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
Got boring sheets? Tired of plain old cotton sheets? Me too. But there is a solution to mundane nights. Ladies and gentlemen…lace never dies. Trimming your bed-sheets with lace does not have to mean transforming your sleeping quarters to grandma’s doily collection. Lace comes in so many different patterns and designs that it’s easy to select one that suits your style. *Machine sewing parts of this project are recommended for a more professional finish. *
- Good old fashion elbow grease because you may be hand-sewing parts of this project.
- Iron + Ironing board
- Sheet set + 2 pillowcases
- Four yards of lace for a full or queen sheet set and 2 pillowcases -OR- five yards of lace for a king sheet set + two pillow cases. I chose the 88mm Cotton Eyelet Lace. Style #38903 for my sheets. If you are looking for a something a little less soft than regular lace, you should try metallic lace for a more modern look.
- Needle and thread to match the lace
- Sewing Machine
- Preshrink your sheets if they are new
- Preshrink your lace if it is 100% cotton on the gentle cycle and I recommend putting it in a lingerie garment bag or tied pillow case to protect it. No need to preshrink if it is a cotton blend.
- Iron sheets + pillowcases
- Cut two 41″ pieces of lace for the pillowcases. The rest will be for the top sheet.
- Fold one piece of lace in half, right side in and hem the two ends together with a ½ inch seam allowance. Repeat with second pillow case piece. Press open seams with iron.
- Pin lace loops right side out onto the pillowcases so the top lines up with the hem on the cases. Machine-sew the top edge of the lace to the pillowcase. Remember to backstitch! Hand sew all other parts of the lace down the pillow cases…the need for this step can be omitted if the lace you choose looks better free-flowing.
- Lay the remaining piece of lace across the top hem of the flat sheet. Fold ½” at each end of the lace around the back of the sheet + press + hem.
- Machine hem the top edge of the lace across the width of the sheet. Hand-sew the rest as needed.
- Make your bed, turn on some tunes and take a nap. You deserve it.
Need help guiding your fabric to keep your stitch straight? Try wrapping a rubber band around the end of your sewing machine and use it as a guide to keep things straight. Don’t forget to check back often as I will add more tips and tricks.
In these times we all cherish our furry 4 leg friends as though they were our children. I have two ‘kids’ of my own at home named Leia and Pippin. Though only cats, I still spoil them with the best natural food and squeakiest mice I can afford. It only makes sense then, that couples today are feeling inclined to incorporate their pets into the ceremony and/or reception. Adam Sandler had his dog, Meatball, as the ring bearer; and Eva Longoria had Jinxie with her at the wedding. So many people today wouldn’t dream of their big day without their other ‘best friend’.
Some couples will dress their dog up in a tux, but I feel a simple collar can make a huge statement without looking silly or making the pup uncomfortable. Using many of fantastic ribbons and trims, there are endless possibilities for your pup’s look. Greek Key is a very simple design that will look good with a lot or even something a little more elegant and floral could work too. You can add rhinestones, buttons or charms to jazz it up. Maybe you can leave it plain and undecorated.
The example I made was very easy and took no time at all. You just need some basic sewing skills, a sewing machine and the materials.
- 1″ Metallic Jacquard Greek Key (White/Silver) #38993, 1 Yard
- 1″ Nickel D-Ring #10418
- Silver Square Clasp #30160
- ½” Metallic Jacquard Greek Key (White/Silver) #28550, 4 yards
- Nickel Claw Closure #35596
- Thread, Scissors, Straight Pins
- Measure your pooch’s neck, not too tight, but loose enough for comfort. Add one inch for the seam allowance.
- Thread the clasp onto the ribbon and fold the ribbon in half in the middle. This will double the ribbon for durability. Sew a straight line right next to where the bar in the clasp is.
- Place the D-Ring on one side of the ribbon (don’t put both through, just one side) with the loop facing out.
- Sew down each edge of the ribbon after the D-Ring (through both layers) and stop 1″ from the unfinished end. Fold the ends under ½” and loop over the other bar of the clasp, sew shut with several rows of stitching to secure extra.
- Viola, you have a custom made collar for your best friend!
Now, onto the leash…
- Thread the ribbon through the bar of the claw clasp until you get to the middle of the ribbon (just like with the collar). Sew a straight line next to the bar of the clasp to secure.
- Just like with the collar, sew down each end of the ribbon (both layers) until you get 1″ from the unfinished end. Fold in the ends ½” and sew the edges to finish. Take the newly finished end and fold it about 14″ in to create the wrist strap. Sew a small square to secure, sew over the square two more times. Clip leash onto the collar and your pup can walk down the aisle in style!
It’s been a while since my last blog post, but now I’m back with a new project to share with everyone. I, like many other females enjoy styling my hair. However, it’s not always as simple as using a comb and some hairspray. Every now and then I use some accessories such as bobby pins and hair clips.
I use to keep all my hair clips in a basket. I spend quite a good amount of time searching through the basket just to find the clips I want to use. All this wasted time spent searching for my cilps in the morning before work inspired me to be a bit more organized.
I took some fabric and covered a foam center board using 3M Super 77 multipurpose spray adhesive. Remember to iron your fabric before covering the board.
Now is the fun part. I chose different colors and sizes of some grosgrain ribbon to make a flower. For example, I take a 3/8″ yellow grosgrain ribbon and laid it on top of a 5/8″ williamsberg blue grosgrain ribbon. And I cut it at every 2 1/2″ so I that I can create a full circle and stitch the ribbon from one end to the other. I made a total of four circles. Then I placed each circle on top of each other to create a star shape. I stiched the center using thread and also added a button. After that I just pin down the flower to the board and pin a another grosgrain ribbon underneath so that it’s dangling.
You can decorate your hair clip organizer anyway you want. The main idea is to have a ribbon that dangles so you can clip your accessosries to it. Don’t forget to add a ribbon at the top of the board from behind. This way you can hang it anywhere you like.
Transform a plain baseball cap to something a little bolder with the addition of a bullion crest. The crest can transform a simple cap to something that carries a sense of bold maturity. Crests come in such a broad range of themes; it¹s easy to find one that suits you or your loved one best.
- Bullion Crest
- Baseball cap (or any other kind of hat with a heavy weight fabric and sufficient surface area for a crest)
- Unique Stitch fabric glue
- Needle + thread to match crest
- Straight pins
- Apply some Unique Stitch fabric glue to the center of the crest, then center the crest onto the front of the hat.
- Pin the edges of the crest down with straight-pins and set the hat aside to dry for about 30-45 minutes.
- Thread your needle sew from the inside of the hat so that the knot at the end of your thread is hidden.
- Stitch around the edge of the crest, removing the pins as you go. Remember to be careful of the inner lining sweatband that most baseball hats have. You don¹t want to sew that down.
- Finish off your stitches on the inside of the hat and you are done!
The numbers of blogs available online have grown increasingly fast in the past few years. There are blogs about politics, movies, life, fashion and even garment embellishments.
There’s so many things you can do with buttons, ribbons and trims. We’d like to share with you some of our favorite blog posts and their unique creations.
Arts & Crafts:
Create & Live Happy - Button Candle
Cuteable - Button Crafts
Purple Faerie Paper Crafts – Button Crafts
Card Positioning System – Button Crafts
Thinking Ink – Baby Bib Card w/ Ribbon & Button
A Little Imgination & A Pile Of Junk - Crochet & Knitting
Michelle’s Rubber Room – Embellishing w/ Ribbons
HemiDemiSemiQuaver – Ribbon Flower
This and That Blog - Altered Tin w/ Beads and Buttons
This Year’s Dozen - Button Bracelet
Just One More Line… - Ribbon Purse
Zakka Life - Ribbon & Button Brooch