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Hey Everyone! Nicole from Sketch42 here! I am delighted to be this month’s blogger of the month, and even more delighted when I opened the gorgeous little package that the folks at M&J sent over!
This spring I am SO inspired by neons and color so when I opened the box and found neon grosgrain ribbon and Rit Dye, I was thrilled! I have been dying to do some dip-dying ever since I made some tie-dye napkins this summer. Dip Dying seems just a tad more sophisticated and is a much simpler affair.
So for my first project, I made a place setting that I would use for a spring lunch or brunch. The great thing about this project is that even just by using the neon grosgrain bow as a napkin ring, you can set a totally current and chic table with very little permanence or cost.
After I made the dyed napkins and the co-ordinating napkin ring and placed them on a white plate, I knew I wanted to add way more color. So I added a peacock colored placemat that I already had. Then I realized I had these amazing vintage neon glasses and that they would add even more color to the table. And then after that, I thought of making the orange coaster! (I was considering making a placemat but I didnt have enough cord…)
For my second project, I spruced up one of my daughters shirts, by adding a strip of neon grosgrain underneath the buttons. I love this idea because its so subtle and yet it really makes the shirt seem super fresh. I also adorned the collar with a beaded flower to add that little extra something. I totally want to make one of these for myself using the neon yellow ribbon… but thats a project for another day. For a man’s shirt, I would add the ribbon on the underside of the collar. Just a little peak of color is the key to keeping this DIY sophisticated.
4mm Imported Rayon Twist Cord Item# 42950 in Orange
1” Imported Chromspun Grosgrain Item# 02224 in Neon Orange
1” Imported Chromspun GrosgrainItem# 02224 in Neon Yellow
1” Imported Chromspun Grosgrain Item# 02224 in Neon Pink
2mm Round Learther Cord Item# 00260 in Turquoise
Thread Item# 42681 in Golden Rod and Poppy
Rit Dye Powder Item# 46301 in Fuchsia and Sunshine Orange
Seed Beads Item# 76010 in Paque
Project 1 Instructions: Dip Dyed Napkins
- Follow the instructions on the Rit Dye Box. I chose to do mine on the stove. Mix dye with hot water, salt and a small amount of detergent. Stir and wait until desired color is achieved.
- Take clean, washed napkins and dip into the dye bath. I dipped the edges of one napkin, the side of another and the bottom of another. Ultimately, the napkin with the dyed bottom was the most successful.
- Immediately rinse with warm water, then cold until the water runs clear.
- Dry and iron.
Project 2 Instructions: Neon Grosgrain Bow.
- Begin the bow by winding the ribbon back and forth to form three loops. To do this, first form one loop. Holding the loop at its midpoint, wind the ribbon underneath to form another loop that is slightly larger than the first. Now hold both of the loops together at their midpoints and wind the ribbon underneath in the opposite direction to form a final loop, again slightly larger than the previous.
- Staple them together at the midpoint.
- Wrap a small piece of ribbon over the staple and secure in the back with a glue gun.
- Attach to the center of the extra ribbon , and using the glue gun secure the ends of the ribbon to each other.
- Place the napkin inside.
Project 3 Instructions: Orange Cord Coaster
- Remove the tape from the edge of your cord.
- Using a glue gun, apply a little bit of glue to the edge of your cord to stop fraying .
- Place the cord flat on a table and wrap the cord into a spiral, using one hand to keep it flat and the other to twist.
- Take your glue gun and cover the entire cord with glue. Make sure that the glue gets in between the cord. Finish the edge of the cord with a little more glue and tuck it into the side of the coaster.
- After the glue dries, turn it over and voila!
Project 4: Neon edged white button down:
- Take a plain white button down shirt. Find a ribbon that matches the width of the area you want to cover.
- Remove all the buttons.
- Using a no-sew iron on stitching, fold over the edge of the ribbon and iron it so that fraying is not exposed.
- Measure the length of the ribbon to your shirt adding a 1/8 of an inch (for folding over) and cut the ribbon. Then finish that edge with the iron on stitching as well.
- Iron on the entire ribbon to the length of the shirt. (I made sure that the side edge of my ribbon would jut out just past where the shirt would cover so that the ribbon would show the entire length of the shirt even when it was buttoned.)
- Sew on all the buttons using colored thread. (Even just simply changing the thread would have subtly spruced up this shirt!) I also stitched the top and bottom edges of the ribbon to the shirt.
- Stitch a few beads in a flower pattern at the collar.
- I paired it with jeans and a bracelet I made by braiding the enclosed leather cord.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and I had to make a fun accessory to celebrate the Loving Day! Here are the easy steps, perfect gift for freinds, family and loved ones!
Step1: Put the elastic thread through needle and tie knot. Then start slipping pearls through the needle onto elastic thread. When it fits around your rist, cut off end of the thread that’s attached to the needle.
Step:2 Now tie a double-Knot to connect both ends. And cut extra string off.
Step3: Tie a tulle onto the string of pearls, and start wrapping it about the pearls and elastic thread. Be sure to tie a knot every other time you wrap it around. When you go all the way around, tie a bow with the other end of the tulle.
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I recently came across a brief interview in Indie Magazine with Berlin Designer Paula Immich. The interview was regarding a recent collection called “Mit Haut und Haar” (i.e. “with skin and hair”). In this collection Immich used flocks of hair in seams and collars. Sounds Bizarre right, however the effect is quite whimsical. Her collection got me thinking about material and how so often we are used to seeing them manipulated and used in only one or two different ways. Take chainette fringe, it has been used in such a costumie way, I always think flapper or Vegas every time I lay my eyes on it. So I decided to do a DIY Paula Immich using chainette fringe, although I live in NYC I still don’t know if I can pull of wearing synthetic hair around my shoulders. Boring, I know.
- Fist locate where the bust point would exist on the T-shirt and mark from the inside with a pencil.
- Find the center point of your shoulder seam and mark a straight line from the bust point to the center marking of the shoulder.
- Measure how long this line is and subtract that measurement from 20.
- Using the measurement found above, find center back of the neckline and measure down mark with a pin. Now measure from the pin 3” to each side and draw a line from that mark to shoulder center.
- Cut along this line.
- Cut the 1 yard of fringe in half, careful not to let it fray and pull apart. It helps if you tape the edges.
- Starting 1” from the beginning of the cut pin the fringe between the two pieces. The fringe should be short 1” on each side.
- Now stitch together. Basically here we are creating a bust and back dart in one, so you want to start and end with a slight diagonal so that the intake transitions smoothly with the rest of the t.
- Wear and enjoy.
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Starting March 31, 2010, M&J Trimming will be playing five exciting games of “I Spy” on our Facebook Fan page. Here is the details and how you can play.
On M&J Trimming’s Facebook Fan page, we will give you clues as to which item we are spying on www.MJTRIM.com. The first fan to get the correct item number will win M&J dollars to spend online. There will be a total of five games.
The first four games will give clues to one item number and whoever gets the correct answer first will win $25 to spend on www.MJTRIM.com
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M&J is constantly getting in new items and I have fallen in love with this new sequin trim. It’s a gorgeous scalloped edge trim on a netting. There are so many uses for this trim and a headband is an easy one. One of the girls who work on the floor took the gold version of this trim and made a simple flower from it for her hair. I was instantly inspired to make my own version.
I’m a huge fan of headbands, hairclips, and hair ties to hold back and adorn my long hair. Working at M&J has allowed me to expand my collection and have a different look everyday. I’ll show you how to make a sequined flower that can then be glued to a headband or hair clip, or even sew a pin on the back for other uses. It only takes a few minutes to make, so it’s also a great last minute gift idea.
#44434 – ½ Yard Gunmetal Scalloped Sequin Trim
#42955 – 23mm Silver Sequin Look Button
#43659 – Black Plastic Headband
*Call 1-800-9MJTRIM, ext:377 to order any of the products not listed online.
1.) Thread your needle and knot the end. Weave the needle through the sheer side of the trim about 1” away from the edge. Weave it in and out every ½” or so to create a gathering stitch. When you get to the end, pull the trim down this thread to gather it up. Gather it to about 3-4” long and knot the end securely to keep it gathered.
2.) Sew one gathered end to the other. You should now have a circle that is ruffled, this will be your flower. You can now either sew on or glue the button to the middle to cover the hole. If you glued it, once it is dry you can move to the next step.
3.) Now you can choose to glue this to a headband, a hair clip, or a pin back and you are set!
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