It probably comes as no surprise that Jon and I are road trip junkies. Living in Upstate South Carolina gives us access to much of the southeast and mid-Atlantic… and vacations often have a junkin’/Sadie-blogging aspect. Plus, driving our car allows us to fill it up with vintage and thrifted treasures. So marrying our love of road trips with my love of vintage road maps inspired this fun and easy project. It’s also a hybrid of my Etsy Craft Party photo project and my Fancified Feed Sack project.
I’m not quite a hoarder of old maps, but I have a decent stash- mostly from the southern part of the country.
And isn’t this little disclaimer the best? I’m so glad it came true!
Anyway, back to the project. Once I had my map section in place (from a very early 1960’s Gulf Oil map), I gathered my embroidery floss and an embroidery needle.
Using the blue floss, I carefully back stitched our route.
Tip- The back stitch works wonderfully for this project, but I highly recommending poking each subsequent hole from the front of the map before coming in from the underside. It helps ensure that you don’t run off the road!
This is a great project to work on while catching up on some Netflix, Hulu, or DVR’d shows. And the end result is so fantastic!
I love the idea of creating keepsakes of our most enjoyable road trips. They can be framed, scrapbooked, clipped to clipboards for display, or however you want to display them. Since we have a love for the back roads and old country highways, vintage road maps work perfectly; we don’t need that fancy-schmancy interstate! Everyone knows that the best junkin’ takes place in the back parts, right? But no worries if your road trip involves expressways- keep an eye out for an outdated atlas at the thrift shop or even your childhood home. This is a GREAT use for the Rand McNally that is no longer used.