Here’s a cute idea for patriotic-themed decor from Better Homes and Gardens: make a map banner. This totally reminds me of when I lived in Texas and the shape of the state was on everything, and hey, this example highlights Texas! Don’t mess! This is a great craft to do with a readymade placemat from the dollar store. Just apply the map, make a casing for the dowel to go through, and go. [click here for inspiration project]

BHG suggests using high-tack fabric adhesive to adhere the map shape, but I think you could do this using standard (and budget-friendly) applique materials: fabric, Stitch Witchery, and an iron.

To make: Trace map on fabric with dressmaker’s chalk or washable marker (trace your state in a contrasting colored fabric), apply Stitch Witchery according to manufacturer’s directions, iron onto placemat. Zig-zag stitch around applique with your sewing machine, or embroider around it with an edging stitch like the blanket stitch. For the casing, I wouldn’t try to fold the placemat over and sew a casing (unless it is a lightweight placemat, and then I would!), but I would pin grosgrain ribbon along the back of the placemat and sew a seam very near to each horizontal edge of the fabric. Slip a dowel inside (or a bamboo skewer if you’re cheap, which I know you are because you’re reading this blog!!), glue ribbon to each edge of skewer, and hang!

Project Estimate:

  • Placemat, $1
  • Ribbon, $1
  • Bamboo skewer, on hand or $1 for a pack
  • Fabric, on hand
  • Stitch Witchery, $4 a package or buy by the yard, or on hand (it’s very useful!)
  • Embroidery floss (optional), on hand or $.25

Total: $2 and up