Maybe Matilda: DIY Marauder’s Map Shirt (and free Silhouette template)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DIY Marauder’s Map Shirt (and free Silhouette template)

You’ll never guess what audiobook I’ve been listening to this month.

Go on, guess.

Make a cute and easy Marauder's Map t-shirt with your Silhouette and this free template!

The correct answer is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and no one saw that coming at all.

The words needed to open the Marauder’s Map seem extremely appropriate for a certain someone I know—and I don’t want to embarrass anyone, so I won’t name any names, but it starts with a 4 and ends with an ‘est.’ This child is never not up to no good.

Make a cute and easy Marauder's Map t-shirt with your Silhouette and this free template!

I’m still learning all the ins and outs of my Silhouette Portrait, but even with my beginner-level knowledge, this was still a very quick project to put together. And I wasn’t sure how well it would turn out, so I didn’t take any progress pictures, but it’s a simple enough project that hopefully you don’t need them.

I just set up the text in Silhouette Studio how I wanted it, then grabbed a stock image of footprints online and added them to the design. After cutting the design onto vinyl, I peeled the letters out and tossed them, then used the rest as a stencil. I mixed craft paint with textile medium and sponged it onto the stencil to create the letters and footprints (with a layer of cardboard inside the shirt to make sure you don’t get paint soaking through to the back, of course). I’ve seen people do painted t-shirts without using the textile medium, so I’m assuming it holds up fine without any issues, but I’ve always used the textile medium. In my experience, it gives a very smooth finished product and holds up beautifully in the wash. After peeling up my stencil piece, I just let the shirt air dry overnight, then ironed it to set the paint (your textile medium will give instructions on how to set it).

DIY Marauder's Map t-shirt with free template for Silhouette

I’m happy to share the Silhouette Studio file here for anyone to use to make their own shirts (personal use only, please!)—I hope I’ve done this right. Please tell me if something doesn’t work properly and I’ll work on figuring it out :-)

Get the file for the template as shown HERE.

And get the file for the REVERSED template HERE.


  1. My daughter is OBSESSED with these movies!! She's going to be Hermoine for Halloween. I don't have a Silhouette though. Do you by chance sell these??

  2. That is awesome! This is perfect for my little troublemaker, too.

  3. That is a great shirt! If I had a silhouette I would totally make one for my 3 yr old!

  4. This is great! We started a Harry Potter movie marathon on Columbus Day last year, and finished up on Halloween. That wasn't enough for me, so I started re-reading all the books. I started with #3 because it was my favorite the first time I read them. Anyway, I finished all seven books just a couple of weeks ago. Shortly after I started re-reading, my husband started re-listening to the CD's in his truck (borrowed from the local library... those things are expensive!). Jim Dale is just so perfect. He's on book 7 right now. Anyway... All that to say my husband would love this shirt! :) I don't have a silhouette, but I've had great luck in the past just using the iron-on transfer inkjet printer paper from Walmart. I think it would be fun to put "mischief managed" on the back too. :)

  5. Love it! I am in Harry Potter withdrawals now after finishing the audiobooks. So sad. I'll give it a few months and start them again ;-) Let me know how your shirt turns out! I'd love to see it!


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