Amy Barickman: Ready for Spring with Vintage Notions

Our Guest Blogger series continues today with Amy Barickman of Indygo Junction.

As I write this, winter is holding on for dear life in my home city of Kansas City (it was just 70 degrees and now there’s a 1/2 inch of snow). I have decided, however, that I am going to ignore the short term chill and officially pronounce that Spring is Here. So, since it’s Spring, I’d like to share with you three of my favorite flower projects to get every Lazy Girl in a Spring mood.

Amy Barickman’s Vintage Notions book.

Vintage Fabric Flower
The first project is a Fabric Flower “magic pattern” from my latest book, Vintage Notions.

Vintage Notions takes much of its inspiration from the newsletter produced by the Woman’s Institute of Scranton, PA. This remarkable school taught dressmaking via correspondence courses and newsletters to over 300,000 women in the 1920s and ‘30s. A popular feature was always the “Magic Pattern.” These clever and timeless patterns were so simple to make, they seemed like “magic.”

The “magic” continued when a student realized no paper patterns were required, as cutting your pieces was based solely on diagrams and measurements. In the April section of the book, we feature the Fabric Flower Magic Pattern. It is one of those accessories that, once you’ve made one, you’ll be making others in different sizes and colors.

As you can see in the pictures above, I’m quite fond of the ones I’ve made.

Magic Pattern for the Fabric Flower
When you start this project, here are three simple reminders (from the Magic Pattern Notes found in the back of Vintage Notions):

1. Use a circle pattern/template to draw the circle.
2. Cut the fabric circles using a rotary circle cutter.
3. To wear it, use a purchased pin-back stitched to the flower back.

(Click on the image above to download the PDF of these instructions.)

Keep in mind Vintage Notions offers a “magic pattern” for each month of the year. From aprons to a summer purse– timeless styles that are ever so practical.

Flowers, Flowers, Flowers!

At Indygo Junction, we love flowers. Two of our projects that are beautiful and extremely easy to make are Floribunda and Petaluma, each one containing five floral brooch designs inspired by vintage corsages and hat trimmings.

Flowers and Zippers

Finally, I’d like to share one of our newer patterns that’s inspired by the popular trend of using zippers in accessories. My Garden Zips uses recycled zippers – or new Zipper Accents yardage – to create a garden of attractive flower brooches.

Video Demo
To get you started, I’ve posted a video on YouTube that shows you how to make a zipper rosette.

Special Offer
To help get you into the Spring flower mode, I’d like to present you with the following offers. First, for every Lazy Girl, I’d like you to have 20% off of my book, Vintage Notions. This offer is good through April 30, 2011 at our website only. When you check out, simply use the code LG20VN.

As well, I’d like to give one lucky Lazy Girl a copy of Vintage Notions book along with each of the three patterns mentioned in this post. To win, simply comment on this post by 9 pm US Eastern time this Thursday April 7, 2011. We’ll randomly pick a winner from those who comment and announce the winner the following Monday.

Well, that’s all for now. I’d like to thank Joan for this opportunity to guest blog as I’ve been such a fan of Lazy Girl for so long.

~ Amy

Amy is launching a redesigned Indygo Junction website and blog this Spring.
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300 Responses to “Amy Barickman: Ready for Spring with Vintage Notions”

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  1. Barb Midgley — April 5, 2011 @ 7:27 pm

    I love the flowers. We are always looking for new ideas for our church bazaar and I believe these would be a big hit. Love your blog.

  2. Peggy — April 5, 2011 @ 7:57 pm

    Would live to add you book to my book collection as well as your florial patters to my pattern stash too. Already have some of your other patterns in same, next to my LGD patterns. The flowers look like they’d make great gifts to be added to my box with hand made gifts in it. Winning these would make this vintage 70 year older very, very happy. Still making things and sewing up a storm at my age.

  3. Ivy — April 5, 2011 @ 9:24 pm

    I enjoy everything vintage. I look forward to visiting antique shops for linens and patterns. It would be wonderful to have your book and recreate some treasures from the past.

  4. Carol in E TN — April 5, 2011 @ 9:37 pm

    I would love to win a copy of Amy’s book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. Mardell — April 5, 2011 @ 9:46 pm

    I love vintage sewing books and patterns. Their popularity lives on much longer than fad ideas.

  6. Georgie — April 5, 2011 @ 10:50 pm

    The book looks wonderful with its fresh approach to vintage
    projects! I can’t wait to try the flowers. Thanks for the giveaway

  7. Vicki — April 5, 2011 @ 10:58 pm

    Never done this before! Commented on a post that is. Fabric
    flowers, vintage notions….sounds like fun!

  8. Lesley — April 6, 2011 @ 12:52 am

    Love those flowers and the book looks great too!

  9. Wendy Hatton — April 6, 2011 @ 12:56 am

    Those flowers are amazing. I’d love to learn how do do something like that. I’d like to enter your give away if it is open to readers in Australia.

  10. Elizabeth — April 6, 2011 @ 8:04 am

    Great giveaway. Please add my name.

  11. Terry — April 6, 2011 @ 10:37 am

    All of these are gorgeous ! I love them all !

  12. Susan S. — April 6, 2011 @ 11:37 am

    The zipper flowers are really neat. Great idea for repurposing old clothing scraps.

  13. Anne Clark — April 6, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

    Having enjoyed creating purses and bags with both Lazy Girl and Indygo Junction patterns, I can see why Amy was the guest blogger! Recently saw Amy on TV when my local PBS station aired Sewing with Nancy. You brought this book to Nancy’s Corner! While I’m not much on “vintage” styles, your book did pique my interest and I firmly believe that sometimes the older method is better.
    If I don’t win a copy, guess I’ll just have to buy the darn thing! Thanks for the discount!
    PS – Lazy Girl should be Easy Girl since the patterns are easy, creations are made easy and they make your life easy – just a thought 🙂 !!

  14. Nancy — April 6, 2011 @ 1:38 pm

    I have used many Indygo Junctions patterns and loved them all. Would love to have a copy of Vintage notions.

  15. Cheri Hage — April 6, 2011 @ 4:11 pm

    Beautiful Flower ideas ! Right now, Spring is only in my mind (chilly in Indiana), but this project makes it seem closer 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  16. Jacque C — April 6, 2011 @ 5:03 pm

    Wonderful book and beautiful flowers! I would love to have them in my studio. I have many of your patterns and there are a lot more on my wish list. Thank you for the chance to win.

  17. Kathlene — April 6, 2011 @ 6:41 pm

    Lovely flowers. They remind of the ones that adorned my Mother’s and my Grandmother’s Sunday hats. Beautiful memories.

  18. Judy Stephens — April 6, 2011 @ 7:11 pm

    beautiful flowers. I can’t wait to try these. I’m so glad that Spring is here!!!

  19. Patty — April 6, 2011 @ 8:52 pm

    Fun flowers. Lots of potential uses. The book looks like great fun. I would certainly be willing to trade snow amounts with you…or better yet…send that 70 degrees stuff North!

  20. Linda — April 6, 2011 @ 9:33 pm

    What beautiful flowers!! I love working with wool!

  21. Bev Sampley — April 6, 2011 @ 10:03 pm

    Indygo Junction ideas are endless. It’s my Candyland. For years, I’ve used zippers as a piping. I always buy extra long zippers so I can have leftovers. All my vintage, colorful, metal zippers can now be put to use. My gift idea list just got longer. Thank you for the project. Love you and Nancy Z. together.

  22. Jennifer Fraunfelder — April 6, 2011 @ 10:30 pm

    awesome giveaway. I love anything and everything vintage.
    and love the zipper pin craft. so terribly cute. I can not wait to
    see the book. and I adore everything indygo junction…im waiting
    on my day shift dress pattern to arrive so i can whip up a few for
    our summer vacation coming up soon and these cute pins will
    definitely accessorize my new dresses. Thanks for everything
    creative. Jennifer

  23. Jennifer Fraunfelder — April 6, 2011 @ 10:34 pm

    oh and thanks again for the pdf article on the fabric
    flower. it’s too too cute. will definitely be making one soon to
    put on my daughter’s easter dress.

  24. Dawn — April 7, 2011 @ 8:02 am

    OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I would love to win this book as I have both my Grandmas hand embroidery projects… alot of them done Tablerunners hankies..ect…. This book would be great with ideas on what to do with them! Love your patterns too! I made several lazy girl patterns and even posted some on facebook!

  25. Margie Holland — April 7, 2011 @ 8:04 am

    “Flower Power” great give away.

  26. Sandy — April 7, 2011 @ 8:21 am

    Oh I can’t wait to make the zipper flower. I’ve never seen that before. Love Vintage!

  27. Carole Miller — April 7, 2011 @ 8:45 am

    I love the flowers and the zipper critters are fabulous! Great idea!

  28. Kelly Flynn — April 7, 2011 @ 9:01 am

    I just made a bouquet of fabric flowers for my MIL. I’m now going to add the Magic Fabric Flower to my next bouquet. Thanks for sharing!!
    Kelly Flynn – Elmira, New York

  29. Bunny Vance — April 7, 2011 @ 9:02 am

    Thanks for sharing! Love the blossoms! Glad they are coming back around. I remember wearing big flower pins in the 80’s. Glad you have added more personality to them!!!
    Bunny Vance

  30. Virginia T in TX — April 7, 2011 @ 9:03 am

    Bringing back the flowers worn on hats is great. I’d like a fashionable, ie. not floppy, hat pattern also, so elegant. Moms’ just didn’t make it past the dressup stage!

  31. Machelle — April 7, 2011 @ 9:05 am

    These flowers are adorable. I think I would enjoy this book too!

  32. joyce l stadt — April 7, 2011 @ 9:05 am

    flowers are always in season! Now I know why I’ve been saving all those zippers I find at garage sales 🙂

  33. Karen — April 7, 2011 @ 9:09 am

    Can’t wait to try out some new projects.

  34. Chrysta — April 7, 2011 @ 9:36 am

    Thanks for the great guest post! I LOVE those flower patterns……it’s an awesome giveaway!!!

  35. Floddie — April 7, 2011 @ 9:56 am

    Now that’s a great giveaway! Great projects to create.

  36. Donna — April 7, 2011 @ 10:08 am

    Nice – Make our own flowers, since spring is pausing!

  37. Peggy — April 7, 2011 @ 10:28 am

    I have been trying to figure out what to make for bridemaids gifts….I love the Floribuna IJ736 and plan to make those for the gifts. Now, I can’t decide what colors to use, the bridemain’s dress colors or their favorite color. These gifts will be so memorable and a one of a kind.

  38. Carla — April 7, 2011 @ 11:59 am

    Awesome Giveaway! Thanks for a chance to win! 🙂

  39. Patti — April 7, 2011 @ 2:04 pm

    I’m so Passionate about “Vintage”!! Love giving new life to the Old, so I’ve got to get patterns for the floral brooches!! Such an Inspiration, keep up the wonderful job!!

  40. Bettie Smith — April 7, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

    What great ideas! Would be wonderful for craft classes at our Senior Center. The ladies are always looking for ideas to use up all the sewing stash that has accumulated over the years. I have several of your patterns and almost all of the Lazy Girl purse and quilt patterns and love them all.

  41. Maria Piitz — April 7, 2011 @ 4:12 pm

    the flowers look so real and make me yearn fo the warmer weather to come soon. but waht better thing to do than to make some to wear or to decorate with? The color really lifts your spirits and brings some joy.

  42. Maria Piitz — April 7, 2011 @ 4:14 pm

    The flowers look so real and make me yearn fo the warmer weather to come soon. but what better thing to do than to make some to wear or to decorate with? The color really lifts your spirits..

  43. Linda Davis — April 7, 2011 @ 4:50 pm

    Thanks for the post. Looking forward to making the rosette.

  44. Jill Stickrod — April 7, 2011 @ 4:52 pm

    Love these flowers especially the ones made with zippers!

  45. Anne McCullough — April 7, 2011 @ 5:36 pm

    Anything vintage is right up my alley! The use of zippers is ingenious! I would like to add a flower to a purse I made! The folks at work look forward to each new season to see what homemade purse I will come in with! Won’t the flower addition on a purse surprise them!!

  46. Mary — April 7, 2011 @ 7:15 pm

    I love the zipper flowers and can’t wait to make my first one. Thank you for creating such wonderful accessories and the awesome offer.

    Happy Spring!

  47. DeAnne — April 9, 2011 @ 9:53 pm

    I am going to make these “magic” flowers! I almost bought some just like these for $10 each.
    Now I can make my own. Thank you.

  48. jojo — April 25, 2011 @ 1:57 pm

    superbe j adore bravo biseesssssssssssss

  49. Charlene — May 17, 2011 @ 3:21 pm

    What a wonderful idea! Going to my LQS on Saturday to see if I can get this yet … oh I hope!!! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway, we have snow too … perfect giveaway to lift the spirits!

  50. Discount Perfumes Today — September 19, 2011 @ 9:05 am

    The data on your website is good. Seeing forward for more postings.