Fabric Wall Map

Monday / 36 comments

I'm SO excited to share a fun project that I did with some of my blogging BFFs.  One of the best things about blogging is connecting with people who think the same way you do and always have a fun creative project on the brain!  This past month Jenna from SAS Interiors, Kim from Sand and Sisal, Monica and Jess from East Coast Creative  and Allison from House of Hepworths and I have been chatting it up on the phone, sending emails and sharing SO many great ideas.

We decided it would be fun to have a little challenge and see what each of us could come up with from the same list of DIY ingredients.  Beckie from Infarrantly Creative compiled a list of stuff that we had to incorporate into our projects.  Ready to see what I did?


I made a fun map for my niece's bedroom makeover!  I'm doing a whole bedroom makeover for her as a surprise!  Ready to learn how I made it?


First I started with a TON of fabric scraps and a road map from Walmart.  I would suggest using a wall map because trying to cut out states from a road map was a challenge!


Then I cut out all the states and got my Heat N Bond and Iron ready.


Iron the heat n bond onto the wrong side of fabric and then turn your state upside down and trace it onto the heat n bond.


Then cut out the state and peel the backing off the heat n bond.


Then I started with Kansas since it's pretty much in the middle (notice it's CORAL!) and ironed it onto my white fabric.  My white fabric was an old fabric shower curtain-got to love free!


Then I just started ironing on the other states working my way out from the middle which helped keep the map even and straight.  Having a map printout helped get the states in the right spot.


Once I had all my states ironed I cried and wished I would have picked a smaller project.  Haha...totally kidding.  Then I put the wood that I was using to make a frame on the fabric to estimate how big I wanted the wood for the backing to be.  My wood ended up being 33"x44".  This map is HUGE!


Then I stained my pine with my special aging technique that I'm totally into right now.  You just take some steel wool pads, rip them up and put them in a jar and cover with vinegar and leave overnight.  Then brew some tea.


Brush your tea onto the wood and let dry and then brush the vinegar/steel wool mixture and it will totally change color!  It makes the wood look grey and ages it just like BARN WOOD.  I totally cheated on the wood since I didn't have any pallets or a barn to tear down!


After my wood was dry I cut some 4x4 pieces for the corners and STENCILED a little flower onto them with a Martha Stewart stencil.


While my stencil was drying I primed my 1/4" plywood piece with white primer .


Then I used MOD PODGE to glue my map to the 1/4" plywood.  I rolled my map up and then just started at the top with the glue and slowly unrolled and smoothed it.  The great thing about using fabric with mod podge is that you can pull it back up and try again if you don't get it perfect the first time since it won't rip.


Once the mod podge was dry I used liquid nails to glue the frame pieces to the board.  Finished!  I hope my  niece likes it!


The best part is that the whole project only cost me $6 since all I had to buy was the plywood for the back.  It's also fun to remember all the stuff that I made with all the fabric before it became scraps!


So what would you make with that list of ingredients?

36 comments:

  1. [...] of Hepworths East Coast Creative Sand and Sisal Being Brook SAS [...]

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  2. Brook this is beautiful and definitely something I would love to do. Thanks for the inspirational idea and such a fun way to challenge each other. I'm off to check out the other projects just to see if they are as good!

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  3. That is so original--I love it!

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  4. I love the map Brook! It came out so pretty! The large size gives it extra impact. And I'll have to try your aging stain! The wood looks amazing!!

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  5. That map is incredible. I just love it. Very creative and what an impact. Thanks for sharing your how to. May have to try and tackle that one in the future!

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  6. This is fabulous Brook! It's amazing how different all of our projects are, isn't it?! Your niece is going to love it! xo Jenna

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  7. Love it!! Thank you for the inspiration and "how to".

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  8. [...] so excited to share the awesome projects from the Blogging 2 Better Challenge!   The challenge was to use a list from the amazing Beckie from Infarrantly Creative to create a [...]

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  9. Holy crap Brook that is unbelievable gorgeous! I am uber impressed. I would absolutely love to have that in my home and I am definitely pinning it to try one day. Thanks for inspiring me today

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  10. that is AMAZING! we love maps...I have fabric scraps galore. I would never of thought of this though; you did such a beautiful job!!

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  11. Brook this is adorable! I love it :)!

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  12. It looks great ! I saw one on Pinterest some time ago, she used an easier way to cut the states'shapes, but it looks similar in the end: http://seekatesew.blogspot.com/2011/04/scrap-map-tutorial.html
    Great deco for a kid's room !

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  13. Brook! I LOVE this!! Great job :) I would love to do something similar with all the states we've lived in....but then I'd have to cut out Okinawa and that would be too tough ;)

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  14. That is so cute! Its a bit girly, so I need to figure out how to man it up a bit for my son, who absolutely loves maps.

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  15. hurley@hurleythurston.blogspot.comJune 17, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    OMG!! I love maps, and this is just too darn gorgeous. I am about to pin this for sure. Thank you especially for the great step by step tutorial. Excited!!!

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  16. I so love this idea! Thanks for sharing and this is now on top of my to do list!

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  17. This project is absolutely fantastic, and I'm putting in on my list of things to make once I finally get my own house. I love maps, and this is a unique way to display one! But I just have to point out that the state you started with is Kansas, not Iowa - Iowa is above and to the right of Kansas, the one with the turquoise background and dark blue pattern.

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  18. Haha! I noticed that too and was majorly confused...but since I live in Oklahoma, I was sure I was right!

    Brook, I love your map though! Gorgeous with all the different patterns! I may take this idea and make a world map somehow.

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  19. I'm a professional cartographer and a quilter too, so I love this project. I was going to point out the Kansas/Iowa thing but I'm glad to see someone beat me to it. My other comment is that Michigan is so light it's hard to see (at least on my monitor -- maybe it's better in real life). I'd keep the very light fabrics in the middle where they can be surrounded with darker fabrics. You have some really gorgeous ones.
    Someday when I have some free time (ha!) I'd love to make this. Thanks for the how-to.

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  20. Brook - just wanted to say thank you for an awesome tutorial. I got my map made using your tutorial and I am so happy with it: http://iwannabemewhenigrowup.blogspot.com/2012/07/my-fabric-mapthe-pinterest-challenge.html

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  21. [...] made the “BOYS” sign out of some scrap wood and then stained it with my favorite tea, steel wool and vinegar stain.  It’s always a surprise to see how it turns out.  This time [...]

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  22. WOW! Brook, you are truly amazing! Love everything about this project. I'm a serious sucker for maps. And fabric scraps.

    Aloha,
    Charlie

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  23. [...] Map Bedroom 08/07/2012 By Brook Leave a Comment Remember that fabric map I made a few months ago?  It ended up in my tween nieces [...]

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  24. How fun! I just wrapped up a summer road trip with my kids, and am wanting to make a commemorative quilt. The technique you used with the maps and heat & bond answered my question of how to get an accurate shape of each state, at a size that's large enough. Thank you!!! Loved your finished product by the way...

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  25. Wow, I love this project! I could totally imagine doing something like that too - I'm just scared that even you were afraid of taken on too big a project! So, so, so cool! xo Anja

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  26. I love traveling with my kids! What a great idea to make a quilt about your travels.

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  27. Thanks! I think every project I do I get halfway and think I started too big of a project. At least this one didn't involve any sewing!

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  28. [...] found the original project here. I saw the picture and got excited. Once I read the tutorial, I knew it would be simple enough and [...]

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  29. Wow!!! Here I am browsing the net for ideas of how to display some beautiful guatemalan fabric I have, and I stumble across this, and..... it's perfect! I'll do a map of guatemala instead - oh I'm excited, so thanks! :)

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  30. This is so pretty! I love that it is new sew too. Found you on Mod Podge Rocks. I totally pinned this!

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  31. Yep. I love this! I have been obsessed with State crafts. This is a great way to do it!! I might give it a try sometime. I have almost all of the materials already, so that makes it awesome too!! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  32. This is GORGEOUS! Fabric interfacing is one of the tricks every crafter should know about and use.

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  33. [...] Scrap Fabric Wall Map – Being Brook [...]

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  34. Love the map but also really love the frame you made, it looks fantastic, can't believe it cost so little to make!

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  35. Brooke,
    I just came across your blog and I wanted to just say hi and tell you that I love many of your crafts etc... , but my daughter is going to go crazy over both this map and the coin trays. I am so thankful for people like you with creative minds, thanks for sharing :)

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