Just About Jute

Come spring and summer we see jute popping up everywhere! In fashion and home decor it adds the perfect earthy touch. But what do we really know about this fiber that makes a resurgence every season?

Jute Heart Bunting

There’s a reason why this material is so earthy and natural. It’s a vegetable fiber! The strong fibrous strings of certain plants are spun together into long course threads.

Jute Wrapped Vases

Jute is easy to create and can be used to a number of ways, which is why it’s also very affordable.

Jute Rugs in Natural Colors

Popular uses of this plant include weaving it into burlap, using it as a textured rug, or trimming a pair of your favorite summer shoes, espadrilles!

Blue Striped Espadrille Flats

How will you be using jute this season? For home decor, fashion, or something else entirely?

Our Favorite Florals at M&J

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We don’t know if this incredibly chilly winter is to blame, but we are eagerly anticipating the day that the flower buds start blooming. We are obsessed with florals. So much so that we wanted you to become as obsessed as we are by having a sale! Get on the botanical bandwagon with us, and receive 15% off of floral trims from now until Sunday March 30th! Here are some of our favorite floral products that you can pick up now:

 

4” POLKA DOT WITH TULLE FLOWER PIN

 

The 4″ Polka Dot with Tulle Flower Pin is so cute! We adore the mixed-media look, and the tiny gold dot accents. Pin it to a basic dress to add a little garden style to your outfit.

40MM X 30MM ROSE AND LEAF OVAL CAMEO

 

Cameos usually feature a delicate silhouette, but this Rose and Leaf Oval Cameo is for the florist! Use our Medieval Renaissance Choker DIY as a guide to make a flower-inspired necklace.

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This 10MM Imported Iron-On Floral Trim comes in an assortment of colors, and can add a delicate touch of daisies to anything you want! The best part it’s iron-on, so there’s no mess and no sewing involved!

TWO-HOLE FOIL FLORAL BUTTON

This floral foil button is so cool! It’s unique design will ensure that anything you put it on stands a tier above the rest.

FLORAL RHINESTONE PEARL TRIM

This rhinestone and pearl trim will take your evening wear to the next level. You can even cut the individual flowers out, and use them as appliques to make a headband! This is also a great time to buy rhinestone trim to make a DIY bridal belt!

To see more floral items, check out our Floral Shop!

DIY: Floral Headband 3 Ways

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Now that spring is here it’s time to pack up those winter hats, and let our hair down. Dress up your hair with these quick and easy headband DIYs featuring our favorite spring trend: Florals!

Materials for Flower Headband

What You’ll Need:

Mauve 1 3/4″ Artificial Flowers

E6000

Three Metal Headbands

Scissors

Measuring Floral Trim

1. Place the end of your floral trim against the end of the headband, and line the trim along the headband.

Cutting Floral Trim

2. Cut the trim around the metal headband.

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3. Glue the trim onto the headband, and let it dry.

This DIY is so easy that we had to try it out with other floral trims!

Blue Floral Headband

This variation is made with Navy Floral Rosette Trim. We trimmed back the mesh on the sides after the trim was glued to the metal band.

Sequin Flower Headband

Our last variation used 5/8″ Sequin Flower by the Yard in Soft Multi. It’s the perfect pastel headband with a little bit of sequin sparkle!

Final Floral Headbands

Now you have an easy way to add florals to your spring wardrobe, and from now until Sunday March 30th, 2014 you can get 15% off of our floral trims!

Spring Cleaning Clearance

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This week we welcomed some new items to our Clearance section, just in time for spring! Take a look at a small preview of the items we now have in stock, and head on over to MJTrim.com while supplies last!

Spring Style Grosgrain Ribbon in Striped Pattern

We’ve added a huge selection of multi-stripe grosgrain to the website in color combinations that are perfect for spring. Use them for Easter baskets or as a ribbon for a beautiful wedding present. You can even attach an elastic to the bottom, and make a cute spring headband for the little lady in your life!

Nautical Striped Grosgrain in Navy and WhiteFeeling nautical? We’ve added new styles of blue grosgrain ribbon that are perfect for summer day on a sailboat! Add them to your cover-up or captain’s hat for a personalized look that will have you ready for the seven seas!

Lovely Lace TrimSpring is the time for love, and we believe lace is the loveliest trim around. It’s romantic, delicate and usually floral, and a few select styles have made their way into the clearance section. Grab them while you still can!

DIY: Lace Chandelier

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If you want to add some femininity or romance to any room without making it too girly and pink, pick up some lace trim. Lace is the quintessential feminine fabric, and can easily add softness to any room. Our latest DIY uses lace trim to create a sweet chandelier that any princess or princess-at-heart would love. This would be a great addition to a bridal party, and you can even dye the lace blue or pink and use it for a baby shower!

Lace Chandelier Materials

What You’ll Need :

4 Yards of 30mm Cotton Eyelet Lace #38898
4 Yards of 35mm Cotton Eyelet and Scalloped Lace #38907
4 Yards of 1.5” Scallop Rosette Lace #58826
E-6000
Scissors
Wire Cutters
Light Socket and Cord Set*
Light Bulb*
White 6″ Round Metal Lighting Base*
24 Gauge Galvanized Wire*
Round Lamp Socket Ring*
Screw-in Metal Hook and Eyes*

*Available at your local hardware store.

Metal Lighting Base and Round Socket

1. Turn over your round metal lighting base, and place the round lamp socket ring in the center.

Cutting Galvanized Wire

2. Cut out three or four 2 in. pieces of your galvanized wire, depending on the number of prongs in your lamp socket ring.

Gluing Wire with E-6000

3. Put E-6000 glue on one end of the wire, and slide into the socket.

Fixing Wire to Socket

4. Put some more E-6000 on the opposite end the wire, and glue down to metal lighting base. Repeat another two or three times with the other sides. Let dry.

Cutting Lace in Strips

5. Cut your lace into specific measurements:

35mm Cotton Eyelet and Scalloped Lace (12 in. Strips)
1.5” Scallop Rosette Lace (10 in. Strips)
30mm Cotton Eyelet Lace (6 in. Strips)

Layered Chandelier Using Lace

6. Glue down each lace piece into your desired pattern. The longer pieces should go first, followed by the next size, with the smallest going last. Let it dry.

Finished Chandelier Lamp

7. Connect your socket cord into the DIY shade and bulb. You can use a pendant chain to hang your chandelier. You can also screw in two hook-and-eye hooks to hang the light from the ceiling.

Now you have the perfect light that’s soft and feminine, but still really stylish. The best part is that you can recreate this look with other types of trim too! Try metallic or sequin trim for a glam vibe, or mix the lace with jute for a rustic approach!

Guy DIY: Red Racer Jacket

When it comes to creating DIYs just for the guys, Carlos is the man to see. He’s back with a cool jacket inspired by our other favorite MJ, Michael Jackson!

Red Jacket Before DIY

This DIY features our 6 Row Plastic Square Trim. This 8mm Iron-On Pyramid Nailhead Trim is another great option because the single strand allows for varying widths (and it comes in neon colors). As you can see, we started out with a simple red and black striped jacket. The only thing missing on this jacket was some of Carlos’s DIY flair.

Laying Down Trim

The first step was to measure how much trim we would need for the DIY. If you don’t have a jacket with stripes already on it, lay the trim on the shoulder, and extend it to the bottom of the jacket. Carlos also put the trim down the sleeve of the jacket.

Cutting Trim

He then cut each piece of trim to fit the stripes on his jacket.

Cutting Trim

Carlos had zippers on the end of his sleeves, so he cut out a row of studs in the middle so that his zippers stayed functional.

Gluing Trim with Hot Glue

Then he glued down the trim with a hot glue gun. This is just to give the trim extra hold because the next step involves sewing the trim to give it that much more stability.

Gluing Trim with Hot Glue

He made sure to glue those loose stud strips individually. If your jacket has zippers like this one, be sure to glue down the ends! Sleeves usually get the most wear and tear on jackets, so this will help your trim from flying away.

Sewing Trim to Red Jacket

Carlos sewed the trim down after the glue had dried. If you’re doing this project at home make sure to wait until the hot glue is completely dry, otherwise you might burn your hands!

Finished Studded Red Jacket

When you’re done, you’ll be left with a jacket that is fashionable, fun, and a little edgy. This DIY is perfect for refreshing an old jacket, and can easily be used on a woman’s jacket too!

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Do you have a piece that needs a little more pizzazz? Come see Carlos at M&J Trimming! He will help you take any item from average to incredible!

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY

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With the holidays quickly approaching, many of us are scrambling to put together some festive and stylish outfits. This season is all about adding a bling to your outfit, and Project DIY designer, Michelle Levy, knows all about the sparkle of the holidays. For the holiday Project DIY collection centered around the theme of Baroque n’ Roll, Michelle created some truly dazzling DIYs for you to make at home. If you already have the latest Project DIY collection at home and need another craft project to sate your DIY appetite, then read on and see how Michelle made this easy no-sew holiday headband (a previous contender for the latest collection)! Although if you DO have the Baroque n’ Roll collection, sewing is a skill you’ve probably picked up while making the Gem and Lace Turban.

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY Michelle Cutting

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY Materials

What You’ll Need:

1.75″ Bead/Sequin Leaves Trim

Black Stretch Grosgrain

Fabric Glue

Felt

Scissors

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY Cutting

Beaded trim can play double duty as both a trim and an applique! Just cut out each shape individually, making sure not to cut any of the threads holding the beads in place. Here Michelle is cutting out each leaf shape using the mesh backing as a guide.

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY PlacementOnce the appliques are cut out, place them whichever pattern you like. Play around with different combinations and layouts. When you’ve settled on a layout, glue it down!

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY Cutting

Carefully cut out the piece you’ve made.

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY Felt Trim Applique

You can leave some felt around the edges for a more crafty look.

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY Applique

But we decided to cut precisely around the piece.

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY Measuring

The next step is to measure around your head with the elastic. If you’re making this headband as a gift, the standard size is 22″.

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY GluingThe No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY GluingGlue the applique to the elastic band. You can place the applique directly on top of the seam to hide it.

The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY Michelle The No-Sew Holiday Headband DIY Michelle The No-Sew Holiday HeadbandsThis project is so easy, takes less than ten minutes to make, and looks like a million bucks! Pair one of these dazzling headbands with a little black dress, and you’re ready for any holiday party!

M&J Trimming Goes Abroad

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M&J Trimming is going across the pond, over the river, through the woods! Well, sort of. We’re going to be offering our international customers something to make their M&J Trimming shopping experience much easier.
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Hundreds of people walk through our story every day, and many of them are visiting from all over the world! We are so fortunate to have customers from every corner of the earth because we get to hear their amazing stories, check out their fashion-forward styles, and ask what DIYs they’ll be working on with what they pick up at the store. Unfortunately, when they’re home their accessibility to M&J Trimming’s eclectic items is restricted.

M&J Trimming ExteriorSure, international customers have been able to order our incredible trim, gorgeous rhinestones and beautiful buttons over the phone; but with time differences being what they are, that can prove to be a little inconvenient. That’s why we’ve introduced international shipping for online orders!

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International customers can now experience the same convenience of buying a button whenever they see fit: on their commute in the Tube,  while looking at inspiring masterpieces in the Louvre, or walking across the Great Wall of China. (How many bars can you get on the Great Wall anyway?)

International Shipping | M&J Trimming

While we love seeing your faces and hearing your stories when you visit, we’re happy to be able to bring a little bit of M&J Trimming to you in a convenient and simple way. We can’t wait to see what you create now that you have easy access to all of our trims!

Inspiration: New York Comic Con

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New York City is not only the Mecca of fashion, the city of the best talk shows, and the best place to get Italian food this side of the Atlantic, it’s also the home of Spiderman and the inspiration for Batman’s hometown.

If you’re a fan of comic books, video games, or superheroes, you probably know that the New York Comic Convention is just around the corner! One of the most prevalent aspects of Comic Con is “cosplay”, an activity in which participants wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character.

Here are a few of our favorite ways to rep your favorite superhero using some of our favorite trims and decorations!

Wonder Woman Stars and Stripes | M&J Trimming
Catwoman Chic
Spiderman Style

Looking for more comic-inspired ribbons and trims? Check out our Superhero Inspiration Page!