What’s New in July

This month has been all about trims and ribbons at M&J Trimming! We’ve brought a lot of great options to the site this July, and we’re happy to share some of our star products with you! Oh, and one thing we may have forgot to mention: a lot of them are on Clearance at 50% off!

DSC_0478This Chenille Rosebud Knit trim is the perfect floral trim for adding to a girl’s dress, or using as a creative summer headband!

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Whether you’re a sailor, animal-lover, or astrologist-extraordinaire, we have the jacquard for you! The best part? They’re 50% off!

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At some point in your life, you’re going to need beautiful metallic ribbon, and our wire-edged metallic ribbon will be the perfect fit! The thin wire in the edges will help your bows keep their beautiful shape, making this ribbon ideal for presents and holiday wreaths!

DSC_0481Like a little more color? Our wire-edged taffeta ribbons are the ideal bow-makers, and come in a rainbow of shades!

DIY: Paper Clip Bookmarks

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If you want to jazz up your office supply stash, look no further than M&J Trimming! We have a stash of gorgeous ribbons, trims and notions that are perfect for personalized your office space. So whether you’re a recent grad looking to beautify their first cube, an intern dipping a toe into the working world in style, or a seasoned pro who wants a little more personality in their space; you can DIY office upgrades with ease! Check out these adorable paper clips that can be used as bookmarks, or hold together your thesis paper.

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Paper clips

5mm Gingham Ribbon

9mm Rose Satin Jacquard

Glue

Scissors

Paper Clip 1 DSC_0315-21. Place your 9mm Jacquard through the top of the paper clip.

DSC_0317-22. Fold over the bottom piece and cut. Glue pieces together.

DSC_0319-23. Once dried, cut the top piece on a slant or different shape.

Paper Clip 2

 
DSC_0330-21. Place your 5mm Gingham Ribbon through the paper clip, and tie it in a knot.

DSC_0333-22. Glue one side of your ribbon to the back of the knot going on a slant.

DSC_0334-23. Place the other side of your ribbon across the opposite side to create a bow. Glue down.

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What’s New in May

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We’re finally smack dab in the middle of spring, and you know what they say about April showers, right? This month we’ve added not only flowers, but colorful pompoms, lace, ribbons, and more!

Patent Leather and Chiffon Flower PinsThese chiffon and patent leather flower pins bloomed just in time for May! Which flower is your favorite?

Fur PompomsThere’s a rainbow of new fur pompoms in the store in two different sizes! If candy-colored isn’t your style, we also have beautiful pompoms in natural shades.

Crochet Flowers and Lace Nothing goes better together than these crochet flowers and this muted floral lace. The detail on the lace is absolutely breathtaking, and flowers are soft to the touch!

Textured Woven RibbonThese linen-like ribbons are definitely on our favorites list. They’re thin, have a great texture, and come in an assortment of earthy colors.

Which products do YOU have your eye on this month? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Spring Cleaning Clearance

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This week we welcomed some new items to our Clearance section, just in time for spring! Take a look at a small preview of the items we now have in stock, and head on over to MJTrim.com while supplies last!

Spring Style Grosgrain Ribbon in Striped Pattern

We’ve added a huge selection of multi-stripe grosgrain to the website in color combinations that are perfect for spring. Use them for Easter baskets or as a ribbon for a beautiful wedding present. You can even attach an elastic to the bottom, and make a cute spring headband for the little lady in your life!

Nautical Striped Grosgrain in Navy and WhiteFeeling nautical? We’ve added new styles of blue grosgrain ribbon that are perfect for summer day on a sailboat! Add them to your cover-up or captain’s hat for a personalized look that will have you ready for the seven seas!

Lovely Lace TrimSpring is the time for love, and we believe lace is the loveliest trim around. It’s romantic, delicate and usually floral, and a few select styles have made their way into the clearance section. Grab them while you still can!

Winter Olympics DIY Roundup

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The 2014 Winter Olympics are underway which means that for the next couple of weeks you and your friends are going to be glued to the television set rooting for the home team! If you’re more of a doer than a watcher, you might want to take a peek at some of these fun Olympic-inspired DIYs. Make them with friends, use them for a party, or support your favorites with some custom jewelry!

Olympic Chocolate Medals

Who needs a gold medal, when you can have a chocolate one? Make these cute chocolate medals with some satin ribbon, and you’re ready to celebrate!

Olympic Ring Candy Jars

Does your Olympics party have a dessert table? Bring the theme full circle with these painted candy jars from nobiggie.net!

Olympic Ring Necklace

Show your support with this adorable Olympic ring necklace from CraftGawker user RemarkablyDomestic!

Olympic Ring Door Wreath

Throwing an Olympic party? Let guests know where to go with this DIY Olympic Door Wreath from Confetti Sunshine!

Olympic Inspired Rattail Bracelet

This bracelet gives a subtle nod to the Olympics through it’s use of color and jump rings. You can follow this Brassy Apple tutorial to a tee, OR switch out the colored cords for something more your style.

Bronze Laurel Headband

Go back to the first Olympics with this polymer laurel wreath from Hands Occupied! The best part about this bronzed headpiece? You can wear it long after the Olympics are over!

Will you be watching the Olympic Winter Games? Which events are you most looking forward to seeing?

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?

Velvet Inspiration

Throughout history velvet has always been associated with nobility. Not only was this remarkable fabric historically made with silk, its creation was labor intensive. No wonder it was reserved for royalty! Luckily, there are now easy and cost-effective ways to make velvet, so buying something made of velvet won’t cost you the Crown Jewels!

Velvet Ribbon Spools

Every present you wrap with velvet ribbon somehow seems more precious.

Siamese Cat on Velvet Lounge

Even a cat can understand the appeal of velvet! It’s so soft and luxurious, and you feel a little more special just being around it.

Velvet Earrings

Velvet Belt on Embroidered Dress

With its unique texture and finish, it can tone down a piece with a lot of sparkle.

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When you really think about it, it’s no wonder that velvet is so special!

Ribbon & Wrapping Roundup

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Christmas is almost upon us, which means many homes are about to be taken over by scraps of wrapping paper and knotted trim! Although there are a select number of individuals who have a natural ability in the wrapping arts, most of us are left to fend for ourselves against the growing heaps of gift wrap and tissue paper. Here are some tutorials to help you wrap presents and tie ribbons like a pro.

Gift Wrapping

Gift Wrap Tutorial from Hideous Dreadful StinkyClassic and professionally perfect, this gift wrap tutorial is great for the standard boxed gift. Just try not to wince when the recipient tears off that beautiful wrapping job!

Eco Friendly Wrapping Tutorial from Hello, Handy Heart

We love the idea of using a napkin to wrap a gift. It’s practical, reusable, and really cute! This tutorial from Hello, Handy Heart is perfect for those of you who prefer an eco-friendly fabric approach.

Holiday Bundle Wrapping from Honestly WTF

The girls from Honestly WTF have just changed the gift wrap game with their Holiday Gift Bundle! Now you don’t need to find a box to hold that adorable cashmere sweater. Just bundle it up!

Once you’re confident in your wrapping abilities, take a look at our Holiday Gift Wrap DIY Roundup for some creative gift wrap ideas!

Ribbon Tying

Ribbon Tying from Design Mom

Design Mom takes you through the steps of tying the perfect classic bow! We love how a simple ribbon can totally transform the look of your package!

Gift Bow from How About Orang

These fluffy bows may appear difficult to make at first glance, but they’re actually pretty easy with the tutorial at How About Orange! Substitute the paper for some of our beautiful Wired Edge Ribbon, and you’ll have the most gorgeous bow this side of the North Pole.

We hope these tips and tricks have helped you conquer your wrapping anxiety. Now time to make a molehill out of a mountain, and start wrapping!

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY

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With the holidays quickly approaching, many of us are scrambling to put together some festive and stylish outfits. This season is all about adding a bling to your outfit, and Project DIY designer, Michelle Levy, knows all about the sparkle of the holidays. For the holiday Project DIY collection centered around the theme of Baroque n’ Roll, Michelle created some truly dazzling DIYs for you to make at home. If you already have the latest Project DIY collection at home and need another craft project to sate your DIY appetite, then read on and see how Michelle made this easy no-sew holiday headband (a previous contender for the latest collection)! Although if you DO have the Baroque n’ Roll collection, sewing is a skill you’ve probably picked up while making the Gem and Lace Turban.

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY Michelle Cutting

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY Materials

What You’ll Need:

1.75″ Bead/Sequin Leaves Trim

Black Stretch Grosgrain

Fabric Glue

Felt

Scissors

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY Cutting

Beaded trim can play double duty as both a trim and an applique! Just cut out each shape individually, making sure not to cut any of the threads holding the beads in place. Here Michelle is cutting out each leaf shape using the mesh backing as a guide.

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY PlacementOnce the appliques are cut out, place them whichever pattern you like. Play around with different combinations and layouts. When you’ve settled on a layout, glue it down!

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Carefully cut out the piece you’ve made.

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY Felt Trim Applique

You can leave some felt around the edges for a more crafty look.

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY Applique

But we decided to cut precisely around the piece.

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY Measuring

The next step is to measure around your head with the elastic. If you’re making this headband as a gift, the standard size is 22″.

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY GluingThe No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY GluingGlue the applique to the elastic band. You can place the applique directly on top of the seam to hide it.

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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

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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.Ribbon Tree DIY Ribbon Layers | M&J Trimming

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

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

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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!