Poodle Skirt Activity

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Updated on Aug 13, 2012

Make a poodle skirt for a creative sewing project with your child that will also be a blast from the past! For the girl who loves dressing up, this project will inspire her to crank up the Elvis and put on a sock hop. Great for playing around the house and fashionable enough to wear outside, this is the perfect sewing craft that can be enjoyed for years to come.

What You Need

  • 1 yard of fabric
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Elastic
  • Large piece of tissue paper
  • Chalk
  • Poodle iron-on patch
  • Ribbon
  • Measuring tape
  • Straight pins
  • Googly eye
  • Small black button


What You Do:

  1. First, get some measurements for a perfect fitting skirt. Measure around your child's waist, and the length from her waist to where you want the skirt to end. Usually, right above the knee. This will be the length of the skirt.
  2. Add a couple of inches to the waist measurement, and draw a circle on tissue paper that is the same size.
  3. Cut out this circle, and place it in the center of your yard of fabric.
  4. Trace around the circle with chalk to create a circle on the fabric.
  5. Use the tape measure to measure out the length of the skirt from the chalk circle, and mark the spots with chalk. Do this in several directions, until you begin to see a larger circle around the first circle. Trace this circle with chalk.
  6. Cut out the circle in the middle, and the edges of the fabric so you have a large donut-shaped piece of fabric.
  7. Sew elastic into the waist.
  8. Hem the bottom of the skirt.
  9. Iron the poodle onto the lower side of the skirt.
  10. Sew on the ribbon in a curly pattern to make it look like a leash.
  11. Glue on the googly eye, and the button nose.

Let the 50s fun begin!

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