applique is great for adding sparkle to your outfit! The easiest way to attach this applique is by sewing it on. Glue may be too visible, and if it’s going on a delicate piece the glue may affect the garment’s flexibility. Use a strong invisible thread to secure it down.

2.25" HOT-FIX STONES SQ. MOTIF

There are some appliques that you can apply with heat like this 2.25″ Hot-Fix Stones Sq. Motif. Look for the terms “hot fix” or “heat transfer” to find these appliques. Use an iron to apply these by placing them on your garment then turning the clothing inside out and ironing on.

DIY: Metallic Lace Napkin Rings

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We’re heading into party season people! If you’re stuck on what to get the host of your next party, what about some one-of-a-kind napkin rings? Here are two ways to spruce them up, and personalize them for your gracious host!

Silver Spark

First we have a beautiful silver napkin ring featuring a bold button accent!

Silver Napkin Ring Materials | M&J Trimming

What You’ll Need:

Metallic Lace #35269

Metallic Lace #36873

Rhinestone Button

Scissors

Needle and Thread

Silver Lace | M&J Trimming

1. Place the thinner lace trim on top of the thicker lace trim.

Measuring and Cutting Metallic Lace | M&J Trimming

2. Wrap the metallic lace around your napkin for sizing, and cut off any excess.

Sewing Together Metallic Lace | M&J Trimming

3. Sew together the lace ends.

Sewing Rhinestone Button to Metallic Lace | M&J Trimming

4. Take your rhinestone button, and sew it into the center. Make sure your seam is in the back!

Completed Silver Napkin Ring | M&J Trimming

Voila! You have a silver napkin ring that is fit for royalty!

Au-stounding

The next napkin ring is more simple, but just as exquisite! It features gold lace with gorgeous rhinestone accents!

Gold Napkin Ring Materials | M&J Trimming

What You’ll Need:

Fine Metallic Lace #56482

Light Colorado Topaz SS30 Flatback

Gem-Tac

Scissors

Needle and Thread

Measuring Gold Lace Trim | M&J Trimming

1. Wrap your metallic lace around your napkin for sizing.

Cutting Gold Lace Trim | M&J Trimming2. Cut to the proper length.

Sewing Gold Lace Trim | M&J Trimming

3. Sew the ends of the metallic lace together.

Gluing Rhinestone Flatbacks | M&J Trimming

4. Glue flatback rhinestones into the center of the circle designs on your lace trim.

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We love the pattern on this lace, and the addition of rhinestones make the circles look like tiny suns! How cute is that?

What’s YOUR party decor style? Do you like rich extravagant details, or do you prefer the understated approach? Let us know below!

Project DIY: Punk Revival Customization

If you haven’t heard of Project DIY, it’s our awesome new subscription service that allows you to create monthly curated looks with the best materials and most trending styles. So what are you waiting for? Subscribe today!  If you HAVE heard of Project DIY and subscribed, you’ve probably received the Punk Revival collection.

Well, now what? You can follow the instructions found inside each pack, or you can customize your projects and create something unique! If you’re looking to make something new, Project DIY designer, Michelle Levy, has created some fun items that can be made using the materials found in your Punk Revival kit!

Project DIY Punk Revival Bracelet | M&J Trimming

This leather bracelet is easy to make using the leather wrap cord from the Luxe Punk Collar, and the spikes from the Oversized Chain Pin. Just cut the cord in half, and seal each end under an end cap with E-6000. Once the glue is dry, create a double-strand bracelet by attaching both cords to one jump ring on each end of the clasp.

Finally, create a little charm by using a jump ring and the spikes, and add on wherever you like!

Project DIY Punk Revival Multi-Metal Chain | M&J Trimming

This heavy metal necklace will definitely make a statement!

Just follow the directions for the choker, and continue adding chains using the components from the Spike Tassel Pendant and Oversized Chain Pin projects. Use as many or as few chains as your heart desires!

Project DIY Punk Revival Chain | M&J Trimming

For this long statement piece, take the silver chain from the Spike Tassel Pendant, and the black chain and spikes from the Oversized Chain Pin. Attach the silver chain to the black one using one large jump ring. On another large jump ring, add all three spikes and attach to the end of the black chain.  We used the oversized gold clasp from the choker to finish it off in the back.

Project DIY Punk Revival Rhinestone Pearl Necklace | M&J Trimming

Going for the layered look? Make these two pieces! For the pin choker, use the leather cord from the Luxe Punk Collar and attach the large pin from the Oversized Chain Pin using some jump rings!

For the pearl necklace use the pearl strand from the Spike Tassel Pendant project. Simply leave it uncut—or adjust to the length you like. Attach the rhinestone spike chain from the Luxe Punk Collar by using 2 jump rings.  We used a lobster clasp from our Starter Kit to finish it off in the back.

Project DIY Punk Revival Custom Pin | M&J Trimming

For this super chic pin that you can attach to your sweater, boots or bag, start by making the tassel from the Spike Tassel Pendant. Then you just need to attach it to the oversized pin using a jump ring!

Project DIY Punk Revival Custom Pieces | M&J Trimming

Which customization are you swooning over? If you’ve already created your punk-rock pieces, don’t worry! You can still rework and repurpose the items you already have! Interested in making some of these awesome accessories? Hurry and subscribe! Today is the last day to sign up for October’s Punk Revival Collection.

Top 5 Rhinestone DIYs

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Rhinestones are some of our favorite treasures here at M&J. Each day we come across a new DIY project that expands our creative appetite even more.  Our selection of Swarovski crystals seems endless due to the many shapes and color combinations possible. We can’t wait to ransack our rhinestone trims, and swarovski crystals to create each of these DIY’s.

a pair and a spare DIYA Pair and a Spare

Lace Rhinestone DIYAll Good Girls go to Heaven

Unique USASwell Mayde

ps i made thisPS I Made This

Ipadcase2Punky Little DIYer

We are having the rhinestone sale on Monday April 29th and Tuesday April 30th. We’re offering 10% Off Swarovski flatback and hotfix rhinestones only.  Please note, this does not include rhinestone trim, sew on jewels, appliqués, or anything else.  This promotion is only valid for our rhinestone flatbacks and hotfix line

Top 5 Rhinestone DIYs + Rhinestone Event

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Rhinestones are the perfect way to add shine and shimmer to anything and we carry an amazing supply of them, like our sew-on Swarovski rhinestones.  With a huge supply like ours, we are always looking for cool ways to embellish items with rhinestones.  These 5 DIYs are some of the coolest ways to embellish and add some sparkle to items already in your daily life!

And make sure to check out our Rhinestone Event!  Get 10% off your purchase of 10 packs or more of our Swarovski flatback or hotfix rhinestones using code CRYSTALSALE.  This deal lasts until January 30th 11:59 EST, so hurry and get all of the rhinestones you’ve ever dreamed of!

 

DIY Rhinestone Cell Case via Lovely Indeed

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DIY Rhinestone Sliding Knot Bracelet via Honestly WTF

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DIY Rhinestone Handbag via A Pair and A Spare

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DIY Rhinestone Rope Necklace via Stripes & Sequins

4 Stripes & Sequins

DIY Rhinestone Pumps via Glitter ‘N Glue

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Chic Steals’ DIY Rhinestone Earrings

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Carly of Chic Steals is a sucker for big, sparkly things…and so are we!  We love the way jewels glisten on wintery nights.  When we saw that Carly made these sparkly earrings using our rhinestone trim, we fell in love with them.  Check out her blog to read her full DIY on how to make these jewels yourself!

 

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Top 5 DIY Jeweled Clutches

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With the abundance of jewels in our store right now, we’ve been thinking about making a lovely jeweled clutch. So naturally we looked to our favorite DIY blogs for inspiration and found a few amazing DIY jeweled clutches. Check out our top 5 below! Which one is your favorite?

DIY Jeweled Clutch by Cupcakes and Cashmere

 

 

DIY Bejewelled Clutch by Because She Started Knitting

 

DIY McQueen Statement Clutch by Syl and Sam

 

DIY Embellished Clutch by College Fashion

DIY Bright Embellished Clutch by Crimenes de la Moda

 

 

 

 

DIY Inspiration: Embellished Cuffs

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Lately we’ve been dreaming about making a DIY embellished cuff; it’s a great statement accessory that will jazz up every outfit. You could use rhinestones, leather, gems – anything goes! The only problem is that we can’t decide what we like best: minimalistic leather with metal accents, or a colorful gem-filled bracelet. Which cuff do you like best?

via Dannijo / My Theresa / Etsy / Ssense / The Blonde Salad

DIY Inspiration: Rhinestones

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With such an abundance of rhinestone trims and accents in our store, it’s about time we found some rhinestone DIY inspiration. Paint neon nail polish on rhinestone trim for a trendy necklace, or attach a strand of rhinestones to your heels for a chic anklet. And of course you can never go wrong with a rhinestone collar. We can’t wait to DIY some of these!

images via Cats & Rocking Chairs / Karla’s Closet / Tumblr / Dannijo / Tumblr 

DIY Bracelet by Thanks, I Made It

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This bracelet is essence of summer: natural materials, a bit of sparkle, and a fresh mint color come together for some arm candy that’s sure to be a new favorite. Keep reading for how it’s made.

Tools and Materials:
25mm herringbone trim, in mint
36mm jute braid
1/8″ rhinestone trim (1/2 yard)
Embroidery thread in Aqua
Needle
Sew-on snap closure
E6000 super glue

Cut a piece of jute trim long enough to wrap around your wrist, plus an inch extra. Cut a piece of herringbone ribbon to the same length.
Measure and cut another piece of the herringbone ribbon as long as the width of the trim. Use fray check or a lighter to melt down and fuse the ends to prevent unraveling.
Spread a layer of super glue on the ribbon.
Place on one end of jute and stick to the trim.
Place larger piece of herringbone on the jute, and fold the smaller piece of trim and glue over the trim. Repeat on the other end of the trim.
Use a clip to hold in place until the glue dries completely.
Sew one half of the snap closure to the outside of the trim.
Sew the other half of the snap to the inside of the trim, making sure to line up the snaps before sewing in place.
Cut two pieces of rhinestone trim to fit on the ribbon.
Sew the trim onto the bracelet, with stitches in between the stones.
Sew the second row of rhinestones.

Enjoy!

Created by Erin of Thanks, I Made It. You can find more DIY inspiration and tutorials on her site.