Hi Everyone! I’m Grace Atwood, from Stripes & Sequins. I’m so honored to be December’s Blogger of the Mont. I’ve been obsessed with M&J Trim from the moment I moved to New York City. It really is a candy store for the crafty… more ribbon, gems, cord, and treats than one could imagine. I could (and have!) spend hours just ogling the goods – and getting inspiration for my next DIY project.
I’ve put together four easy projects using the products that M&J sent me… I hope that you enjoy – and attempt to recreate them yourself!
M&J sent me a beautiful box of goodies… pictured above. Inside was sewing thread, striped ribbon, studded trim, black satin ribbon, black faceted chain, and the coolest hear metal sequins.
Project #1: Tory Burch Inspired Collar
When I saw Tory Burch’s Skyline Collar Necklace, I knew it was something I could relatively easily recreate at home. The 1.25″ Square Jewel Trim (Item# 45090) that M&J sent me was perfect.
I also used the 24mm Double Faced Satin Ribbon Item# 02324 , a scrap of suede, and my glue gun.
I snipped off the mesh edges of the trim and cut the trim into four pieces (2 short, 2 long.) I then just glued them to the suede in the shape I liked, and cut it out. I finished the necklace by sealing the edges of it with Fray Check, and gluing on two long pieces of the black satin ribbon.
And you’re done!
Project #2: Striped Button Ascot
I love stripes, and I love the idea of wearing a fun striped pin with a striped t-shirt. I made this one and have been wearing it constantly. Pinned to a comfy sweater, my favorite trench, etc… it adds a more creative and fun element to my more classic pieces.
- Take a piece of 1 1/2″ Mono Striped Ribbon Item# 39516 (about 8”) and form a loop. Close with glue.
- Form another loop with a smaller piece of ribbon, and attach perpendicularly to first loop.
- Add two pieces of striped ribbon to the bottom.
- Glue on two pieces of black satin ribbon.
- Add a botton, and then another sparkly button.
- Flip over, and add a pin to the back. Reinforce with a bit more glue and a small piece of ribbon.
Yup, I’m a little bit obsessed with this one.
Project #3: Safety Pin and Chain Necklace
This was a fun and easy one. There’s really no rhyme or reason to this project… just have fun with it!
Using the chain M&J sent me 9mm Black Metal Chain Item# 36959 (and I can’t say enough good things about this chain – it’s metalized plastic with the coolest little mirrored facets that give it the coolest sparkly touch) I attached three similar length pieces to a jump ring and then to a clasp. From there, I just pinned and pinned, until I had a messy – yet sophisticated necklace. I love that it’s a bit rock & roll… I will wear it with my preppier pieces (striped tees, shift dresses, etc.)
Project #4: Embellished Silk Shell
This was another simple one… I had a silk shell in my closet that I was going to get rid of, but I decided to liven it up a bit with the 10mm Heart Metal Sequin Item# 39960 that M&J sent me.
All it took was a little patience and my glue gun… such an easy way to spruce up a boring basic!
Thanks again to M&J Trim for having me… I had such fun with this project! For more Stripes & Sequins, be sure to check out my blog, follow me on Twitter, like S&S on Facebook, or follow my pinboards!