DIY: Edgy Bow Belt

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Our latest DIY features a beaded bow applique, and some gorgeous lilac elastic. It’s the perfect way to step into spring with an accessory that’s feminine, with a little bit of edge.

Materials for Edgy Bow Belt

What You’ll Need:

Beaded Bow Appliqué #46230
2 Yards of 25mm Elastic Grosgrain #56038
E-6000
Button Snaps
Needle and Thread
Scissors

Measuring Elastic for Bow Belt

1. Fold  your elastic in half. Wrap elastic around your hips or waist depending on where you want the belt to sit, and measure. Make sure to leave an inch to each end for button snaps. Cut to size.

Gluing Elastic in Half

2. To create a sturdier belt, glue the folded sides together.

Sewing Snap to Bow and Elastic

3. Place one end of the elastic on the back of the bow, and sew the male piece of the button snap in place.

Sewing Snap in Place on Elastic

4. Sew the female snap piece to the other end of the elastic.

Finished Edgy Bow Belt

Now you’re ready to hit the town in style this spring! We love this look paired with black basics, or even to cinch a dress.

Inspiration: Punk Goth

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October is all about getting in touch with the dark arts, ghosts, witches and other such spooks. Need help figuring out how to embrace your gothic edge? Here is some punk goth inspiration to make planning your pre-Halloween outfits super simple and stylish.

Boots Made for Talking

Jeffrey Campbell BootsThere is nothing more chic in goth attire than a big chunky boot. These Jeffrey Campbell shoes take gothic-wear to the next level with their fur and bead embellishments. And the quilted upper on the fur boot adds a luxurious little detail.

Prince of Darkness

Rick Owens Gothic Pieces

Rick Owens FW 2013

Rick Owens is the prince of dark fashion, but his gothic couture pieces resonate with everyone. He isn’t afraid of going against fashion protocol, as seen in his SS 2014 show in Paris!

Black Velvet

Ann Demeulemeester SS 2014

 Ann Demeulemeester SS 2014

 Ann Demeulemeester SS 2014

Belgian designer, Ann Demeulemeester is known for her dark avant-garde pieces that are all about asymmetry and a dash of androgyny. She prefers using monochromatic palettes, and black is her shade of choice.

Rock Royalty

Balmain Fall 2012 Embellished Jacket

Be punk goth royalty in this exquisitely embellished Balmain jacket. With all of the rhinestones and pearls available in our store, we wouldn’t be surprised if the designers at Balmain took a trip to M&J Trimming!

Painfully Shy

Johnny Depp as Edward Scissorhands

Ah Edward Scissorhards, the lonely recluse who just wanted to find a family and love. We wish he came to NYC instead of holing up in that mansion. He would have fit right in with the M&J Trimming family! His suit made of leather and buckles, deathly pale skin, and shy, introverted demeanor really made him a goth icon.

Are you a fan of the punk goth look? If it’s too dark and dramatic for you, you can always take a look at our more lighthearted and refined take on punk in our Project DIY Punk Revival collection!

DIY Studded Gloves by Rachel The Stylish Wanderer

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How cool are these DIY studded gloves? We spotted them on Rachel The Stylish Wanderer, and instantly started lusting over them. It turns out that she used studs from M&J Trimming to create these edgy gloves, and now we can’t wait to DIY a pair of our own! Stop by Rachel The Stylish Wanderer to see Rachel’s full tutorial.

Studded DIYs by I Spy DIY

If you read our blog frequently, you’ll know that there’s nothing we love more than a good studded DIY. We think it’s appropriate to add studs to just about everything, and apparently Jenni of I Spy DIY agrees with us. Jenni picked up some round hotfix nailheads from our store, and used them to add some edge to a clutch, a keychain, and a pair of flats. Our favorite is the oversized clutch – wouldn’t it be perfect for a night out? Head over to I Spy DIY to see how Jenni created these cool studded items.

DIY Body Harness Belt by Taylor and Demolish

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Remember that awesome DIY body harness we posted a while ago? It was created by the incredibly talented Candy of Taylor and Demolish, whose blog we follow religiously. We were so thrilled to see that she created another edgy DIY harness, made with M&J Trimming products, and we just had to share the tutorial with you. Check it out below, and stop by Taylor and Demolish to see more cool DIYS!

Supplies:

3-4 yards of leather trim
Sew-on snaps (or sold in the M&J Trimming store)
Studs
Fabric glue
Needle & Thread
Ruler
Scissors

1.  Measure the length of trim that would wrap around your waist and sit right above your belly button. Add 1 inch to this measurement and cut this length.

2.  Measure 2 lengths of trim – one that would wrap around your waist and sit 2 inches above the trim cut in step 1 and one that would be 2 inches below the trim cut in step 1.  Add 1 inch to each measurement and cut.

3.  Lay the 3 three pieces of trim that you cut on a flat surface.  Space them out so that they are centered and that there is 2 inches separating them equally.

4.  Cut 2 pieces of trim that will fall diagonally across the 3 waist trims close to the center, as depicted in the picture above.

5.  Add a little fabric glue to connect all of the pieces of trim.

6.  Push the 6 studs onto the 6 meeting points of the trim.

7.  Add sew snaps to the ends of the trims.

8. Et voila!

DIY Studded Trench

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Fall is just around the corner, so it’s time to start thinking about your outerwear options. Personally, we’re loving this DIY studded trench coat by Meredith and Gwyneth of Meredith and Gwyneth, The New Yorkie. They used pyramid studs from M&J Trimming to embellish this coat, and the end result is to die for.  Stop by Meredith and Gwyneth, The New Yorkie to see more!

DIY Studded Friendship Bracelets

 

We can’t get enough of the friendship bracelet trend that we’ve been seeing everywhere. But of course we couldn’t just rock a plain friendship bracelet without adding some DIY embellishment! So we whipped up two different studded friendship bracelets to add to your stack of arm candy. Check them out below.

 

 

1. Gather your supplies. All you need is a friendship bracelet and a pack of pyramid studs.

 

2. Starting at one end of the friendship bracelet, push the stud into the bracelet. Make sure the prongs go all the way through.

 

3. Flip the bracelet over and push down each of the prongs to hold the stud in place. You can use your fingers, but you may want to use something like a butter knife to push the sharp prongs down.

 

4. Continue to add studs to your bracelet until you reach the end. Now you’re all done!


 

1. Get your supplies. You need a friendship bracelet, glue, and white round nailheads.

 

2. Apply a small amount of glue to the back of one of the nailheads. You may want to use a toothpick to do this.

 

3. Gently place the nailhead near one end of the friendship bracelet. Hold in place for a few seconds while the glue dries.

 

4. Use the same technique to apply the rest of the nailheads to the bracelet.



 

 

 

 

DIY Studded Bun Cuff

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Looking for a way to spice up your summer bun? We’ve been browsing around Pinterest lately and got inspired to make an edgy studded bun cuff. We grabbed supplies from M&J Trimming and quickly whipped this up. What do you think? Follow the instructions below to make it yourself.

1. Gather your supplies. You’ll need:

2. Trim your leather trim to your desired length. You may want to put your hair in a bun first, and then measure the leather. On one end of the leather, sew one side of the metal closure in place. Flip the leather over, then sew the other side of the metal closure in place on the other end.
 3. Using your metal hole punch, create 10 evenly distributed holes in the leather trim. You may want to mark them first with a pencil.
 4. Unscrew the studs. Push a screw through one of the holes, then screw the stud in place on top.
 5. Continue to secure the rest of the studs in the trim by screwing them through the holes.
 6. You’re all done! Simply create your bun, then wrap the studded cuff around it and clasp in place.

DIY Studded Shoulder Bag

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A while back, we shared this incredible studded clutch as our DIY inspiration. We spotted it on the lovely Chiara of The Blonde Salad, and it instantly went on our must-try DIY list. And now we’re proud to say that we’ve finally made it! With a few materials from M&J Trimming, it was easy to transform a simple black wallet into an edgy studded bag with a chain strap. You can use it as a clutch, like Chiara, or you can drape it over your shoulder for an effortless look. Either way, check out our instructions below to make your own!

The inspiration:

1. Gather your supplies. You’ll need:

2. Add about 8 studs to the piece of leather trim. You’ll have to push the studs through in the front, then push down the prongs in the back. Make sure you leave about an inch without studs on either end.
3. Measure out where you want your studded strap on the wallet. Flip over the studded piece of leather, and use your glue to attach one of the ends to the clutch. When you glue it, the studded side should be facing down.
4. Once the glue has dried for the first side of the strap, flip it over so the studs are facing up. Fold down the extra inch on the other end, and glue it onto the wallet to create the strap. Hold in place while the glue dries.
5. Use your pliers to open up a link on both ends of the chain.
6. If your wallet has holes on top, you can simply slip the link through and then close it with your pliers. If not, you will need to create a hole on either side with a leather hole punch. Attach the chain on both sides of the wallet to create the strap. Now you’re all done!

DIY Neon Studded Phone Case

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After seeking out our favorite DIY iPhone cases,  it was about time that we made our own. And when we spotted these new neon studs in our store, we knew they would be a great addition to a plain white phone case. Armed with our studs and some E3000 glue, we created this neon iPhone case that will be the perfect summer accessory. Keep reading to find out how to make your own!

Supplies:
 

1. Begin to arrange your studs on the case to figure out the design you want. You could do polka dots, or stripes, but we opted for a simple geometric pattern.

2. Using the E3000 glue, begin to individually glue down each stud. If you use the same pattern as us, start in the middle and work your way out. You may want to use a toothpick to apply glue to each stud.

3. Continue to apply the studs until you’ve covered the entire phone case. Let dry for half an hour then you’re ready to show off your new neon case!