Welcome! I am so excited for my chance to share with you what I have created for my children. My oldest is 11, but with four younger siblings and plenty of props (handmade and store bought) imaginary adventures in cactus infested deserts, on the high seas, and in outer space still take place almost everyday. I love to overhear their adventures as they build forts with blankets and use jump ropes to lasso cattle on the ranch. I think that the use of imagination is vital to a child’s development and happiness. Have you ever found yourself sucked into a world of imagination? As you follow along with Make Believe Week, hosted by Chelsea at GYCT Designs., I have a feeling you will.
When I began to imagine what I could create for my kids I started off with a million ideas about the coolest costumes and the perfect depiction of their favorite cartoon characters. Stuff like that. Big, fun, creative, and maybe a bit over the top. I was imagine all these ‘things’ that I could create for the to play with. That is when I remembered it’s not the toy in the cardboard box that captivates their imagination – It’s the cardboard box that stirs their imagination! I should not be imagining and creating for my children to just play. I want to create something that will spark their imaginations so that they create a make believe world to explore for a few hours. So that is what I ended up doing in the end. I made a few simple props that my kids could use to create a make believe world of their own design. Today I am going to share with you how I made A Pirate’s Treasure Map.
Iron-on Fusible Webbing
2 coordinating Fabric Fat Quarters
2 Coordinating pieces of Ribbon approx. 12″ each
1 Fabric Map Panel (I used Michael Millers Maritime Map in Pink **Shop Link**) -But you could create your own map on muslin or find another map fabric that is not a panel.
The first thing that you need to do is prepare your panel piece by cutting into a burned map sort-of look. Just act like you are 3 again and not yet a perfectionist and cut away.
Then flip your map panel over and lay the fusible webbing over the top of it. Now cut the fusible webbing a good inch smaller than the border of the map. This is will allow the fabric to fray a bit over time and with multiple washings. This will give it a really fun ‘old world’ look.
Now gather up these two pieces and one of the fat quarters and iron the map panel onto the RIGHT side of the fat quarter.
Now we are going to use a 3/4″ seam allowance and stitch around the perimeter of your map using a coordinating thread color. I also choose to stitch along some of the map lines that were depicted on the fabric. I did this merely because I wanted to and I always over-do things!
Now you will need to prep your ribbon. Take a flame (match, gas stove, lighter – whatever you have) and carefully melt the edges of your ribbon so that they do not fray and unwind over time. After you have done that you will fold each piece of ribbon in half and pin it to the right side of your fat quarter with the fold against the raw edges (the ribbon ends should be laying on your map panel). I pinned mine 3.5″ from the top and bottom of the fat quarter.
Because these ribbons are going to be pulled and tied and probably used in some fashion other than what I created them for we are going to use a zig-zag stitch to attach them to the map. Take the second fat quarter and place it onto of your map piece, Right Sides Together, and leaving a good 4″ hole stitch the two fabrics together around the raw edges.
Clip your corners and then turn your map right side out and press it.
Lastly, you will need to top-stitch the entire map, closing up the hole as you go.
That’s it. You have created a Treasure Map perfect for your little pirates. Hopefully this little treasure will avoid a mutiny on your family ship and inspire your children to go sail the seven seas.
And if your kids get motion sickness and it is best to stay on land, check out the Adventure Belt that Sara made over at Radiant Home Studio. It would be perfect for an afternoon adventure in the woods!