Edwardian ladies and 1920s flappers applied face powder with a powder puff. ‘Take up but a small quantity of powder on the puff, and pass lightly over the face.’ (Household Companion: Book Of Etiquette, 1909)
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The powder puff was part of fashionable dressing table sets. The dressing-table ‘must be supplied with all needful accessories–brushes and combs, perfumes, creams and lotions, powder-boxes, powder-puffs, manicure set, etc.’ (Household Companion: Book Of Etiquette, 1909)
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A powder puff is a quick and easy sewing project even for a sewing beginner. You don’t even need a sewing machine! This vintage powder puff is inspired by antique powder puffs from the Edwardian era and the 1920s.
How To Sew A Vintage Powder Puff
- prewashed cotton flannel
- cotton wool
- silk or satin fabric
- optional: lace
- optional: ribbon
- needle and sewing thread
Cut a circle out of the cotton flannel fabric, and a long rectangle of the pink satin fabric. The rectangle has to be as long as the circumference and wider than the radius of the circle.
With 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.
Turn the powder puff inside out. The powder puff has now 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 1920s pink silk powder puff inspired me to use pink satin for my powder puff.
Optional: Add A Ribbon Flower
Optional: Add Lace
This 1920s silk and lace powder puff inspired me to sew lace around my powder puff.
Sew the lace with overhand stitches around 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.
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