When my son joined the Navy and moved out of the country, I wanted to make him something to remind him of home. This ornament shaped like the state in which he was born was the perfect thing! These are so easy to make it would be fun to cover a tree with states you’ve visited – or those you’d like to!
To begin, you’ll need to trace the state outline onto the paper side of the iron-on adhesive using a pencil. Flip the state over and trace again. You should end up with two outlines that are opposites of each other. Iron them onto the felt, making sure your iron is at an appropriate heat setting. Loosely cut them out.
If you’d like, you can use the embroidery thread to stitch a small X over the spot where your hometown is located. Be sure this is on the state that is backward when you look at the paper side.
Cut out both state shapes along the traced line. A small, sharp pair of scissors works well.
Remove the paper by peeling it off of both pieces. Loop the piece of ribbon and pin it to the state that will be on the back as shown in the photo.
Lay the front state over the ribbon, making sure the two adhesive sides are facing each other. Press together with an iron, removing the pins.
Select the point you’d like to end up with a bow to start stitching around the outside edge with embroidery thread. Leave a long tail rather than knotting it. Stitch all the way around with a basic running stitch until you’re back where you started. Tie the two ends together into a bow.
Trim the ends to the length you’d like. You can add a bit of glue to the knot if you’re concerned about it staying tied.