New Items for March

This March we’re welcoming a number of new items to the website, from shining buttons to practical notions. Here are some of our favorite new additions for this month!

High Shine Buttons

These buttons are the perfect statement-making addition to any coat or jacket. They come in a wide assortment of colors and boast a unique circle of light in the middle ensuring that they stand out!

Fabric Applique Patches

Add some attitude to any garment with these cool fabric patches. We think they would look great on a denim jacket or an anorak.

Tomato Push Pin with Needles

If you love sewing, March is the month for you. We’ve added lots of new pins, needles and other sewing notions, including this cute Tomato Pin Cushion!

Ivory Lace Trim

We added so much beautiful lace to the website this month! From eyelet to cluny, there’s a lace trim for everyone!

So which items are you eyeing? Let us know below!

Great Guides for DIY Beginners

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When it comes to making your own crafts, fashions or decor, the hardest part is figuring out where to start. If you’ve never ventured into the world of DIY, it can be a little daunting at first. Don’t let it deter you because at the end of the day all of your hard work will have been worth it! Here are some of our favorite DIY guides for the more traditional homemade arts.

Diamond Quilt

Quilting has been a relaxing art, and a fun group activity for decades. Learn how to start your quilt, and then pick up a gorgeous pattern to make a homemade heirloom!

Yarn Storage

Knitting is the perfect DIY for pairing with a great Netflix marathon because once you get going, it’s hard to stop! The first steps are to figure out what type of yarn and knitting needles you’ll need, and then you need to master the technique. You can also try your hand at crocheting if two needles are too many.

Vintage Sewing Machine

Take the first step toward fashion design by learning how to sew with a machine! When you finally get to the point of being a pro, the internet is full of fashion-forward patterns.

So which of these skills are you looking forward to learning? Which do you already know? Sound off in the comments below!

Fringe Bag DIY

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Love fringe? Love studs? This spring time bag update is perfect for you!
Rather than buying a new bag revamp one that you already have with some of our favorite trims!DSC_0128SUPPLIES

8” Imported Ultra Suede Fringe- Beige

4MM HF Octagon Rhinestone Stud in Gold

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Needle

Thread

Iron

Scrap piece of fabric

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Place your 4MM HF Octagon Rhinestone Stud in Gold on your 8” Imported Ultra Suede Fringe- Beige
DSC_0135Make sure each of your 4MM HF Octagon Rhinestone Studs are centered on each piece of fringe.
Once the stud is properly placed, cover the fringe with a piece of scrap paper.
Iron the scrap piece of fabric for 15 seconds. This will allow your studs to properly stick.

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Once you have added all of your studs onto your fringe you’re ready to attach your fringe to your bag. Starting from the inside, begin sewing the fringe into place.

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Now you’re ready to show off your new and improved bag!

DSC_0178For more music festival fashion check out our M&J homepage

Refashion Your Old Jacket!

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By Blerona

Refashion your old jacket with some modern buttons. It’s time to start saving and wearing what you already own. And an easy way to do that is by updating your old jacket with some new buttons, something so simple makes all of the difference. That’s what I did with my pea-coat below, I changed my old black w/ red line simple buttons with new pyramid buttons. And I love the look!

 

Materials:

  • Black Thread & Needle
  • 2 15mm Square Raise Button W/Shank Item#41660 – Old Gold
  • 2 20mm Square Raise Button W/Shank Item#41660 – Old Gold
  • 10 25mm Square Raise Button W/Shank Item#41660 – Old Gold
  • For buttons call 1.800.9.MJTRIM or check out our many other buttons!

 

DIY Video Week Six: New Years Embellished T-Shirt

Dear Fashion Lovers,

Our last Holiday DIY Video is here, and I’m showing you how to make this glamorous t-shirt, the perfect statement piece for your New Years Celebration. Be sure to get creative when making this DIY.

 Click here for the list of materials used.

            Happy New Years, Blerona

Bridal Wedding Veil

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By Kristin

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The tradition of the veil on a bride has many back-stories.  Some say it started in ancient Rome to confuse the evil spirits who may try to steal her away from the groom.  Some say it was to disguise the bride before the wedding of an arranged marriage, this way if he saw something he didn’t like he wouldn’t run away.  It is also said that the lifting of the blusher veil is so the groom knows he is marrying the right woman.  There are so many variations on the story, but today the veil is more an accessory to the gown.

 My best friend recently got engaged and has put me in charge of making her wedding gown and veil.  As her Maid-of-Honor it is my duty to see what would look best on her and work with her taste.  I know she likes lace, being a pretty traditional girl, so that’s what I went with.  Looking in various bridal stores I noticed how expensive beautiful lace edged veils can be!  They can be anywhere as much as $300 on up!  So I’m going to describe how I made a beautiful antique looking lace veil that my friend could use on her big day without the big price tag.

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Materials Used:

Note: I chose a length a little longer than the fingertip.  It is double layered with the top layer being about 8″ shorter than the under-layer.  Choose a length that works for you, I’m going to give directions for fingertip length though. 

 

Directions:

  1. Measure the length from where you want the veil to start, to your knee.
  2. Fold the tulle in half and use the folded edge as the top of the veil (where the comb will be sewn).  Fold this piece in half length wise.  From the top of the folded edge (comb edge) measure the length you used for the head to knee.
  3. Mark with pins a quarter oval.  Make it a little wider at the top than the bottom to give it a more full look.  When you are happy with the shape, cut it out.
  4. Unfold the piece (leave the top and bottom layers folded together) so you now have a half oval shape.  Take the top layer and mark with pins about 8″-10″ up from the edge.  Cut it shorter but still keep the shape of the bottom layer.
  5. Now the fun begins, you get to glue on the lace!  This will take patience and time, it cannot be rushed!  You can also opt to sew the lace on with a machine.  Line the edge of the scallop up with the edge of the tulle and pin in place if sewing, pin it as you glue otherwise.
  6. Once you have the lace attached (and it has dried overnight) you can set the pearls or rhinestones (or both if you so choose).
  7. If you used a scalloped edge lace as I have, be sure to cut the excess tulle from the scallops for a cleaner look.

 The nice thing about the veil is that you can choose to use lace as I did here, leave the tulle plain (like I did for my own wedding), use rattail cord (1mm or 2mm), beaded trims, or a thin ribbon edge.  You can personalize your veil to match your dress and it won’t cost a fortune.

Celebrating Thanksgiving

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There’s many things to be thankful for every day of the year.  This Thanksgiving M&J Trimming is truly thankful for receiving care and support from all of our customers.  You are the one of the reason why M&J Trimming has been around for over seven decades and will continute to service you with quality merchandise for many more years to come.  We wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving.

Flower Girl Dress & Basket

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By Kristin

Using silk ribbons, it’s so easy to match the flower girl’s dress to the flower basket.  Rhinestone buttons can be added to give it that extra elegant finish.  This is a great idea for brides who are looking for something easy yet still beautiful for her flower girl.  You can choose silk ribbon colors that match with your wedding theme.  All you have to do is tie the bow onto the dress and stitch the ribbon onto the wedding basket.  Then finish it off with a glistening Swarovski rhinestone button and you’re all finish.

New Cameos @ MJTRIM.com

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Have you had a chance to view the “New Product” section lately?  If not, then we’d be glad to let you know what to expect.  M&J Trimming has recently added new cameos online in various designs.  Here is just a sample.  There are many more colors of each design available.  M&J would like to thank everyone for visiting MJTRIM.com often for new updates.  As you may have noticed, we’ve been adding many new products online lately.  If there are certain things you’d like to see more of, feel free to e-mail us or call us.  We can be reached info@mjtrim.com or 1.800.965.8746.  We’d love to hear from you.  Until then, please do enjoy browsing some of our new products.