Amy’s Blog

I am an author, entrepreneur, and designer with a relentless passion for all things vintage—particularly sewing and fashion. I share ideas, tips, and projects with you that are vintage-inspired but timelessly true. Subscribe to my newsletter for updates. Thanks for stopping by!

Introducing the AnyTime Topper

Introducing the AnyTime Topper

You’ve seen them in ready-to-wear boutiques and on the runways and now  you can make your own! My new Anytime Topper pattern is quick, easy, stylish and so very versatile that you’ll want to make...

Fold & Go Folio in Tula Pink!

Fold & Go Folio in Tula Pink!

We have had so much fun making Fold and Go Folios. Some of our favorites have been made with Tula Pink fabrics from FreeSpirit. Tula is a friend and neighbor, she lives in St. Joe , Missouri.  I...

Make a Mask & Eyeglass Chain

Make a Mask & Eyeglass Chain

It's Game Day in Kansas City! The Chiefs are playing Pittsburg in the NFL Wild Card Game. I have a DIY project I will be wearing today with my Chiefs mask, and I want to share it with you. I love...

DIY Courses Now Available

DIY Courses Now Available

I am so excited to share that my DIY Courses are now available on the Vintage Modern Makers platform. If you joined me live last Friday on Facebook you learned a little about the Feedsack Course....

Meet Tommy the Tomato

Meet Tommy the Tomato

It's National Sewing Month, a perfect time to celebrate the tomato pincushion. I can only imagine the percentage of needle and thread enthusiasts in America that have a tomato in their home. I have...

I love to learn! Do you? Courses launching soon!

I love to learn! Do you? Courses launching soon!

A Thimbleful of Knowledge is the theme for the September chapter of Vintage Notions. Mary Brooks Picken’s advice that appreciation is the key to knowledge is something I have embraced wholeheartedly...

A is For Applique

A is For Applique

Applique is one of my favorite textile techniques to collect. From  butterflies to Sun Bonnet Sues, there are so many charming designs. Each with unique fabrics assembled into a puzzle of various...

Three Tips to Identify Pearl Buttons!

Three Tips to Identify Pearl Buttons!

My travels Up North offered me a chance to experience the beauty in nature on a daily basis.  Surrounded by it on the river, paddle boarding or kayaking, I love to explore the river's treasures...

Button Fun! Playing with Pearls & Plastics

Button Fun! Playing with Pearls & Plastics

Everyone has a button box or remembers grandma's. My friend Martha shared the fun she remembers organizing and playing with her grandmother's buttons: the colors, the shapes, and sizes, each one...

Vintage Shop Hop

Vintage Shop Hop

C.J. and Dan Zonderman are proprietors of True North - Interior Design & Antiques in Charlevoix, Michigan, a wonderful shop filled with vintage and vintage-inspired treasures. I was thrilled to...

I Love Loons!

I Love Loons!

Many days during my visits to Michigan, I hop on my kayak and head up Torch River to search for loons. I am drawn to these elegant birds with the black and white pattern on their bodies, one of...

Textile Treasures & Upcycled Fashion!

Textile Treasures & Upcycled Fashion!

What fun it can be to discover delightful fabric, notions, and handmade textiles. Petoskey, Michigan offers one of my favorite shows in a great venue near the shores of gorgeous Lake Michigan! I...

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