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 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

Turn the powder puff inside out. The powder puff has now 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
Partly finished powder puff

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 handle: 1920s lace powder puff and 1920s baby blue silk and lace powder puff. So I used pink satin ribbon to sew a ribbon rose handle.

1920s lace powder puff

Inspired by this 1920s 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 Edwardian rice face powder: Homemade Natural Rice Face Powder Tutorial. And you’ll find more 1920s powder puffs on my pinterest board: 1920s Peignoirs, Boudoir Caps and Slippers.

1920s pink silk powder puff

37 thoughts on “How To Sew A Vintage Powder Puff

  1. How cute is that? Oh, how I loved putting powder on when I was younger!! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  2. I remember my grandmother having powder puffs like this for applying talcum powder after a bath or shower. It’s very pretty! Thank you for linking up at The Blogger’s Pit Stop. I’m sharing your link on social media.
    Carol (“Mimi”) from Home with Mimi

  3. So pretty and creative. I found a vintage dresser jar this weekend while thrifting a puff like this would be the perfect accessory. Thank you for sharing at Snickerdoodle and I am featuring your powder puff today.

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