To sew your own poodle skirt, cut a piece of fabric into a large circle, hem, attach a waistband, and affix a fabric poodle silhouette. You need fabric, a measuring tape, string, a tailor's pencil and a pair of scissors. Additional materials include an iron, iron-on interfacing or a hot glue gun, felt, pinking shears and card stock. You also need a sewing machine and ribbon for this project.
Measure your waist with a tape measure, and divide by two and again by 3.14 to determine the radius for the skirt opening. Measure from your waist to the desired length of the bottom of the skirt, and add a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Fold your skirt fabric first lengthwise, then along the width. Mark the length of your waist radius on a piece of string, and attach a tailor's pencil to the other end. Hold the string down on the folded corner of the fabric, and pull it completely taut, with the pencil tip touching the fabric. Draw a curve on the fabric and repeat the process for the bottom of the skirt.
Cut a piece of felt 7 inches by 1 1/2 inches wide with pinking shears. Attach fusible interfacing to the back, and iron it onto the skirt. Cut a slit down the center of the felt and skirt to create an opening for the waistband. Draw a simple dog silhouette on card stock, and trace the design onto a piece of fabric or felt. Cut out and either hot glue or use iron-on interfacing to attach the poodle shape to the front of the skirt. Pink along the hem of the skirt and sew a 1/4-inch seam. Attach a 2-inch wide grosgrain ribbon to the outside of the waist of the skirt and leave long ends on either side to tie a bow in the back.