Make a Poodle Skirt

It's easy, to make a Poodle Skirt, and there's only 3 pattern pieces. To top it off, you'll have a built in costume ready to go to most any costume party for years to come.

Poodle Skirt Patterns


Let's Make a Poodle Skirt

Making this Poodle Skirt should take  a couple of hours for someone with basic sewing skills, but stuff happens, so don't wait until the last minute. It also depends on how you put it together.

Such as:  Felt or Cotton or ?, Zipper or Velcro,  Hem, or no hem (no hem for felt),  Closure Hook or Velcro for waistband 


First review the pattern and make decisions about fabric, closures, style.

Review pattern directions completely before starting.Carry it around  for a couple of days before starting.  Then  read it whenever waiting. 


Here's What You'll Need

Tools: Sewing machine, measuring tape, scissors, thread, needles,pins, iron. Large surface such as floor.

2 yards of felt or other fabric (see pattern envelope for more info) Keep in mind felt is much wider than most other fabrics.

7" zipper or peel & stick Valcro

Interfacing for waistband (medium weight used in this ex)

Press on Poodle or sew-on Poodle or Make Poodle according to Pattern directions or

In this example we used double sided interfacing (like double sided tape)and a ready made sew-on Poodle. See details below (last step of this project). Basically like a peel and stick. It's called double fusible interfacing used mostly by quilters.

The photo above shows you what was used to make this Poodle Skirt, but obviously there are many variations. I used this Simplicity pattern, but you can do it without too. Personally I like having the pattern. Helps move things along faster by taking some of the guess work out of it, and I use it over and over. The other tools are also recommended.


Lay Out

A.   Double fabric when laying it out. Follow pattern directions.

B.   Place the pattern fold line on the fold of the fabric, & pin in place.

C.   Cut out the three pieces (front, back, waistband)

D.   Open up the CUT front & back pieces & lay out 


Stay Stitch and Sew Zipper Seam

B.     Right sides together stitch front and back together, using a basting stitch (temporary stitch-longest stitch) on the Velcro/zipper side. Press open seam in preparation for Velcro/zipper.


Velcro or Zipper

How to Install a Zipper

A.    After pressing seam open

B.    Cut Velcro to your taste. Only a couple of spots would do the trick.

C.    Peel and stick on Velcro

D.    Looks like this.

Warning:  Velcro can easily snag the felt or other materials, so be sure to keep it fastened when wearing or storing.


Making the Waistband

A.     Press fusible interfacing to waistband according to directions for the interfacing. In this example we are using a damp cloth.

B.     Pin waistband to skirt waist.

C.     Press 5/8th hem on both top and bottom of waistband.

D.     Fold in half, lengthwise (inside out), press & sew.

A.     Notice waistband turned right side out except the end where it is still inside out.

B.     Turn waistband rightside out from end to end. Pin, press all the way around the waistband & prepare to sew.

C.     It should look like this.

D.     When done, sew on clasp or stick on Velcro.  Try it on to double check location of closure (Velcro or Clasp)


Poodle & Leash

A.     Using fusible web, measure by tracing the poodle.

B.     Web side down, paper side up, press with hot iron.

C.     When hot enough, peel off the paper of the fusible web.

D.     Place Poodle onto the glue left by the fusible web, and press with hot iron.  Use tissue to protect the Poodle, and hold until Poodle is firm. 

Note:  Included in the Simplicity pattern on this page are patterns for making your own Poodle. 


SKILLS:  This easy sewing project is a good way to brush up on old sewing skills, and would be recommended for a beginner, but only after a few basics like threading the machine, learning to make a seam, waistband and zipper or Velcro. All doable for anyone wanting to learn. In addition to the practice you get a practical costume out of the deal.

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