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I finally finished my third Sweet Pea Tote today, and it's the Big One! This bag was made using Simplicity Pattern 0387 or 2396 View C or D. Again, I can't say enough good things about these Sweet Pea Tote patterns. They have all been so easy to cut out and put together. The instructions are super simple.
The only reason this one took me so long to finish is that I could not find the 1 1/2" O-rings called for to attach the handles! I tried Michael's and Wal-mart first, only because they are very near my house, and then I had to go to two different Joann's to finally find them! If I decide to make more of these, I will definitely order the rings online. I've already found a shop on Etsy that sells them for a fraction of what I paid!
I'm glad I waited to get the O-rings to finish it instead of improvising with something else. I think they really add a professional touch to the overall appearance of the bag.
Again, I used Joel Dewberry's Heirloom collection of fabrics for the construction of this bag. I knew the coordinating fabrics would be perfect for the six panels on the front and back. The Joel Dewberry fabrics I used are as follows: Rose Bouquet in Sky, Tile Flourish in Garnet, Rose Bouquet in Sky, Opal in Fuchsia, Paisley in Amethyst, and Opal in Fuchsia. The handles are made with more of the Tile Flourish in Garnet.
I used some solid fuchsia cotton to make the lining and the bias tape trimming.
Now I just need to figure out what to do with all these bags! I guess I'll try to sell them. While I love the fabric and the overall bags themselves, I prefer to use basic black or brown purses myself. I'm just boring that way. Maybe I'll change my mind and decide to keep at least one of these pretty Sweet Pea Totes.
Here's the trio! I think I like the one in the middle best. A lot of other people must really like it, too. It's been pinned like 27 times already!
I know. I really need to find a better place to take pictures!
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