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Color-Blocked Julia Cardigan in Sweater Knit (for my Mom)

Color-Blocked Julia Cardigan | a happy stitch

Hey look! It’s my mom! Isn’t she the cutest, most beautiful person? She was visiting us from Minnesota this weekend and we decided to go out for a fancy-ish dinner but she had nothing  to wear.  I grabbed this color-blocked Julia cardigan (literally pulled it fresh off my sewing table) and I soon as she put it on I knew it belonged to her. I hadn’t even worn once it myself but it was obvious it was fated to be hers. She just looks great in it, don’t you think? Honestly, meant to be. (more…)

The Great Pattern Hack :: Rachael from Imagine Gnats

The Great Pattern Hack  Rachael from Imagine Gnats

Prepare yourself for some oohs and aahs!  Rachael Gander from Imagine Gnats is up next on the Great Pattern Hack tour and has made an adorable, spin-worthy dress! Rachael hacked the Lol Swing Top from Jenniune Design into a stunning double-hemmed dress.  So adorable in two prints from the On The Town fabric! Don’t miss her blog post with all the details and a lovely testament to the frustrations and joys of pattern hacking.

Are you a pattern hacker!?!
Isn’t pattern hacking great!  Join Jess, Kait, Jane, myself and Rachael and show us your stuff!  Join in The Great Pattern Hack by grabbing some Michael Miller fabric and showing off what you made! Hack a pattern, any pattern, and share your creation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.  Make sure to tag your photos so we can find you– @michaelmillerfabrics and @ahappystitch and use the hashtags #GreatPatternHack #MichaelMillerFabrics #AHappyStitch.

It’s been so fun to see your creations so far! Keep ’em coming. There will be giveaways throughout the hop—fabric and patterns!–so stay tuned!

The Great Pattern Hack team:
Monday 6/29 :: kick off with Jess Abbott from The Sewing Rabbit
Tuesday 6/30  :: Kait Witte from Making it Fun (Michael Miller Fabrics)
Wednesday 7/1  :: Flash Giveaway Day!
Thursday 7/2  :: Jane Kohlstein from Buzzmills
Friday 7/3  :: Me!  A Happy Stitch
Monday 7/6  ::  Rachael Gander at Imagine Gnats
Tuesday 7/7  :: Tamara Serrao at Kaya Joy
Wednesday 7/8  :: Betsy Blodgett from Indygo Junction
Thursday 7/9  :: Laura Titchner from Craftstorming
Friday 7/10  :: Kristin Timm from Skirt As Top
Saturday 7/11  :: Jessica and Ericka at Violette Threads
Monday 7/13  :: Celina Bailey at Petit A Petit and Family
Tuesday 7/14  :: Sanae from Sanae Ishida
Wednesday 7/15  :: Erin Sundet at Sewbon
Thursday 7/16 ::  Delia Randall from Delia Creates

Friday 7/17 :: Wrap up and Surprise Giveaway!!!

last-minute gifts & well wishes

peace and joy in 2014From our family to yours, we wish you all the best in 2014!  It’s been an amazing year and we are prepped and ready for an incredible holiday season.  But, it wouldn’t be nearly as wonderful and amazing as it has been without all of you.  I love the connections, heartfelt and full, that have been made through this little blog and thank all of you so much for reading and cheering me on!

In that spirit, I’m sharing my favorite last-minute gifts! First up is this incredible infinity scarf tutorial from imagine gnats:

jersey infinity scarf


One of my students turned me on to this tute and I’m so glad. She managed to whip of 6 of them in one morning!  I made these two in a jiffy… they definitely came together easily.

Another favorite of mine is the small wallet.  This $3 pattern from Valori Wells makes a great wallet…an easy and cute way to give cash or a gift card without feeling awkward.  It’s my go-to teacher gift!

tiny wallets

Now, I really hope your gifting is done and you are nestling somewhere enjoying the quiet and ready to relax.  But, just in case, you are wondering what to make and eyeing your machine, I hope these tips come in handy.

I, for one, am about to polish off a bottle of red wine and kick some butt at a game of Scrabble before I play Santa! Happy Holidays all!! You are the best.



covert robin :: winner time!

it’s winner time!  wahoo! yippee! it’s exciting to be announcing the prize winners the covert robin! it was so much fun looking through all of the great projects that were linked up!  everyone made such amazing things for their partners!

the covert robin button
without further ado, the lucky winners are…

winner of my creativity pack  is: Nissa of Nissa Made.  Congratulations Nissa!  Rachael will be in touch with you about claiming the prize, I am looking forward to sending it out to you!

covert robin prize from a happy stitch

the winners of the other co-host prizes are:

winner of a vintage sheet fat quarter pack from Cassie (elegantitus) is: Shannon of Sweet Puddles

winner of a gift certificate from Clara (Clover & Violet) is: Ruth of ruth plus two

winner of a lotta scrap bag from Courtney (mon petit lyons) is: Bobbie of From This to That

winner of a handmade market tote from Jane (buzzmills) is: Wendi of Sew Cat Sew Creations

winner of a fat quarter bundle from Jill (Made with Moxie) is: Samantha of At Home with Mrs. H.

winner of pdf patterns from Karen (Sew Well Maide) is: Melissa of a happy stitch

winner of a gift certificate from Kelley (casa crafty) is: Lilly of Lilly Hillage Urban Textile Art

winner of a creativity pack from Melissa (a happy stitch) is: Nissa of Nissa Made

winner of an embroidery kit from Rachael (imagine gnats) is: Lisa of In The Boon Docks

winner of organic zippers from Stephanie (The Crafty Kitty) is: Kelley of Casa Crafty


a huge thank you to everyone who took part in the exchange. I can get a little sappy about these things but I really, really love how it feels to exchange handmade goods. there are so many things out there trying make us cynical and worried and afraid of each other. I like to think that exchanging something you made with your time, your heart and your hand is a little spark of good in the midst of all that. and, just like that we are all winners!

special thanks to the amazing Rachael of imagine gnats for being the bestest hostess! she is just the cleverest.


the covert robin

ok makers! it’s time to step. it. up!

I’m so thrilled to have been chosen as a co-host for this year’s covert robin over at imagine gnats!  and, that means you are going to sign up! yes?  yes.  why are you going to sign up? because, this is going to be gobs of fun. for reals.

the covert robin button

what is the covert robin?

the covert robin is a round-robin gift exchange of handmade presents. you get to make something special for another person/blogger, and in return you receive your very own handmade present from a mystery gifter (your “covert robin”). if you have never participated in a swap before you might be wondering about this whole thing. let me tell you, there really is something wonderful about making something for a stranger and then receiving something lovely in return. it can restore a little faith in the goodness of people and open a person up to the expansiveness of the crafty world.  sounds nice, doesn’t it.

for this exchange, the handmade gifts should have an approximate retail value between $20 and $30. i know this can be tricky, so if you have any questions about what is/is not appropriate, please don’t hesitate to email me: ahappystitch {at} or reach out to our fearless leader rachael {at} imaginegnats {dot} com.  [just for starters, when I price things I add the cost of my materials plus an hourly rate for the amount of time it takes me to make something.]

not sure what to send? last year there was a huge variety of items including things that were sewn, made from paper, baked goods and even beautiful artwork… anything is game, as long as it’s made by you! so, go for it! explore a new technique that you’ve been wanting to try or make something tried and true.  want some inspiration? you can see some posts about last year’s gifts in the link-up here.

how does it work?

once sign-ups close on february 28th, rachel and all the co-hosts will assign everyone a gift recipient.  after receiving your recipient, you’ll make your gift and send it off to them.  and here’s the extra fun part for you bloggers out there: you can blog about the gift you made and/or the gift you received for a chance to win prizes!  we’ll host a linky party starting april 1, and each of the co-hosts will be randomly awarding one participant a prize (that’s TEN chances to win!). you can keep up with covert robin updates here.  but, if you don’t have a blog do not let that stop you!  participate!  this is open to anyone and the swapping and the making and the arrival of a mystery gift if so much fun no matter what!  so crank up your creativity and jump in.

when does this happen?
sign-ups: open NOW… through february 28
recipient information: will be emailed by march 4
gifts: must be mailed by march 31
blog post link-up: open april 1-30
prize winners (will be chosen randomly): announced on may 3

who are the hosts?

Cassie (elegantitus)
Clara (Clover & Violet)
Courtney (mon petit lyons)
Jane (buzzmills)
Jill (Made with Moxie)
Karen (Sew Well Maide)
Kelley (casa crafty)
Me! (a happy stitch)
Rachael (imagine gnats)
Stephanie (The Crafty Kitty)

swap guidelines (are simple):

1. make something handmade and lovely
2. send your gift before March 31
3. post on your blog about your gifts to be entered for a chance to win prizes!
4. have fun 🙂

not required, but would be appreciated:

1. add a nifty covert robin button to your blog (code available in sidebar).  let the world know you are spreading the handmade goodness!

2. check out and follow imagine gnats and all the other co-hosts’ blogs (they are truly awesome ladies)

click here to read the covert robin FAQs.

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