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.

Plantation Design Reiki Pillow

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

Ribbon & Wrapping Roundup


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


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



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!

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY Cutting

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.

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY Michelle The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY Michelle The No-Sew Holiday HeadbandsThis project is so easy, takes less than ten minutes to make, and looks like a million bucks! Pair one of these dazzling headbands with a little black dress, and you’re ready for any holiday party!

DIY: Holiday Ribbon Tree


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





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






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


2. Cut where the ribbon ends meet.


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!

M&J Trimming Goes Abroad


M&J Trimming is going across the pond, over the river, through the woods! Well, sort of. We’re going to be offering our international customers something to make their M&J Trimming shopping experience much easier.
M&J Trimming Interior

Hundreds of people walk through our story every day, and many of them are visiting from all over the world! We are so fortunate to have customers from every corner of the earth because we get to hear their amazing stories, check out their fashion-forward styles, and ask what DIYs they’ll be working on with what they pick up at the store. Unfortunately, when they’re home their accessibility to M&J Trimming’s eclectic items is restricted.

M&J Trimming ExteriorSure, international customers have been able to order our incredible trim, gorgeous rhinestones and beautiful buttons over the phone; but with time differences being what they are, that can prove to be a little inconvenient. That’s why we’ve introduced international shipping for online orders!

M&J Trimming Interior

International customers can now experience the same convenience of buying a button whenever they see fit: on their commute in the Tube,  while looking at inspiring masterpieces in the Louvre, or walking across the Great Wall of China. (How many bars can you get on the Great Wall anyway?)

International Shipping | M&J Trimming

While we love seeing your faces and hearing your stories when you visit, we’re happy to be able to bring a little bit of M&J Trimming to you in a convenient and simple way. We can’t wait to see what you create now that you have easy access to all of our trims!

DIY: Metallic Lace Napkin Rings


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


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!


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



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.


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!

Top 3 Ribbon DIY Bracelets


Ribbons can be used for many purposes. Due to the many types of ribbons there are many ways they can be used. We’ve dedicated this post to some of our favorite ribbon bracelet tutorials. Inspiration & Realisation uses silk ribbon and charms to create a wrapped charm bracelet. This bracelet is perfect for those summer days when you want to throw on a lightweight piece of jewelry. The chain bracelet has been a staple among the blogger community. The ribbon and chain contrast adds a hard and soft edge to any outfit. Trinkets in Bloom also toughens up her ribbon adding spikes to the often delicate trim. We can’t wait to try out all three DIYs.

inspiration&realisation_diy_wrap_bracelet_silk_beads_tutorialinspiration&realisation_wrapped_beads_bracelet_tutorial_diyInspiration & Realisation silk ribbon wrap bracelet


do-it-yourself-DIY-scarf-ribbons-craft-flowers-glitters-glue-shoes-notebook-art-hand-band-necklace-fun-buttons (17)Chain Bracelet tutorial via SheExists

Trinkets in Bloom_spike-bracelet-diy-Trinkets in Bloom Spike Ribbon Bracelet Tutorial

Check out M&J for a large supply of ribbons and trims.

Chain Headband DIY

We combined two of our favorite things (our neon ribbon and our over sized acrylic chain) to create an amazing headpiece that will get you noticed. Our 4 Ways Music Festivals DIY Feature wouldn’t be complete without an ode to the 70’s.

02209-1223/8” Imported Chromspun Grosgrain in Neon Green 56300-rust_11 ¼” Large Acrylic Chain in Rust Combo

DSC_2844Cut two small identical pieces of  your 3/8” Imported Chromspun Grosgrain in Neon Green

DSC_2845Place your now cut ribbon through the last link of your 1 1/4 inch Large Acrylic Chain.


Double knot your 3/8” Imported Chromspun Grosgrain in Neon Green ribbon leaving an even amount of space on either side.

DSC_2849Repeat these steps for both sides. Once each end of your chain has ribbon on either end, tie both ends together.


Now wear your chain headband with confidence!

DSC_0065Not feeling this look? This easy to create DIY can transition from a headband to a necklace within seconds…Just loosen the ribbon

Top 5 DIY Interior Decor Projects


M&J has an extensive home decor section. We pride ourselves on our selection of rhinestones, fringe, ribbon, cords, cordedge, and tassels. Each of our trims can transform your home from winter to spring. We understand that every detail is keen when adding an element of style and sophistication. Here are five of our top interior decor projects for spring!

Fellow FellowFellow Fellow



Chain VaseBetter Homes

Design Sponge

TentA Beautiful Mess

For more DIY home fashion ideas check out some of our previous posts.

Top 5 Ribbon DIYs


After creating our DIY Ribbon Flowers yesterday, we quickly realized how versatile ribbons could be for DIYs.  From hair accessories to home decor projects like the ones below, we love the polished look that ribbons add to craft projects.  Make sure to check out our Valentine’s Day inspired section on our website for all of the ribbons and other accessories you will need to make this upcoming Valentine’s Day a special one!

DIY Ribbon Hair Bow via Stripes and Sequins

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DIY Ribbon Boxes via Design Sponge

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DIY Hanging Ribbon Hoop via Oh Happy Day

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DIY Ribbon Storage Box via Honestly WTF

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DIY Ribbon Chain Bracelet via Trinkets in Bloom

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