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.
Table looking a little drab? Fancy it up with a tablecloth! This week I wanted to spruce up a little a night stand with a tablecloth and fringe. It’s a quick project and requires no sewing!
- Measure the surface of the table you would like to cover and add 5 inches to the length and width. So…if your table surface is 35″ x 30″ then you would need a piece of fabric that is 40″ x 35″. HINT: most fabric stores sell fabric that is between 44″ to 54″ wide, so for a small table you might only need 1 yard (FYI: 36″ in a yard) I picked medium weight cotton in mint green to match the ball fringe from my lampshade project.
- Add the width and the length of your fabric measurement and multiply that number by two. Add a couple inches for good measure (Pun fully intended) and now you have the measurement for your fringe. I decided on 4.25″ Beaded Bone Sequin Fringe in black…. mostly because in combination with the mint green fabric, it reminds me of mind chocolate chip ice cream and that is my favorite.
- Unique Stitch Glue
Making The Table Cloth:
- Once you have cut out the fabric, all you have left to do is glue the fringe to the edge. No need to hem it since the glue will prevent any fraying. You can sew this project if you like, but today I was feeling especially lethargic and sometimes there is nothing wrong with cutting corners.
- Apply glue to the backside of the ribbon that the fringe hangs from. I would suggest adding it in about 5 inch sections at a time to ensure a straight application. Press the glued-up side of the ribbon to the edge of your fabric. Remember to let the dangly part of the fringe point away from the fabric.
- When you get to the end fold over a piece of the ribbon and secure the fold with some fabric glue. Pinch it together for a moment until the glue begins to dry. Let this finished end overlap slightly over the raw edge of where you started. Cut off access fringe.
- You’re done!
The mothers of the bride and groom are just as important as the couple, if it wasn’t for them, you probably wouldn’t be the person you are today. Why not give your mom something she will be able to use again? Corsages are a great way to get crafty. I made one from 50mm Velvet ribbon in Scarlet with Moss leaves. This was very easy to make and only took about 20 minutes. I then sewed on a pin back (item #32247) to anchor it to a 16mm velvet ribbon wrist tie. This way, after the wedding, the rose can be worn on a jacket, pinned to a pillow, or added to a purse!
· 1 yd of 50mm Velvet Ribbon - Scarlet (flower)
· Two 6” pieces of 50 Velvet Ribbon – Moss (leaves)
· 1 Pin Back #32247 – 1 ¼” Nickel
· ½ yard 16mm Velvet Ribbon – Scarlet (wrist tie)
· Matching threads for ribbon colors
Start by threading your needle with the flower colored thread. Make a knot on the end. Start threading through the bottom edge of the length of the ribbon until you reach the end – about 1 stitch every ¼’. Pull the ribbon down the thread until it is scrunched up all the way, knot the thread securely.
Simply roll the ribbon into a flower shape and sew the bottom together to keep it’s shape (from the underside).
The leaves are a little trickier. Start by threading your needle with the leaf color thread. You have to take the ribbon in the middle top edge and pinch it to a point, sew the point down. Now you have to gather the ends and shape them with your fingers to create the leaf shape. Sew the ends to secure.You are ready to sew the leaves onto the bottom of the flower. Sew the ends of the leaves to the middle of the flower.
Sew the pin back to the middle of the flower.
Pin the flower to the wrist ribbon. You can pick a pretty keepsake box to present it to her in so she has somewhere to store it for years to come.
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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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.