Fall is around the corner and with a new season, some changes in our wardrobe are required. As I said before, sometimes spending money in a new wardrobe is not necessary. With some creativity you can transform pieces you already own or create new ones and accessories are one of the easiest. An outfit can go from boring to breathtaking just by selecting the right accessories. This time I’ll show you how to make a necklace that you will often see in magazines and stores a lot this season. Why buy it when you can make your own unique version of it?
First fold the ribbon in half and pin it along the edge.
Sew the two edges together which will create a tube.
Turn it inside out. You need to be patient in this step, since turning the tube inside out may take you a few minutes. You can use a chopstick to push the ribbon thru. You can also use a safety pin or a paper clip.
Now you can start putting the pearls inside the tube, make knots on the sides of it to make it stay in place.
I used about 9 pearls for this necklace, but you can do as many as you wish. Just make sure that if you do more pearls you have some extra ribbon, so you still have enough at the end to tie a knot. You can also do different variations of this necklace, by using more than one size of pearls or leaving more space in between. Use your creativity and specially have lots of fun!
M&J Trimming was featured in the September issue of Country Living magazine. You can find us on page 22. Our braided trim and chromspun grosgrain ribbon was used to embellish a decorative pillow. You can also accessorize your pillows just by adding ribbons and trims.
As some of you may know, M&J Trimming is like a candy store for the creative mind. Every time I’m in the 5,000 sq ft showroom, I feel as though it is neccessary that I create something. So after browsing around the button section, my little hands got right to work. I decided to to create a button bouquet. For what reason, you ask? Well, for no particular reason. I just wanted to dress up my desk in the office. I know I could always use real flowers, but can you image how empty my pocket would be if I changed the flowers in my office every week? So to save on some cash and still be able to dress up my desk, I’ve decided to use buttons instead. Now, let’s put it together.
Buttons I used:
You can pretty much use any style buttons you like. Four-hole and two-hole buttons are the easiest to work with.
- Using the pencil, draw a few leaves on the 12 pt card stock. Then cut it out using the scissors. I used some green and white color card stock. The white didn’t show up in the picture very well, but you can use any color you like.
Adjust the wire according to your project. It can be as long or as short as you’d like.
Stack your buttons onto the wire. Use as many–or as few– buttons in a stack that you want.
After you finished stacking your buttons, make a loop at the top of the wire. It should be long enough to slip backthrough the buttons & still have 1/2″-1″ left sticking out.
Twist the excess 1/2″-1″ of wire that is sticking out the back of the buttons with your fingers. Use the pliers to secure & tighten the buttons in place.
After completing the twist, stick the wire through the edge of a the leaves your cut out.
Repeat the steps again until you finish the desired amount you like.
After you’ve finished, then twist the wires together to make one large stem.
Once that is done, then use the satin ribbon to wrap around and cover the stem. Use can use gem-tac glue at the beginning and end of the ribbon to make it stick.
Then tie a bow with the 3/8″ ribbon and you’re done!
Besides using it to dress up your desk, you can also use it for weddings, parties, gifts, etc.
It’s that time of year again. What time you may ask? It’s time to pack up your summer clothes and bring out those coats and jackets. Fall is just around the corner. Matter of fact it’s on the 22nd of September. Which is not too long after NYC’s fasthion week.
If you’re considering a make-over for your jackets, blazers and coats, then M&J Trimming can definitely be of assistance. Simply changing the buttons can make a big difference. You can find an assortment of jacket buttons, blazer buttons, coat buttons, sewing buttons, and fashion buttons on the website.
This weekend I’m throwing a surprise engagement party for 2 of my very good friends. I decided to make each of the brides a tote bag filled with supplies that will help them plan their big day. Since I wanted to make something they could use after the wedding, for trips to the green market or beach, I decided to gear each one towards their unique personalities.
For Cristina I chose the Swarovski Rhinestone Peace Sign iron-on motif and a 12mm Square Sequin Trim in Silver to decorate an eco-friendly cotton tote. I started by ironing out the tote to get rid of the wrinkles and then ironed on the hot-fix rhinestone motif. I then used the Unique Stitch Glue to glue the sequin trim around the edge of the bag and on the handles. I used the Unique Stitch instead of the Sobo Craft Glue because it is washable.
Deciding what to fill the tote with was a challenge. It’s not a bridal shower, so home goods were not something I wanted to include. I decided to instead add some helpful planning books and a t-shirt personalized with their new to-be name.
I looked around for places that customize t-shirts with rhinestones and designs… they were expensive! I then remembered that M&J Trimming had these new Heat Seal Films for the Swarovski Hot Fix Rhinestones! I picked up 1 small pack of SS10 Crystal and one 13.5″ x 6″ Heat Seal Film. I then printed out her new name on plain paper to use as a template. I used a tweezer to place the stones one by one (stone side down) on the film until the design was done. After you have finished your design, you can just iron it on like any of the other appliqués that M&J Trimming offers. *Remember, when doing designs for a template; make sure the image is mirrored so when you iron it on, it isn’t backwards.
This was a really fun project for to make for friends, and I can’t wait to see the looks on their faces when they arrive at the party. Congrats to my friends Sam and Joey, and Cris and Mike!
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For those who were curious about M&J Trimming’s location, we hope these photos would help. M&J Trimming is conveniently located in the garment district. Which is steps away from both the fashion district and the broadway theatre district. It’s on Avenues of Americas, between 37th and 38th street. With our coloful banner on the exterior, you can’t miss it. Feel free to drop by and visit us anytime. We’re open seven days a week.
There are a couple of ways to apply Swarovski rhinestones onto garments, accessories and projects. One of the most simpliest way is by using the Hot-Fixer Setter. The setter comes in very handy when you choose to use Swarovski hot-fix rhinestones, which already has adhesive on the back. The setter comes with 7 interchangeable application tips. Each tip is used with different sizes of rhinestones.
To demonstrate how to use the Hot-Fixer Setter, we’ve put together a video. It will show you just how easy it is to use. This is one of the best tool to use especially when you want to make sure the rhinestones don’t come off.
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M&J Trimming would like to share some photos of our 5,000 sq ft New York City showroom. As you can see, we offer thousands of merchandise to choose from. All of M&J Trimming’s products are of only the highest quality. If you’re ever in the area, please do drop by.
Getting married at the beach? No? Well, maybe you want a comfortable pair of shoes for the reception. Flip flops are the perfect answer! They’re cheap and can be decorated to match your dress very easily. I was able to pick up a pair at the local dollar store and decorate them in only about 45 minutes. M&J Trimming has this great glue called Flip Flop Glue (item # 37866). It’s made so that your decorations won’t fall off during regular wear and tear. You can decorate your flip flops with buttons, ribbons, sequins, or my personal favorite… rhinestones! I decorated my pair in Light Rose and Crystal AB. Why not try decorating a pair for your own big day, as a gift for the bride or maybe for your bridesmaids and flower girl. It’s a fun project and you will be able to wear them after the wedding during your honeymoon, or for a day out on the town.
It is M&J Trimming’s 72nd birthday. Who better to spend this special day with than our valued Customers? For over 72 years, M&J Trimming has been supplying Customers with top quality products. Our priority is to provide you with the largest fabric trimming and garment embellishment resource.
On this special day we’d like to thank our you for being our valued Customers. Over the past years our relationship has grown to become much more than “Supplier and Customer”. We have become a family and family only offer what’s best to each other. We promise to continue providing you with only the finest quality merchandise.
To celebrate this special day, we’d like to offer you a 20% discount on everything you see at MJTRIM.com. That includes Swarovski rhinestones and sew-on jewels. However, this discount only applies for our birthday, August 14th, 2008.
Sale Start Date: August 14th, 2008 @ 12am EST
Sale End Date: August 14th, 2008 @ 11:59 EST
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