In this tutorial I’ll show you how to sew an Edwardian or 1920s style powder puff.
- prewashed cotton flannel
- cotton wool
- satin fabric or any other pretty fabric
- optional: ribbon
- needle and sewing thread
Cut a circle of the cotton flannel fabric, and a long rectangle of the pink satin fabric.
With the right sides together, sew the rectangle and circle together with small running stitches and an occasional backstitch.
Sew all the way round the circle.
Then sew the sides of the rectangle together.
The powder puff will now have a cylindric shape.
Stuff the powder puff with cotton wool.
Now gather the pink satin fabric with running stitches.
Draw the gathering thread tight.
And hide the raw fabric edges inside the powder puff.
Sew the opening closed with some stitches.
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.
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.
Inspired by this 1920s pink silk and lace powder puff I decided to sew lace round my powder puff.
Sew the lace with overhand stitches round the powder puff exactly where the satin and flannel meet.
I used vintage cream-colored cotton Valenciennes lace. Cotton Valenciennes lace was often used in the Edwardian era and the 1920s.
‘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)
I also made an Edwardian rice face powder – here you’ll find my tutorial for the face powder.