EmbROADery: A Summer Road Trip Keepsake

EmbROADery: A Summer Road Trip Keepsake

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.

Old Road Maps... a favorite treasure!

Old Road Maps… a favorite treasure!

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.

Ready to work...

Ready to work…

Using the blue floss, I carefully back stitched our route.

As simple as that…

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!

Our road trip route!

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 But no worries if your road trip involves expressways- keep an eye out for an outdated atlas at the thrift shop or even your childhood home.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.

Craft on!



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  1. What a lovely lovely idea…What a great way to remember a road trip!

  2. Great idea. Thanks so much for sharing at VIP.

  3. Love this idea!

  4. What a great idea, It’s really personal and reuses something in a new lovely way – two of my favourite things! It’s a shame to throw a map away once it’s out of date, so I do love seeing cute ways of using them. Pinning for one day when I need this idea!

  5. Cute idea. 🙂

  6. totally fun idea! I love how this trip became a heart. I am thinking all the fun trips that you could plan based on the shape you embroider vs embroider where you have been – just sew away, get your needle back home and then say Hey Honey! Here’s our next trip! like a double adventure lol

  7. This is such an awesome idea! We are a military family, and move quite a bit. I’m going to make one and display it on the mantle, and keep adding to it! Thanks so much for sharing on #cityoflinks!

  8. Thanks for coming and linking up at #The Weekend Social. Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST on KitchenDreaming.com ! I hope to see you there!

  9. Oh I remember getting those road maps FREE from gas stations. Thanks for sharing at the #WWDParty.

  10. This is SO clever. I love it. Thanks so much for sharing at On Display Thursday!

  11. Very cool idea! You could even have a family map and use a different color for different trips!

  12. I adore embroidery on out of the box objects, what a great idea to commemorate a trip on a map, love it!

  13. Such a clever idea. Love this! Pinning to my travel board. Thanks for sharing at the party this week @DearCreatives Theresa

  14. Thanks for linking up to Handmade in the Heartland! This is such a great idea for remembering a road trip.

  15. Very cool! Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream’s City of Links last Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week 🙂

  16. juliaklimek says:

    What a fantastic idea! I LOVE it! Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday Link Party! Julia

  17. Love this! Thanks for linking up to Friday Favorites Sarah! laura

  18. What a cute idea! Pinned!

  19. Love maps, love embroidery, love this.

  20. I am definitely doing this next week after our vacation! Thanks so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!

  21. You got me on all points. I love to travel. I love to embroidery. I love old road maps. How delightful.

    I found you at Mrs. Olson’s party.

  22. Now why didn’t I save hubs old trucker atlases? Doggone it anyway. Sure would love to embroader some trips we’ve taken, our moves from one part of country to other. I got a US map from Amazon but using old maps would have been more fun. Maybe someday I’ll find couple old maps. My parents used to save old maps. You’re the smart one having found old maps. I like the atlases as pages sturdier to sew on. What a fantastic idea you had. Glad you shared it. Happy summer and road tripping.
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  23. I absolutely love this idea! Although we have no big road trips planned this year I hope to do something like this to highlight the states that we have been to. Thanks so much for sharing at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link:)

  24. Jann Olson says:

    I love this idea! Your play on the word embroidery was so fun also! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  25. Sarah –

    this is a fantastic idea! We have done so many road trips and it would be so neat to do this! I would love to get a huge US map and do this with all of our trips! That would be so much fun and a great keep sake to keep building on. Thank you for sharing at Dream. Create. Inspire. Link!

  26. What a lovely idea and a great keepsake. Thankyou for sharing on #HomeMattersParty linky!
    Sustain My Craft Habit

  27. swood97 says:

    I have a nice collection of outdated maps and such which it is possible, I may have been hoarding. Very cool idea!! I did a project in Feb. which involved sewing through a paper bag covered in duct tape with embroidery thread. It wasn’t the easiest task but turned out great just like your map! Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday. We love your creativity.

  28. This is super cute. Such a brilliant idea and perfect for a crafty girl!

  29. Super Cute idea!! Thanks for linking up on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! I loved having you!! Hope you can join us again tomorrow!! Pinned to My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday Pinterest page!! 🙂

  30. What a unique and wonderful idea! I can’t wait to do this! Stopping by from the link up 🙂

  31. I just found your blog and I am LOVING it!! You are so creative. I look forward to trying many of your projects!!


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