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

Pins

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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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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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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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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Halloween Shoes DIY Roundup

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When it comes to Halloween costumes, the component that is usually left untouched is the footwear! We have a feeling that that’s because people are intimidated to DIY with shoes, but fret not DIYers! The internet is chock full of easy DIYs that will step up your costume game, literally. Here are a few of our favorite shoe DIYs for those who would like to delve into costume shoe customization.

Boot DIYThis boot DIY is perfect for costumes that require boots in hard-to-find colors or superhero boots!

Paw Costume Feet DIYWe have to give this DIY a round a ap-paws for allowing us to make a cute pair of costume paws.

Spooky Skeleton ShoeKeep it simple and spooky with a pair of DIY Skeleton Canvas Shoes!

zapatos4Last but certainly not least, witch costumes are a Halloween staple, so it only makes sense that we would feature these awesome DIY Witch Heels!

DIY: Steampunk Boots

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This week’s DIY revolves around a science fiction sub-genre which revolves around steam power! We’re making a pair of edgy steampunk-inspired boots with brassy buttons and Brilliance embellishments, and chain laces. Sure, it may be a little modern for true steam punk aficionados, but these boots can work double-duty as your statement shoes this season.
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What You’ll Need:

Combat Boots
Metal Buttons
Work in Progress Button
Metal Fashion Button
Ornate Metal Button
Rustic Flat Top Shank Button
Crossed Bars Hammered Metal Button

Brilliance Stones
Brilliance Collection Gold Flatback Rhinestone
Brilliance Collection Jet Hematite Flatback Rhinestone

Nailheads
-6.5mm Cone Shaped Stud
10mm Hotfix Flat-Top Pyramid Studs
10mm Hotfix Flat-Top Cone Studs

Chain
2mm Steel Cable Chain (2 yards)
8mm Steel Cable Chain (2 Yards)

E6000
Pliers
Jump Rings

DSC_03221. Thread the two chains through your boot like you would laces. We kept the original cord laces, but only tied them up halfway.

DSC_03312. Add a button to the end of the length of chain.

DSC_03273. Add a jump ring to the chain on the inside of the boot. It should only be one or two links away from the button. Repeat on the other side.

DSC_03334. For added stability we glued the button to the first eyelet.

 

DSC_03325. Repeat on the other side of the boot.

 

DSC_03236. Remove the shanks from your metal buttons.
DSC_03367. Glue the buttons on first.

DSC_03418. Follow them with nailheads.

DSC_03429. Finally, add your Brilliance Flatbacks.
DSC_032010. Repeat the steps above with second boot.

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DIY: Comic Book Hero Mask

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This week’s DIY is almost limitless. We’re giving you the materials, but it’s up to you whether you want to use them for good or evil. Using craft foam, elastic, Brilliance sew-ons, and a steady hand; we’ve created a mask that is perfect for your super heroic alter-ego.
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What You’ll Need:

Craft Foam
18mm Foldover Elastic
Scissors
Stapler
Needle and Thread
Brilliance 4mm x 8mm Navettes, 9mm x 18mm Navettes7mm x 10mm Pears,  & Flatbacks
E6000 Glue
X-Acto Knife
Pen or Crystal Katana
Face Mask Printout or Drawing

DSC_02341. Staple your face mask printout to your craft foam.

DSC_02362. Outline the image with your pen with medium force. You want to make an imprint of the design on through the paper and onto the foam.

DSC_02373. Use your knife to cut away the excess foam.

DSC_02454. Decide on the layout of your sew-ons.

DSC_02525. Sew them onto your mask.
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6. Glue the Brilliance Flat Backs onto the desired areas.

DSC_02537. Glue the elastic to the edges of your mask, and let dry.

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