4 Ways to Embellish Back to School: Backpack

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When going back to school, it’s always good to make a great first impression. This DIY will show you how to turn heads and wow your future friends with a bag that’s embellished to the brim!
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What You’ll Need:

Backpack

25mm Stripe Grosgrain Ribbon

Small Fur Pompoms

3” Imported Chainette Tassel

23mm Imported Floral Jacquard

9mm Rose Satin Jacquard

18mm Imported Floral Jacquard

15mm Mini Pom Pom Loop Fringe

1 3/4” Pom Pom Fringe

70mm Floral Jacquard

E6000

Scissors

 DSC_02901. Add pompom trim to the edges of your bag

DSC_0287 2. Tie tassels to the pull straps of the bag.

DSC_03123. Glue lengths of various jacquard along the top and sides of the bag.

DSC_0328 4. Tie the pom pom to the top of the loop on the backpack.

DSC_0361Need more inspiration for your back-to-school gear? Check out our 4 Ways Back to School Shop!

DIY: Tough Puppy Spiked Collar

Every puppy deserves a cool collar,and if you’re a crafty diyer you’ll love this neon spike collar that we’ve crafted just for Fido! Prepared to see a little more pep in your pooch’s step when you go for your morning walk!
DSC_0168What You’ll Need:

14mm Metal Buckle #21237

20mm Vinyl Braid #49140

8mm x 7mm Sew-on Mini Metallic Plastic Spike

Scissor

E6000

Needle

Thread

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1. Take your vinyl braid, and loop it through the buckle. Put the middle piece of the buckle through the vinyl so it is able to move back and forth. Push through the other end of the buckle and sew the end piece to the back.DSC_0179

2. Make sure to measure the collar around your pet to make sure the collar length is not too small or too big. Cut in place. Take the end and fold over and sew in place so the ends do not frill.DSC_0186

3. Lay out your vinyl collar and glue on spikes for embellishment.

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Yard Sale 2014

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As summer draws to a close, we’re fulfilling one of our favorite warm-weather traditions: the yard sale. Our annual Yard Sale is probably a little different than the ones you’re used to though. This one is happening rain or shine, and everyone can join in on the fun because it’s all online! During our yard sale you can receive 15% off trims by the yard, and stock up on the trims that will get you through your winter DIYs. Just use coupon code YARDSALE102  to receive the discount from now until August 22.

DSC_0484Check out our gorgeous beaded trim, to use for embellishing evening wear or dramatic decor!

DSC_0405Don’t forget to pick up some fringe from home decor  for your throw pillows!

03.17.14-9Grab some grosgrain for a year’s worth of birthday bows!

DSC_0390Make bold belts with our vinyl trim and braids!

DSC_0798Velvet is the perfect material for all of your fall and winter DIYs!

So what are you waiting for? The best yard sale of the summer is only a click away!

Leather Detail Fashion Inspiration

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When it comes to leather, even the tiniest detail in this luxurious material can elevate a piece from average to outstanding. Today we’re giving credence to one of our favorite materials used in one of our favorite ways because it’s not always about the main event. Sometimes the drama is in the details.
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51cc234f88782e77c05ab8f0be8eeb1eOutwear is perfect way to display leather accents! From a back of buttons to an understated trim, leather was made for the great outdoors.

d412b8802e4db9a2fc39eb79762cc70cGet flashy with leather elements on an embellished evening gown, like this one from Pucci. Leather adds edge to any look.

55a5e61a90871788b31318646011fa41Great in small doses too, like as the shoulder on this adorable sweater. Comfy meets chic!

Designer Picks: Steven Cohen

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DSC_0226Steven Cohen, Vice President at M&J Trimming, makes sure that customers have access to the most stylish and trendy trims in town! As the head of purchasing and sales, all potential new items have to go through him before they make their way onto the store shelves. Working at the familybusiness since the age of 14, he has four young daughters who can’t wait to follow in his footsteps. He can always tell which trims are trending, and gave us a few of his top trim picks! (And yes, they are ALL online.)


DSC_02381” CHEETAH PRINT METALLIC RIBBON – This ribbon is, quite literally, wild. It’s a fun ribbon that combines two of today’s most popular trends: metallics and animal print. Use this ribbon to wrap birthday presents or add it as an accent to home décor.

DSC_02442″ LARGE RHINESTONE LEAF TRIM – This is probably one of the most versatile rhinestone trims that we carry. DIY brides come in all of the time requesting this trim because they can make it into a bridal belt, and use small sections to create brooches for their bridesmaids.

DSC_0242LARGE FUR POMPOMS – Before you know it, we’re going to be having one of our famous New York autumns, and this pompom is the perfect addition to your cold-weather accessories. Add it to your hat or use it as a toggle on your cape!  DSC_024923MM 3-ROW PEARL AND RHINESTONE TRIM – This trim is a trifecta of rhinestones, pearls, and chain. It looks incredible on gowns, clutches, and it can even be used to create a necklace.

DSC_02481 5/8″ TOOTH PENDANT WITH CAP – It seems like everyone is trying out the hippie-chic look these days, and this pendant makes an awesome necklace for that style. It also comes in a lot of colors, so all of your festival friends can match! DSC_02891″ RUFFLE TRIM WITH PEARL CHAIN CENTER – This trim has a lot going on, but it all works together beautifully. The chain gives the ruffles and pearls just the right amount of edge, and keeps it from looking too delicate.

DIY: Party Hats

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With our 78th Anniversary coming up we have parties on the brain. From cake to candles, all we can think about is fun celebrations! Our next DIY highlights our recent obsession, and aims to create an upgraded party staple using trims, crystals and colorful card stock!

DSC_0073What You’ll Need:

Card Stock Paper

Citrine Flatback Rhinestones in SS20 and SS34

Capri Blue Flatback Rhinestones in SS20 and SS34

Light Siam Flatback Rhinestones in SS30

Emerald Flatback Rhinestones in SS30 and SS34

15MM  Mini Pom Pom Loop Fringe

23MM Box Pleated Chromspun Edging 

Scissors

E6000

Hot Glue Gun

Hole Puncher

Thick String

Tweezers

 

Pompom Party Hat
DSC_00791. Cut a circle out of your card stock.

DSC_00812. Cut a line into the center of the circle.

DSC_00843. Start to curve the paper to form a cone, and glue in place.

DSC_00904.  Glue your 15MM Mini Pom Pom Loop Fringe around the rim of the hat.

DSC_00975. Punch a hole on each side and put through the thick string on each side.

DSC_0102Make a knot on the inside. Cut string to appropriate length to tie around your face.

 

 

 

Ruffled Trim Hat

 


 DSC_01091. Create the cone from card stock as shown with the first hat.

DSC_01172. Take your 23MM Box Pleated Chromspun Edging and starting from the top, glue down going around the cone in a spiral.

 

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Crystal Party Hat
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1. Create the cone from card stock as shown with the first hat.

 

DSC_01262. Glue crystals onto the cone with E6000

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What’s New for August

This month we’ve welcomed a bunch of bright and beautiful new trims and accessories to our website! The trims we have brought in are great for anything, from fashion to home decor! And with school just around the corner, these trims are perfect for your upcoming DIY projects!

DSC_0151This fun braided trim comes in three styles. Our favorite feature of this design is the interwoven metallic trim!

DSC_0158These braids are absolutely beautiful, and make for a cool addition to basic home decor.

DSC_0161Another set of braids that are so soft and sweet, and come in an array of colors. These would look great as an accent on any dress.

DSC_0163If you need to spell it out, or are looking for that varsity vibe, check out our chenille letters!

DSC_0166Does your dress need a little pizzazz? What about a trim with metallic tinsel? Available in four dazzling colors, this trim is a knockout!

M&J On the Today Show

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If you were tuned into Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda on Friday, you may have seen some of our star trims in the spotlight during Bobbie’s Buzz, a segment focused on the most current fashion trends. This segment highlighted the DIY craze, and featured three different types of DIYs to take your outfits to the next level!

Our favorite DIY of the three was definitely trim-centric, and featured an ingenious way to add trim to your outfit without ever having to touch a needle and thread.

Watch the video to see the crafty way you can attach trim to your favorite pieces!

What’s New in July

This month has been all about trims and ribbons at M&J Trimming! We’ve brought a lot of great options to the site this July, and we’re happy to share some of our star products with you! Oh, and one thing we may have forgot to mention: a lot of them are on Clearance at 50% off!

DSC_0478This Chenille Rosebud Knit trim is the perfect floral trim for adding to a girl’s dress, or using as a creative summer headband!

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Whether you’re a sailor, animal-lover, or astrologist-extraordinaire, we have the jacquard for you! The best part? They’re 50% off!

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At some point in your life, you’re going to need beautiful metallic ribbon, and our wire-edged metallic ribbon will be the perfect fit! The thin wire in the edges will help your bows keep their beautiful shape, making this ribbon ideal for presents and holiday wreaths!

DSC_0481Like a little more color? Our wire-edged taffeta ribbons are the ideal bow-makers, and come in a rainbow of shades!

What’s New in June

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Summer is almost here, and we’re ready for it with these bright and colorful picks that have made their way onto the web just in time for June!

1/2" Fine Metallic Stripe BraidOur 1/2″ Fine Metallic Stripe Braid is just the trim to add a little dazzle to your day, and the best part is that it comes in a large assortment of colors!

3/8" 3 Ply President Braid

 

Our 3/8″ 3 Ply President Braid looks great when grouped in a thick braid like above, but would also look fantastic as a single strand headband!

3/8" Rayon Double Loop Braid

 

Our 3/8″ Rayon Double Loop Braid comes in a rainbow of colors, and is perfect for trimming everything from pillows, to hats and dresses!

Flourish Blazer Buttons

 

It’s too warm for heavy jackets, but you might need a light blazer for a night on the town! Dress it up with our new Flourish Blazer Buttons!