Summer’s here, which means we’re ready to slip into our trusty denim cutoffs again. But this summer we couldn’t help but add a little DIY magic to our old jean shorts. So with a bit of lace and some simple sewing materials from M&J Trimming, we whipped up these lace-trimmed shorts that we’ll be living in all summer long. Try it out yourself and let us know how it turns out!
1. Cut a triangle out of your shorts that is roughly the shape of the lace. Make sure the triangle is centered on one of the side seams of the shorts.
2. Cut out a piece of lace in your desired size. You don’t have to use all of the trim – feel free to cut off the edges to get the right shape! Then pin the lace in place on top of the shorts.
3. Thread your needle, tie a knot at the end of the thread, and start sewing the lace to your shorts, pulling the needle in and out. Make sure you sew both the inner and outer edges. Once you have it all sewn down, tie a few knots where you finish, cut off the rest of the thread, and you’re all set. Now go show off your shorts!
We’ve whipped up another original DIY, this time with some of our favorite faux-leather trim. We turned this edgy snakeskin trim into a lovely hair bow, in just 6 simple steps. Follow along below to make your own! And of course, all supplies are from M&J Trimming.
Supplies: 10 inch piece of trim, 8 inch piece of trim, 3 inch piece of trim, scissors, E6000 glue, barrettes, a few inches of twine
1. Create a loop with the 10 inch piece of trim by glueing the ends together. Repeat with the 8 inch piece of trim.
2. Apply glue to the middle of each loop and press down until each loop is stuck together in the middle.
3. Add a drop of glue to the middle of the larger loop. Place the smaller loop directly on top and press down while the glue dries.
4. Once the glue has dried, tie a piece of string around the middle of both loops to create the bow shape.
5. Wrap the 3 inch piece of trim around the middle of the bow and glue in the back.
6. Glue the back of a barrette onto the back of the bow. Let dry and you’re all done!
How cool are these DIY shorts by Candy of Taylor and Demolish? We love the crazy mix of prints and colors – these shorts would be perfect for a summer music festival. Obviously, we’re also thrilled that Candy grabbed her supplies from M&J Trimming – we’re tempted to snag all of the tribal-printed trim in the store and recreate this right away! Head over to Taylor and Demolish to see her full tutorial.
Trollbeads of the day
High Heel, Gold
Designed by Tomas Cenius
A tribute to fashion and to the ladies who live their lives elegantly elevated. In Italy, a high-heeled shoe is a symbol of good luck.
Trollbeads of the Day
Designed by Lise Aagaard
The Italian fashion capital, constantly on the move. A modern cosmopolitan city caught between the cutting edge of fashion and the timelessness of history.
We’ve been featured in Martha Stewart’s Living Magazine December issue. They use M&J’s pom pom trim to show us different ways to decorate a Christmas gift.
Number 54 on page
3/8” Pom Pom Fringe, white Style# 31664
The Holidays are finally here, so I suspect that many of you will be doing a lot of entertaining at home. Part of being a great host is creating a festive and inviting environment. Table setting preparation is key, so to help you out I have created a couple of easy DIY placemats that will look great on your holiday table. Not only are these projects quick and easy they can also be done pretty inexpensively. I purchased these mats for under a couple of dollars and if you are handy with a sewing machine you can create your own from some colorful fabrics purchased at your local fabric store.
Sewing is not necessary for these projects. I used my glue gun to attach all the trims listed above. M&J Trimming has a wide variety of trims to choose from, so be creative. We’d love to hear about any of the looks that you’ve designed.
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It seems like yesterday it was summer and now Halloween is just around the corner. Maybe you haven’t even begun planning or are somewhat perplexed over your theme for your holiday gathering this year; well don’t fret because we’ve got some inspirational ideas in store for you. This Halloween try a more elegant approach to decorating for your holiday gathering. I worked up a few ideas for our decorations this year using feather trims and some inexpensive finds from your local floral or craft shop.
Materials for Wreath
- • 1 wreath (I used a plain twig wreath)
- • 2 feather boas style: 16776 (To order call 1-800-9-mjtrim)
- • Jewelry wire Materials for Centerpiece
- • Plastic cauldron ( the one used here has an inner diameter of 12”) you may also use a planter that you may already have
- • Thin branches
- • Sand or stones to fill the bottom
- • Super moss • 3’ artificial ravens
- • 1 yard (measurement is dependant upon the size of your cauldron) feather trim style: 27971 (To order call 1-800-9-mjtrim)
- • Craft foam
How To Wreath:
For the wreath I just wrapped the two boas around it and secured with jewelry wire.
How To Centerpiece: The centerpiece was a bit more involved, but still very easy.
- The first I thing I did, and this is completely optional, is treated my cauldron so that it wouldn’t look like a cheap plastic cauldron. I sprayed it with spray on stone which can be purchased at your local hardware store. Once it has set up and dried I went over is with a coat of semi-gloss black spray paint.
- Next you are going to want to fill your cauldron with sand or stone, you want to fill it just enough so that the craft foam will sit level with the top of the cauldron, so be sure to take a measurement.
- Place your craft foam inside the cauldron; you may have to trim it down if you are not able to find it in a round. I used an 11” round dummy cake, it’s made of foam and fit perfectly inside the cauldron you should be able to find them online at nycake.com
- Arrange your branches in the center of the foam, you should be able to just push them in to secure
- Glue your feather trim around the foam so that it appears to be spilling out of the cauldron
- Apply your super moss around the branches to cover the exposed foam
- Arrange and attach your ravens how you wish
- Enjoy your beautiful new Halloween centerpiece