How To Sew A Vintage Powder Puff

diy vintage powder puff tutorial

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to sew an Edwardian or 1920s style powder puff.

sew powder puff materials


  • prewashed cotton flannel
  • cotton wool
  • satin fabric or any other pretty fabric
  • lace
  • optional: ribbon
  • needle and sewing thread
  • scissor

diy powder puff

Cut a circle of the cotton flannel fabric, and a long rectangle of the pink satin fabric.

hand sewn vintage powder puff

With the right sides together, sew the rectangle and circle together with small running stitches and an occasional backstitch.

pink powder puff

Sew all the way round the circle.

pink mint powder puff

Then sew the sides of the rectangle together.

diy flannel powder puff tutorial

The powder puff will now have a cylindric shape.

stuff powder puff with cotton wool

Stuff the powder puff with cotton wool.

sew powder puff by hand

Now gather the pink satin fabric with running stitches.

diy pink satin powder puff

Draw the gathering thread tight.

edwardian satin powder puff

And hide the raw fabric edges inside the powder puff.

1920s pink satin powder puff

Sew the opening closed with some stitches.

vintage powder puff tutorial

This is how the partly finished powder puff looks now. This 1920s pink silk powder puff inspired me to use pink satin for my powder puff.

ribbon rose powder puff

The next step is optional:

Some 1920s powder puffs have a ribbon rose as a handle. So I used a pink satin ribbon to sew a ribbon rose handle.

1920s lace powder puff

Inspired by this 1920s pink silk and lace powder puff I decided to sew lace round my powder puff.

vintage cotton valenciennes lace powder puff

Sew the lace with overhand stitches round the powder puff exactly where the satin and flannel meet.

overhand stitch cotton valenciennes lace powder puff

I used vintage cream-colored cotton Valenciennes lace. Cotton Valenciennes lace was often used in the Edwardian era and the 1920s.

vintage powder puff antique cotton valenciennes lace
Nearly finished
edwardian pink silk lace powder puff
The finished powder puff
vintage cotton flannel powdwer puff
Flannel underside of the powder puff

‘Apply the powder with a piece of chamois leather, or, failing, a bit of wadding or fine flannel, or even a bit of cambric, since all or any of these materials are better than the orthodox powder-puff.’ (Every Woman’s Encyclopaedia, 1910-2)

edwardian rice face powder pink powder puff

I also made an Edwardian rice face powder – here you’ll find my tutorial for the face powder.

1920s pink silk powder puff

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