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I love pirate loot, the gold coins and sparkly diamonds.

I volunteered this summer, 2012, to plan and implement some crafting projects for my community.  This is one of the activities that we will be doing.  The age range is 4th grade through 8th and it is an introduction to sewing craft.  The children will learn how to do a straight seam and how to finish that seam.  Of course, there is also the need to create the secret treasure map contained inside of the bag.
 
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Step 1: SUPPLIES

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WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
  Sewing machine and thread
  material - I used black jean fabric from Wal-Mart
  Key ring
  Scissors
  Computer, Heat transfer paper, printer, iron
   Sharpies
   Loot - more on this later

Step 2: HEAT TRANSFER DESIGNS:

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I typed BLANK PIRATE TREASURE MAP  and PIRATE SKULL into a search engine and then selected images.  Scroll down until you find what you want.  These are the two I picked.  One will decorate the outside of the Loot Bag and one will be the hidden map craft for the inside of the bag.

Print out your designs on heat transfer paper.  I took a picture of the kind I used.  It was for dark fabrics.

My printer is a HP Deskjet printer and it works very well with heat transfer paper.

Step 3: CUTTING OUT THE BAG:

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You can do these any size you wish.  For simplicity, I used a sheet of copy paper.  Place one side of the copy paper along the seam of the fabric, pin down and cut.

Fray the top edges of your bag.

Step 4: USING THE IRON:

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I decided to have this step complete prior to craft day.

The Black and White Skull and Crossbones art were for the front of the bag and the blank treasure map is for the inside.  The idea is that if you turn the bag inside out, you will find the map. 

I took pictures to document the placement.

Step 5: SEW IT UP:

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There will be a simple ring closure.  The top of the bag gets stuffed through the ring to secure items inside.
Mrballeng2 years ago
And the award for Awesome Mom 2012 goes to.......cdawisconsin!
cdawisconsin (author)  Mrballeng2 years ago
What a great comment to read first thing in the morning. Thank you so much.
l8nite2 years ago
to cute ! My daughter dresses her 2 boys (age 5 and 2) as pirates when they go geocaching, I'm sending her this link !
cdawisconsin (author)  l8nite2 years ago
I've always wanted to go geocaching!!!
onrust2 years ago
Now the secret is out. Every pirate will have a bag like this one! Did you hear about the new pirate movie? Its rated ahrrrrrrr
cdawisconsin (author)  onrust2 years ago
I'm laughing =)))
sunshiine2 years ago
I love this! I was going to make something similar just haven't gotten around to it. The kids look like they really had fun! I loved the map! Awesome job. Thanks for sharing.
Sunshiine
cdawisconsin (author)  sunshiine2 years ago
Thank you =)
themoose642 years ago
They turned out so cool! sad that I missed making them.