Vintage Journal

By  Linda Wyszynski 

size: 6"x8"

  • Vintage Journal
  • Fig. 1


  • White blank journal (Bare Books), 6”x8”
  • Vintage pillowcase with cross-stitch or embroidery work
  • Vintage buttons, 3/8”
  • Linen, 18-count
  • 6-strand Embroidery Floss (DMC): Lt. Pistachio Green (368); Lt. Pale Yellow (745)
  • Carolina Collection patterned paper (Anna Griffin)
  • Green Premium Ribbon (American Crafts)


  • Embroidery needles, No. 3 to 9
  • Quilter’s Tape (Dritz), 1/4”
  • Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive (Beacon Adhesives)
  • Scotch Permanent Adhesive Glue Stick (3M)
  • White sewing thread
  • Sewing needle
  • Toothpick
  • Straight pins
  • 1. Trim around vintage work, leaving approximately 1/8" of fabric around stitched area. (Note: Vintage work in project is 2-1/2"x5-1/2" and linen fabric is 3-1/2"x6-5/8". If your trimmed vintage work is larger or smaller, adjust linen size accordingly.)
  • 2. Lay trimmed piece of vintage work on linen. Count 13 threads out from edge of vintage work in all four directions and mark 13th thread with a pin. Set vintage work aside. Cut size needed of linen fabric by cutting between 13th and 14th thread. To be sure linen is cut straight, remove second thread from edge on all four sides and trim away fringe area close to straight thread on each side. Quick Tip: To remove a thread, gently pull on the thread from the outside edge pushing the fabric away, which causes the thread to pull out of the fabric leaving a ditch (gap) between threads.
  • 3. Remove the fifth thread from the outside edge on all four sides, leaving four threads on each side in tack. Place a piece of quilter's tape on the four outside edges to keep threads from raveling. Place cut vintage work in center of linen to be sure there is a large enough piece of linen. There should be six or more threads from edge of cut piece to the ditch. Set cut vintage work aside.
  • 4. Use two strands of Lt. Pistachio Green (or coordinating color) floss and Nun's stitch (Fig. 1) to work drawn thread edge on linen fabric. Start Nun's stitch in left corner on thread above ditch. Place two stitches over/around three threads in each direction as arrows indicate working two stitches vertically and two horizontally. After placing first stitch at 1, take the thread down and come back up at 1 pulling thread taut and place the second stitch vertical stitch. Take the thread over and come up at 3, place the stitch around the three thread and pull thread taut as you bring needle up to place the second stitch horizontally. Continue in this manner as you work toward the corner. When you are 1" from corner, count the stitches. If you don't have multiples of three vertical threads to the corner, compensate on the next stitches so your last placed stitch before the corner has three vertical threads.
  • 5. Center cut vintage work on linen and pin in place. Use white sewing thread and small running stitch to tack vintage work to linen. Keep stitches close to raw edge of vintage work.
  • 6. Use two strands of Lt. Pale Yellow (or coordinating color) floss to blanket stitch (Fig. 2) around raw edge of vintage work.
  • 7. Use two strands of Lt. Pale Yellow floss to attach a button to linen in each corner, placing buttons inside drawn work.
  • 8. Measure and cut patterned paper to fit journal front. Glue paper to journal front. Use small amount of fabric glue and toothpick to glue a ribbon length along journal spine and to attach linen. Glue linen to center front of journal.