We've got some good friends that are moving to Australia at the end of the month. I wanted to make them something that they could have in their new home to remind them of the fun adventure they're on ... since I'm sure there are going to be hard times and sad times and frustrating times amidst the times of excitement and discovery and fun!
The pattern is my own and I just made it up as I went along, first sketching it out on paper, and then tracing it on the white fabric with a water-soluble pen. I traced the shape of the countries off my computer screen with Google Maps. :) Then I stitched it all up and soaked it to get rid of the blue pen.
I bought a canvas at the craft store and promptly ripped off the canvas material and staples, leaving just the wooden square. I stretched my own material over the wood and stapled it on with a regular, office stapler. It looked kind of messy so I then cut a square piece of material and hot glued it on the back to hide the messiness of the back as well as the back of my stitching. Very easy and fun to do!