Hey everyone… Whats one of the most important accessory we need to go with our outfit?…A pocket book of course…these days, no female walks out without carrying a pocket book with her to carry all of her essentials. Whether if it’s a tote, cross body bag, shoulder bag, or clutch, a female always has one with her. Do you want the stylish pocket book. Well, I created two stylish looks for a plain clutch… You can also purchase a low price clutch or dress up any old clutch or pocket book you have at home.
Take this plain clutch and turn it into something fun!
Beaded Bow Applique Clutch
- Take the 1/4 yd piece of silver ribbon, take one end of the ribbon and turn it over so you can have two pieces of ribbon on each side. It should look like the following image.
- You then glue it down on the clutch, any position you wish.
- Do the same with the 8” black ribbon. Its going to be smaller than the silver ribbon, you then glue on top the silver ribbon.
- You then take the applique and glue it on top of the ribbon.
Flower Brooch Clutch
- First take the 1/4 yd black satin ribbon, take both ends and glue them in the middle of the ribbon (it should look like a bow). Then glue it on to the clutch, an position you desired.
- Do the same with the 8” lemon colored ribbon and glue it on top of the black satin ribbon. So far, it should look like a two layer bow.
- Do the same with the 6” pink ribbon and glue it on top of the lemon color ribbon. It should now look like a three layer bow.
- The flower used on the clutch is a brooch, so it will have the pin in the back, simply just push the brooch in like it was a blouse, then close it. Your will place the flower brooch so one of the petals is covering the middle of the bow. Take your hot glue gun and pour a tiny drop of glue in the middle of the bow and push the flower petal down.
Be sure to check out next week’s DIY Video, where I show you how to make another great spring accessory!
Here’s a sneak peak!
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Here is a way to give your table décor the perfect final touch. Although you can make napkin holders out of just about anything, I would like to share with you some ideas I have created.
Material I used:
These directions are very simple and quick. Start by deciding on which color combination you like, your napkins should be in front of you. Take the ribbon you have chosen and wrap it around your napkin and make sure it shapes it well you will sew the ends of the ribbon together. If you have chosen an appliqués you can attach it buy using hot glue.
On the cover of December’s Glamour Magazine, wearing a Fenton necklace by Dana Lorenz, which features M&J Trimming hand dyed silk ribbon, Michelle Obama is recognized as the Woman of the Year for 2009. She’s nominated for her fashion, status as a role-model, her intellect, and title as the first ever African-American First Lady. In her interview, Michelle Obama shares her passions, struggles, and enjoyment to Glamour readers who look up to her.
Michelle Obama is not only the first African American First Lady; she is a woman on top, political player, mentor, wife, devoted mother, activist, and now a glamorous style icon. Nevertheless, Michelle Obama manages to focus on her passions in life. Such as, her development of improving better health care for woman, planting the White House Vegetable Garden to help with childhood health, nutrition and obesity, and gathering women around the administration to work as mentors to girls in need.
And yet, Michelle Obama still finds the time to look amazing at every function she attends, whether it be day or night, her everyday wardrobe is classy and chic. On the cover of Glamour magazine, an honor well deserved, she sports her own dress and a custom made necklace by Dana Lorenz, which features hand dyed silk ribbons by your very own, M&J Trimming.
Michelle Obama Fashion Icon
Get her Look
Christmas is getting closer, and I’m getting ready for wrapping all the presents for my family and friends. I always try to give each of the presents a touch of personality and I get very creative while I do gift-wrapping. However, to get there it’s important to know the basics, and that is why today I’m showing you how to tie the perfect bow. It’s very simple and with some practice you will be able to make ribbon bows in no time.
- Make a loop with the ribbon and hold the loop between your thumb and index finger, with the ribbon end at the back several inches longer than the front end. Use your opposite hand to pick up the long end and wrap it around the loop to begin the knot.
- With your index finger of the same hand, push a loop through the knot in front of the thumb holding the first loop.
- Pull the back of the loops with your thumbs and index fingers to tighten the knot
- Cut the ribbon ends to equal lengths.
This week I threw together a cute little basket for handing out Halloween candy. The supplies are simple and it only takes a few minutes to make.
Spray a couple coats of polyurethane on all surfaces of the basket. Let dry for 15-30 minutes between coats. This step is optional, I just like the way it glosses the surface of a wooden basket.
Line the basket with fabric. Keep raw edges exposed or fold under and seam with craft glue. No need to bother hemming with the machine since this is really just a seasonal project.
Tie your piece of wire edge Halloween print ribbon
in a bow + glue to the back center of the rim of the basket (onto the fabric of course). Shape the arms + loops of the bow as desired.
Cut the polka dot grosgrain ribbon
into 8 inch segments and tie all of them into bows. Along the remaining blank fabric covered rib of the basket, glue each bow using the sobo craft glue
Fill with candy and you’re done.
This week I wanted to make an accent pillow with stripes but didn’t have any striped material on hand. What better solution than to make my own stripes! With the cool weather rolling in, I wanted it to be extra soft. I selected some leftover high-pile apoulstery fabric for the body of the pillow. For the stripes I used 22mm velvet ribbon that complimented the color of the fabric. Since I used two different fabrics for each side, I wanted something to break between them with out clashing with the ribbon so I picked out velvet cordedge in a neutral color so the stripes would not disappear.
- Two 13×13 inch squares of fabric
- 51 inches of 22mm (style# 00856) cordedge
- 3 ¼ yards of 22mm velvet ribbon in 1 color, or 1.6 yards of 2 different colors.
- Sewing Machine, needle, thread to match ribbon
- Pin down ribbon evenly spaced on 1 of your 13×13” squares of fabric
- Remove pins as you hem down the ribbon. Try to keep the stitch as close to the edge of the ribbon so as not to interrupt the pile of the velvet.
- Refer to one of my earlier blogs for instructions on the rest of the pillow. Begin with step 8 from my textile transformation blog. FYI-you will probably want to pin the cordedge to the side of the fabric that has the ribbon sewn to it. Since that will be the front, you will want more control of a perfect hem.
- And you’re done!
In Gossip Girl’s ”Summer, Kind of WOnderful” episode for the second season, Serena van der Woodsen wore a silver ribbon as a headband to the white party. One option to get this look is by using a metallic silver mesh ribbon. I used about 5 yards and just wrapped multiple layers and then tied a knot in the back. You can call 1.800.9.MJTRIM and ask for item number 36876. It comes in 18 different colors. I used the size 6mm in white.
This week I designed a little decorative pillow. I am going to leave the measurements open, so you can make a custom pillow in a size that best suits your room. I wanted something neutral with a touch of femininity. I chose a textured brown and cream-colored fabric for the body of the pillow and ribbon fringe in sand for the trim. The ribbon fringe has a criss-cross pattern that leads to a shower of thin ribbons in various shades from the same color family. It’s the perfect little accent for a room that needs something soft and inviting.
- Fabric: Decide on the dimensions you want your pillow to be and add ½ inch for seam allowance. Cut out two pieces of fabric in said measurements.
- Ribbon Fringe: measure the perimeter of one of the pieces of fabric you have cut out for the body of the pillow and add about 4 inches for good measure. No pun intended.
- Sewing machine + thread
- Straight pins
Making the Pillow:
- Pin the two identical pieces of fabric together using straight pins with the right side facing in.
- Sew the two pieces of fabric together with a half-inch seam allowance. Remember to remove the straight pins as you go…if your needle hits one it could break. Leave about 5 inches unhemmed. You will need this to turn the pillow right side out and to insert the stuffing.
- Turn the pillow inside out (see I told you not to hem the whole way around! Now look at what you’ve done!)
- Fold over one end of the Ribbon Fringe about ½ inch and quickly hand stitch the fold in place. Lay the fringe along the parameter of one side of the pillow and begin to hand sew it in place. The only part you should be securing down to the fabric is the gimp trim. The criss-cross and loose ribbons should hang free from the pillows surface. The more time you put into securing the trim, the longer it will last without need for repair. When you come around to where you started, cut off all but 1 inch of extra fringe. Fold that end and hand stitch it in place and up against or even slightly overlapping the beginning.
- You’re done!