We have winners in the Seamingly giveaway!  We combined my comments with the “luvs” and had 75 entries.  Using random.org I am thrilled to announce the winners:

1. Gingher Scissors – Beatrice Bachleda 
2. Rotary Scissors – Catskill Quilter  
3. Fabric – Pamela Barton

I will be contacting the winners to obtain your mailing address.  Thanks to everyone for participating and I’ll see you over at Seamingly!

You may be familiar with my Sweatshirt Tote Tutorial.   Since writing it, I have experimented with different straps.  Inspired by an Antrhopologie bag that Annie’s friend was wearing, I wanted to make a single strap.


I used the sleeves for the strap.  First, I cut the sleeves into a flat piece and sewed them together, end-to-end.  I then created a long, shaped strap by sewing the fabric into a tube.  The finished size of the strap is about 30″ long (total), 4″ wide at the bottom narrowing to 3″ in the middle (the part that sits on the shoulder.)  This could easily be extended by adding more fabric.  With the fabric doubled, it does not stretch too much.  So it works well as a shoulder strap.  You can make a longer, cross-body strap.

I also made a boxed bottom to add a little dimension to the bag.

If you want to explore some other sweatshirt totes I’ve made, check them out:


This one is heading to my niece who turned 21 at college!  (Can you guess where she goes?)