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.
Step 1: SUPPLIES
Sewing machine and thread
material - I used black jean fabric from Wal-Mart
Computer, Heat transfer paper, printer, iron
Loot - more on this later
Step 2: HEAT TRANSFER DESIGNS:
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:
Fray the top edges of your bag.
Step 4: USING THE IRON:
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:
Step 6: LOOT:
The smaller acrylic gems are fish tank gravel. It is called Top Fin acrylic crystal aquarium stones.
Costume jewelry all came from Goodwill or garage sales.
The best part, and the most expensive, was the gold coins. They were purchased from the Great American Coin Company online. They have a whole section for pirate loot. Well worth the cost.
Step 7: CREATING THE TREASURE MAP:
Use Sharpies for the durability.
Step 8: CRAFTING DAY:
Some of the children created their treasure maps while others were sewing.
When all the bags were finished, we went on a treasure hunt to find gold and diamonds.