DIY: Patched Denim Jacket

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If you saw our previous post, you would know that we love the new (old) 90s inspired embroidered patches trend. It’s such a DIY-able project, we just had to make our own patched jacket. From runway to street style, this trend is the perfect way to express yourself and we’ll show you how.

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What you’ll need:

Patches of your liking

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A Denim Jacket

An Iron

DSC_00781. Place the patches where want them on the jacket. Pin them to keep them in place.

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2. Add more patches. Use them to tell a story.

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3. Once you have them all in place, see if you like the overall effect.

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4. Fix them to the jacket by ironing them on. Place a teflon sheet or a cotton cloth over the patch and apply heat till they’re secure.

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Embroidered Patch Trend Inspiration

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Fashion moves forward by looking back. This time, the reminiscence of brands like Phillip Lim, Gucci, Alice and Olivia, Valentino and Marc Jacobs, brings us ultra cool, delightfully unique, patched outfits. Retrofitting everything from jackets to playsuits with patches that are cheeky, rebellious or just plain adorable (think unicorns) unearthed this easy DIY-able trend of the 90s, much to our delight. We dare you to resist the urge to make your own patched jackets or jeans after looking at these fine examples of ‘patching’:

A round up of our favorite designer patched outfits from the runway.

Street Patches Inspiration Board

Don’t you absolutely love these inspired street style looks?

 

DIY: Bright Pompom-Embellished Bag

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With Cinco de Mayo just around the corner, we’ve become inspired by the rich and bold culture of Mexico. To celebrate, we’ve created a colorful pompom and ribbon-embellished clutch that’s sure to dazzle and delight all summer long. Rock it at a festival or bring it to the beach!

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What You’ll Need:

10mm Woven Ethnic Ribbon

35mm Imported Floral Jacquard

15mm Mini Pompom Loop Fringe

3/4″ 2-Row Mini Pompom Trim

Jumbo Pompom Fringe

1 3/4″ Pompom Fringe

65 X 16mm Metal Tooth Pendant

5 1/2″ Braided Band Imported Tassel

Sobo Glue

Scissors

DSC_02111. Position your trim in the arrangement you like. We used a mix of ribbon and jacquard, and placed them on the clutch horizontally.

DSC_02162. Begin gluing your trim down. Start in the center and work outward.
DSC_02143. Cut off any excess trim so that it does not hang over the edge of the clutch.

DSC_02294. Glue the jumbo pompom trim around the perimeter of the clutch.

DSC_02315. Add a tassel and pendant to the zipper. Use a jump ring to connect the tooth pendant if you cannot fit it through the zipper pull.

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DIY: Pretty Patch-Embellished Denim Overalls

Earth Day is right around the corner, which means we’re looking for little ways to reduce our carbon footprint, and reuse what we have to make something completely new! Kids grow out clothes quickly, but that doesn’t mean the clothing needs to fall into the waste bin. This small update will make that too-tiny piece into an item younger siblings will want to wear instead of a dreaded hand-me-down.

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What You’ll Need:

Flower Love Applique
Flower Peace Applique
Rainbow Peace Flag
Rainbow Heart Applique
Love Heart Applique
Sobo Craft Glue
Denim Overalls, Jacket, or Jeans

DSC_00551. Play with the arrangement of patches until you land on a layout you love.

DSC_00542. Either use glue or iron patches on to affix them to your garment.
DSC_00583. Continue this process until all of the patches are attached, and then let dry 24 hours before wearing.

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Have you ever up-cycled a piece of clothing or accessory? Let us know below, and share any projects you’ve made in honor of Earth Day!

DIY: Ribbon-Embellished Spring Basket

We’re hearing the hop of the Easter Bunny just around the corner, and he’s inspired our latest DIY! This Easter we’re approaching DIYs differently. Why should eggs have all the fun, when the basket they come is just as inviting for DIY enthusiasts? We’re using grosgrain ribbon to add a little pastel pop to a basic basket.
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What You’ll Need:

Small Woven Basket

Sobo Glue

8 1/2″ Mundial-Dressmaker Shears Scissor

3/8″ (9mm) Grosgrain Ribbon

9mm Grosgrain Polka Dot Ribbon

40mm Wire Edged Taffeta Ribbon

22mm Ruffle Elastic Trim

Green Paper Basket Filler

M&J Trimming: Spring Basket DIY1. Follow the horizontal weave of the basket with your grosgrain ribbon.

M&J Trimming: Spring Basket DIY2. Switch between the polka dot and solid grosgrain.

M&J Trimming: Spring Basket DIY3. Cut and glue the ends of the ribbon down once you’ve wrapped the basket once around.

M&J Trimming: Spring Basket DIY4. Try to place the end of the ribbon underneath an opposing basket groove to hide edges.

M&J Trimming: Spring Basket DIY5. Top it off with a big bow! We recommend using wired-edge ribbon because they’re malleable and great for making statement bows that hole their shape.

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DIY: Holiday Gift Wrapping

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Sometimes, it’s not only about what’s on the inside that counts! Taking time to wrap a gift shows care, and makes the gift recipient even more appreciative of the effort. If you’re looking to upgrade your gifting game, check out these three fun ways to wrap your holiday presents!
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What You’ll Need:

DSC_02891- Place the largest velvet ribbon going across the front. Flip over and glue the two pieces together when they meet.

DSC_02922- Flip box over, and place the 36mm velvet ribbon on top of the larget velvet you just pout down. Flip over and glue down.

DSC_02993- Take a piece of the 36mm ribbon and place under the two velvet ribbons you placed down. Create a bow.

DSC_03024- Take a piece of your 50mm velvet and create a 4 inch. motif. Glue end to the back of the ribbon. Place aside.

 

DSC_03055- Repeat step 4 but with 36mm velvet and 2 inch. motif.

DSC_03116- Take your 22mm ribbon and place the tassel threw it.

DSC_03137- Take the 50mm velvet motif and 36mm velvet motif and place together with the smaller one on top.

DSC_03168- Lay the 22m velvet and tassel combo across the motif and glue on the back. Place in the center of the gift.

 

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What You’ll Need:

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1- Place velvet ribbon across and glue end on the back.

DSC_03192- Place a piece of grosgrain ribbon an each side of the velvet  and glue on back.

DSC_03273- Take the silk ribbon an create a bow. Create another bow by adding another piece of silk ribbon.

 

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What You’ll Need:

TapeDSC_03281- Place velvet ribbon across box and glue on the back.

DSC_03322- Take a piece of velvet ribbon and place the fur pom pom threw. Tie a knot so the fur pompom does not slide off.
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What You’ll Need:




DSC_03441- Create a hole with your hold puncher at the end of each ribbon. Make the tags as long as you like.

DSC_03462- Cut at different angles to create different styles.

DSC_03483- Take your maker and write the person name or desired text.

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Pantone’s Colors of the 2016: Serenity and Rose Quartz

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Every year color authority, Pantone, picks the reigning color for the upcoming year. This color then dictates home decor, fashion and beauty for the rest of the year. This year Pantone threw us a curveball by revealing two colors, Serenity and Rose Quartz, as the “it” colors for 2016. The best part about the pair? The duo work so well together that one can easily transition to the next with the ease of Sleeping Beauty’s ballroom gown. These soothing shades pair perfectly in home decor, fashion and wedding style. How will you be using Serenity and Rose Quartz this year? Do you prefer one over the other? Let us know in the comments!

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DIY: Brilliance Statement Shoulder Sweater

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As the weather gets colder and party season heads into full swing, we’re looking for holiday party style that won’t leave us shivering! This week we used Brilliance sew-on jewels to upgrade a stylish sweater into a seasonal staple! Pair this sweater with dark denim and a wedge boot, and you won’t need another accessory. And remember, there’s nothing wrong with giving the cold shoulder with a little bit of icy Brilliance bling.
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What You’ll Need: 

Sweater
Brilliance Sew-On Jewels in Jet
Needle and Thread
DSC_03121. Place Brilliance stones onto sweater in your desired pattern. We placed them in a random cluster on one shoulder, but follow your creative instincts. Use different colors, play with placement and have fun with it!

DSC_03132. Start sewing! If you find your jewels sinking into the sweater, place a fabric behind the sweater material and jewels.

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Rustic Holiday Decor Inspiration

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Everyone has their own way to decorate for the holidays, and while we’re obviously huge fans of sparkle and  sparkle we also appreciate the simpler things in life. We’ve gathered some of our favorite ways to display holiday cheer with a rustic twist. The key to rustic holiday decorating is sticking to a neutral color palette, using natural elements like pine cones and branches, and featuring simple textures like burlap. How do you decorate for the holidays?
Rustic Holiday Mantel

Christmas Nook

Kinfolk Natural Home and Holiday Decor, Studio Choo with Another Feather

Branch and Bottle Brush Wreath

Rustic Christmas Tree

DIY: Lace Crown

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Our final Halloween DIY is ideal for the queen in all of us and perfect for any little princesses as well! We created an intricate crown using two types of metallic lace and, of course, some Brilliance stones for sparkle. This DIY is quick and easy to make, and also easy to customize! Swap out the laces with different varieties, use colored gems, make a tiara instead.
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What You’ll Need:

5 1/2″ Cupped Round Buckram Frame
Spray Paint
5 1/2″ (140 MM) Floral Metallic Lace
4 1/2″ (114 MM) Ornate Metallic Lace
Brilliance Crystal Flatbacks and Navette Sew-Ons
E6000
Starch or Spray Glue

DSC_04021. Spray the buckram frame with metallic spray paint.

DSC_04032. Spray the laces with spray glue or starch to stiffen them. Then let dry.

DSC_04043. Apply spray glue or E6000 to the buckram frame.

DSC_04054. Apply the first piece of lace, and wrap around the length of the frame.

DSC_04065. Add more glue and wrap the second piece of lace around the buckram frame.

DSC_04106. Use E6000 to add the Brilliance stones to the desired areas.

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