Dec 092015

Holiday season is just around the corner, which means it’s time to plan for holiday parties and gifts for family and friends! I love to make things for my family and friends.  Right now I am working on some blankets/throws for my 3 sisters.

For many, the holidays can put a huge dent in their wallets and this year The National Retail Federation, expects sales in November and December to increase by 3.7% to $630.5 billion. So if you’re worried about breaking the bank, but want to wow your friends and guests at holiday get-togethers, then you’re in luck!

DIY guru and editor of Paper & Stitch Brittni Mehlhoff has provide easy-to-execute and budget-friendly DIYideas for gift and decorations, just for Kaisy Daisy’s Corner.  You are in for a treat ~ these are great ideas!

Here are a few points she will discuss and demonstrate:

–       Memorable DIY holiday decoration ideas that work for the holidays and year-round

–       Personalized gift ideas

–       Personalized, fun DIY Photo Booth Backdrops for special holiday occasions



Brittni Mehlhoff is the founding editor of Paper & Stitch, a modern lifestyle blog established in 2008, focused on DIY projects, recipes, home decor, style, beauty, and more. Her blog has been named one of the top 10 DIY blogs to follow by Paste Magazine and her work has been featured in several books and many print publications including Uppercase, Woman’s Day, Country Living, Mollie Makes, and more. When Brittni isn’t wielding a pair of scissors and a glue gun, she is behind the scenes writing for sites such as Curbly, Project Wedding, and Momtastic.

Here are the directions for the cute clutch that Brittni demonstrated.

DIY Half Circle Clutch


– 16×20 printed canvas from FXO

– Pliers

– Tissue paper

– Chalk or disappearing ink pen

– Zipper

– Scissors

– Thread

– Straight pins

– Zipper foot

– Sewing machine


  1. Print your canvas from FXO. Then, remove the canvas from the stretcher bars with a pair of pliers (to remove the staples).
  1. Next, using the tissue paper, create a template for your clutch. Make sure that the top edge of the template is the same length as the teeth of your zipper. Cut the template out.
  1. Using chalk or the disappearing ink pen, trace the template onto the wrong side of the canvas. Then, draw the shape again – this time with a 1/2″ seam allowance.
  1. Using this larger shape, cut out the canvas. Repeat this step one more time so that you have two identically-shaped pieces of canvas.
  1. Now that you have the front and back pieces of the canvas clutch, you’ll want to sew the zipper on. Align the fabric edge of the zipper (right sides together) to the top edge of the clutch on the right side of the canvas. Pin together using straight pins . Using your zipper foot, sew them together. Back-tack at the beginning and end to prevent unraveling. Repeat this for the opposite zip per edge and the other piece of canvas.
  1. Open the zipper halfway. This part is very important be cause if the clutch is sewn with the zipper shut, it will be very difficult to turn it right side out at the end.
  2. Pin the clutch with the right sides together. Sew the clutch along he shape that you initially traced (which will give you a 1/2″ seam allowance). Back-tack at both the beginning and end to prevent unraveling.
  1. Cut small vents along the edge of the clutch, especially at curves and corners. Be careful to not cut through the sewn line. Now turn the clutch right side out and it’s ready to use.

I am making a clutch this weekend – I received the material from FXO and can’t wait to see how mine turns out. It looks like it is pretty simple and will make a great gift. If any of you have any quick and easy DIY projects I would love to hear about them!


“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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