Poodle Skirt

Now that you’ve made your own saddle shoes….you’re gonna need a poodle skirt to go with it! It’s the give a mouse a cookie book, but with felt, and pom pom trim, and all the cute patches you can find!

Seriously, these skirts are so easy and fast to put together.
It’s the classic Poodle Skirt.
Made from the classic Circle Skirt (and baby circle skirt here).
And they make an adorable ensemble costume, for all ages.

The best part is that they’re made from felt or fleece, so you’ve got lots of color options, and a fabric that holds shape really well.
Then throw it together with semi-homemade saddle shoes, some accessories (links below), and you’ve got a ’50s girl costume ready to go!

AWESOME twirl factor of course.
All the step-by-step info is in my video here.
Or just hit the play button below:

And don’t stop there. You can find so many cute patches online.  Have fun mixing it up with a Flamingo skirt? Pineapple shirt? Gold elastic? YES to all of it! Clara requested a Unicorn skirt, with gold magic blowing from the horn. I love it.

Now have fun twirling the night away with your family and friends!

This pic of Lucy and her darling friend Remi just makes me smiles. They met in kindergarten and they’re still the best of friends today in 8th grade.
Okay here’s the supply list if you need it….

SUPPLIES + ACCESSORIES (affiliate links):
Poodle Patches
Iron on Patches
Fake Glasses
Gold + Colorful  Elastic
Fabric paint (for shoes—See Saddle Shoes Tutorial Here)


  1. 1) sarah

    So cute! Makes me want to go to a 50’s dance!

    • 2) Dana

      Haha. yes! Me too!
      If you watch the video, there’s some fun music in there :)….that might get stuck in your head. Haha.

  2. 3) tara

    This is actually what led me to your site the first time (I think it was the plain circle skirt)… I was trying to make a poodle skirt for my (then) 2 year old daughter and you came up in the search engine.
    So THANK YOU for saving me then and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used the circle skirt pattern for her Halloween costume or her dress up clothes! (Also, the tote bag tutorial has come in handy for Halloween candy bags!)

    Happy Halloween!

    • 4) Dana

      Awww yay! The good old circle Skirt. Yes. That is such a good tutorial for SO many costumes. I keep coming back to it too! Happy Halloween to you guys too!

  3. 5) Erika

    Adorable outfits. Wow your oldest is in 8th grade already? high school next year? your youngest was not even born when I started reading your blog. Time….sigh..

    • 6) Dana

      I know! It’s so crazy. Yep. I don’t think I’m ready for high school 🙂

  4. 7) Mary Anne

    The “old” circle skirt tutorial link from the video post is giving me an “oops” – link isn’t working. Is the written tutorial still available? I work better with written instruction. 😁

  5. 9) KatE

    Hi there! Thanks for the tutorial! When you were sewing the elastic waistband, I didn’t see you stretch the elastic like you did in the circle skirt video. Is it not necessary for the poodle skirt?

  6. 10) Dorothy

    I need to buy some poodle skirt patterns

  7. 11) Marcia isreal

    Where did you find your large bolt of felt for poodle skirts? Can’t seem to find large pieces….

    • 12) Dana

      You can find felt on the bolt at Joann, Hobby Lobby, and even online. Just ask an employee to point you to the felt section of their store.

  8. 13) Whitney

    Hey! I was wondering if anyone knew how much fabric to get for this my small circle is about 5 inches and the bigger circle is about 29 inches. I am so excited to try this!!!

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