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I love maps. It could be that because I used to work as an architectural drafter its easier for me to for me to understand visuals verses words. In any case, my daughter needs some wall art for her apartment so I made a map of the US using the colors she likes. It turned out well and though really time consuming, it was very easy.
First step:
I outlined the states on a map that I wanted to copy.
Second step:
I traced the map onto the glue/bumpy side of wonder under.
Third step:
I cut out all the states from the wonder under.
Fourth step:
I ironed the wonder under onto scraps of fabric.
Fifth step:
I laid out the states on a piece of canvas and ironed them down.
Sixth step:
I zigzag stitched the edges and straight stitched all the states.
The map is ready to hang with tacks or straight pins. You can also sew a sleeve at the top and hang it from a rod.

That’s it! She loves it and all it took was a lot of time – like most DIY projects!

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Some of my favorite stitching projects come about because of a need for a little something up on the wall. My daughter and I decided to paint her bathroom a few different shades of green and I stitched some daisies to brighten up the room. We did the whole project with just the purchase of a some paint and a bedsheet. The rest we had on hand. Here are the little details:

I bought an egshell colored bedsheet from Big Lots for the shower curtain and added this green shabby chic fabric that I had leftover.

I had this candle holder from a long time ago. It was gold so I painted it white and tied a velvet bow on it and placed a candle on it from the dollar store.

 

This towel holder was in another room in the house on a white wall of all things. It looks so much better on this fresh green wall.

 

This is my stitching project. I had a piece of linen, and an old frame that I wasn’t sure I would keep. I sketched some daisies and stitched them with crewel embroidery yarn. It’s whimsical and casual – fits in the budget too.

 

Close up of Daisies

This project was fun and we reused some things that were in the back of the closet as well as out in plain site but in the wrong room. We got a fresh look for under $30!

I am finished with the sampler I have been working on for a few months. It looks good! I really enjoy stitching and have worked on it when I have some spare time. I posted my progress in an earlier post here. This was a fun little project and the directions were easy to follow; I would recommend it. I am planning on hanging it in my sewing room. I found a nice frame for it which I plan to paint a warm cottage white.

My z turned out a little bit different than the pattern, but that is what makes each sampler special – all the little changes that makes it yours!