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DIY Cross Stitch Travel Map

DIY Cross Stitch Travel Map
DIY Cross Stitch Travel Map

"When my wife Kristie and I were in Virginia last month, we visited one of my favorite thrift stores and I picked up some larger embroidery hoops than I'm used to (8"), thinking I'd find a project for them eventually. And this one works! This project combines two of my favorite tools: cross stitch and iron-on transfers. It's a pretty way to keep track of my travels in the United States, although a map of any country could be used (I have dreams of someday doing a worldwide map, but I'll need a bigger hoop!)."

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Sewn byHand


Materials List

  • An 8" or larger embroidery hoop (I wouldn't recommend going smaller; you might risk losing tiny states like Rhode Island, which even in this project is only one stitch! Sorry RI!)
  • Iron-on transfer paper
  • Cross stitch fabric (I use 14-count Aida)
  • Embroidery thread
  • Tapestry needle


  1. Start by finding a map of the country you'd like to use – just a black and white outline of the states or territories.

  2. Flip the image using Photoshop or other image software, and print on the iron-on transfer paper.

  3. Follow the iron-on transfer paper instructions to transfer the image to your cross-stitch fabric.

  4. Start filling in the states you've visited with stitches!

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