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DIY: HALLOWEEN TREAT BAG

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The best part of halloween is definitely the candy! So why not dress up your treat bag in its own little costume? We’ve put together two simple DIY tutorials for fun treat bags that you can fill with all the sweets you can get.

BAT SILHOUETTE BAG

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What you’ll need:

A tote bag

White Felt

Bat Iron-on Patches

Scissors

Fabric Glue

dsc_06721. Trace a circle on the felt to make the shape of the moon. Make sure it’s proportionate to the bag and the patches.

dsc_06772. Cut the circle out and using the fabric glue, glue it onto the bag.

dsc_06783. Place patches as shown.

dsc_06794. Iron the patches on high heat for 20 seconds each. Repeat if necessary.

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And you’re done!

FRANKENSTEIN BAG

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What you’ll need:

A tote bag

Felt – Green and White

Two black buttons in different sizes

Vinyl trim

Scissors

Fabric Glue 

dsc_06841. Draw a zig zag line on the long side of the felt sheet.

dsc_06882. Cut the felt along the line. Using the fabric glue, glue it onto the bag.

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3. Cut two differently sized circles from the white felt for the eyes. Make them larger than the buttons.

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4. Glue the two circles onto the felt.

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5. Glue the buttons onto the white felt, placing them closer to the bottom of the circle.

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6. Cut a strip of vinyl trim to make the unibrow.

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7. Cut vinyl trim into thin strips for the scar details.

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8. Cut a curved mouth shape and glue all the details onto the bag.

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Trick or Treat?

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: 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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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!

Halloween Mask Inspiration

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Halloween is getting closer and closer and we are super excited for one of our favorite holidays. Halloween is a day to be creative and bring your favorite characters to life, or you can make one up. One big deal for Halloween is, what to do with your face! If you’re still thinking about what to be for Halloween, or you just need some creative ideas to get your creative juices flowing, well then, here we are to help. We’ve gathered some pretty unique mask ideas. Sometimes you don’t even need a mask, just apply some make-up and face paint, and let your face be your canvas.
M&J Trimming - DIY Rabbit Hole Mask

Alice in Wonderland Inspiration. How cool are these “Rabbit in Hole” masks?

M&J Trimming - DIY Ice Queen Mask

Ice Queen Mask. Soooo iceyyyyy! You can add some sew-on jewels to make the effect pop.

M&J Trimming - Glitter-Eye-Mask

No mask needed for this Diamond Mask inspiration. All you need is some make-up. You can add rhinestones and apply with body glue. Perfect for those last-minute costumes.

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Going to a ball soon? This Masquerade Mask is perfect for you! We love how the lace and purple colors all combine so beautifully.

Best DIY Projects from September 2015

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Wow! Can you believe it’s almost October. With September coming to an end, here are some ways to keep yourself busy and those creative juices flowing. Here is a round-up of some pretty unique projects from the month of September. We’ve rounded up our favorite DIY projects that can surely keep you busy for October. Make a pillow, or re-design your closet. Keep your mind at ease this fall with some DIY projects. The ideas are endless!

M&J Trimming - Candle Holders

Such a cool way to hold candles. And it goes great with the fall season!

M&J Trimming - Closet Customization w. Trim

Another useful way to use trimmings. It came out beautiful! Make sure to check out the before & after picture.

M&J Trimming - Shell Candles

You can never have too many candles. But how cute are these shell candles! So creative.

M&J Trimming - Chain Scarf

Make a chain scarf! It will definitely come in handy for the fall and winter.

M&J Trimming - Fall Pillow

Everything about this pillow is perfect. The color, the saying, the design…very fall-ish.

DIY: Embroidered Pumpkin

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If you’re looking for an easy DIY that will instantly make your doorstep more festive for your favorite frightening holiday, Halloween, this is it! Instead of going the traditional carving route, we decided to make use of our leather cord to create a unique embroidered effect. We also used a craft foam pumpkin for this DIY so that it can last multiple seasons, but you can swap it out for the real thing too!M&J Trimming: Embellished Pumpkin DIY

What You’ll Need:

Scissors

Spooky Image of Your Choice

Pins

1mm Round Leather Cord

Pumpkin

DSC_01481. Cut out your image.

DSC_01492. Pin paper cut-out to pumpkin.

DSC_01523. Cut out top of pumpkin. If you’re using a real pumpkin you’ll want to clean out the insides.

DSC_01534. Make a knot at the base of the leather cord.

DSC_01545. Either drill or puncture  small holes into the pumpkin using your cutout as a guide.

DSC_01596. Start weaving your leather cord through all of the holes. Make sure every hole has a complementary hole close by.

DSC_01617. Continue weaving until the image is complete. For small areas you can tie a knot and weave back through one hole, as we did with the spider fangs.

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