Make a Koala Cinch Bag with the GO! Me

Dec 8, 2018 8:30:00 AM / by Carolyn Beam

 Hi, it's Carolyn Beam. What child wouldn't be excited to use a cute cinch bag, like the Koala Cinch Bag, that they can help decorate using the GO! Me. It's great to use for a sleepover, trip to the pool, on a picnic lunch or for lots of other uses.


Finished size: 12" x 17 1/2"


FabricScraps of dark gray, medium gray, black, white, brown and green prints or solids for the appliqué.

Green Dot: 1/2 yard for backpack

Supplies Needed:

  • Go! Me Owl 55333
  • GO! Me Owl Accessories 55675 (included with the GO! Me)

Additional Supplies Needed:

  • Fusible Web: 1/2 yard
  • Grosgrain Ribbon: 7/8" wide x 6"
  • Cording: 3/16"-1/4" wide x 120" (cut in 2–60" pieces)
  • Tear-away stabilizer (optional)
  • Glue or Fray Check (optional)

All of the appliquéd patches are fused to the backpack. For each fabric piece below, cut a piece of fusible web the same size. Referring to the manufacturer's instructions for the fusible web, remove the paper on one side of the web and iron it to the wrong side of the fabric before cutting each shape. The remaining paper will be removed before fusing the patches to the backpack.


Precut as follows:

Dark gray: Precut 1–4 1/2" x 5" rectangle, cut 1 owl body

Dark gray: Precut 2–1 3/4" x 1 3/4" squares, cut 2–1 7/16" circles

Medium gray: Precut 4–1 3/4" x 3/4" squares, cut 4–1 7/16" circles

Black: Precut 1–1 3/4" x 1 3/4" square, cut 1–1 7/16" circle

Black: Precut 10–1" squares, cut 10–1/2" circles

Black: Precut 2–1" squares, cut 2–owl beaks

White: Precut 2–1" squares, cut 2–1/2" circles

Brown: Precut 1–1" square, cut 1–1/2" circle

Brown: Precut 1–1 1/2" x 6 1/2" rectangle, cut 1–branch

Green: Precut 6–1 1/2" x 2 1/2" rectangles, cut 6–leaves


Sewing Directions:

1. Cut backpack fabric to 14" x 38". Fold in half and crease the bottom. Open the fabric and lay flat. Position the appliqué pieces starting approximately 4" above the crease. Following the manufacturer's instructions, fuse the appliqué pieces to the backpack.



2. Use matching thread and a machine or hand blanket stitch to stitch around all of the appliqué pieces using thread to match the patches. If you're using machine blanket stitch, it's helpful to pin tear-away stabilizer to the back before stitching.

3. Lay the backpack flat, wrong side up. Fold each long edge under 1/4" and sew close to the edges from top to bottom.




4. Lay the backpack flat and, using the pencil, draw a small mark on the wrong side 2 1/2" down from each end on both sides and a mark 1" above the fold on one side.

5. Cut the grosgrain ribbon into 2—2 1/2" long pieces and fold in half. With raw edges toward the backpack edge, pin 1 ribbon above the 1" mark on the right side of the fabric and 1 ribbon above the 1" mark on the left side.




6. Fold the backpack in half, right sides together. Sew each side with a 1/2" seam allowance starting at the 2 1/2" mark and sewing all the way to the bottom. Carefully trim a little triangle off the bottom (in the seam allowance). This will eliminate bulk when turning the backpack right side out.




7. Turn the backpack right side out and press.

8. To make the drawstring pockets, first fold the unsewn sides in 1/2" (fold to the seam line) and press. Next fold the top of the front and back down 1/2" and press. Fold again to the 2 1/2" mark (this is where the side seams end). Sew close to the folded edge and sew all the way across the front and back (backstitching at each end) to create 2 pockets for the cording.






9. The cording tends to fray at the ends, so it's helpful to dip the ends in glue or apply Fray Check. Another option is to wrap the ends with clear tape. Now it's time to add the cording. Attach a safety pin to one end of a piece or cording. Lay the backpack flat. Use the safety pin to thread the cording through the drawstring pocket starting at the left side of the front of the backpack. After threading the cording through the front, continue to the back starting at the right side and thread all the way through the back to the left side. Remove the safety pin. Repeat with the other piece of cording, but this time start on the right side of the front. Thread to the left side and through the back going from left to right. You should have 2 cording ends on both sides of the backpack. Bring the 2 ends on the left down to the grosgrain ribbon loop on the left. Put one end in the loop and then tie a knot around both ends. Repeat on the right side.




These make great gifts for the kids or grandkids and can be decorated with any of the animals you can create using the GO! Me and GO! Me Owl and Owl Accessories!




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