This is the final part in the free Birdsnest Bag rug hooking pattern. You can find the free pattern PDF file in part 1, and print it out for your own use.
Now that you have 3 pieces of wool cut to bag size, we can sew it together. With right sides together, pin together the hooked piece and one of the other pieces of wool.
But now that I have completed my bag, I think that there may be an easier way with less hand sewing, which I will mention after these directions. I have not experimented with putting a bag together that way, so I can’t be sure of the finished product, so I will leave it up to you to decide which way to do your bag. Insert those directions here, and then skip to making the strap and attaching it to the bag.
Using a zipper foot, sew them together leaving most of the top open for turning right side out. Sew as close as you can to the hooking, catching the pre-sewn wool strip as you go. This should happen automatically if you pressed the strip away from the hooking.
Trim the wool seams (don’t trim the hooked backing fabric) to an 1/8” seam allowance, and then snip the two top corners to reduce bulk at those places, and turn right sides out. Press, using a pencil or butter knife to help push the seams out as far as they will go, and into place as you steam the seams. Whip stitch the top opening together.
Repeat this process for the other two pieces of wool, sewing them together. The goal is to make the back of the bag the same size as the front.
Set aside as you make the bag strap.
Make a sturdy strap by fold your 2″ X 50″ wool strip in half twice and sew a long zigzag stitch the length of the strip right down the center.
Now we are ready to assemble the bag.
With right sides out, pin the bag front to the bag back, and hand-sew the long curved side seam with pearl cotton or embroidery floss. I used large primitive stitches.
As an alternative idea with less hand sewing, instead of sewing the hooked piece to one piece of wool, you may machine sew all four layers of the bag together. Add the remaining 2 pieces to the bottom of your stack that you have pinned together. Sew all layers together, leaving the top seam completely open. Trim the long curved wool seam allowances to 1/8″. Turn inside out, with the hooking showing on the front, and the 3 layers of wool to the back. Steam press, folding the seam allowance at the top of the hooking to the inside. Trim the 3 layers of wool at the top open seam, so that they are a 1/4″ taller than the top edge of the hooking. Whip stitch this edge together, so that the 2 back layers are sewn together, and then sew the remaining piece of wool to the top edge of the hooking.
Attach the ends of the handle securely to the sides of the bag. Embellish with vintage buttons.
The whip stitches can be as decorative as you like, using a contrasting color to show them off.
I enjoy having many button boxes to find the size and shape and color that I want.
Your very own Birdnest Bag. The size is reminiscent of the days when ladies wore pockets tied about their waists. I feel very old-fashioned when I wear my little bag.
If you have enjoyed this project, tell someone else about it and my blog.
Have a creative and fun day, Karen
A darling little bag for sure!! You could use the proddy pillow finish that you’re famous for ~ it would look a little different but might be kind of cute!!!! Thanks for your little gifts to us!!! Happy Halloween!
Scratch that word ‘little’ ~ your tutorials are ‘huge’ gifts to us!!!!!!
alice, i appreciate your kind words and also for all of your inspiration!
i love that idea!
Thank you!, I thought it might be a tad bit less labor intensive!!!!
Veryinstructive and easyto make, thank you! I love the last photo is wonderful!
thank you! the last photo was fun to create!
Thanks a lot.
Thank you for sharing this wonderful little bag. I’ll be gathering my supplies soon for this. Your last photo is perfection!..lighting, beauty and simplicity..I’m in awe!..
kind of you to comment, i appreciate it. enjoy!
Just finishing my bag. Having the pattern in 3 sessions was great. Gave us time to follow along!! Love the bag. Thanks so much for the pattern…but most of all for your creativity.
janis, i appreciate your feedback, thank you for the kind words. have fun with the project!
I have so many projects (hooking and knitting) going but just want to stop all and do this bag!! Gorgeous as usual. I can’t even tell you how much I love all of your projects. You are such an inspiration and I learn something new each and every time you share such wonderful treasures. Thank you.
thank you for the nice comment! i hope you get time to make the bag!
Hi karen, just a question…. when you see all together at once won’t you see the raw edges of the seam allowance inside the bag?
all of the seam allowances will be on the inside, behind the hooking and hidden behind the lining closest to the back of the hooked piece. at least that is how my mind’s eye sees it. are you going to give this method a try?
I have to thank you for the efforts you have put in penning this website.
I am hoping to see the same high-grade content from you later on as well.
In fact, your creative writing abilities has motivated me to get my very own website now 😉
Love the birds nest pattern. I just finished it and I’m very happy with it. Thank you! I would post a picture but can’t figure out how.🙄