So yes, I know. I am totally last minute girl here.
But I was looking at my cute summer mantel this weekend and realized that it was not so patriotic.
As in, not at all. And the 4th of July is in a couple of days. It was just sad.
I decided to get out some needle and thread and get to stitching!
I love the cute state printables that are so popular right now, with the fun chevron backgrounds.
And my friend Kara did a super cute USA map printable like that last week.
So I created an embroidery pattern that was similar and I love how it turned out!
I know we’re cutting it close here, but this is super fast. Just some back stitching, and a few french knots!
You could totally whip one up by the time the fireworks start.
Here’s all you need to get going:
8 x 10 piece of fabric
red embroidery floss
blue embroidery floss
6 x 8 piece of fusible fleece
5 x 7 frame
USA Map with Chevron Background Pattern
Start by tracing your pattern onto your fabric with a disappearing ink pen.
You’ll need to put your heart over your state – on the pattern it’s over CA but you can just move the pattern to wherever you need it!
All our stitching is Back Stitching. Here’s a quickie tut. It’s easier if you start with the chevron lines first.
Bring your needle up about 1/8″ from the beginning of your line.
That is your “A” point. Pull your thread through. Put your needle back down at “B”, bring it back up at “C”.
For the next stitch, you’ll repeat the process – up at “A”, down at “B”, up at “C”.
When you get to a point, just make your “C” point across the point. This will allow you to have nice pointed Chevrons.
Once all your lines are finished, embroider our little heart. Fill the heart with French Knots, then outline it in a back stitch.
Next up is your map! Just follow the pattern lines with back stitches in blue thread.
Press your design and remove any marking lines.
Iron your fusible fleece to the back side of the embroidery work.
Pop your embroidery in a frame and you’re all set and ready for the 4th!
What do you think?
Are you all ready for the 4th of July?
I think I’m good.
I just need a hamburger. And some potato salad.
And maybe some homemade ice cream?
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Ami w/AliLily says
Oh my gosh, Bev!! I LOVE this! That is just so cute!!! Hope you have an awesome 4th of July! :)
Love this!!!!! It’s beautiful Bev. Thanks for the shout out too friend! Happy 4th!!
ReStitch Me says
This is adorable!
northern cottage says
how very darling – great colors and that chevron background is unexpected & oh so perfect!
melissa @ daisymaebelle.com says
That is totally precious! Love the design, the colors, the frame! Looks like I found a great “too hot to be outside” project!
Stella's Mom says
I love this! I haven’t embroidered for ages, but am inspired to do so now. Thanks!
Michele @ The Scrap Shoppe says
Bev, this is positively ADORABLE!! Love, love, LOVE it! Oh the patriotic goodness of it all. :)
This is so cute!! I love embroidery and this is just a perfect little thing for the 4th, I think it’s cute enough for all year round! :) Happy 4th!
Jennifer E says
I super duper love this! I really want to do embroidery. I was thinking about signing up for the class you posted about (maybe just on facebook?), but I think I am too much of a novice to do it.
Suzie Hurst says
Bev, this is adorable!! (And I totally hear ya on the last-minute decorating!) I will absolutely have to give this a try!
I like it. Simple/Bold statement.
Love it! :)
Jess @ Spool and Spoon says
This is quite possible the most adorable patriotic embroidery I have ever laid eyes on. Thank you so much for sharing the pattern! Love it :)
I mean this in the nicest, most admiring way possible- the USofA looks like an adorable little whale :) Thanks for the tutorial, I am gagging to try my hand at embroidery, and you make it look really easy.
Thanks for this post, made me happy!
Super Cute and thanks for the embroidery tips. I wanted to embroider a shirt and I didn’t’ know where to start. Now I do!
Found you on The Scrap Shop’s Christmas is July, now a follower. Love the cute chevron map. Very chic!
Love this! I would love to make something like this, except with a big ole Texas in the middle! Thanks for the inspiration…
Lolly Jane says
This is darn cute, Bev! Love it! :)
Jenn/Rook No. 17 says
So, so darling! I’m feeling inspired to doing some embroidery with the girls!
I love this! I’ve never done embroidery before but this looks like a great way to begin! The only part I don’t quite understand is pressing the design. Is this as simple as putting it under a heavy book for a while? Thanks for inspiring me!
Sorry that was confusing! I meant that you need to iron the design to get out any wrinkles. :)
I’d love to see a photo if you make it!
That is adorable!! What a fun way to decorate for the 4th…or all year! Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty
How fun is that? I love that you can put the heart wherever your resides…. or maybe a couple small hearts for far flung family. Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday!
Holy Cow Bev, 3 awesome incredible projects all at once, how will I get anything else done? Will be one embroidering, jewelry making old lady, lol. Trying to lose weight so all this will keep me out of kitchen and cookie jar.
Am so happy to have these wonderful things to make, keeps me out of trouble and out of kitchen.
There’s no way I will be appearing anywhere but home in shorts. Good thing our neighbors aren’t too close to us. Too hot here not to wear shorts at home.
Thanks again for sharing this wonderful project. Will be putting my heart in MT. where would rather be living than anywhere. CO is ok but it’s not MT by any stretch.
Hena Tayeb says
that is a wonderful idea. looks so cute
Jessica Barton says
Such a cute project! I’m going to make it for my parents’ Christmas present with hearts in all the cities the grandkids live in and then connect them to a bigger heart in Kansas where they live. I think they’ll love it. My dad is a veteran and my mom became an American citizen in 1967 so they’re quite patriotic. Thank you for sharing your designs.