How to Make a No-Sew Poodle Skirt

    by Deborah H. Schreiben

    About the Author

    Deborah H. Schreiben is a freelance writer and an editor with more than 15 years experience in the field of journalism. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Almeda University. Her writing has appeared on various online sites and in Midwest newspapers.


    You can make a make a poodle skirt for a sock hop or '50s celebration without touching a needle or thread. Wide felt, which is sold by the yard in fabric stores, is perfect for the skirt because it does not unravel and therefore does not need to be hemmed. Cut a poodle shape from felt and attach it to the skirt with fabric glue for an authentic look. Glued-on hook and eye tape is a handy no-sew solution for holding the waistband closed.

    Things You'll Need

    • 54-inch wide felt
    • Black or white felt square
    • Scissors
    • Tape measure
    • Pen
    • String
    • Hook and eye strips
    • Fabric glue
    • Fabric paint

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    Measure the distance from the wearer’s waist to 4 inches below her knees. Tie a piece of string to a pen so that the string is this length plus 1 inch. Hold down 1 inch of the string between your thumb and finger, pressing it at the center of the wide felt. Extend the string straight out until it's taut and move the pen around -- as if you're using a giant compass -- to make a large circle.

    At the center of the large circle, draw another circle large enough to go around the wearer's waist, plus 2 inches. Cut out both circles.

    At any point on the small circle, cut a vertical, 6-inch slit. This is the side of the skirt. Cut two 4-inch lengths of hook and eye tape. Glue the strips horizontally on either side at the slit, following the line of the small circle. This application allows the slit to be overlapped to close and lets the wearer adjust the waist to a comfortable fit.

    Cut out a poodle shape from the felt square. Glue it to the front of the skirt near the bottom. Squeeze out a curly line of fabric paint to resemble the poodle’s leash.

    • Follow the fabric glue manufacturer's instructions for the best application method and drying times.