NEW! I Sew For Fun Kids’ Sewing Challenge FREE! Cinch Sack Sewing Tutorial
NEW! I Sew For Fun Kids’ Sewing Challenge sponsored by Nancy Zieman Productions and Clover Needlecraft and Riley Blake Designs. Youth ages 15 and under are invited to share how they “sew for fun”— while making a cinch sack with Barbie or Hot Wheels fabric by Riley Blake Designs, along with a Mystery I Sew For Fun sewing tool by Clover.
Youth age 15 and under may participate in the NEW! 2021 I Sew For Fun Kids’ Sewing Challenge by reading and understanding the contest rules listed here, sewing a cinch sack using one of the Official Barbie or Hot Wheels I Sew for Fun Cinch Sack Project Pack purchased by an adult, and emailing two photos to [email protected] on or before September 24, 2021: One photo showing youth sewing/working on the challenge project using the I Sew For Fun Tool (included in the challenge kit), and a second photo of youth wearing and/or using completed cinch sack. Note: It’s okay if you prefer not to show youth’s face in photos. Be sure to include challenge participant’s first name, city, state, and age–when emailing photos to [email protected].
To reserve a spot in the NEW! 2021 I Sew For Fun Kids’ Sewing Challenge, an adult parent or guardian must purchase the Official Barbie or Hot Wheels I Sew for Fun Cinch Sack Project Pack. Purchase the challenge project pack at the ShopNZP.com, as soon as possible. Quantities are limited!
NEW! I Sew For Fun Kids’ Sewing Challenge Kick Off—Part One: Purchase and Prep Your Supplies
- Official Barbie I Sew for Fun Cinch Sack Project Pack includes 1/2 yard Barbie® Polka Dots Black Fabric by Riley Blake Designs, one mystery I Sew For Fun sewing tool by Clover, 3-1/2 yards pink grosgrain ribbon, and the official Cinch Sack Sewing Pattern by Nancy Zieman Productions.
- Official Hot Wheels I Sew for Fun Cinch Sack Project Pack includes 1/2 yard Hot Wheels® Main Navy Fabric by Riley Blake Designs, one mystery I Sew For Fun sewing tool by Clover, 3-1/2 yards red grosgrain ribbon, and the official Cinch Sack Sewing Pattern by Nancy Zieman Productions.
- Sewing Machine, sewing thread, and basic sewing tools.
Using the right sewing tools assists with creating a successful sewing project! Above is a photo showing all the I Sew For Fun Tools by Nancy Zieman Productions for Clover. You may use any of the above I Sew For Fun sewing tools while sewing your cinch sack challenge project! Show us What You’re Making! We love to hear from you, so email your photos—anytime—to The NZP Team at [email protected], and/or share your experiences and photos with us on Facebook or Instagram!
Prep Before You Sew
Gather your sewing supplies and prep your fabric for sewing. Included with the Official Barbie or Hot Wheels I Sew for Fun Cinch Sack Project Pack is the Cinch Sack Sewing Pattern and a Mystery I Sew For Fun sewing tool. When you receive your challenge project pack, open the package and locate the Cinch Sack Pattern. Read all the pattern directions, before beginning.
- Using a scissors, or rotary cutter, ruler, and mat; cut two 17″ x 21″ fabric rectangles for cinch sack front and back.
Sew a cinch sack with our super-easy step-by-step directions. This sewing project is ideal for beginners! Stitch this project in a weekend, then wear the cinch sack as a backpack – for carrying books or workout gear. The cinch sack also makes a great trick or treat bag! Approximate Finished Size: 16″ x 18″ – fits most youth and adults
Clean finish cut edges with a zigzag stitch, or Serger machine stitching, around all four edges of both fabric rectangles.
Cut a contrasting 9″ x 16″ fabric rectangle for pocket.
Fold pocket rectangle right sides together, meeting short ends. Using the ISFF 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge, mark a 3″ seam opening along one long edge.
Stitch around three edges, leaving a 3″ opening for turning. Optional: Use Nancy Zieman’s Wrapped Corner Sewing Techniques to create quick and easy pointed corners.
Using the ISFF Point 2 Point Turner, turn pocket right side out. Press.
Center and pin patch pocket to cinch sack front, right sides up, with lower pocket edge approximately 4″ from lower edge of cinch sack front panel.
Stitch sides and lower edge of pocket, guiding pocket edge along edge of ISFF Sew Safe Presser Foot, and pivoting (with needle down) at corners. Backstitch to reinforce top edges of pocket.
Mark and Prep Cinch Sack
On the wrong side of upper right corner, using the ISFF 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge and ISFF Fabric Marking Pen, place a mark 1-1/4″ below top edge – at side seam. Place a second marking 1-1/4″ below the first marking. Repeat on all four front and back upper corers – this will later form the ribbon casing openings.
At lower left corner, using the ISFF 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge and ISFF Fabric Marking Pen, mark a 1″ square – to form a gusset.
Using a scissors, cut out lower 1″ corner square along marked lines. Repeat above steps on all four front and back lower corners.
At top edges, fold 1-1/4″ to wrong side on front and back panels. Press, then open. This step later forms ribbon casings.
Place cinch sack front and back right sides together, aligning edges. Hold edges together temporarily with ISFF Wonder Clips.
Assemble Cinch Sack
Stitch side seams and lower edge seam.
At upper right, stitch cinch sack side seam to first marking, backstitch and cut threads. Advance fabric under presser foot to second marking. Stitch remaining side seam, backstitching at the beginning and ending of seam. Repeat steps on remaining left side seam. Press seams open.
Placing a piece of painter’s tape on the fabric wrong side, between each of the markings, provides a visual marker for “no stitching zones”, and automatically forms the ribbon casing openings. It’s okay to remove the painter’s tape, after seams are stitched.
Stitch lower/bottom seam, backstitching at beginning and ending of seam.
Fold over top edges at 1-1/4″ pressed line. Pin in place along clean finished edge.
Stitch along clean finished edge, about 1″ from folded edge. Backstitching at beginning and ending of seam – this forms the ribbon casing. Turn cinch sack right side out.
Add Ribbon Straps
Cut two 60″ lengths of ribbon.
Using the ISFF Clip ‘n Glide Bodkin, thread ribbon through front casing beginning at right edge, then through back casing at left edge, and exit out the right edge. About 17″ of ribbon will extend out right edges of both front and back casings.
Using the ISFF Clip ‘n Glide Bodkin, thread ribbon through front casing beginning at left edge, then through back casing at right edge, and exit out the left edge. About 17″ of ribbon will extend out left edges of both front and back casings.
Center ribbon along outside right side seam, matching cut edges of ribbon to center of side gusset opening at lower right edge. Pin.
Reach into cinch sack, grasping pin head and ribbon layers, and turn cinch sack wrong side out.
Form Gussets and Complete Cinch Sack
Align cut edges of gusset corner openings, stacking side seam on lower/bottom seam – centering ribbon layers between fabric layers. Realign pin as needed and re-pin.
Stitch gusset seam through all fabric layers, securing ribbon ends within seam. Clean finish cut edges with a zigzag stitch or Serger stitching.
Repeat above steps to form gusset at lower left corner.
Turn cinch sack right side out. Enjoy!
As soon as you receive your Official Barbie or Hot Wheels I Sew for Fun Cinch Sack Project Pack with Cinch Sack Sewing Pattern and Mystery I Sew For Fun sewing tool, you may start making your cinch sack! You’re the designer: You may choose to use a different color ribbon for the straps, add a patch pocket from your stash fabric, or decorate your cinch sack as desired. Remember, you must use the Official Barbie or Hot Wheels fabric, the Cinch Sack Sewing Pattern, and one I Sew For Fun sewing tool—all included with the challenge project pack!
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NEW! I Sew For Fun Kids’ Sewing Challenge Guidelines
1. Challenge is open to all youth, ages 15 and under, residing in the continental US.
2. The challenge is limited to the first 24 persons whose parent or guardian purchases the Official Barbie or Hot Wheels I Sew for Fun Cinch Sack Project Pack. Purchase project pack as soon as possible to reserve challenge spot.
3. Sew a cinch sack using the Official Barbie or Hot Wheels I Sew for Fun Cinch Sack Project Pack pattern and fabric, along with any sewing and/or serging techniques. Construction may be done by hand or by machine. Participants may use any type of embellishment, decorations, and may add designer touches, such as adding a pocket made from a different fabric, choosing different colors of ribbon straps, etc. Work may be done exclusively by the participant, and/or with the assistance of an adult. One cinch sack per participant. Challenge participants, and/or an adult parent/guardian must email two photos to [email protected] on or before September 24, 2021: One photo showing youth using Clover’s I Sew For Fun Tool(s) while sewing and/or working on the project, and a second photo of youth wearing and/or using the completed cinch sack. Note: It’s okay if you prefer not to show youth’s face in photos. Be sure to include challenge participant’s first name, city, state, and age when photos to [email protected]
Participants will be judged on workmanship, creativity, and overall appearance. Participants photos will be shared on sponsoring companies social and web sites to promote the love of sewing.
Prizes will be awarded to those making the top three cinch sacks, along with additional prizes awarded randomly. Winners will be announced on the Nancy Zieman Productions Blog on September 29, 2021.
Thank you to our sponsors: Clover Needlecraft, Riley Blake Designs and Nancy Zieman Productions!
To reserve a spot in the NEW! 2021 I Sew For Fun Kids’ Sewing Challenge, an adult parent or guardian must purchase the Official Barbie or Hot Wheels I Sew for Fun Cinch Sack Project Pack. Purchase challenge kit, at the ShopNZP.com, as soon as possible. Quantities are limited!
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