When it comes to toys, durability is important since my son can be rough. I’m a big fan of fabric toys because they withstand lots of playtime and often hold up long enough to be passed down to other little ones. This fabric treasure map is ideal for everyday play, but would also make a terrific accessory with Halloween coming up. What child doesn’t enjoy pretending they’re in search of buried treasure?
- Resize the map while it is still grouped together. Ungroup the shapes and place the skull and X on the map. Release the compound path so you are able to delete the three “holes” in the map.
- Keep the second map outline off to the side of your cutting space.
- I’m a visual creature so I always like to fill in the colors at this point. It isn’t a must, but it helps me keep everything in order.
- Prepare the front and back sides of your map by cutting two pieces of fabric and two pieces of clean cut fabric interfacing large enough for the map shape to be cut out of. Iron each piece of fabric to a piece of clean cut fabric interfacing. When the fabric has cooled peel the liner from the interfacing and place a piece of interfaced fabric on your cutting mat with the interfacing side down.
- In Silhouette Studio go to the cut settings window and select the map outline as the only line to be cut. Select the appropriate fabric material type, make sure you’re using a fabric blade, and begin cutting. This first piece will be the front of your map.
- Move the colored in map to the side and place the map outline on your cutting space. Flip the shape horizontally. Then cut the back piece of your map out just like you did with the front.
- Now it’s time to create the stencil. Move the colored map back to your workspace. In the page settings window select none for cutting mat. In the cut settings window select all of the lines to be cut. Choose vinyl as your material type. Switch back to your regular blade and adjust the blade accordingly. Feed the stencil vinyl into the machine and begin cutting.
- Using a hook, weed out the parts of the stencil that are going to be painted in.
- Transfer the vinyl stencil to the front piece of the map using transfer tape.
- Fill in the stencil with fabric paint. Let it dry completely then peel off the stencil vinyl.
- Align the front and back pieces of the map. With a pressing cloth on top, iron them together until the interfacing has sealed them together. This also helps to set the ink.
Now your treasure map is ready for all kinds of creative play!