Top 5 Sequin DIYs

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Merry Christmas to all!  Today, we couldn’t be more excited to spend the day with family and friends.   We hope your day is filled with beauty, tons of laughs, homemade and heartfelt presents, and happiness.  Because we hope your day is filled with everything you’ve dreamed of, here is a list of our Top 5 Sequin DIYs.  Nothing like pictures of beautiful homemade projects to add to your smiles today.

DIY Sequin Sweater via taylor & DEMOLISH

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DIY Sequin Embellished Shoes via …love Maegan

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DIY Sequin Blazer via A Pair and A Spare

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DIY Striped Sequin Sneakers via Stripes and Sequins

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DIY Sequin Elbow Patch Sweater via Swellmayde

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DIY Sequin Pants

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We are massive fans of the all-sequin dress, but, like most females, they only get worn around the holiday times.  Here is a DIY with just enough sequins that can be worn all year round!

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Supplies

Trousers

2-3 yds of Sequin trim

Fabric glue

Scissors

1.  Fold your pants along its front seams and measure trim that will start under the belt loop, down the side seam, and to the bottom of the pants.  Add an inch to this measurement and cut.

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2.  Begin by gluing the top of the trim below the belt loop area.

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3.  Continue to glue the trim down the side hem of the pants.  Add glue to the back of the trim and press it down onto the pants.   Make sure that the trim is always aligned with the side hem.

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4.  Any excess trim you have can be folded under the pant leg and glued, as depicted.

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5.  Repeat for the second pant leg and follow the above steps.  And then you have created an amazing pair of pants for a night on the town or for your holiday parties!

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M&J Trimming at The Bar

Around the holidays is when we spend the most time getting together with groups of friends and family.  So it only makes sense that it is, also, the time when tons of crafting parties happen!  The wonderful team over at Bauble Bar brought together some of the most influential and beautiful fashion bloggers, such as My Style Pill, Keiko Lynn, and Style and Pepper to create DIY jewelry boxes using our rhinestones and sequins.  We love the what they came up with!  Do you?

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DIY Inspiration: Embellished Sweater

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Lately we’ve been spotting an awesome new trend: the embellished sweatshirt. We’re loving this trend, because we can wear our coziest sweatshirts while still staying stylish. All of these embellished sweatshirts are totally DIYable, too! Just add sequins, gems, lace, or an applique to jazz up your sweatshirt and make it instantly chic. Check out some of our inspiration below.

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DIY Inspiration: Sequins

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Ever since we saw Gwyneth’s sequin pocket dress at the Met Gala, we’ve been inspired to use sequins in a chic and classy way. Clutches, pillows, bras – you can add sequins to basically anything to jazz it up. We have a ton of sequin trims in our store right now, and we can’t wait to start crafting!

 

 

 

via Viva Luxury / Celebitchy / The Daily Batch / A Pair & A Spare

 

 

 

Blogger of the Month, December!

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By Blerona

Our New Favorite blogger for December is Grace from Stripes & Sequins!

Hi everyone!  I’m Grace from Stripes & Sequins.  Ever since moving to New York City six years ago, M&J Trimming has been one of my favorite places in the city… a virtual candy store for us crafty folks!  I’m honored to be M&J’s blogger of the month.  If I had to describe my style in two words, it would be human magpie.  I love all things shiny and sparkly..  By day, I work for BaubleBar, where I run their social media.  I’ve been blogging for about two years and love DIY – it forces me to be creative and helps me temper my expensive taste.  My blog has been featured on Guest of a Guest, the Wall Street Journal, and Dismount Creative as a Top DIY blog.  I’ve also DIY’d with The Glitter Guide, which is, very fittingly, one of my favorite online publications!

 Stripes & Sequins DIY’s

Here’s what we sent her for the Blogger of the Month Challenge…check back on Tuesday, December 13th 2011 to see what she made!

DIY: Embellished Breastplate Necklace

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By Roseann

I recently became quite excited about this multi chain and chainmail combo and decided to incorporate it into this week’s project.  Inspired by Fiona Paxton’s jewelry this project is a bit more involved than some of my earlier posts, but with a little patience the result is stunning.  A lot of hand work is involved, but don’t let this intimidate you.  If you are really not interested in taking that plunge a similar look can be achieved by sewing together some embellished appliqués to mimic the breastplate.

Materials:

  • 1 to1 ¼ yards multi chain, to purchase call 1-800-9-mjtrim
  • Metal sequins
  • Glass sew on jewels
  • Piallettes
  • Beading thread
  • Tulle, preferably a heavy one such as crinoline net
  • Scissors, hand needle, and needle nose pliers
  • Multi strand jewelry clasp
  • Jump rings, amount needed depends on your jewelry clasp

Directions:

    1. Cut a piece of tulle 9”x 7”.
    1. Fold the tulle in thirds so that your piece now measures 3”x 7”.  If you are using cotton tulle you can use an iron to create firm creases, if you are working with nylon spray starch is best.
    2. Begin to embellish. I started with the glass sew on jewels and sort of placed them randomly.  Be sure you leave a ¼” around the sides of your soon to be breastplate.  I made the mistake of not doing so and attaching the chain was a little messy.
    3. I next added the large piallettes and then used the metal sequins to fill in.
    4. Decide where you would like the plate to sit.  Take a measurement around the neck and add 26” to accommodate the additional length of the breastplate and hanging ends.
    5. Divide this measurement in half and cut two pieces of the multi chain.
    6. Attach one side of the plate to the chain beginning 6” from the bottom.  I attached the chain by stitching it to the tulle through the chainmail pieces only.
    7. Attach your multi strand jewelry clasp to the chain using jump rings.
    8. Wear and enjoy