Stitching the States Custom U.S. Map

Remember at the beginning of the year when it was January and there was fresh snow on the ground and it was the start of a brand new year full of possibility? Remember how I said I was going to try to blog weekly?

**crickets chirp**

*hangs head in shame*

About that… I’m really going to try to blog more. I really am. The good news is that I usually still take pictures when I am working on projects in the hope that “someday I’ll blog about this” so I have a few things I can share right away.

I’ve discovered recently that one of my absolute favorite things in the world is custom making things for people. I really enjoy creating things for myself and our family, but when I know that I am making something specifically for someone else there is an added element of specialness.

One such project that I did recently was creating a custom U.S. embroidery hoop map art for a sweet friend. My first real embroidery project was creating this map for myself and after I was finished, I wanted to do it again! (You can call me crazy, go ahead.) I used this pattern from the Raising Up Rubies etsy shop. If you don’t follow Jamie’s blog, stop whatever you’re doing right now and go visit. And then after you’re done there you can peruse her shop for even more of an adorableness overload. Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever read a blog post or looked at a picture of something Jamie has created without being inspired. (And hey, we’re both from NY so maybe we’re secretly destined to be friends!) She has such talent, but also is such a sweet soul—you can just feel her kind spirit through all of the words she writes. You can make your own U.S. map by buying her pattern here. Oh, and if you have any desire to be inspired all.the.time. do yourself a favor and follower her on Instagram too. Just saying.

Anyway, I really enjoyed making the map a second time, fixed a few mistakes I made the first time, and got to try out a whole different approach of filling in the states with color.

Picture overload, anyone?

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The top one is the first map I made (and kept!) and the bottom one is the custom map.

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Custom map by itself.

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A little closer.

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There were two special hearts that I added. One where my friend was born.

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And one where her hubby was born too.

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My U.S. geography has improved IMMENSELY since completing these two maps.

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You can see my (imperfect) stitching on the back, but I also added a fun finishing touch with some state fabric that I have.
I thought it tied in well.  🙂

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The two maps side by side again. Rainbow color and “random” color.

Believe it or not, I have already started on a third map for another custom order. I love this form of crafting since it takes a minimal amount of focus and is therapeutic for me with its repetition. All that to say, I like making things and I really like making things for other people to enjoy.

**I’m somewhat open to the possibility of making more of these. Shoot me an email if you think you’re interested. And remember, you can always get the pattern and make it yourself!**

Thanks for stopping by!

❤ Liz


Embroidery Hoop Pumpkins

I actually have a craft to share with you!
I am slowly figuring out how to take care of my baby girl, maintain the house, AND find time to create. It certainly won’t happen every day, but I really enjoy those moments that I can relax and make something.

So, if you’re looking for a cute, fast, easy, and cheap project for Fall, I have just the one for you!

embroidery hoop pumkins

Seriously easy/fun to make and I had all the supplies on hand.

You will need:

– embroidery hoops (only 99 cents at your local craft store)
– orange felt
– fake leaves (or real if you wanted)
– floral wire
– hot glue gun, scissors, pencil

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I had never used embroidery hoops before (but always wanted to, thusly why I picked some up last time I was at Hobby Lobby), so I felt a little silly for not knowing how to use them.
Don’t worry, it’s as super easy as it looks.

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Simply unscrew the hoop so that the inside circle comes out, place fabric around inside hoop, fit inside hoop into outside hoop, and then screw it tight.

Easy Pease Japaneasy.

Then cut the excess fabric from around your circle.

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Do this for all three pumpkins (or however many you’re making). I had a small, medium and large embroidery hoop so that’s what I used.

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Collect some leaves. I got mine off an old bridesmaid bouquet, but you can find these for super cheap (or free if you walk outside..hehe).

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Hot glue those suckers on!
I just used a dab of glue on the hoop so that if I ever want to use the felt for something else it will be undamaged.

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Take the floral wire and wrap it around a pencil to make it really curly.

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Hot glue and you’re done!

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I la la la love them and you can’t beat free!

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