Friday, February 10, 2012

Make a Simple Poodle Skirt

I am going to show you how to make a simple no sew poodle skirt.

What you will need:
1 1/4 yards of felt fabric, any color
Poodle patch
Tape measurer or string

The felt fabric and poodle patch can be found at Michaels, Joann's, or Hobby Lobby. You want to stick with felt if you are doing no sew because it does not need to be hemmed. Also, make sure the bolt of fabric is a tall one, not a short one. You will notice most of the printed fabric is one the smaller bolts. I purchased the fabric and poodle patch at Hobby Lobby for a total of $12.50 including tax. You can do better if you wait for coupons. Michaels frequently has 40% off one full priced item coupons in the Sunday paper. So lets get started!

1. Open up the fabric and fold it the other direction. It will come folded off the bolt but you don't want it folded long ways. We want to cut out the largest circle we can.

2. After folding it once, fold it again. There will be 2 sides of folded fabric and 2 sides of unfolded fabric. Measure the shortest folded side and measure the same distance along the other folded side. Cut off the excess fabric. This will leave you with a perfect square.

3. Now that you have a perfect square, we want to cut off the unfolded sides in a circular fashion. This will be the bottom of the skirt. I used the white rope below to indicate how to cut. Make sure the point farthest from the rope is the folded corner or you will end up with 4 seperate pieces and a lot of sewing to do!

So this is what you will be left with.

If you were to open it up, it would look like a large round table cloth. I thought about skipping all the above steps and just buying a round table cloth, but the fabric is usually not stiff enough. For now leave it folded as is.

4. Measure the smallest part of your waist. If you don't have a flexible tape measurer, use the rope and a ruler.

5. Mark the folder corner. I used a clothes pin. This marks the center of the circle.

5. Open up one fold, so you have a half circle. Take the waist measurement you got and divide it by 4. So in my case, I used a 32 inch waist and cut out the half circle below at 8 inches. This may be a little small for your waist, but remember, you can always cut it bigger and the fabric will stretch. You cannot make it smaller without sewing.

Now you can open it up and try it on! (Forgive the picture! I was still in pj's!) Make any adjustments to the waist or to the hem. Sometimes the hem will have points where the corners were and those can easily be rounded out.

If you accidentally cut it too big, you can add peices of elastic to the waistband. This would require you sew.

7. Then add your poodle! This one is iron on, so no sew! You could also use hot glue. To add to the look, you could sew or hot glue a leash on too!

1 comment:

Ernest Smith said...

Hey christy, your D-I-Y Post on Adult Poodle Skirts is really helpful. I have tried this and succeded