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Halloween Costume Ideas: Very Low-Sew POODLE SKIRT

Time for another costume……but this one is for the girls!! 


(In case you’ve missed the other simple Halloween costume ideas, there are several waiting for you!  These are simple ideas that don’t take a lot of time/skill to make.)


When I was a little girl, I always wanted to wear twirly skirts for Halloween.  They didn’t always incorporate well…..but I always wanted something full and twirly.  (My older sister had an old Flag Twirler skirt that I would try and wear as often as I could.  I loved that ratty old thing!)


So, when I read that a few of you wanted to see how to make a poodle skirt…….I kinda smiled, remembering by own obsession with twirly skirts as a girl.


So today…….I HAPPILY created a little Poodle Skirt for those who requested it. 






This full and twirly skirt could truly work for just about anything.


50’s girl…..CHECK!  Cheerleader…..CHECK!  Princess……CHECK!  Southern Belle…..CHECK!  Little Bo Peep…..CHECK!






Just add a few different accessories…..and you have a nice and simple costume! :)





Because the skirt is made from felt…….it holds its shape so well.  Ooooooh, a circle skirt never disappoints in the “fullness” category.


AND, no hemming is needed.  In fact, the only thing sewn is the elastic waistband.  The poodle and leash are hot glued on.  And that’s because this is a costume…..and you can take short cuts like that! :)





And in case you’re wondering, yes, hip swiveling is totally allowed in a Poodle Skirt.  And is encouraged.





As well as twirling. 


No surprise here…….but the twirl of this skirt is what Elli loves the most.




Would you like to make your own Poodle Skirt??


Okay, let’s hop to it…



  • Felt in any color (My felt came on a bolt that was 72 inches wide.  I bought 2 yards of it, and it was plenty for my 6 year old.)
  • Extra felt for the poodle
  • Ribbon or String for the leash
  • Jewels for the collar (optional)
  • 2 inch wide elastic
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Poodle Template (FOUND HERE)


First of all, follow the instructions of this Circle Skirt Dress, to cut out the main portion of the skirt from your felt.  (I made the center circle bigger than my daughter’s actual waist side, because I wanted the skirt to gather in even more than just the natural drape of the circle.)



Then, follow the Square Circle Skirt tutorial for measuring the elastic, sewing the ends together, and then pinning it to your skirt base.



Zig-zag your elastic to your felt skirt, overlapping by a 1/2 inch.  (Follow the instructions for the Square Circle Skirt tutorial as well.)



Then, cut out your poodle paper template and use it as a guide to cut out your poodle.



Then Hot glue your felt poodle right to your skirt.



Then, add embellishments to the poodle, as a little collar.  And then add ribbon or string as the leash.



And that’s it.  Your little Poodle Skirt is ready to wear!








Ashley Johnston

Administrator at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!

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