Huge Fabric US Map Hoop Art

Huge Fabric US Map Hoop Art

Do you ever see something at the thrift store, and your heart just about stops? You don’t want to draw attention to it, on the scary chance that someone else will spot it and make off with it before you get your hands on it. So you do a subtle power walk over to your item, and snatch it up. Then you feel all smug, because YOU found the awesome “thing” before anyone else did.

That may have been what happened when I found this ginormous quilting hoop at Goodwill a few months ago. Seriously, I might have squealed. Quietly though, to avoid drawing attention to the awesomeness that is this hoop.  This thing is 26″ wide. Twenty. Six. Inches. It was like the embroidery hoop fairy shined a little spotlight on it for me and made my day, for the low low price of $2.99.

So of course I had to put something colorful and fun and giant in it – and what is more fun than a big fabric US map!!

Vintage Fabrics US Map

I used a combination of vintage and new fabrics – and this super cool black and white swiss dot fabric. You can’t really tell in the photos but the little black polkadots are raised just a bit. Love.

Large Fabric Map Hoop

I made it a completely no-sew project since it would just be hanging on the wall – but if you make your own you could sew around the states with a machine or embroidery. That would be so cute too!

Here’s how to make one – and you can adjust this to make any size hoop – though if you make a 5″ hoop your states are going to be realllllly tiny.

Print out a US Map the size you’d like for your hoop. Mine is pretty large. \

UPDATE: I have the USA Map Pattern for you!! I’m providing the map I used as a free download! You just need to tape together the pages and do a little connecting of the lines where the pages are separated. Easy peasy!

Lay a piece of white fabric over the map. Cut a piece of fusible webbing larger than your map and iron it onto the white fabric. Remove the paper backing on the webbing.
I backed the map in white fabric because I didn’t want the polka dots to show through the thinner fabrics.

fabric and US Map

Print out another map the same size as your base map. Use the states as patterns to cut out your fabrics. I did this by hand, so my states aren’t perfect. That’s ok with me, but if it would bug you, you could use a cutting machine to make them. Lay out your states onto the fusible webbing, using the map underneath as a guide.

cutting out fabric states

Continue cutting out all your states and lay them on the map. Carefully iron the states down, but make sure not to touch the white fabric where the fusible webbing isn’t covered. Trim the extra white fabric off around the map, and then completely iron the map so the states are all fused to the backing fabric.

Colorful Fabric US Map

Cut another piece of fusible webbing a little larger than your map. Iron the map to the webbing, then trim the extra from around the map. Peel off the paper backing and iron your map to your background hoop fabric.

map on backing fabric

I wanted to personalize mine a bit more, so I added in hearts in all the places we’ve lived! I just fused them on like I did the map.

Hearts on Map

Then all you have to do is put your fabric in the hoop and glue the edges to the back side of the hoop! All done!

Colorful Fabric United States

I really can’t get over how big it is – I just love it so much!! It’s so fun to have the little hearts on there for where we’ve lived too!

Fabric States with Hearts

Doug and I were both born in Phoenix and went to college in Flagstaff, so we have two hearts in Arizona. From AZ we moved up to Whidbey Island in Washington for just a short time, then down to Carlsbad!

We have a new adventure heading our way too. This summer we’ll be adding a new heart to the map – in Tennessee!
Gosh it feels weird to type that – but exciting too!

Fabric States

So our map is super cute and colorful, but it’s personalized too!

Large US Map Hoop Art

Colorful US Map Hoop Art

I love how it turned out!


  • Reply March 21, 2015

    Nicky H

    that is such a great idea and it turned out so cute!!!

  • Reply March 23, 2015


    This is so gorgeous! Going to make an Aussie version :)

  • Reply April 2, 2015


    I just LOVE how you made this and am so excited you shared it, especially the free printable! And what a fabulous Goodwill find, am I right?! You can’t even buy the smaller new ones for that price…lucky girl! Thanks for sharing–new follower of the blog and looking forward to seeing what you come up with next. :-)

  • Reply April 8, 2015


    thanks for such a cute idea. I already have a hugh hoop ( from the 70’s) hanging in a closet & just wasn’t sure what to do with it. I really like your creative mind!!

  • Reply April 22, 2015


    Our travels are in reverse! I’m moving from TN to Whidbey island WA! If you’d email me I’d love to get the scoop on any great fabric shops on Whidbey or nearby. What part of TN are you moving to? We just left Chattanooga, it’s definitely worth a weekend visit! Awesome TN Aquarium, nice little zoo and SPOOL my favorite local quilt/fabric shop!

  • Reply July 17, 2015


    I love, love, love this idea, and I love the download map, but I seem to miss page 4 and 8, and it makes me feel so sorry. I want to make this with hearts on the states I’ve been to.

    Torunn from Norway.
    I saw this via a link on Ravelry where I’m [torunnb]

  • Reply August 6, 2015


    this is so beautiful and i love how colourful it is, such a great idea! thanks for sharing it :)

  • Reply August 13, 2015

    beverly schwartz

    i am gonna use for my granddaughter for all the places she traveles to should be fun

  • Reply September 4, 2015


    Love this! I have tons of fabric scraps, and I like collecting maps. This is the perfect combination. :) We are redecorating our entry way right now and painted everything white. I am looking for wall decor with bright pops of color. I’m adding this to my list of possibilities! Thanks for sharing the map pattern!

  • Reply November 10, 2015


    I just printed this map off, wish me luck! I am trying to put non-breakable wall art in the playroom. I just love this!!

  • Reply December 13, 2015

    Sue Keida

    Hi Bev,
    I want to thank you for the fabulous idea! I finally made it!!!!!
    It’s going to be a gift for my son and dil who live and work in DC- they are going to love it!
    I have one of those teeny iron things that was perfect to iron the individual states. It was a lot of fun- now I have to get a hoop. JoAnn didn’t have any of the oval hoops so I may have to get it online.
    Thanks again!!
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  • Reply February 15, 2016

    Sue Keida

    Hi Bev,
    I ended up making two of these- one son saw it in the making and loved it so I made him one. He was so happy! I couldn’t find hoops anywhere so I mounted them on art boards (not sure what you call them) and they turned out great. Thanks again.

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