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22 October 2012

Fabric Map of the USA

You probably haven't noticed, but I've noticed, that the quantity of time I've spent crafting has gone down significantly ever since I started school. I've been crafting when I can, though! Since I just started sewing, I want to make sure I don't forget how to use the sewing machine just after I learned how!

I came across a Scrap Map Tutorial at the blog See Kate Sew, and thought it was the coolest project ever! Some of her tips came in really handy for the project--such as how to print off a poster-size map of the USA and to use the purple heat-n-bond and not the red kind.


 If you look at her project though, you can tell that I made a few modifications. Hers was a wall hanging, but I thought it would be cool to make mine into a pin board so that I could put pins in the places where we've traveled, so I stretched the fabric around a cork bulletin board. I also didn't have enough fabric scraps to use a different fabric for each state...so I repeated some fabrics a few times (Hey, I've only been sewing since June, I haven't bought 50 different pieces of fabric yet! That's probably a good thing.)
 

I only pinned the states where Angel and I have traveled together--all the states we've been to pre-marriage didn't count, for the purposes of the map, I decided. Because when you make the crafts, you make the rules.

I'm very happy with how it turned out, and I'm sorry East coast people, but a project like this really, really makes one appreciate the states like Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah when they are compared to all those tiny, oddly shaped states on the East coast!

15 comments :

  1. whoa this is awesome! haha, about the state shapes, I bet maryland was one of the worst! its a pretty place though:)

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  2. That is awesome! I love it. I don't know how to sew (at ALL), but if I did, this would be something I would want to make!

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  3. This is my favorite thing you've made so far! very cool! you could definitely sell something like that.

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  4. Super cute!!!! I wish I knew how to sew. I have a sewing machine, but I just look at it and become instantly confused.

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  5. LOVE this! I want to try to make one:) (or have my sister in law make me one, she's way more crafty than me! hehe!) hope you are great Rachel! love Katie

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  6. You are just so clever! I don't think I have enough patience to sit there and cut and stitch to get it all right... :)

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  7. This is such a cute project. I love all the fabrics put together!

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  8. This turned out amazing! I really want to try this myself. You have inspired me to get crafty! I found you via Tell Me Tuesdays and am your newest follower.
    -Laura
    http://robandladi.blogspot.com/

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  9. Wow this is awesome! So much cooler than just a plain old map. Love this!

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  10. Cute idea! Love the "when you make the craft, you make the rules!" statement-- may have to frame that for the craft room! Thanks for sharing on Busy Monday!

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  11. Love the idea of adding the pins. This makes it even more personalized and a fun conversation piece. Thanks so much for sharing on BeColorful.
    p

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  12. i featured this post on tell me tuesday!!
    http://jaysonandashley.blogspot.com/

    XO
    ash

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  13. Your a sexy blogger :)

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