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.

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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?

Our Favorite DIYs of 2013

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New Years Day is a time to reflect on the year before, and make plans for the year ahead. As we start planning our fabulous DIYs for the upcoming year, we wanted to take a look back at some of our favorites from this year and share them with you!

Rhinestone Lucite Bag DIY

It’s clear why this bag made it into our favorites! Our Rhinestone Lucite Bag DIY is perfect for carrying everything you’d ever need, and the addition of the rhinestones really makes it pop.

Great Gatsby Bracelet DIY

We aren’t sure if it was 2013 or 1922 because this year was all about the Roaring 20s! Inspired by the Great Gatsby, we made this gorgeous bracelet/ring combination.

Tie Dyed DIYs

So this summer we went a little crazy for dye. We made a series of projects using Rit Dye. From the swirl scarf to the abstract tank, we loved all of them and can’t pick a favorite! Which is yours?

Rhinestone Clutch DIY M&J Trimming

Glam up your graphic clutch with rhinestones. It’s the perfect way to give your clutch a super stylish touch!

Chainette Fringe DIY

If you’re feeling edgy, or fringe-y for that matter, take your sweater to the next level with this DIY using chainette fringe.

Vintage Button Necklace DIY

This vintage button necklace definitely makes a statement! We loved the bold look of thick chain and antiqued buttons.

What DIY was your favorite this year, and what are you looking forward to seeing in 2014? Let us know in the comments below, and you may just see your DIY suggestion in 2014! We hope you have a happy new year from all of us at M&J Trimming!

How to Rock an Ugly Sweater

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Ugly Holiday Sweater parties are all the rage now. If you aren’t familiar with this theme, the basic concept is simple: find the most heinous looking holiday sweater, and rock it til the reindeer fly home. While your sweater may look absolutely ridiculous, the rest of your outfit doesn’t have to! Here are a few simple ways to make your outfit stylish..or as stylish as possible given the circumstances.

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Remember our Vintage Button Necklace DIY? Replace those brass buttons with some of the rhinestone buttons above, and your neck may even garner more attention than that sweater! Plus you can wear it after the month of December, which is more than we can say for that ornament sweater.

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Sweater, Bugle Beaded Applique, 1 1/4″ Woven Elastic, 18mm Metallic Foldover Elastic

Why stop sparkling with that sequin snowflake? Project DIY Designer, Michelle Levy, showed us how to make a No-Sew Holiday Headband, and we think that a sparkly beaded headband is the perfect complement to this sweater!

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Sweater Dress, 1 1/2″ Ribbed Elastic, Buckle

This sweater dress looks comfy, cozy and totally bulky. Cinch it up by making a quick and easy belt!

Now granted we picked some cute, albeit loud sweaters, but we hope our suggestions gave you some ideas on how to upgrade your ugly sweater! Have you ever been to an ugly sweater party? Going to one this Christmas? If you revamp it using any of these tips, send us a photo! Actually, just send us a photo regardless. We would love to see how you rock this style.

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: Holiday Ribbon Tree

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Looking for an elegant way to decorate your mantel? These ribbon trees are just the ticket, and the best part is that they are so simple to make that you almost feel guilty. Almost. Find out how to make them below!

Large Tree

Ribbon Tree DIY Materials | M&J Trimming

What You’ll Need:

40mm Imported Double Face Satin Ruffled Edging #33567 (Cream)

Rhinestone Bijou Button #19846 (35mm) (Crystal Silver)

SS34 Fuchsia Flatbacks

SS34 Tanzanite Flatbacks

SS34 Crystal Flatbacks

Styrofoam Cone

Pins

T-Pins

Glue

Scissors

Ribbon Tree DIY | M&J Trimming

1. Wrap the ruffled satin edging around the bottom of the cone until both ends meet, and pin the ends to the styrofoam.

Ribbon Tree DIY Cutting | M&J Trimming

2. Cut where the ribbon ends meet.Ribbon Tree DIY Ribbon Layers | M&J Trimming

3. Repeat the steps above until you reach the top of the tree.

Ribbon Tree DIY Rhinestone Button | M&J Trimming

4. Take one of the rhinestone buttons, and adhere it onto the top of the tree with a t-pin.

Ribbon Tree DIY Rhinestone Ornaments | M&J Trimming

5. Glue your flatback rhinestones onto the ribbon in a sporadic pattern to represent ornaments.

Ribbon Tree DIY Finished Cream Tree | M&J Trimming

Small Tree

Ribbon Tree DIY Materials | M&J Trimming

What You’ll Need:

40mm Imported Double Face Satin Pleated #33566 (Dusty Rose)

Rhinestone Button #19840 (22mm) (Crystal)

SS34 Fuchsia Flatbacks

SS34 Tanzanite Flatbacks

SS34 Crystal Flatbacks

Styrofoam Cone

Pins

T-Pins

Glue

Scissors

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1. Wrap the ruffled satin edging around the bottom of the cone until both ends meet, and pin the ends to the styrofoam.

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2. Cut where the ribbon ends meet.

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3. Repeat those steps until you reach the top of the tree.

Ribbon Tree DIY Rhinestone Button | M&J Trimming

4. Take a rhinestone button, and adhere it onto the top of the tree with a t-pin.

Ribbon Tree DIY Rhinestone Ornament | M&J Trimming

5. Glue your flatback rhinestones onto the ribbon in a sporadic pattern to represent ornaments.

Ribbon Tree DIY Finished Pink | M&J Trimming

Finished Ribbon Tree

These Ribbon Trees are the perfect centerpiece for a holiday dinner, or an excellent decor element for your mantle. Wherever you decide to display them, they’ll add a bit of holiday cheer to any spot!

AB & Cs of Crystals

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This Tuesday we’re having one of our legendary Swarovski sales! Swarovski crystals are the perfect solution to any DIY that needs some dazzle. If you’re new to the world of Swarovski, you may be overwhelmed by all of the options. Here are a few tips for Swarovski novices so that they can take advantage of our sale! Knowledge is power, people.

Swarovski Rhinestone Rainbow | M&J Trimming

When it comes to color, Swarovski makes almost every color under the sun. There are even some varieties which reflect multiple colors. For example, one of our most popular colors, Crystal, also comes in Crystal AB, which stands for Aurora Borealis. The Crystal AB initially looks clear, but reflects different colors from different angles. This rainbow effect is created by adding metallic chemical coatings to the glass.

Swarovski Rhinestone Flame | M&J Trimming

Swarovski crystals come in all different shapes and sizes, but they are measured in SS. If you’re having trouble figuring out what size you need, check out our handy Rhinestone Size Chart!

Swarovski Rhinestone Cool Tones | M&J Trimming

Another variable to consider when picking out rhinestones is how to affix them! There are generally two types of rhinestones you can buy: flatback and hotfix. Flatback rhinestones have to either be glued by hand, or used with a brisk-set. The brisk-set uses tiny metal backings that pierce through fabric and hold the rhinestone in place. Hotfix rhinestones have glue on the back of them which attaches to fabric when heated.

We hope you’ve learned a thing or two about these gorgeous DIY elements. Now that you’re in the know, head on over to mjtrim.com and pick out some beautiful rhinestones! Have any other rhinestone-related inquiries? Leave your questions below!

New in November

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At M&J Trimming we’re constantly getting new trims, notions and findings to dazzle and delight! Every month we bring in the most beautiful and unique trims from all over the world because we know our customers want the best and finest. If you happen to live outside of the city and can’t see our fabulous selection of trims in person, we have good news. All of the new arrivals below are available online!

Lace | M&J Trimming

We absolutely adore lace at M&J Trimming. It’s a borderline obsession, really. This month we’ve received a lot of beautiful eyelet lace like the Ruffled Eyelet Lace, the Scallop Lace Edging, and the Scallop Eyelet Lace above! This lace is durable and perfect for trimming a dress or a shirt! Many of these beautiful eyelet trims are made in Spain, and they’re also 100% cotton!

Thread | M&J Trimming

Sometimes all you need is a little bit of thread. This button thread we’ve recently started stocking is perfect for those pesky loose buttons! It’s strong and sturdy, and will keep the buttons on your winter coat right where you left them!

Dark Green Moss Swarovski | M&J Trimming

Crystal Lilac Shadow Swarovski | M&J Trimming

Aside from ribbons and trims, we also love anything that sparkles! We have a huge selection of Swarovski crystals that are ideal for adding a little bit of bling to your outfit. We’re happy to introduce two captivating new colors: Dark Moss Green and Crystal Lilac Shadow. If you like to DIY with a little sparkle check out our Rhinestone Clutch, Rhinestone Beanie, and Rhinestone Clear Minauderie posts!

Are you a lover of lace? A Swarovski savant? A fan of threads? What new products do YOU love seeing at M&J Trimming?

DIY Neon Cuff

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We had an old metal bracelet that had been sitting in our drawers for some time now. Since we had been staring at our spray paint for quite some time we opted to spray the bracelet with a pretty blue tone. Once it had dried overnight, we spruced it up with neon in hopes of creating our go to summer piece.

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Metal Cuff
Spray Paint
Sew On Rhinestones

We applied a small amount of Gem Tac glue on the back of each rhinestone one at a time.

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We gently placed each rhinestone down onto the cuff adding a small amount of pressure. DSC_0100

We continued to do this until we came up with a unique and one of a kind pattern for our cuff. 

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Summer Hair Inspiration

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The summer heat has finally arrived. We crave it all year round, but once the hot air rolls in, we often wonder what to do with our hair. Rest assured these styles will inspire you on those days when you’re truly stuck in a rut. With flowers crowns, ribbons, bows, spikes, and rhinestones to chose from, what look will you be dabbling in this summer?

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Rhinestone Street Style

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We love the way rhinestones look, but rocking the gems everyday may seem a bit tricky to those looking to dress down the glitzy duds. We looked at some of our favorite street style blogs to see how fellow fashionistas were rocking the look. We adored the versatility in everyone’s use of the stones. We can’t wait to recreate some of these astonishing looks here at M&J.

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