Slip Tote Bag

Crinoline or Petticoat, Slip it into This Bag!      

This bag will hold the fullest slips. Cloth is more durable than plastic and will be better because it will not retain moisture. The draw string will keep the bag closed when it is tossed into the car or the closet.


1.  2 ⅔  yards of 44 inch wide fabric   

2.  4 yards of thin strong cord

3.  a cord keeper and a large button          


Contrary to all other instructions, the fabric doesn't have to be pre-washed because a little shrinkage won’t matter.

 1. Fold the fabric in half, right sides together, across the grain, so that it makes a big square. Draw the biggest quarter circle possible.  If you are working on a cardboard cutting board you can do this easily with a tape measure and a thumb tack. Push the thumb tack through the tape near one end then put the thumb tack through one of the folded corners of the fabric into the cardboard. The thumb tack will act as a pivot point. Measure as far as you can down the folded side. Using this as your guide point, swing the tape and mark the fabric following one point on the tape.P1010736

A set of compass points can be used. Something longer than a yard stick will be needed. I use a thin slat of molding from the hardware store. An adhesive strip with numbers helps adjust distances.


 2.  Move back toward the pivot point 1½ inch and draw a second arc. Then cut the resulting quarter circle on both of these lines.

 3. Sew a ½ inch seam along the selvage edge. This will make a big cone. Press the seam open with fuse webbing under the top 3 inches at the curved edge. 

 4. Sew the facing strip on the edge of the bag, right sides together, with the outer curve of the facing strip on the outer curve of the bag.  Sew a ¼ inch seam all the the way around the bag. The facing strip will be longer than the bag Where the ends of the facing strip meet, just overlap them and trim off any excess.

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  5. Press the seam allowance toward the facing strip. Understitch the seam allowance to the facing strip. This will make the facing roll to the inside and strengthen the edge.


 6. Fold and press the facing strip, wrong sides together, to the bag.

 7. Sew around the bottom of the bag approximately ¾ inch from the edge. The inside edge of the facing does not need to be finished because it is cut on the bias.


 8. Sew bar tacks across the seam line on the out side of the bag. With a seam ripper pick open the seam between the bar tacks on the outside of the bag.


 9. Slide the cord through the opening between the bar tacks and around the bottom of the bag. Put both ends of the cord through the cord keeper and tie them to the button. The button will keep the cord from sliding back through the cord keeper.

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 10. Turn the cone inside out and put your hand in the point. Using the bag like a glove grab the top of the slip. Turn the bag right side out over the slip.  Pull the string through the cord keeper until it is tight. Tuck the string inside.  

Full bag                    Shoe tote pattern

Extra fabric from this project may be used to make a matching tote bag for dancing shoes. See Pettipants Shoe Tote