Friday, July 8, 2022

Paper Bag and Vintage Table Cloth Junk Journal


Hi Friend !

Yes, I'm back with another Junk Journal.

It starts with a clean paper bag from the grocery store.

A scrap of cloth the size you want for your journal and some

white glue.

I used a sewing machine but  you could hand stitch

if you prefer.

Take it apart at the seams to make one big sheet of paper,

folds and wrinkles are fine!

I bought this scrap of fabric for .25 at my favorite

Thrift Shop.

It was just a portion of an

 old table cloth or runner.

It had a few holes, but I really liked

 the pink and black stitching.

I did a little measuring to

decide how big the cover would be.

Cut and fold bag to desired size.

I used white glue and a brush to 

adhere the cloth to the bag.

So the cloth will be on the front and back when folded.

My finished size will be 13'' x  8 3/4''

I had some other scraps from some vintage floral sheets.

I was able to patch the holes with some scraps

sewn down using my sewing machine.

I used clips to hold together the back

or what will be the inside cover

Flipped over, this will be the front cover.

I used my sewing machine to stitch around

the entire piece.

The piece becomes a fairly thick and durable soft cover

that makes a lovely crinkle sound !

I did not seal the cover, I left the cloth with rough edges.

I liked it that way-

When cover is folded in half,

my journal will be 6  1/2'' x  8  3/4''

I made my signatures [ groups of folded papers ]

Clipped one group in place and stitched along the spine.

I ended up adding a 3 signatures-

This is the inside front cover.

This shows the stitching.

I even added extra paper bag pages.

Back inside cover.

I added a scrap of elastic for a closure.

Yes, I recycled this piece from a face mask :)

A hand sewn vintage button was used on both sides.

If you have any questions, I 'd be happy to

 answer you in the comments.

Thank you for spending some time with me!

I hope you have a great day ;)

xo Lisa S


  1. Thank you for this. I have some embroidered scraps that will be perfect. I love it!

    1. The embroidered pieces have such great texture. I like you will be happy with the results, come back and let me know!
      -and thank you!
      xo Lisa S

  2. I love old tea towels and embroidered pieces, so this is just precious. Love how you covered the little imperfection with the rose fabric. so sweet!

    1. Debra, Thank you for your sweet comment. Those embroidered pieces always catch my attention. I can't help it! I think I will patch a couple towels that I use now- I noticed some tiny holes.
      Hope your summer is the best!
      xo Lisa S

  3. This is so cute. I love the vintage fabrics you used. Such a neat little craft. cute!
    Meagan-Decorative Inspirations

    1. Thank you, Meagan! The embroidered cover has a nice feel to it- I'm so glad you stopped by.
      xo Lisa S

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    1. Natasha,
      You are so kind. I appreciate your sweet comment.
      Thank you for visiting, please stop by again.
      xo Lisa S

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    1. Dixie, Thank you for the sweet comment! This was one of those ideas that I just went with and hoped for the best. It was easy and I love the results. Thanks again for stopping by-
      xo Lisa S

  6. Hi Lisa. Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday. I adore everything about this , including the upcycled elastic from the mask. I mean let's put those to work too.

    1. Michele,
      Thank you. I appreciate your sweet comment. Can you imagine at some time in the future we will see small rectangular shaped quilts from leftover mask scraps ? ; ) We thought of it first.
      xo Lisa S

  7. Lisa,
    You never cease to amaze. Love these journals. Congratulations, you are being features at Thursday Favorite Things. I hope you stop by.

    1. Bev,
      Thank you so much! You are too kind. I really appreciate you, my friend!
      xo Lisa S

  8. Love your journal cover! I've featured you at the #HomeMattersParty this week. Drop by to take a look! Thurs. 9pm (est) through Monday.

    1. Allyson! You are the best.
      Thank you so much and thanks for hosting each week.
      xo Lisa S

  9. This journal cover is adorable Lisa... beautifully made!
    Thank you for sharing your paper bag and vintage table cloth junk journal at Create, Bake Grow & Gather this week. I'm delighted to be featuring it at tonight's party and pinning too.

    1. Kerryanne,
      Oh my goodness. I am so pleased. Coming from you- I am so thrilled. I love your style. Thank you for the honor. I really appreciate it- xo Lisa S

  10. This is so well done, Lisa. Two of my sisters & I sell a lot of vintage linens, and my 37 yo daughter has journaled for 23 yrs now. This is a perfect gift idea for her. I've seen this featured on a few blogs this past week (Pieced Pastimes most recently), and just wanted you to know it is every bit worthy of all the attention. Kudos!

    1. Rita,
      First of all, it's so nice to meet you- and second- You really made my day with your kind words. It was an easy project and even better if you have a damaged remnant of vintage linen! I keep my eyes open. It's getting harder and harder to find any vintage goodies in my area to re-purpose.
      I'm so glad you visited and said -hello!
      You are invited back anytime.
      xo Lisa S


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